The Academic Awards Committee (AAC) of the Columbia College Student Council presented the 2014 Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching, which recognizes a faculty member’s “humanity, devotion to truth and inspiring leadership,” to Professor of Mathematics Robert Friedman P: ’13. Also presented was the 2014 Lionel Trilling Book Award, given to a member of Columbia’s faculty whose book was published in the previous year, to Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Literature in the Department of History, for his book Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013).
The awards, which were presented in the Faculty Room of Low Library, are the only academic honors judged and presented by students. The 15 AAC members, who represent a cross-section of classes and majors, audit approximately 600 hours of classes of Van Doren Award nominees and read the books under consideration for the Trilling Award.
Read more about the awards.