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Probing An “Open Wound”: Polish-Jewish Relations During World War II

Last Thursday, an episode in the “In Dialogue” series—events focusing on Polish-Jewish relations throughout history—was held in Low Library. Senior Staff Writer Abby Rubel attended.

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Varsity Show Tix On Sale Today!

Looks cool, right Tickets for the 122nd Annual Varsity Show go on sale today! Get yours here. The show is on April 29th and 30th at 8 PM. There will also be a matinee on May 1st at 2 PM along with a night show at 8 PM. Whether or not you went to the West End […]

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Bwog Goes Deep: Bwogstitution Day

Sometimes we forget, but Columbia has some freaking awesome stuff.  In our efforts to remind ourselves of this, we bring you a new series: Bwog Goes Deep, in which we find cool shit in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and tell you about it.  Chances are you immediately deleted it, but last week an […]

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Go Join WikiCU

In a mood inspired by times past, Bwog has been meditating over institutional memory a lot recently. Though our community benefits from the healthy, competitive presence of at least two robust publications, many of the finer points of our contemporary experience are annually lost come May. Bwog humbly suggests that you help to remedy the […]

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Read Sophomoric Op-Eds of Yesteryear

Earlier this morning, our august print newspaper, the Columbia Daily Spectator, announced that they have put a limited number of their archives online. Until today, Spec’s archives have been read by a very small number of people—smaller, even, than the number of people who read contemporary editions. Why? Spec’s archives have only been available in […]

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One Fewer Excuse To Stay In Bed With Netflix

Once upon a time (the 1930s), the Upper West Side’s Metro Theater played movies—the real, live kind that you have to buy a ticket for. Since then, it’s provided a roof for a brief foray into the “adult film” industry, a couple of big-shot cinema chains, and a host of legal kerfuffles and vacancies. But as the old adage tagline […]

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Bwoglines: Like You Need an Excuse Edition

You can go back to sleep! The end of Daylight Savings has delivered another sweet sixty minutes to your day, so it’s now an hour earlier than you thought it was. Though it happens every year, one national news outlet or another perennially feels the need to narrate the history of this curious organizational phenomenon. […]

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Bwoglines: Satire Edition

Today’s Bwoglines challenge the things you love most: Cartoons: Pinocchio should be punished, Spongebob will destroy our children (Slate, Atlantic) Cigarettes: The future of smoking is e-cigarettes. (NYMag) Sex: Has been displaced by Facebook. (Gizmodo) World History: It’s whatever. (New Yorker) Take-Out: It’s evil! (Gothamist) Emoticons: Sometimes they look like vaginas. (NYT) Google: Is actually taking over the world. (WSJ) There’s one exception! Beavis and Butthead […]

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A Note on Alexander Hamilton

He’s an important guy. Here are some things you should know about him: he founded the New York Post; he went to college here, but did not graduate; he is Michael Cera. If you want to learn even more, a biopic on Alexander Hamilton airs tonight at 10 pm on Channel 13. According to the […]

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Bwoglines: Historical Matters Edition

History Professor Eric Foner strikes gold—for the second time! Yesterday, Columbia University awarded the Bancroft Prize to Foner for his book “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.” Thanks to CU, Foner will also receive $10,000 (!) in prize money. Damn, it must feel good to be a Tweedster. (ABC News) There’s good food in […]

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History Is Being Made

An event being held to mark the recent release of “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery” by history professor and avid collector of newspaper clippings Eric Foner is happening right now. Attendees are packed into Davis Auditorium to hear some of America’s most prominent historians (Ira Berlin, David Brion Davis, and Robin Blackburn, […]

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Foner Disapproves!

Eric Foner, Most Famous Professor of All Time and CC ’63, stopped by the Colbert Report last night to talk textbooks and Texas. Mr. Colbert was discussing a recent Texas Schoolboard vote approving a “conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks.” Who better to comment than the author of your AP US History textbook: Sir […]

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These Academic Designations They Are A-Changin’

The Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC) is now the only-slightly-less pronounceable Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS). The name changes comes with the addition of African Studies to the larger, interdisciplinary department. The Earth Institute announced a new undergraduate major in Sustainable Development. Previously students studying […]

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Sexy Time with the History Channel

History Professor David Eisenbach, who served as communications director for Mike “I’m bat-shit insane and running for President” Gravel, is about to make it big. He announced via an email to, as far as we can tell, his entire address book that he will finally fulfill his life’s dream this Sunday. What do history professors […]

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