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"The Collector's Urge:" Professor Fran Pritchett's Homepage Is a Labyrinth of Scholarly DelightsColumbia InteractiveFran Pritchett's academic fascinations extend thousands of years into the past, but when it comes to technology, she is an early adopter. When we at Columbia Interactive stumbled across her site, we were amazed not only at the sheer volume of resources she has compiled on her personal website, but at the visual richness of the pages, which are embellished with lush, detailed images of South Asian art and architecture.
Abolition and Antislavery TimelineEric Foner/Columbia InteractiveThis illustrated timeline tracks events in the history of abolitionism from the 1820s to the 1860s. From Abolitionism and Antislavery, the fourth in Professor Eric Foner's series of e-seminars Slavery and Emancipation.
A Desertful of Roses - The Urdu Ghazals of Mirza Asadullah Khan "Ghalib"Frances W. PritchettThis astonishing site showcases the works of nineteenth century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. Presented on the site are 234 of Ghalib's ghazals along with information about the texts, their arrangement, dating, meter, and transliteration. Web resources include an extensive collection of images of Ghalib's Delhi and Agra, anecdotes, an index of technical terms and names, a detailed bibliography, and links to related websites.
A History of Looking at Muslims as Violent PeopleRichard Bulliet/Columbia InteractiveThis audio slide show demonstrates that the United States has had mostly-forgotten military conflicts with Muslim peoples in the past, which might have contributed to a notion of Muslims as "violent people." The slide show is taken from the e-seminar "Battles and Bibles:1776-1913," the first in a multi-part series of e-seminars taught by Richard W. Bulliet on America and the Muslim World.
An American Physician in Saudi ArabiaRichard Bulliet/Columbia InteractivePhotos from the personal collection of Dr. Louis Dame, an American physician who was in Saudi Arabia from 1919–1936, working on behalf of the Reformed Church of America. From the e-seminar Battles and Bibles: 1776–1913, with Richard W. Bulliet.
Archaeology ProjectsMedia Center for Art History, Archaeology, and Historic PreservationLook here to find more information about Columbia's archaeological projects from all over the world.
Asia for EducatorsDepartment of East Asian StudiesA wealth of teaching aids and resources, including workbooks, guides, lesson plans, and video clips. For teachers and anyone else interested in learning about Asian civilization, history, and culture.
Birth of a DatabaseColumbia InteractiveThis feature article looks at The Media Center for Art History (MCAH), where a small but dedicated staff has worked for almost three years to build a sophisticated web-enabled image database. They are changing the way students at Columbia learn about art, and soon their database may expand to benefit disciplines beyond those MCAH traditionally serves.
Columbia E-Guide: Archives and Manuscript CollectionsLibraryWebA selective guide to archives and manuscript collections in national libraries, state archives and libraries, college and university collections, and historical society archives. Prepared and maintained by CU Library staff.
Columbia E-Guide: Numerical Data ResourcesLibraryWebA comprehensive gateway and research guide to the statistical and numerical databases available through the University's Electronic Data Service (EDS). Prepared and maintained by CU Library and AcIS staff.
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)CIAOColumbia 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.
East Central European Center: Country LinksSchool of International and Public AffairsProvides an exhaustive list of links to web resources about East and Central Europe, organized by country. Topics covered include government, human rights, business and economy, tourism, art and culture, and news and media.
Emancipation in the NorthEric Foner/Columbia InteractiveThis interactive map shows the slow progress of emancipation even in the Northern states. During the period between 1777 and 1804 all of the Northern states passed emancipation laws, but the majority of them were "gradual," promising freedom only to slaves not yet born, at some future date. The map is taken from The Struggle for Freedom, the second e-seminar of the Slavery and Emancipation series, with Professor Eric Foner.
Epistolae: Medieval Women's Latin LettersColumbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningAn online repository for 1,500 letters written by or to women between 400 and 1300 A.D., this database includes full search capabilities and an interface conducive to study, scholarship and presentation.
Explorations of MexicoBarnard Electronic Archive and Teaching LaboratoryJoin history professor Ben Vinson as he travels through Mexico and Latin America. Watch Professor Vinson's own videos, complete with music and voiceovers, and view his numerous photographs of Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela.
French Language DrillsAnne BoymanThis site contains interactive, self-correcting French grammar exercises.
Gateway to Cancer Alley
David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveThis photographic essay depicts a series of plants lined up along the Mississippi River in a region that became known as "Cancer Alley."
Growth and Decline of SlaveryEric Foner/Columbia InteractiveThis interactive map shows how slave populations changed in the individual states during the period 1790–1860. In the Northern states, which had passed gradual emancipation laws, the slave population dwindled and eventually disappeared. But in the Southern states it continued to rise. The map is taken from The Struggle for Freedom, the second e-seminar of the Slavery and Emancipation series, with Professor Eric Foner.
Human Rights @ Columbia UniversityHuman Rights @ Columbia UniversityThis site provides a common portal to the diverse human rights resources that can be found throughout Columbia University. With extensive links to human rights organizations.
Key Events Marking the Development of American Relations with the Muslim World: 1786-1913Richard Bulliet/Columbia InteractiveThis timeline of key events in the development of American relations with the Muslim world during the years 1786–1913 contains extensive maps, photographs and reproductions of archival documents. It is taken from the e-seminar Battles and Bibles: 1776–1913, the first in a multi-part series of e-seminars taught by Richard W. Bulliet which examine the history of America and its relation to the Muslim world.
LCAAJ Collection of Spoken YiddishLibraryWeb and Center for Research on Information AccessAn online introduction to this extraordinary audio archive assembled from field interviews with European Yiddish speakers between 1959 and 1972. The over 5,755 hours of audiotape are a unique resource for linguistics and Yiddish studies and are currently being re-recorded and preserved by Columbia Libraries' Preservation Division.
Letter from Dr. Rex Wilson Regarding AcroosteolysisDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveLetter from B. F. Goodrich physician Rex Wilson to a colleague, regarding acroosteolysis in factory workers (November 12, 1964).
Letter from Mrs. Emmers to President Franklin RooseveltDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveIn her letter to President Franklin Roosevelt, Mrs. Emmers (pseudonym) describes how lead poisoning ruined the health of her daughter and her husband (1933).
Mapping the Middle EastGary Sick/Columbia InteractiveThis extraordinary resource, accompanying Professor Gary Sick's seminar on Islam, revolution and the modern state of Iran, allows viewers to highlight key areas of the Middle East for information about leadership, suffrage and religious make-up. Also included are a quiz and secondary maps about Muslim populations throughout the world by number, percent-of-population, and Shi'a/Sunni breakdown.
Parley's PanoramaRichard Bulliet/Columbia InteractiveThis 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.
Photo Essay: Roberts CollegeRichard Bulliet/Columbia InteractiveThis photo essay presents images from the history of Robert College, which was established primarily as a missionary establishment in Istanbul in 1863. Eventually it was taken over by the Turkish government and became "Bosphorus University." From the e-seminar Battles and Bibles: 1776–1913, with Richard W. Bulliet.
Plastics in the KitchenDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveThe wonders of household plastics are revealed in this DuPont industrial film set in "Plasticstown" (1950s).
Regional Standards of World EnglishDavid Crystal/Columbia InteractiveThis interactive tool vividly represents the unity and diversity of the English-speaking world today. It is taken from The Future of English with David Crystal, an e-seminar developed in collaboration with Cambridge University Press.
Television's Screens: Hegemony in Transition by Todd GitlinColumbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningA important work in media studies, this multimedia text is enhanced by the inclusion of a catalogue of TV shows with links to related websites, notes on the text by faculty consultant Frank Moretti, glossaries of concepts and people, and links to reference materials such as the Museum of Television and Radio, the Internet Movie Database and Who Owns What, the Columbia Journalism Review's guide to what major media companies own. Columbia network connection required.
The Dutch Boy Conquers Old Man Gloom: A Paint Book for Boys and GirlsDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveAs part of its "cater to the children" campaign, the National Lead Company produced coloring books with stories about the adventures of the Dutch Boy. In this 1929 booklet, narrated by Gerald Markowitz, the Dutch Boy takes on Old Man Gloom.
The Gulf/2000 ProjectSchool of International and Public AffairsThis in-depth site was developed at the School of International and Public Affairs. It is designed to make available in a single location a wealth of information on the eight countries of the Persian Gulf region--Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Find maps and detailed information on governments, demographics, human rights, oil and energy resources, and the press in the Gulf region.
The Manufacture of PVCDavid Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveThis Flash animation shows how basic elements such as oil, salt, and water undergo a series of transformations and recombinations to become PVC.
The Midnight's Children Multimedia Study Environment
Columbia Center for New Media and Teaching (CCNMTL)The Midnight's Children Multimedia Study Environment, produced by the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, provides students the opportunity to gain a richer understanding of Salman Rushdie's acclaimed novel, the play derived from it, and the historical and cultural context in which the story is set.
The Mongols in World HistoryEast Asian InstituteMost Westerners accept the stereotype of the 13th-century Mongols as barbaric plunderers. This perception, based on Persian, Chinese, Russian, and other accounts, has shaped both Asian and Western images of the Mongols and of their earliest leader, Genghis Khan. Learn about both the military conquests and the considerable cultural contributions of the Mongols at this visually engaging and sophisticated site.
The Rise of Abolition: Women and African-AmericansEric Foner/Columbia InteractiveIn this video slideshow, Professor Eric Foner points out that both women and African-Americans played major parts in the abolitionist movement. Some women abolitionists spoke out publicly in ways that were unusual for women at the time. Free blacks and fugitive slaves such as Frederick Douglass became important supporters and speakers. From Abolitionism and Antislavery, the fourth in Professor Foner's series of e-seminars Slavery and Emancipation.
The Song Dynasty in China (960-1279)East Asian InstituteDoes modernity begin with the Song dynasty? Those who say that it does can point to economic growth, commercialization, urbanization, the spread of printing, and the growth of literacy and education as their evidence. This astonishingly beautiful site reveals many factors of Song life as seen through a 12th-century scroll.
The World Trade Center Attack:The Official DocumentsLibraryWebA selective guide to the official government documents related to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.
Timeline: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Great SocietyAlan Brinkley/Columbia InteractiveThis interactive timeline illuminates presidential politics and social change in the U.S. from 1952-1965, using archival images and video. From Kennedy, Johnson, and the Great Society, the fifth in Professor Alan Brinkley's series of e-seminars America Since 1945.
Timeline: PVC, Industry, and Health
David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz/Columbia InteractiveThis timeline tracks the key events in the relationship between the development of PVC and industry promotion of plastics at the expense of public health.

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