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Cultural Diversity in Columbus

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The cover story of the March 2014 issue of Columbus Monthly explored recent changes in the ethnic and cultural diversity of Columbus and the recent uptick in the number of foreign-born residents. It contained interviews with some foreign-born residents as well as many eye-opening statistics. If you saw the article you know that the total foreign-born population in the city is 104,000 (out of a total population of 822,553 [2013 estimate]). According to the U.S. Census the majority of recent immigrants have come to Columbus from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The proportion of foreign-born residents in our city is higher than other cities in the region including Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati and Cleveland. 

If you would like:

  • to see a copy of the Columbus Monthly article you may check it out from the reference department's magazine section.
  • to see detailed population diversity data for Columbus as compiled by Harvard University covering the years 1999 to 2012 and including such topics as neighborhood integration and economic opportunity, it is available online.
  • to know about the cultural milieu of the people that have immigrated to Columbus, go to the library’s database, The Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America.
  • to learn the language of a person who has immigrated, or, if English is not your first language, go to the library’s database, Mango Languages and get free lessons.
  • to read about a new federal act that aids the children of immigrant parents, you may find information about it in an April 14, 2014 Columbus Dispatch article in the library's database.

If you are a recent immigrant yourself you may find the following resources helpful:

Graduation Speeches and Other Free Advice

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Graduation speeches are known for being boring and soon-forgotten, but occasionally one overcomes the stereotype and becomes popular. Some are so relevant that they are published. A few have become best sellers. One of the best examples of this is Anna Quindlen’s A Short Guide to a Happy Life that sold more than a million copies after its publication in 2000. 

Other, more recent entries into the field are:

Further advice for recent graduates can be found in:

​​The Reference Department's database Masterfile Premier contains a wide range of commencement addresses as well as other important speeches in the publication Vital Speeches.Here is just one from that collection called What to Worry About (And What Not To). It was given by David Brooks to the graduates of the University of the South in May 2013.