Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Insistent Change: Columbia's Core Curriculum at 100
February 17, 2020 - June 30, 2020
In 1919 Columbia instituted a course of study known as Contemporary Civilization. It grew out of a War Issues course offered during World War I and was required of every student in order to provide a forum to analyze and discuss primary texts relevant to contemporary problems. Proceeding roughly by decade, this exhibition shows how the course transformed and developed over the years. By also focusing on the development of the Core Curriculum as a whole, the exhibition explains how CC's faculty, administrators and students have worked together to keep the course relevant through a succession of crises and changes in the broader political, economic and social realms in the country and the world.
The Year of Water: Selections from Columbia’s Book Arts Collection January 20, 2020 - July 3, 2020
To mark Columbia University’s celebration of the “Year of Water,” the Rare Book & Manuscript Library is exhibiting artists books relating to that theme. Items range from New York City Rainfall 1987 by Sandy Gellis, a portfolio of prints which document a year’s rainfall, to this year’s My Mighty Journey, which traces 12,000 years of a waterfall’s existence, with illustrations created with natural materials found by the river and wood engraving by Gaylord Schanilec.
On January 21, please join curators and book artists Russell Maret, Maria Pisano, Sarah Plimpton, and Ken Shure, for a hands-on look at some of the featured books in their historical contexts, with relevant selections from the collections dating back dating back to the 15th century. RSVP Here