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