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Columbia Dedicates New Manhattanville Campus

 

The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is one of two new buildings that will open in Manhattanville this spring. / Photograph by Frank Oudeman
The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is one of two new buildings that will open in Manhattanville this spring. / Photograph by Frank Oudeman

 

On October 24, President Lee C. Bollinger led a ceremony attended by distinguished faculty, deans, and students, as well as local civic and community leaders and internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which designed the campus master plan with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Piano also designed the first buildings to rise on the campus: the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which houses the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and the Lenfest Center for the Arts.

Read more at the Columbia Magazine article and check out the new Columbia Manhattanville website.

Alumni Leader Reflects on Successful Leaders Weekend

 

Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend is an annual conference where the University's top alumni leaders and volunteers gather to exchange best practices, advice, and ideas. Please read more about Leader's Weekend at the Low Down article.

 

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"Hamilton" wins 2016 Edward M. Kennedy

 

Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus
Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton recently won Columbia’s 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. The hip-hop musical based on Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton reimagines the American Revolution and the early years of the Republic with a cast of predominantly Black and Latino actors. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith created the $100,000 prize, administered by Columbia Libraries, to honor her brother, the late senator from Massachusetts. This year’s jury, which included Columbia professors Farah Jasmine Griffin, Rashid Khalidi, and James Shapiro ’77CC, selected Hamilton because it “celebrates the evolving history of the United States, of hip-hop, and of the musical theater.” (For more on Hamilton, see Columbia Magazine’s Winter 2015 feature story “Hamilton is in the House.”) Read more of this article at Columbia Magazine.

Columbia Global Centers

Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate the collaborative and impactful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world to enhance understanding, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange.

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Adam Tooze is Incoming Director of the European Institute

We are pleased to announce that Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, will become the Director of the European Institute on July 1, 2015.

Professor Tooze will be joining Columbia this summer, coming from Yale University, and teaching modern history with a particular emphasis on Germany, economic history, social theory and the philosophy of history.

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The CAA's Traveling Classroom Explores the World

The CAA Alumni Travel Study Program goes around the world on thought-provoking sojourns.  Many trips include a faculty member or featured expert that makes these adventures a kind of traveling classroom for the curious mind.  

Featured Alumni Travel Study Trip: Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) on our remarkable journey to Sicily and the Amalfi Coast from May 31 to June 7, 2015. It is truly Italy at its very best. You will explore thousands of years of culture from the ancient Greeks, through Pompeii, right up to the modern pleasures of throwing your own pizza dough in a private cliff top home. Throughout, you will settle into lovely 4-star hotels, take leisurely walks on footpaths with breathtaking views, and meet the local people who get to take these dramatic settings for granted. Add in a limoncello tasting here and an afternoon at your villa-hotel’s pool there, and this will be an experience you’ll always remember.

Explore the itinerary and get more information here.

Other upcoming trips include:

  • Small-ship voyage exploring the sites and history of the Celtic Lands, May 12 - 21, 2015
  • A nine-day journey through the great National Parks of California, June 6 - 14, 2015
  • Exploring one of the most biologically unique places on earth, the Galapagos Islands, June 17 - 24, 2015
  • A singular safari visiting Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, August 5 - 19, 2015
  • An air, land and cruise inclusive exploration of China & Tibet, September 29 - October 12, 2015
  • And more: http://alumni.columbia.edu/research-learn/travel-study-trips

Check out the latest news on campus

Manhattanville

As new fields of knowledge emerge, the nation's universities are growing to pursue the expanding missions of teaching, research, public service, and patient care. With only a fraction of the space enjoyed by our leading peers across the country, Columbia has had to face an especially critical need for space in a dense urban environment.

While Columbia is a globally respected academic center, it is also a vital local New York institution, committed to the economic, intellectual, social, and cultural vitality of our neighborhoods and city. In that spirit, together with our West Harlem neighbors, elected representatives, and civic leaders, Columbia has developed a plan for a mixed-use academic center that provides a long-term future of shared opportunity in the old Manhattanville manufacturing zone of West Harlem.

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Illuminating Our Future

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The Columbia Campaign came to a close on December 31, 2013, and the University’s future is brighter than ever. In every area of study within the University and every pursuit in the common interest beyond it, Columbia and Columbians are moving forward with renewed energy. In scientific research, policy study, the professions, teaching, medical treatment, and more — we’re creating new knowledge, transmitting it to the next generation, and driving the future forward.

Read here for Campaign Highlights

Alumni Travel Program

Put on your traveling shoes and explore the world.

The Alumni Travel Study Program allows Columbia alumni to combine learning and pleasure through domestic and international travel. The travel study experience is often enriched by the participation of Columbia faculty members.

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