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Winners of the Mark Van Doren and Lionel Trilling Awards Announced

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Columbia College is pleased to announce the winners of the 34th Lionel Trilling Book Award and the 47th Mark Can Doren Award for Teaching. These awards are bestowed by the Academic Awards Committee of the Columbia College Student Council.

Mark Van Doren Award

Congratulations to James Leighton Professor of Chemistry and the winner of the 47th Annual Mark Van Doren Award for teaching. The Mark Van Doren Award was established in 1962 in celebration of Mark Van Doren, a renowned scholar of the art of writing literature. As a faculty member of Columbia’s English Department, Mark Van Doren adhered to a personal standard that is now the award’s requirement “humanity, devotion to truth and inspiring leadership.”

Lionel Trilling Award

Congratulations to Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies and the winner of the 34th Annual Lionel Trilling Book Award for his book Hitler’s Empire: how the Nazis Ruled Europe (2008). The award it is given to a member of Columbia’s faculty whose book published in the previous year upholds a level of excellence commensurate with the work of Lionel Trilling. The Lionel Trilling Award was established in 1976 in honor of Lionel Trilling, author, Columbia faculty member of 44 years, and, in the words of the student Academic Awards Committee, “one of the greatest literary critics of his time”.

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