Columbia College has announced the names of 22 seniors who will be initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. The students were chosen by a faculty selection committee of Phi Beta Kappa members based on the breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs, as well as recommendations from faculty members who have worked closely them.
The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of students to study human rights and to produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies resist intolerance and stand up for democratic values. Fellows participate in month-long programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lyon or Warsaw. Current sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent graduates in all academic disciplines are eligible to apply. Applications are due January 10, 2013.
New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor CC ’96 spoke to students at the Robert K. Kraft Family Center for Jewish Student Life on December 4 in a 90-minute conversation that ranged from politics and the Obamas to journalism, reflections on her own career path and practical advice for students.
Teodolinda Barolini, the Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian and chair of the Department of Italian, and Richard Lansing CC ’65, professor of Italian studies and comparative literature at Brandeis, are receiving the Modern Language Association of America’s 15th annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies for their work, “Dante’s Lyrics: Poems of Youth and the Vita Nuova.”
Benjamin Jealous CC ’94, president of the NAACP since 2008, has been named to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list for 2012. Jealous, 39, is a fifth-generation member of the civil rights organization and the youngest president in its history.
University Trustee Jonathan S. Lavine CC ’88 will be honored with the Anti-Defamation League's 2012 Distinguished Community Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the ADL in New England. Lavine is also a recipient of the John Jay Award for professional achievement.
The annual Columbia University Treelighting Ceremony will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, on College Walk, followed by the annual Yule Log Ceremony from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in John Jay Lounge. All Columbia University community members are invited to participate in the Treelighting.
Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East).
University Trustee Jonathan D. Schiller CC ’69, LW ’73 received the Alexander Hamilton Medal at a gala dinner in Low Rotunda on November 15. The medal, the highest honor paid to a member of the College community, is presented by the Columbia College Alumni Association for distinguished service to the College and accomplishment in any field of endeavor.
The Center for the Core Curriculum will present Sophocles’ Oedipus the King for students in the first-year Literature Humanities course at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Low Library. The play will be performed by the Acting Class of the Theatre Department of the School of the Arts. Members of the Columbia College community are welcome to attend.