Mission Statement

The University Seminars at Columbia University is an ever-evolving academic enterprise. Individual seminars consist of professors and other experts, from Columbia and elsewhere, who gather on an ongoing basis to consider issues of practical and theoretical importance that cross the boundaries of academic departments. In this way, The University Seminars link Columbia University with the intellectual resources of the surrounding communities. This outreach offers the fruits of interaction and mutual intellectual enrichment to all participants.


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.