Columbia College Alumni Association

Dean’s Day 2015

Event Info

Date & Time

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Columbia University - Morningside Heights Campus

Intellectual Programs


10:15 a.m.

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 (four options)

2:15 p.m.

Literature Humanities
Counsel in Homer’s Iliad, or Why Does Athene Pull Achilleus’s Hair?

Julie Crawford, the Mark van Doren Professor of Humanities and Chair of Literature Humanities

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

Gatherings & Receptions

  • Dean’s Breakfast 8:15 a.m.
  • Lunch 12:00 p.m.
    • BBQ Luncheon 
    • Society of Columbia Graduates Great Teacher Awards Luncheon 
  • Wine Tasting 5:15 p.m.
  • Evening Reception 6:30 p.m.
  • Starlight Reception 9:30 p.m.

Film Screenings 

  • 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.

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