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Columbia250 Calendar: Save the Dates!

Columbia 250th Save the Dates!

A spring history series, “Our Past Engaged: Four Turning Points in Columbia’s Recent History,” has been added to the Columbia250 events calendar. The four sessions will be moderated by Barnard history professor Robert McCaughey, author of Stand, Columbia, and will be held in Low Library Rotunda on April 7, 13, 20 and 27. Each lecture will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.

Each session will include an introduction by McCaughey, remarks by a keynote speaker, discussion with several panelists and a question-and-answer period. Jacques Barzun Professor of History and Social Science Ken Jackson will speak about “Columbia University in the City of New York: The Late 19th Century” on April 7, followed by Provost and Allan Nevins Professor of History Alan Brinkley on “Columbia Intellectual Life in the 1950s” on April 13, Barnard history professor Rosalind Rosenberg on “Beyond the Knickerbockers: Inclusive Columbia” on April 20 and McCaughey on “Columbia ’68: A Chapter in the History of Student Power” on April 27.

This calendar, which highlights Columbia250 and College events throughout 2004, will be updated in each issue. For more information on Columbia250 events, or to register to receive regular site updates and information throughout the celebratory year, go to, send a note to or call toll-free (877) 250TH-CU.

For more information on College events, including registration, go to
events or contact the Alumni Office: (212) 870-2288 or toll-free (866) CC-ALUMNI.


El Regreso: Latino Alumni Homecoming

Saturday, March 27, 7–11 p.m.
Low Library Rotunda

Latino alumni are invited to celebrate cultural and personal achievements. An alumnus/a is awarded the Latino Heritage Award for recognition of outstanding contributions to the Latino and/or Columbia community.

Columbia College Coeducation Celebration

Thursday, April 1, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Low Library Rotunda

Columbia College and Columbia College Women celebrate 20 years of coeducation. Women in higher education will be honored. Tickets: alumni and friends, $35; young alumni (classes 1998-2003) $25; students: free by lottery based on alumni donations.

Dean’s Day

Saturday, April 3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Morningside campus

Open to parents, alumni and students, Dean's Day offers a chance to be a "student for a day" by attending lectures given by Columbia faculty members. This year, several alumnae in higher education will offer lectures.

NEW! C250 Spring Series: “Our Past Engaged: Four Turning Points in Columbia’s Recent History”

Wednesday, April 7; Tuesdays, April 13, April 20 and April 27, 6 p.m.
Low Library Rotunda

Moderated by Professor Robert McCaughey, author of Stand, Columbia: April 7: “Columbia University in the City of New York: the Late 19th Century,” speaker: Professor Ken Jackson; April 13: “Columbia Intellectual Life in the 1950s,” speaker: Provost Alan Brinkley; April 20: “Beyond the Knickerbockers: Inclusive Columbia,” speaker: Barnard Professor Rosalind Rosenberg; and April 27: “Columbia ’68: A Chapter in the History of Student Power,” speaker: McCaughey with discussants Professor Wm. Theodore de Bary ’41, Lewis Cole ’68 and Jacqueline Russo ’04.

Asian Alumni Reception

Wednesday, April 14, 7–11 p.m.
Low Library Rotunda

Asian alumni and current students are invited to mingle and celebrate their culture. An alumnus/a is awarded the Asian Heritage Award for recognition of outstanding contributions to the Asian and/or Columbia community.

C250 Symposium: Earth’s Future: Taming the Climate

Thursday, April 22, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Friday, April 23, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Roone Arledge Auditorium

What limits our ability to control Earth’s climate? This topic will be illuminated by perspectives from a number of disciplines such as earth, ocean atmospheric, political and social science, and ethics and international law.

Columbia Community Outreach

Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Opening ceremony: Low Plaza

This student-led initiative that seeks to unite the University community and raise awareness for volunteerism. Volunteers participate in more than 40 citywide service projects. Online registration deadline is 9 p.m., April 23 ( cu/outreach.) You also may register the day of the event on Low Plaza.

BeBop Is a Dance: A Columbia Center for Jazz Studies Public Program

Tuesday, April 27, 8 p.m.–10 p.m.
301 Philosophy Hall

A constellation of BeBop legends, including pianist Sir Charles Thompson, drummer Eddie Locke, tap legend Jimmy Slyde and bassist Earl May, will investigate the connection of BeBop and dance in performance and discussion. Open to the public.

C250 Symposium: Brain and Mind

Thursday, May 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Friday, May 14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Miller Theatre

This symposium will help outline the accomplishments and limitations of both traditional approaches in neural science — the reductionist and holistic — in an attempt to delineate the problems that confront neural science today. Featuring Columbia Professors Eric Kandel, Richard Axel ’67 and Thomas Jessell.

Baccalaureate Service

Sunday, May 16, 4 p.m.
St. Paul’s Chapel

Academic Awards & Prizes Ceremony

Monday, May 17, 11 a.m.
Low Library Rotunda

Class Day

Tuesday, May 18, 10 a.m.
South Field


Wednesday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.
Low Plaza and South Field

Reunion Weekend

Thursday–Sunday, June 3–6
Morningside campus and
New York City

The College invites alumni whose class years end in 4 or 9 to return to campus for a weekend filled with events, parties, dinners and time to visit with classmates.

C250 Community Day

Saturday, September 18,
9 a.m.–10 p.m.

Columbia hosts a gathering for its Morningside Heights neighbors.

C250 Symposium: The 21st-Century City and Its Values: Urbanism, Toleration and Equality

Friday, October 1, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Morningside campus

In large cities, multiple cultures marked by deep differences in values, beliefs and interests coexist. This symposium, led by Professors Hilary Ballon and Ira Katznelson ’66, turns to the themes of urbanism, toleration and equality to think about how to protect and cherish this variety while coping with its perils.

NEW! C250 Symposium: Frontiers in Creativity 1300–2004

Friday, October 1, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

Organized by Columbia professors Elaine Sisman and Andras Szanto, this symposium features historians, artists, curators, critics and cultural commentators, directors, composers, scholars and producers who will confront the prospects for innovation at the start of the 21st century. An evening event will present improvised works in music and dance and discussion about the intersection of new music and technology.

Homecoming and Columbia250 Closing Weekend

Friday–Saturday, October 1–2 Morningside campus and Baker Field


Southern California College Day, Los Angeles

Saturday, March 13, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wyndham Bel Age Hotel, West Hollywood, Calif.

This event, modeled on Dean’s Day, offers a chance to be a “student for a day” by attending lectures given by Columbia faculty members.

Washington, D.C., College Day

Sunday, September 12,
9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location TBA

Open to parents and alumni in the Metro D.C. area and modeled on Dean’s Day, this event offers a chance to be a “student for a day” by attending lectures given by Columbia faculty members.

Lisa Palladino




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