Statement of the Department of Art History and Archaeology

The Department of Art History and Archaeology expresses its firm solidarity with all our students who have been subjected to arrest, suspension and harassment as they exercise their constitutional rights of free speech and peaceful assembly. We unequivocally condemn the decision to bring armed New York City police in riot gear into our campus, and the arrests and suspension of over 100 students. This decision constitutes an unconscionable threat to both free speech and public safety. We strongly urge President Shafik to ensure that all charges against the student protestors are dropped, their suspensions revoked, and the records of sanctioned students expunged.

We continue to support the rights of all students to peaceful protest and condemn all forms of hate speech, harassment, and incitements to violence. We reaffirm our staunch commitment to academic freedom without interference from external actors. The university administration and the President’s office must engage with faculty and students, and armed police must be removed from campus immediately.

Art History at Columbia University

When the National Research Council, in its most recent report, rated Columbia as the foremost institution in the nation for art history scholarship, it again recognized a legacy of excellence dating back more than seven decades. Meyer Schapiro earned Columbia's first Ph.D. in the field in 1929 with a dissertation that was to revolutionize the study of Romanesque art. In the years since, scholars here have shaped nearly every area of study in the field: art and architecture of the Americas until 1550 to postmodern, style analysis to critical theory.

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