Launch of the History of Knowledge Blog

 The German Historical Institute has launched History of Knowledge, a blog that will “serve as a venue for the exchange of ideas and information on the history of knowledge.” The website includes visual and expository media from scholars of varying disciplines. Continue reading


Cluster Leader Christia Mercer’s Op-Ed Published By NBC News

Christia Mercer’s (Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University) op-ed piece on the value of prison literary programming has been published by NBC News. The column “Reading Gives People in Prison Hope. But Some States Want to Take … Continue reading


Ramón y Cajal Exhibit Jan 9 – Mar 31 at the Grey Art Gallery

Visitors will have the exciting chance to see the vivid illustrations of the father of neuroscience in an upcoming exhibition at the Grey Art Gallery at NYU. The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal includes around 80 live-like depictions of the brain by the renowned scientist and illustrator that are still in use today in the medical profession. Continue reading


Columbia Scientists Aid in Landmark Lead Paint Ruling

In a Tuesday ruling, a California Court of Appeal found three paint manufacturers responsible for health hazards relating to lead paint, and upheld an earlier edict for the companies to pay to stop the harm. Two Columbia scientists and Mailman … Continue reading


Launch of Online Publication, “Medical and Health Humanities”

Medical and Health Humanities has officially launched its online publication, which features 22 regular writers and guest contributors from across the country and around the world. Medical and Health Humanities was founded in 2017 by Arden Hegele, a literary scholar, and Rishi … Continue reading


Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience End of Year Newsletter

The Center for Science and Society and the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program are pleased to present its End of Year Newsletter which includes information on program activities in the 2016-2017 academic year and welcomes our newest PSSN scholars. … Continue reading


Center for Science and Society End of Year Newsletter

The Center for Science and Society is pleased to present its End of Year Newsletter which includes information and reviews about Center activities in the 2016-2017 academic year and offers a preview of upcoming events in Fall 2017. To read our newsletter, please … Continue reading


Center for Science and Society Welcomes Four New Postdoctoral Scholars

The Center for Science and Society welcomes four new postdoctoral scholars in two of its programs: The Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program welcomes 2017 Scholars Federica Coppola and Noam Zerubavel. The two incoming postdoctoral scholars were selected from a highly competitive pool … Continue reading


Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library Acquires Seminal Astronomical Texts

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University recently acquired two astronomical texts by Caroline Lucretia Herschel and Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora. Continue reading


Summary Report for “Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture,” April 5 – 8, 2017

Over the course of five days, the WEAVING: COGNITION, TECHNOLOGY, CULTURE (April 5 – 8) conference at Columbia’s Center for Science and Society brought together artisans, researchers, scholars and curious visitors to explore the art and science of weaving. Continue reading