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.

Mr. Chauncey G. Olinger, Jr

Dr. Floyd Hammack

Mark Jamias

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



10/04/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Big Picture: The Distinctive U.S. Higher Education System and Implications for Columbia College and the University
Floyd Hammack, New York University

11/01/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Core Curriculum in the Context of the Great Books Movement
William N. Haarlow, Northwestern University

Respondent 1: Roosevelt Montas, Columbia University

Respondent 2: J. Scott Lee, Association for Core Texts and Courses

12/06/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Evolution of the Core Curriculum at Columbia College
Roosevelt Montas, Columbia University

02/07/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
University Protest and Activism
Jocelyn Wilk, Columbia University

03/07/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
BOOK LAUNCH -- A Time to Stir: Columbia '68
Moderator: Paul Cronin, Mark Rudd, Ray Brown, Karla Spurlock-Evans

05/02/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
A Columbia Student Politician Remembers the Spring of '68: A Contrarian View of '68
Chauncey Olinger, Columbia University

Respondents: John Rousmaniere and Jack Kahn,