Sydney S. Gross
Director of Communications
Robert L. Belknap SIPA ’57, GSAS ’59, professor emeritus of Russian in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, longtime Literature Humanities instructor and former acting College dean, passed away on March 17. “Bob was a magisterial teacher of literature in true Columbia tradition, a guiding intellect and scholar in the field of Russian literature and a committed educator who devoted his energy and vision to making Columbia an institution to be proud of,” said Liza Knapp GSAS ’85, department chair and associate professor of Slavic. “From start to finish he was a man of integrity, wit, wisdom and goodwill.”
The Teagle Foundation has awarded Columbia, along with Yale University and the University of Chicago, a $280,000 grant for a three-year collaborative research project to study the significance, impact and role of core curriculum programs housed within research universities, strengthen the three institutions’ core text-based programs and engage others in similar work.
“Retranslating Literary Classics: A Panel of Cervantes, Montaigne, and Dostoevsky,” this spring’s Literature Humanities Course-wide event, was held on March 7 in Miller Theatre and moderated by Susan Bernofsky, director of literary translation at Columbia.
Five accomplished alumni were presented with 2014 John Jay Awarsd for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner on March 5. This year marked the 36th annual dinner; 195 honorees and 11 decades of alumni have been honored. The dinner raised $1.1 million for the John Jay National Scholars Program, which provides financial aid and special programming to enhance the academic and extracurricular experiences of outstanding students.
On Wednesday, February 26, the Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program is thrilled to present its 2014 Spring Forum featuring distinguished guest speaker Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation.
Columbia College is pleased to introduce the new Columbia College Annual Report, which for the first time not only highlights the Columbia College Fund, as in the past, but also provides an overarching picture of Columbia College throughout the last academic year.
Columbia has partnered with Tokyo’s Waseda University to launch a new summer program that will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the influential works of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, director of the classic film Rashomon.
Columbia will offer a new program this summer that provides undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to excavate and learn together at Hadrian’s Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most important of the Roman imperial villas, located in Tivoli near Rome.
Columbia College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter welcomed 22 new members as Junior Phi Beta Kappa members on January 31.
Five accomplished alumni will be presented with 2014 John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at the annual John Jay Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, March 5.