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Faculty Interview
Professor Andrew Delbanco: Herman Melville Was a Genius Unappreciated in His TimeOffice of Public AffairsAndrew Delbanco, the Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities, says Herman Melville was a genius who was unappreciated in his own time. Delbanco, whose Melville's World (Knopf) is due out in 2005, was named America's Best Social Critic by Time magazine in 2001.
Professor Archie Rand: Painters and PoetsOffice of Public AffairsVisual arts professor Archie Rand says that poets offer a parallel reaction to art that painters find extremely validating. If one other person understands what a painter is doing, Rand says, the painter has created a viable language.
Professor Edward Mendelson: W.H. Auden's "Sept. 1, 1939"Office of Public AffairsW.H. Auden's "Sept. 1, 1939" was cited frequently after the September 11 terrorist attacks. English and Comparative Literature professor Edward Mendelson says the poem has historically been appropriated by presidential candidates for their own purposes.
Professor Robert O'Meally: Ralph Ellison and Jazz as an American InstitutionOffice of Public AffairsRobert O'Meally, founder and director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, discusses jazz as an American institution, Ralph Ellison's quintessential jazz novel Invisible Man and the Center for Jazz Studies' interdisciplinary approach.
Professor Winston James: Ordinary Lives in New York: Harlem in 1920s and 1930s Inspired Novelist Claude McKayOffice of Public AffairsHarlem reminded novelist Claude McKay of his youth in Jamaica, says History's Winston James. McKay immediately fell in love with Harlem and from then on he depicted Harlem in a loving and romantic way, primarily writing about the lives of ordinary people.

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