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View From Your Ivory Tower #7

One reader who correctly guesses the campus on which this photograph was taken will win a one-year subscription to our print magazine. Also, get the answer from last week's contest.

First, the answer to last week's contest: Columbia University. Many readers guessed correctly, but we selected winner Joe Rojas-Burke for the poetic color in his answer:

As undergrads at Columbia, we flocked to 'The Steps' in front of Lowe Library like marine iguanas on a rocky shore.

When he submitted the photograph back in March, Justin Taylor (who, by the way, once wrote a great piece for us about Icelandic goats) described the details of the scene this way:

[H]ere's a view of the Columbia University main campus taken from the shared office in the graduate writing program (4th floor Dodge Hall), where I'm teaching this semester. As you can see, it's rainy today. The steel barricades are for tomorrow. I think the president of Afghanistan is visiting.

And with that, here's this week's mystery photo:


Check back next Friday for notes on where this photograph was taken—and see if your guess was accurate. And, in the meantime, consider submitting a photograph of your own.

Happy guessing!

View From Your Ivory Tower is a photo submission contest. High-resolution photographs of views from the windows of places of higher education should be emailed to and include the name of the institution and a description of the buildings or landscapes pictured. Those whose photos are selected will receive a free one-year subscription to our print magazine.