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Senior Thesis Forum – History Department

Calling all History students…

Thesis in your future?  We've got you covered.  Please join us for the SENIOR THESIS FORUM on Wednesday, May 1st from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in Butler 523. 

This forum, structured as a panel discussion, will feature several senior thesis writers talking about their research process. This is a great opportunity for juniors, faculty and others on campus to hear how senior thesis writers:

-Formulate their interest and questions
-Seek help from the library, museums & special collections, faculty and other support units
-Find resources to support their argument
-Carry out the research process to complete the thesis

No RSVP is required.  Please join us for valuable discussion and refreshments! 

This forum is hosted by the Columbia University Libraries' Humanities and History Department.

Butler 5th and 6th Floor Extended Hours (April 22-May 17, 2013)

You asked. We listened. Butler 5th and 6th floor extended hours begin earlier this semester to help you with your end-of-semester study needs.

Beginning at 11:00pm on April 22 and running through 7:00pm on May 17, select graduate reading rooms on the 5th and 6th floor will be open 23 hours a day, making approximately 150 additional seats available for late night quiet study. Each room will be closed from 5:00am-6:00am for daily maintenance.

Graduate reading rooms excluded from extended hours include rooms 601 (South Asian Studies), 602 (Islamic Studies), 603 (Ancient & Medieval Studies), and 604 (Papyrology & Epigraphy).

You can help us continue to offer extended end-of-semester extended hours by observing room guidelines:

Quiet, individual study
No food or drink
Be courteous
No camping (take your belongings when you leave)

Happy studying!

Daphne Koller, Coursera Co-Founder, To Speak At Columbia Library April 16

Daphne Koller, Stanford University professor and co-founder of massively open online course (MOOC) platform Coursera, will speak at Columbia University on Tuesday, April 16 at 2:00PM in 203 Butler Library. Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia’s Chief Digital Officer, will introduce the talk. The event is free and open to members of the Columbia community with a valid University ID.

Koller’s talk, “The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone,” will discuss how the advent of MOOCs is transforming higher education. Dozens of top universities now offer MOOCs that span a range of topics including computer science, business, medicine, science, humanities, social sciences, and more. Launched in April 2012, Coursera now has over 3 million students, ranging from 10 to 90 years old, of whom 40% are in the developing world. In this talk, Koller will report on this far-reaching experiment in education, including some examples and preliminary analytics. She will also discuss how this model can support an improved learning experience for on-campus students, via blended learning, and provide unprecedented access to education to millions of students around the world.

As part of her visit to campus, Koller will also meet with the University Senate Online Task Force, the Provost's Faculty Advisory Committee on Online Learning, and the CUMC Education Resource Council.

The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning will record Koller’s presentation, and the video will be publicly available on YouTube after the event.

Daphne Koller is the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and the co-founder of Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that works with top universities to make the best education accessible to everyone around the world, for free. In her research life, Daphne works in the area of machine learning and probabilistic modeling, with applications to computer vision, systems biology, and personalized medicine. She is also an award winning teacher, who pioneered in her Stanford class many of the ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience. She received her BSc and MSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD from Stanford in 1994.

Columbia Center for Oral History: Summer Institute 2013 – Apply by 4/15!

The Columbia Center for Oral History is proud to announce its 2013 Summer Institute, “Telling the World: Indigenous Memories, Rights, and Narratives" to be held June 10-21, 2013 at Columbia University in New York City. Sessions will explore the themes of indigenous memories, narratives and rights through local and global perspectives. Faculty will include experts on American Indian life, as well as indigenous cultures from Canada, New Zealand and other areas of the world. The institute will focus on traditions of telling and ways of knowing in primarily oral cultures. CCOH's core faculty and students from the Oral History Master of Arts Program (OHMA) will engage in dialogue with guest faculty on the themes of indigenous rights, oral traditions and human rights. We encourage students, scholars, and activists from local and global communities to apply.

For complete application instructions and more information, please visit the Summer Institute web page

APPLICATION DUE: April 15, 2013

Columbia University Libraries Website: Relaunching Summer 2013

Early this summer, Columbia University Libraries will be launching a newly redesigned Libraries Website and a new version of CLIO. Please visit our RElaunch site to learn more!

We encourage you to join the conversation by taking advantage of feedback opportunities, returning to our RElaunch site for updates, and following us on Twitter @ColumbiaLib throughout the relaunch process. Your feedback and engagement is valuable to us, and we look forward to introducing these new tools!
















Digital Music Lab – upcoming info sessions announced for 3/29, 4/5 and 4/12, 2-3pm

Curious about the type of work and research you can do in our Digital Music Lab?  You're in luck; there are three upcoming info sessions on the resources of the Digital Music Lab in the Music & Arts Library this semester.

The Digital Music Lab offers specialized music software, digital pianos, and a large-format scanner. The software enables you to compose, edit, notate, process, transcribe, and analyze digital audio and music notation.

Applications include Sibelius, Finale, Logic Pro, Abelton Live, Max/MSP, Audacity, Amadeus Pro, and more.

The info sessions will provide an overview of the software and some examples of projects that can be done using these tools, as well as information on further resources and tutorials for learning more.

You can sign up for a session at this link:

If the dates above don’t work for you, and you’d like to be notified of future sessions, you can also indicate that using the form at the link above.

Hope to see you in the Lab!

Quatercentenary of the House of Romanov

Kempner GalleryRomanov
February 14th – June 28th, 2013

The exhibition Quatercentenary of the House of Romanov features objects drawn from various collections held by the Bakhmeteff Archive and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. It consists of books, correspondence, original charters, maps, photographs, posters, personal documents, ephemera, and books and other possessions that belonged to the Russian Imperial Family. The exhibition will be on display from February 14th – June 28th, 2013 in the RBML’s Kempner Gallery.

One highlight of the exhibition is the 1622 manuscript Charter of Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov granting land and other privileges and rights to Onufrii, Archbishop of Astrakhan and Terek. Never shown before and unpublished, this charter is a very rare and significant document from the reign of the first Romanov tsar. Another highlight is the recently opened collection of nearly 500 letters sent by Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna, mother of the last Russian Emperor, and her two daughters, Grand Duchess Ksenia and Ol’ga, to their close friend and companion, Princess Aleksandra Obolensky. There letters are written in French and Russian and reflect the daily life and expectations of the Imperial family in exile.

Most poignant is a white lace parasol that belonged to Aleksandra Fiodorovna (1872-1918), the last Russian Tsarina, along with a never-shown-before while lace pillow, that was also her property, preserved by one of her ladies-in-waiting, Countess Mariia Semenovna Benckendorff. Other items from the reign of the last Romanovs include a variety of elaborate menus and other ephemera relating to the coronation festivities of Nicholas and Aleksandra in 1896, a print announcing of the birth of the Tsarevich, Grand Duke Aleksei Nikolaevich, in 1904, a draft of Nicholas II’s abdication manifesto, 1917, and a volume of Nikolai Sokolov’s Preliminary Investigation into the Death of Nicholas II and His Family, Ekaeterinburg, 1918.

The Business of Building the United States Capitol


Monday, March 11, 6:30pm.

A lecture by Guy Gugliotta, Author of Freedom's Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War
(Part of the New York Business History Forum)


Butler Library, Room 523
535 West 114th Street

Co-sponsored by The Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History