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About "Tiananmen: June 1989 and Its Significance"Andrew Nathan/Columbia InteractiveIn this short video, Professor Andrew J. Nathan talks about his e-seminar series Tiananmen: June 1989 and Its Significance. The Tiananmen incident was a massive, nationwide demonstration that broke out in China in mid-April of 1989 and lasted until June 4, when it was put down violently by government troops. This was probably the most important pro-democracy incident in the history of the People's Republic of China.
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.
Chad Cameroon Oil Pipeline Project – A Case StudyJ. Paul MartinThe Chad Oil and Pipeline Project is a $3.7 billion development project comprising some 300 oil wells, which are expected to extract approximately one billion barrels of oil over twenty-five years. This site aims at providing a road map to the very large quantity of material that is now available on the Chad-Cameroon pipeline. Web resources include links to Chad related websites and online documents on the project.
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.
Current ConflictsTom Lansner/Columbia InteractiveThis interactive map allows viewers to survey the entire globe to see just how much of the world is at war.The map is accompanied by text which explains the factors determining how much attention conflicts receive from Western war correspondents.
David Dinkins Leadership and Policy ForumColumbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningOn April 29, 2002, the Center for Urban Research and Policy hosted a the 8th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum on the critical economic challenges facing New York City since the 9/11 tragedy. Scholars explored the themes "Green Buildings and Sustainable Systems" and "Sustainable Communities: Social, Economic and Environmental Justice".
Environmental Treaties and Resource IndicatorsCenter for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)ENTRI is a comprehensive database of environmental treaties and national resource indicators.
First War CorrespondentsTom Lansner/Columbia InteractiveThis audio slideshow describes the earliest days of war correspondence, beginning in the 1840s when British newspapers sent journalists to report on the Crimean War.
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."
Global Health Online Directory
Earth Institute at Columbia UniversityEasily searchable by location, subject, project leader, program type, and funding source, this directory lists worldwide public-health projects and programs involving Columbia University.
Harlem History
Columbia C250Harlem History presents a wealth of archival treasures and scholarship from Columbia about the history of one of the world's most famous and influential neighborhoods.
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.
International Programs Directory
Columbia UniversityThe International Programs Directory is a searchable index of ongoing international programs involving Columbia University faculty, staff, and students.
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.
Multimedia Kiosks for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures has designed and executed the content and presentation for three extensive multimedia kiosks for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.
Oil Reserves: Last ResortsJean-Francois Seznec/Columbia InteractiveProfessor Jean-Francois Seznec explains how oil producers coax crude oil from the earth by injecting gas or sea water into wells.
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).
Research Forum on Children, Families, and the New FederalismSchool of Public HealthAccess a large database containing detailed information about over 200 research projects related to welfare reform, poverty and other social issues, as well as many free publications.
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 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.
Tiananmen Square: Interactive MapAndrew Nathan/Columbia InteractiveThis astonishing interactive map of Tiananmen Square enables users to learn about the mass uprisings that took place there in 1989. Audio comments from Professor Andrew Nathan illuminate the events that took place at key locations around Beijing and the Square, including the University District, the American Embassy, and the Gate of Heavenly Peace. The map is excerpted from Professor Nathan's e-seminar Tiananmen: June 1989 and Its Significance.
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.
Transporting Oil: PipelinesJean-Francois Seznec/Columbia InteractiveLearn about major oil pipelines in the Middle East and how business and political factors affect decisions to utilize them.
Universal Declaration of Human RightsColumbia Center for New Media Teaching and LearningThis interactive text offers a unique glimpse into events that led to the document's creation and its lasting impact on world history.
World Leaders Forum
SIPA, Earth InstituteEach fall during the United Nations General Assembly, Columbia University welcomes world leaders to its campus for a series of public lectures, roundtables, and special events.
World War II PostersTom Lansner/Columbia InteractiveThese posters from the Second World War demonstrate the government's concern over secrecy during wartime, a tendency that conflicts with the journalist's desire to report comprehensively.

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