Intellectual fellowship encompasses both the theorist and the practitioner... scholars may come from the academy or the mundane world. Only in this fashion can we hope to rediscover the unity of knowledge and lay the foundation for the wisdom man requires.”

—Frank Tannenbaum

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The University Seminars
& Columbia University

As independent entities, the University Seminars can take intellectual risks the University might not otherwise assume. They provide something every great institution needs: a small area where activities are fast, cheap, and out of control. Columbia is one of the few universities, or businesses, with the courage to institutionalize such independence.

The Seminars link Columbia with the intellectual resources of the surrounding communities. This outreach also offers to both worlds the fruits of interaction and mutual criticism, as well as the advantages of close contacts: a place to network, establish ties, exchange scholarly or professional news, or explore either side of the job market.