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Humanities faculty in the media, including articles, interviews, and recent awards.
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Philosophy Professor Teaches Core Classics at Women’s Prison

For 20 weeks over the spring and summer, philosophy professor Christia Mercer commuted 40 miles north of Morningside Heights to teach Literature Humanities at Taconic Correctional Facility.



Rachel Adams and Victoria Rosner (English & Comp Lit)

"Columbia students are so very interested in social justice. This was an opportunity to make a concrete impact."

Read about "Philanthropy and Social Difference," the new course co-taught by Adams and Rosner, in Columbia News.


Susan Boynton (Music)

Boynton recently delivered two talks, Sound and Image in the Middle Ages and The Latin glosses in the Irish Liber Hymnorum and their context in Continental Manuscripts, while in Dublin on a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute.


Shamus Khan (IRWGS)

Khan was awarded a 2017 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, for his devotion to scholarship, dedication to his students, and commitment to mentoring.

More information on the Presidential Teaching Awards is available here.

Alice Kessler-Harris (IRWGS)

Part two of Kessler-Harris's online course, "Women Have Always Worked,"recently launched on edX. This second part focuses on the ways in which women's work has changed the home, the workplace, and the nation from the 20th century through the present.

Both parts of the "Women Have Always Worked" MOOC are available now at

George Lewis (Music)

Four new releases from Lewis have recently become available:

Roosevelt Montás (Center for American Studies)

Montás was recently interviewed in Qué Pasa, where he discussed technology, the humanities, and the Common Core.

Read the interview, "El rescate del Humanismo," here.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (English & Comp Lit)

Spivak was invited to inaugurate this year's Vienna Festival Week, giving a talk titled "What Time Is it on the Clock of the World?"

Watch a recording of Spivak's talk here.

Robert Thurman (Religion)

"The Indian and Tibetan Contributions to the River of World Buddhism," has been awarded funding through the Provost's Massive Online Open Course Request for Proposals.

More on awardees of the Provost's grants is available here.

Colm Tóibín (English & Comp Lit)

"The best novels are filled with a secret, which if told will be explosive. All the things people don’t tell people."

Tóibín discusses his new novel, House of Names, at


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Faculty Books

Dennis Tenen (English & Comp Lit)
Plain Text: The Poetics of Computation (Stanford UP, 2017)


Jenny Davidson (English & Comp Lit) 
Reading Jane Austin (Cambridge U Press, 2017)

Jack Halberstam (English & Comp Lit)
TRANS* A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (UC Press, 2018)

Brinkley Messick (MESAAS)
Shari'a Scripts: A Historical Anthropology (CU Press, 2017)

Jeremy Dauber (Germanic Languages and IIJS)
Jewish Comedy: A Serious History (WW Norton, 2018)

Colm Tóibín (English & Comp Lit)
House of Names (Scribner, 2017)

Brent Hayes Edwards (English & Comp Lit)
Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (Harvard U Press, 2017)

Bruce Robbins (English & Comp Lit)
The Beneficiary (Duke U Press, 2017)

Branka Arsić (English & Comp Lit) and K. L. Evans
Melville’s Philosophies (Bloomsbury, 2017)


Deadline: July 14, 2017

The Berggruen Prize is a $1 million award that recognizes humanistic thinkers whose ideas have both intellectual depth and long-term social and practical value across nations and cultures.

More information here.

Deadline: July 15, 2017

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of four to eleven months.

More information here.

Deadline: September 4, 2017

The Heyman Center for the Humanities Fellowships will provide four junior and four senior Columbia faculty with course relief that will allow them to reduce their teaching loads to a minimum of one course per semester in order to conduct research and to participate in a regular weekly seminar.

More information here.