“Unlocking Art Deco with Joseph Urban,” a Curatorial Short by Amy Dehan and Jennifer Lee

On February 7th, Amy Dehan, a curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and Columbia’s Jennifer Lee presented on their work restoring a magnificent bedroom designed by eminent Art Deco architect and designer Joseph Urban. Born in Vienna, Urban began his career as a theatrical set designer, working on productions for the Vienna Royal Opera, Champs […]

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Rare Book & Manuscript Library Acquires the Archive of Playwright Myrna Casas

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Myrna Casas papers in the Latino Art and Activism Archives. The new collection contains a range of rich materials pertaining to the life and work of playwright Myrna Casas (1934-present), one of the most important Puerto Rican, Caribbean, […]

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Congratulations to the Nicholas Murray Butler Medal Winners!

On May 19, 2022, during the Celebration for the Classes of 2020 and 2021, the Nicholas Murray Butler Gold Medal was awarded to 21 members of the President’s Advisory Task Force on COVID-19. The group was charged with ensuring the health and safety of our campus community, maintaining financial stability in unprecedented times, and providing […]

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Researching Columbia’s Campus and Histories of Racism and Enslavement

A pilot project coordinated by the libraries is foregrounding the ways that campus spaces reflect Columbia’s ongoing legacy of white supremacy and racism […]

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Stargazing at the Bloomingdale Observatory

Throughout the year, we have celebrated Columbia’s 125 years in Morningside Heights, since classes started on the new campus in October 1897. But Columbia actually has a slightly longer history on this site: Columbia built its very first structure on the new grounds in 1892 while the Bloomingdale Asylum was still operational. Welcome to the […]

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