Though we may not be able to see it, history is all around us.
We at The Eye have always known that. Though primarily trained in the art of sight—Jane Jacobs, after all, instructed us to keep vigil over the streets—we also have our ears on alert. We’re always listening for formative stories of our institution that, for whatever reason, weren’t chosen to be memorialized in plain sight. The stories that didn’t make it out of the past.
With The Ear, we’re creating a concentrated place to remember these stories. Each week, we’ll be bringing a story from Columbia’s history to life in sound with a podcast episode released on our website (as well as on Apple Podcasts: please subscribe!). By examining the history of Columbia in 20-minute audio stories, The Ear will aim to enrich and intellectualize what it means to be a student at Columbia today. The present, after all, is often best understood in relief from the past.
For our first episode, we thought it would make the most sense to begin at the center of campus, with the Sundial. If you’ve ever wondered why Columbia’s Sundial can’t tell time, tune into this week’s podcast to learn the reason why—and to hear more about what we at The Eye hope to do with the rest of our first season.
We’re looking forward to sharing what we’ve learned with you.
The Ear Production Staff