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Arts & Humanities

From understanding the forces of globalization to engaging in critical discussions about societies to expressing human yearning through the arts — in all of the areas calling out for intellectual attention at the highest levels, Columbia assembles strengths unique among the very best universities.

Taking a Spin Through New York City’s History

History Professor Kenneth T. Jackson hosts his annual all-night, 200-person bike ride for students in his History of the City of New York class.

Professor and alumnus Wm. Theodore de Bary receives National Humanities Medal

Wm. Theodore de Bary ’41CC, ’53GSAS, the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus, has been named by President Barack Obama ’83CC as one of 10 recipients of the 2013 National Humanities Medal for his pioneering work in East Asian studies.

Columbia Alumnus Debuts Opera at Met

Nico Muhly, CC’03 composed “Two Boys,” which recently made its American debut. At 32, he is the youngest person to have an opera commissioned by the Met.

Students Produce 119th Varsity Show

Full-length student-produced musical is Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition.

Columbia and The Museum of Modern Art Acquires Frank Lloyd Wright Collection

The vast archives of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright will become part of their permanent collections.

Orchesis, a completely student-run Columbia dance troupe, produces large-scale dance productions

Orchesis, a completely student-run Columbia dance troupe, puts on large-scale dance productions and also plans dance-related social events for its members.

Five More Columbia Students, Alumni Receive Fulbrights

Columbia’s total count of winners of the international prize this year is now seven.
“Classes such as African Civilization and West African History have encouraged me to gain more insight into the inner workings of the continent and its people and to become a part of it on many intellectual and social levels.”

String Theory performs the theme to Game of Thrones (youtube video)

String Theory, Columbia’s premiere cello ensemble, performs across campus.


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LyricLion Ensemble Performs with Columbia Classical Performers (youtube video)

Columbia undergraduates discuss their involvement in an ensemble that brings together student songwriters, performers, and composers.


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Giants Among Us

Professor Farah Griffin