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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.

Professor Floyd Hammack

Chauncey G. Olinger, Jr

Lien Van Geel

All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020-2021 academic year. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

10/07/2020 Online Meeting
7:00 PM
The History and Development of "Organizational Development" at Teachers College and Columbia University
W. Warner Burke, Teachers College, Columbia University and the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science


How is it that a graduate program in social-organizational psychology ended up at Teachers College and not in the Columbia Department of Psychology? Organization Development (OD) has roots at TC, which today remains linked to the field. How and why did this linkage occur? Professor Burke will discuss the intellectual and market influences and personalities that drove this result.

11/04/2020 Online Meeting
2:00 PM
Columbia Copes with SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) Coronavirus 2 (COVID-19): A “First Rough Draft” of Columbia University History
Donna Lynne, Columbia University

12/02/2020 Online Meeting
7:30 PM
Columbia Wakes Up to Sexuality
Jack Halberstam, Columbia University