Core Centennial

A year of celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Core Curriculum will kick off with a special event on Friday, September 27, in Low Rotunda. Attendees can come for all or part of the opening day, which will feature refreshments, talks and activities. The festivities start at 9 a.m. with remarks from President Lee C. Bollinger and Dean James J. Valentini.

A “Core Stories” panel will follow, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with Core faculty and alumni reflecting on their Core experiences. There will also be breakfast, a historical exhibit, and an opportunity to take photos or shoot a video at the Core Storytelling booth.

A panel on the “Enduring Core,” with the current Core faculty chairs, is slated from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The heads of Literature Humanities, Contemporary Civilization, Art Humanities, Music Humanities and Frontiers of Science will discuss both the Core’s enduring relevance and its distinction from other undergraduate approaches to education. Midday refreshments will be available.

Attendees must RSVP to secure a space at this limited-seating event. For more information, and to register, go to

In addition, alumni are invited throughout the year to participate in a community memory project, Core Stories, which aims to give voice to the experience and impact of the Core. Reflections, memories and more may be shared at