Climate change is a reality and not to address it is gross negligence by government and irresponsible as citizens.
— Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), in signing the “Under 2 MOU” agreement, which joined New York State in a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050
Sculpture exists to be in your way, to force you — as the viewer, as the participant — to interact with it.
— Roberto Ferrari, Columbia’s curator of art properties, leading a walking tour about sculpture on campus
Developing an experimental practice can be a lonely business — they don’t understand you, or they think you’re crazy.
— Wolfram Knauer, director of Germany’s internationally renowned jazz research center JazzInstitut Darmstadt, on saxophonist Charlie Parker’s innovations in bebop
“There is no easily discernable structure to olfaction … Considering that, I ask you to describe to someone the smell of an orange without ever mentioning an orange. Odor, I argue, can be recreated and communicated only by association to past experience.”
— Dr. Richard Axel ’67 at the lecture “Scents and Sensibility: Representations of the Olfactory World in the Brain”
I hope we all leave here with the notion that we are right to be outraged about the conditions that real people live in in this country, and we will be wrong if we drop out. There’s so much we can do … it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
—Maya Wiley LAW’89, counsel to NYC mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at the panel discussion “Awakening Our Democracy: Ferguson, Charleston & Beyond”
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