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Vol. 6, Issue 9

Event Spotlight: What Nostalgia Was

Nostalgia is a sense of longing for times from the past, generally associated with sentimentality and fond memories. However, this relatively benign impression of nostalgia is vastly different from its definition when the term was coined in the 17th century, when it was an accepted medical diagnosis and potential cause of death. Thomas Dodman, Assistant Professor of French, explores the psychological and historical underpinnings of nostalgia in his book, What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion. 

Learn more about Dodman’s research into nostalgia in his interview with our work-study student Kelsey Troth.

Join us tomorrow, February 19, from 6:00 -7:30 PM for What Nostalgia Was: The History of a Deadly Emotion. Free and open to the public!

Featured Events:

For our complete event calendar, including listings from across Columbia University and New York City, please visit our website

Wadada Leo Smith - Comparing Domains of Improvisation

February 20 | 3:00 -4:30 PM
Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University

Comparing Domains of Improvisation welcomes Wadada Leo Smith for his presentation on Create, Its Philosophy and Practice in Creative Music. Students and faculty from all NY metro area colleges and universities are welcome. Please contact the group organizer, Marc Hannaford ( to RSVP.

Jennifer Wenzel - The Disposition of Nature

February 24 | 6:15 -7:15 PM
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University

How do literature and other cultural forms shape how we imagine the planet, for better or worse? Jennifer Wenzel tackles the formal innovations, rhetorical appeals, and sociological imbrications of world literature that might help us confront unevenly distributed environmental crises, including global warming. Free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

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Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Assistant Director of Co-teaching, Center for Science and Society

Open Until Filled. The postdoctoral scholar will work with faculty at the Center for Science and Society to prototype, implement, and evaluate a new cross-disciplinary co-teaching program. The postdoctoral scholar will compile a survey of such programs, then guide and advise the development of the co-teaching program into a University-wide initiative that may also include a major in science and society.

Working Groups for The Center for the Study of Social Difference

Due Feb 28, 2020. The Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University sponsors working group from Columbia faculty that challenges the disciplinary divides among the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Projects should align with the mission of “Women Creating Change” or “Imagining Justice."

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