Columbia Dedicates New Manhattanville Campus


The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is one of two new buildings that will open in Manhattanville this spring. / Photograph by Frank Oudeman
The Jerome L. Greene Science Center is one of two new buildings that will open in Manhattanville this spring. / Photograph by Frank Oudeman


On October 24, President Lee C. Bollinger led a ceremony attended by distinguished faculty, deans, and students, as well as local civic and community leaders and internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano of Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which designed the campus master plan with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Piano also designed the first buildings to rise on the campus: the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which houses the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and the Lenfest Center for the Arts.

Read more at the Columbia Magazine article and check out the new Columbia Manhattanville website.

Alumni Leader Reflects on Successful Leaders Weekend


Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend is an annual conference where the University's top alumni leaders and volunteers gather to exchange best practices, advice, and ideas. Please read more about Leader's Weekend at the Low Down article.



"Hamilton" wins 2016 Edward M. Kennedy


Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus
Daveed Diggs (left), Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ''Hamilton.'' / Photograph by Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton recently won Columbia’s 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. The hip-hop musical based on Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton reimagines the American Revolution and the early years of the Republic with a cast of predominantly Black and Latino actors. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith created the $100,000 prize, administered by Columbia Libraries, to honor her brother, the late senator from Massachusetts. This year’s jury, which included Columbia professors Farah Jasmine Griffin, Rashid Khalidi, and James Shapiro ’77CC, selected Hamilton because it “celebrates the evolving history of the United States, of hip-hop, and of the musical theater.” (For more on Hamilton, see Columbia Magazine’s Winter 2015 feature story “Hamilton is in the House.”) Read more of this article at Columbia Magazine.



Sunday, July 12, 2015, 6-8:30 pm.

Take your social media to the next level - no matter what your experience!

Sree Sreenivasan, @sree, is back in London, for another of his Social Media One-Night Stand sessions. The last one here, at the British Library in October, trended in London despite being organized and announced just 30 hours ahead of the session. This time, there's just a touch more planning! He'll be sharing what he's learned from sold-out sessions in Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Miami, NYC, Boston, Seattle and elsewhere.

The event is Sunday, July 12, 2015
6-8:30 pm

VENUE: The Proud Archivist
2-10 Hertford Road 
N1 5SH London

Since it's Wimbledon Finals Sunday, come early and catch the match and get yourself some dinner before or after the workshop.

The ticket prices include one complimentary drink. 

THE #sreeLDN WORKSHOP: This special, advanced social-media class is designed to specifically help professionals in any field make the most of digital, mobile and social media. You will be expected to know the basics and be ready to dive into a session filled with practical, actionable tips and case studies. Sree will cover:

  • How to deepen your connection with your audience via social media
  • New tools you must absolutely know and use
  • How to build your personal brand
  • Ways to take better smartphone photos for Instagram and other platforms.
  • Ways to increase your followers, fans, and connections
  • Metrics: why you need to understand them and how you can do just that
  • Sustainable social media — how to keep from drowning in information and make the most of your digital efforts

THE SPEAKER: Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) is Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (@metmuseum), where he's worked for 22 months. Before that, he was a professor of digital media and the first Chief Digital Officer of Columbia University for 21 years. In June 2015, he was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, though he says he's not even the most creative person in his apartment - or his department. 

He promises this workshop, like his tweets, will most likely be: helpful * useful * informative * relevant * practical * actionable * entertaining * fun * & occasionally funny. 

Find @sree on Twitter • SreeTips & Sreenet on Facebook • @sreenet on Instagram • check hisLinkedIn profile • his website, •  his email: sree at sree dot net.

Join us for this unique advanced social-media workshop and an evening of more learning than you thought possible!

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2015 World Writers' Festival

The Columbia Global CentersǀEurope (Paris), in partnership with the Bibliothèque nationale de France is proud to present the 2015 World Writers' Festival

The Columbia Alumni Association and The Columbia University Club of France invite you to join fellow alumni for what promises to be an extraordinary literary weekend.

This year’s Festival include the following writers - -

Sulayman Al Bassam (Kuwait) 

Carmen Boullosa (Mexico) 

A.S. Byatt (UK) 

Javier Cercas (Spain) 

Michel Faber (UK)

Aleksandar Hemon (Bosnia/US)

Sayed Kashua (Israel)

Etgar Keret (Israel) 

Yiyun Li (China/US) 

Les Murray (Australia) 

Edna O’Brien (Ireland)

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya (India/US)

Lydie Salvayre (France)

Gary Shteyngart (US/Russia) 

Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenya) 

Samar Yazbek (Syria) 

RSVP for Festival events and programs below and look for more information in the coming weeks!

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Register today with the Columbia University Club of France. 

Columbia Global Centers

Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate the collaborative and impactful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world to enhance understanding, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange.

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Class of 2015: Welcome to the Alumni Family!


Welcome to the alumni family.

We're glad to have you.

Congratulations on completing your degree - but the best is yet to come! The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) is your lifetime connection to Columbia, and to a powerful community comprised of over 320,000 alumni worldwide. Take advantage of this vast Columbia alumni network. The CAA has so much to offer you.

With your free lifetime CAA membership, you can:.

  • Gain access to curated programs and discount tickets to the arts through CAA ARTS ACCESS
  • Find an instant community of friends wherever you go through your local ALUMNI CLUB in New York or in over 100 cities around the world. 
  • Access exclusive career opportunities and coaching through CAA CAREERS
  • Create your own alumni experience based on your passions and interests by joining or creating your own SHARED INTEREST GROUP
  • Show your pride in Columbia and have some fun on social media by becoming a ColumbiaSOCIAL ambassador. 
  • Receive alumni-only invitations to exclusive EVENTS in New York and in your area.  

Join now by updating your information in the Alumni Directory:


The Italian Academy

The Italian Academy is one of the world’s leading centers for advanced research in the humanities and sciences. In addition to a long-standing focus on the arts and pioneering sponsorship of the sciences, it foregrounds global social issues, often as they impact Italy and America.

McKim, Mead & White’s historic 1927 Casa Italiana is the setting for the Academy’s conferences, concerts, films, and exhibitions. 


Fellowship Program

The core of the Academy’s work is its Fellowship Program for scholars. The distinctive Humanities and Neuroscience Project includes an annual conference on cutting-edge neuroscience research.

Other Initiatives

Other initiatives include the Compagnia di San Paolo Italian Academy Distinguished Visiting Professorship; the Academies Project at the Italian Academy, supported by the Kress Foundation and the Warburg Institute; and the Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art, which sends students to work at Hadrian’s Villa near Rome.

Cultural programs include a series bringing world-class Italian music to New York, as well as the Premio New York for promising young Italian artists.


Columbia’s excavation at Hadrian’s Villa was born from a flourishing new Italian Academy initiative, which introduced a donor to Columbia professors Francesco de Angelis and Marco Maiuro. Photo: Jens Haas.


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Columbia University at the Venice Biennale

Columbia University has been connecting alumni and friends with the best of the global art world, including Columbia artists and architects featured at the Venice Biennale for the past six years. Recent highlights include Sarah Sze, on faculty at the School of the Arts, who represented the United States in 2013. This year another Columbian, alumna Joan Jonas ’65SOA, holds the same honor. 

This May, please join us in Venice to celebrate Columbia and creativity at the Columbia Alumni Association’s (CAA) reception in the garden of the Metropole Hotel. 

Special guests include Carol Becker, Dean of the School of the Arts, and Donna MacPhee ’89CC, P: ’17CC, Vice President, Alumni Relations, President, Columbia Alumni Association.

Invitation to follow.

Date: Saturday, May 9
8:30–10:30 p.m.

Location: Metropole Hotel
Riva degli Schiavoni 4149
Venice, Italy

Price: Complimentary

Register today!

If you have questions or would like information on potential hotels in Venice,
please contact us at

Alumni Travel Program

Put on your traveling shoes and explore the world.

The Alumni Travel Study Program allows Columbia alumni to combine learning and pleasure through domestic and international travel. The travel study experience is often enriched by the participation of Columbia faculty members.

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