Some Illumination for All

Columbia’s collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts is rich and resplendent, for all that much of it has sat quietly and largely unseen in the stacks throughout most of this tumultuous year. But while opportunities to leaf through these manuscripts in person may still feel distant, it just got much easier to see a few […]

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What is this place? A short intro to RBML

That is the question we hear a lot at the beginning of the new academic year as students explore Butler Library and end up here, in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, aka “The Pink Palace.” The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is Columbia’s principal repository for primary source collections.  The range of collections […]

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Book History Colloquium: Old Books as Digital Objects

13 February 2019 | 6pm | Room 522 Butler Library We are used to reading texts with our eyes—reading the words and images for their content (in fact, this is so obvious it’s odd to describe it). But we also read texts with our fingers—the feel of the materials, the act of navigating through a codex or […]

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Talk | Philology and Authenticity: Lorenzo Valla, Constantine, and Styles of Renaissance Reading

November 1, 4:30 pm Bulter 203 (with a post-talk reception in the RBML’s Kempner Gallery) Dean of Georgetown College and Professor of Classics and History at Georgetown University, Christopher Celenza will deliver the sixth Paul O. Kristeller lecture. He is the author of The Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance: Language, Philosophy, and the Search […]

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