Mission Statement

Established in 1944 by Frank Tannenbaum, The University Seminars are an ever-changing, self-generating academic enterprise. Professors and other experts, from Columbia and elsewhere, gather on an ongoing basis to consider issues of practical and theoretical importance that cross the boundaries between university departments. In this way, The University Seminars link Columbia University with the intellectual resources of the surrounding communities. This outreach offers to both worlds the fruits of interaction and mutual criticism.


Seminars are closed to the general public; however, seminars welcome new members, both from Columbia and from the larger community. To be invited to attend a seminar, please write to the seminar chair expressing your interest and qualifications in the seminar’s area of study.