Jon Crispin's Notebook

The Columbia Center for Archaeology

Posted in Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 26/09/2014

I took the train into New York City (125th Street Station) yesterday to speak to faculty and students at The Columbia Center for Archaeology.  One of the (newly tenured!) faculty, Zoe Crossland, had been an early supporter of the suitcases, and through her I was introduced to Brian Boyd, who directs the center.  I spoke there two years ago and really enjoyed interacting with the whole group.  When I present to organizations like this, I get so much positive feedback that it really fuels me to keep going.  Yesterday, it was mostly grad students and faculty and I was thrilled to interact with folks who are so involved in their own projects. As the shooting begins to wind down, I hope to be able to spend a lot of time at colleges and universities talking about the collection.  So thanks to Zoe and Brian.  It was a great experience.

Oyster Bar

Posted in Architecture, Art, Buildings, Cities, Food, History, Travel by joncrispin on 19/02/2012

Sorry, it’s been a while. /  I took the Metro North train from New Haven to New York on Friday.  I could have taken Amtrak from Springfield, but it goes into Penn Station and I prefer Grand Central.  I arranged to arrive with time to spare, so I had some Cotuits and a pan roast at the Oyster Bar. / Just after my Kickstarter page went up, Zoe Crossland from Columbia University contacted me about coming down to give a seminar on the Willard suitcases project.  She connected me with Brian Boyd who set it all up, and at 5.30 I was sitting in a room with a great group of faculty and students from the anthropology and archeology departments.  I was hoping for lots of feedback and dialogue and wasn’t disappointed.  I showed selected photos from what I have done so far and we had a great discussion. / Had a very productive day at the museum last Thursday and will be back shooting in the next few days.

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