The History of Columbia University

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This seminar provides a forum where issues that define the institutional, intellectual and social history of Columbia University will be given scholarly consideration. Speakers will consist of a mix of “outside” specialists in American academic history and Columbia “insiders” who have had a direct involvement with a particular issue and a familiarity with recent Columbia folkways.

Dr. Floyd Hammack

Mr. Chauncey G. Olinger, Jr

Alicia Bowen

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



10/03/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Columbia, Allen Ginsberg (CC '48), and the Beat Poets
Allen Tobias, Former Assistant to Allen Ginsberg

11/07/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
"saying no to zeus": the barnard college-columbia college merger
Robert A. McCaughey, Barnard College, Columbia University

12/05/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
How Columbia Shaped Frank Tannenbaum and How the Latin Americanist Frank Tannenbaum Shaped Columbia
Barbara Weinstein, New York University

02/06/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Earth’s Days: Leaping from Environmental Law’s Roots at Columbia in 1969 to Climate Change Law in 2019
Michael Gerrard, Columbia University

Nicholas A. Robinson, Pace University and Yale University

03/06/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Hoe the columbia university press became part of the university
Jennifer Crewe, Columbia University

04/03/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
A Brief History of Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons (now the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons) and Stories of Some of the
Peter Wortsman, Columbia University

05/01/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
My Columbia Years
George Rupp, Columbia University