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Randolph Bourne's America
The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism hosted a conference on the life and work of Randolph Bourne, an influential yet under-recognized critic who wrote on many topics, including disability, multiculturalism, and war.


The Future of English
In The Future of English, leading language expert David Crystal explores the global proliferation of the English language and the key issues affecting its future. After linking the global dominance of English to the expansion of British and American economic and political power, Professor Crystal explores five topics, including the threat of globalized English and the recent emergence of "new Englishes."

Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States, 1890–1945—E-Seminar 3, Pragmatism and Its Critics
In this third e-seminar of the series Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States, 1890-1945, Casey Nelson Blake explores the philosophy of pragmatism, details the lives and contributions of James and Dewey, and describes the critiques of pragmatist thought.

America Since 1945—E-Seminar 6, The Civil-Rights Movement
In The Civil-Rights Movement, the sixth of ten e-seminars in the series America Since 1945, historian Alan Brinkley discusses one of the most important social movements in twentieth-century American history. He analyzes the events that propelled and shaped the civil-rights movement, the growing national awareness of racial inequalities in America, and the social policies that were created in response to those inequalities.

Life after Death: Malcolm X and American Culture
This e-seminar considers the image of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X after his death by focusing on the popular view of his life and his treatment by historians and scholars. A generation after his assassination, Malcolm X's image and historical reputation have been profoundly transformed.

Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States, 1890–1945—E-Seminar 5, The Intellectuals and the First World War
In this fifth seminar in the series Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States, 1890–1945, Casey Blake explores the prewar intellectual scene and the repercussions of President Wilson's decision to join the conflict in Europe.

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Learning Tool

Parley's Panorama
This photo essay is excerpted from the e-seminar America and the Muslim World—E-Seminar 1, Battles and Bibles: 1776–1910 taught by Richard W. Bulliet, a leading scholar of modern Islam. In this e-seminar series, Professor Bulliet examines the history of America and its relationship to the Muslim world, paying special attention to the deep-rooted negative feelings Americans often harbor toward Islamic societies.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is designed to be the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 on that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences. Each section of CIAO is updated with new material on a regular schedule.

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The Emerging Ethnic Media
Archived webcast of Dennis Swanson, president and general manager of WNBC-4, delivering the keynote address at a conference sponsored by the Center for Urban Research and Policy. Referring to the numerous ethnic and language groups in New York City, Swanson examines the ways in which the ethnic media affect the political, economic, social and cultural life of the city.

Wisdom and Meditation Liberate the Human Being in Indo-Tibetan Thinking
In this archived webcast of his presentation at the Cummings and Fetzer Lectures on "Meditative and Contemplative States," religion professor Robert Thurman explains how Buddhism and the Western system of higher education overlap in their objectives.

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Faculty Interview

Professor Michael Seidel: Lou Gehrig's Time at Columbia Was Marked by Two Colossal Home Runs
English professor Michael Seidel, author of books on Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, says Lou Gehrig's baseball career at Columbia was highlighted by two colossal home runs. As a pitcher, Gehrig held the Columbia strike-out record from 1922 until 1978.

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