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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Columbia University - Morningside Heights Campus
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Relive your Columbia College experience at Dean’s Day 2015 by joining alumni from all class years on campus to celebrate this annual Columbia tradition.

Intellectual Programs

Lectures 10:15 a.m. | complimentary

Keynote Speaker

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns CC’93, Associate Professor of Psychology
Thinking About Identity (and Cultural Implications)

Society of Columbia Graduates Great Teacher Award Lectures

  • Brent Stockwell, Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry
    Life, Death, Drugs and the Origin of New Ideas
  • Professor Patricia Culligan, Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanic Engineering
    Greening New York To Promote Sustainability

Mini-Core Classes 2:15 p.m. | complimentary

Literature Humanities
Why Does Athene Pull Achilleus’s Hair?
Julie Crawford, the Mark van Doren Professor of Humanities and Chair of Literature Humanities ( This class is sponsored by Columbia College Women)

Contemporary Civilization
The Invisible Hand and the Golden Dream
James Zetzel, the Anthon Professor of the Latin Language and Literature and former Chair of Contemporary Civilization

Frontiers of Science
Birds are Dinosaurs!

Paul Olsen, the Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Music Humanities
Lessons from Jazz

Chris Washburne, GSAS’99, Associate Professor of Music and Director, Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program

Other Highlights

Sam Steinberg: Special Reunion Exhibition complimentary

Gatherings & Receptions

  • Dean’s Breakfast 8:30 a.m. | $25 adult / $10 children 12 and under
  • Lunch 12:00 p.m.
    • BBQ Luncheon $30 adult / $15 children 12 and under
    • Society of Columbia Graduates Great Teacher Awards Luncheon $30 adult / $15 children 12 and under
  • Wine Tasting 5:15 p.m. | $25
  • Plaza Reception 6:30 p.m. | $50/$30 Young Alumni (2005 to 2015)
    Enjoy an evening reception with hors d'oeuvres and drinks outdoors. The cost for the reception includes dancing and entertainment at the Starlight Reception on Low Steps at 9:30 p.m.
  • Starlight Reception 9:30 p.m.
    Dance under the stars on Low Steps — an evening you won't forget.

Campus and Neighborhood Tours 10:15 a.m. | complimentary

  • The Baker Athletics Complex Tour
  • The Neighborhood Tour
  • The Student Experience Tour
  • The Columbia Underground Tour
  • The Garden Tour

Film Screenings 2:15 p.m. | complimentary

  • PBS special Treasures of New York, featuring Columbia University
  • 1935 short Meet the Professor! featuring the Columbia University Band and Columbia’s fight songs
  • Short segment by Ed Gray CC’71 about Sam Steinberg, Morningside Heights' artist-in-residence from the 1960s through the 1980s

Affinity Receptions 4:00 p.m. | complimentary

  • Columbia University Band
  • Spectator
  • Varsity Athletics
  • Columbia Veterans
  • Columbia Kingsmen Performance