Reunion 2017: June 1 - June 4

Thursday, June 1

Friday, June 2

Saturday, June 3

Sunday, June 4

Thursday, June 1

7:00 p.m.
Engineering Welcome Dinner & CEAA Awards Presentation
Join all Engineering Reunion classes along with Columbia Engineering alumni in the New York area for an evening of dinner and cocktails in celebration of the start of Alumni Reunion Weekend!
Low Rotunda
Cost: General Alumni $60, Young Alumni (Classes 2007 – 2016) $40

Friday, June 2

9:00 a.m.
Engineering Welcome Breakfast
Start your day off with a light continental breakfast.
Mudd Building, Carleton Lounge
Cost: $15


10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Morning Lectures & Tours (complimentary): 

* Contemporary Civilization with Neslihan Şenocak, Associate Professor of History
Radical Rationalism
While often derided as religiously conservative, medieval scholastic thought was actually a radical form of rationalism. Never since have thinkers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam had such absolute confidence in human reason, as it was believed to be the God in us. How did this idea manifest itself in the works of Muslim philosopher Averroes and Christian philosopher Thomas Aquinas? Did it have roots in Platonic and Aristotelian thought? Join Şenocak to discuss the idea of reason as the God within.
 
* Art & Humanities with Robert E. Harrist Jr., the Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art History: 
Outdoor Sculpture at Columbia: A Walking Tour
Why did the donation of Reclining Figure, a large bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, spark a lively, internationally covered debate about the role of public sculpture at Columbia? What is the nature of sculpture in public places? On a university campus? What aesthetic and administrative choices lie behind the display of sculpture at Columbia? Join Harrist Jr. to revisit iconic pieces such as The Thinker by Rodin, Alma Mater by Daniel Chester French and Curl by Clement Meadmore, as well as works by less familiar sculptors such as Gertrude Schweitzer, and to discuss how works of sculpture express institutional values and ideals.
 
* Café Columbia with Andreas Wimmer, the Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy: 
Nation Building Across Ethnic Divides
Why do some nations come together across ethnic divides while others are destabilized by political inequality among ethnic groups, contentious ethnic politics, or even separatism and ethnic war? Listen to Wimmer discuss the slow-moving processes that allow political alliances to cross ethnic divides — the spread of civil society organizations (such as labor organizations or national museums), linguistic assimilation and the state’s capacity to provide public goods (such as education and health care).
 
* “The Future of News Media in the Trump Administration”
Featuring Olivier Knox CC’92, chief Washington correspondent for Yahoo! News and Michael Ricci CC’02, communications director for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
 
* Enhanced “Student Experience Tour”
Relive your student days by visiting residence halls, Butler Library and dining halls with a student guide.
 
* Wallach Gallery Tour in Manhattanville
View some of the best art on the Upper West Side at The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, recently relocated to the Lenfest Center for the Arts on the new Manhattanville campus.

* Neighborhood Tour
Learn how Morningside Heights has changed and visit community favorites like The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and The Hungarian Pastry Shop on this student-guided tour.

* Wallach Gallery Tour in Manhattanville
View some of the best art on the Upper West Side at The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, recently relocated to the Lenfest Center for the Arts on the new Manhattanville campus.


12:30 p.m.
Departmental Luncheon
Enjoy a casual lunch with Dean Mary C. Boyce, select faculty, students, and fellow graduates of your department from all years. Lunch will include a brief update on your department. Department tables with be set up at the luncheon.
Mudd Building, Carleton Lounge
Cost: $25

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Lectures & Tours (complimentary):

* Engineering Lecture with Michal Lipson, MacArthur Fellow and Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering
“Computing at the Speed of Light”
Michal Lipson will describe a new technology, nanophotonics, that incorporates light into an electronic chip. The groundbreaking technology, is expected to revolutionize the microelectronics industry since its conception a decade ago. In less than 10 years it has evolved from theoretical ideas to commercial products. This talk will describe the technology, history, new ideas and directions that are now emerging in the field of light manipulation.

* Literature & Humanities with Clémence Boulouque, the Carl and Bernice Witten Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies: 

From Divine Arbitrariness to Human Sinfulness? Cain, Abel and the Meaning of Sacrifice
The story of Cain and Abel, the first instance of sibling rivalry and unexplained divine favor and rejection, culminates in the first murder in the Bible. Join Boulouque to explore the question of sacrifice: What makes an offering agreeable to God and how does sacrifice constitute a defining feature of the human condition? How is sin characterized? And how does free will come into play in the narrative? A close reading of Genesis 4 will lead to discussion of other Lit Hum texts, including Saint Augustine’s Confessions and Milton’s Paradise Lost. Time permitting, the class will consider the modern retelling of this biblical episode in Steinbeck’s East of Eden and its film adaptation by Elia Kazan.

* Music & Humanities with Kevin Fellezs, Assistant Professor of Music
"Jazz Around the World"
Jazz has been called “America’s classical music,” yet its roots extend beyond North America and its branches spread around the world. In what way can we think of jazz as global music? Join Fellezs for a whirlwind listening tour of jazz in France, England, Japan, Brazil, India and South Africa to think about what it might mean for jazz to be “indigenized” elsewhere. Does this make jazz less American or part of global culture? Can it be both?

* Frontiers of Science with Jerry McManus CC’89, GSAS’97, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
"The Ocean and Climate Change"
How has the ocean, a crucial component of Earth’s climate system, contributed to ice age cycles? Were variations in the global system of deep and shallow ocean currents that move heat around the planet responsible for abrupt climate changes? What are the implications of the accelerated melting of ice, the oceanic storage of greenhouse heat and the ocean acidification now under way? Listen to McManus discuss the ocean’s wide-ranging role in climate change.

 
 * Women at Columbia: A View Across 30 years"
We’ll reflect on more than 30 years of coeducation at Columbia College by looking at the impact that women had, and continue to have, on the College, from the Core Curriculum syllabus, to campus life, to everything in between. Hear reflections from alumnae who graduated during the early years, as well as from younger alumnae.

* “Hamilton Treasures”: Rare Book & Manuscript Library Exhibit
A glimpse inside the Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s collection, which dates back to King’s College. The exhibition includes the “Hamilton Treasures,” which showcases some of Alexander Hamilton CC 1778’s manuscripts, books and memorabilia.

* Enhanced “Student Experience Tour”
Relive your student days by visiting residence halls, Butler Library and dining halls with a student guide.

* Neighborhood Tour
Learn how Morningside Heights has changed and visit community favorites like The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and The Hungarian Pastry Shop on this student-guided tour.

* "The History of Columbia" Scavenger Hunt


3:45 p.m.
Tax Reform – Washington Insights and Out-of-Sights with Conrad Teitell LAW’57
Far-reaching changes in income, capital gains, gift and estate taxes are grinding their way through the legislative mill. And that mill is grinding rapidly! Taxpayers of all ages, incomes and wealth levels will be affected. Teitell admits he’s no Nostradamus, but in a jam-packed and entertaining 45 minutes he’ll share his insights based on decades of observing and participating in the legislative process. Teitell is a practicing attorney, a prodigious lecturer, a prolific writer and a professor of law. He has helped draft and shape tax legislation and has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. He was one of the four invited witnesses, along with Warren Buffett BUS’51, who testified before the Senate Finance Committee on tax reform.
Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Cinema


6:00 p.m.
Class of 1977 Dinner
Enjoy a private dinner (with wine, just as good as you remember!) at this classic Morningside Heights establishment.
Pisticci
125 La Salle Street
Cost: $30

Class of 1982 Dinner
Enjoy a private reception on the new Manhattanville campus.
Lenfast Building
New Manhattanville Campus
Cost: $50

6:30 p.m.
Class of 1967 & Golden Lions Dinner
Engineering Class of 1967 joins the Golden Lions at the Russian Tea Room for a special celebratory dinner with a champagne toast welcoming the newest members to the Society.
Russian Tea Room
150 West 57th Street
Cost: $100

7:00 p.m.
Class of 2012 Reception
Snack on Latin-Asian street food and enjoy drinks before the Young Alumni Party.
La Biblioteca
622 Third Avenue
Cost: $40

Class of 2016 Reception
Join classmates for games, appetizers and limited open bar before the Young Alumni Party.
Treadwell Park
1125 First Avenue
Cost: $20

Class of 1987 Reception
Toast your reunion while enjoying food and a limited open bar.
Ascent Lounge (at Time Warner Center)
10 Columbus Circle
Cost: $45

Class of 1992 Reception
Enjoy a trip down memory lane with classmates from Columbia College and SEAS. Food provided; limited open bar.
Tom’s Diner
2880 Broadway
Cost: $25

Class of 1997 Reception
Toast to your reunion. Food and limited open bar included in ticket price.
Dream Hotel (Midtown)
210 West 55th Street
Cost: $60

Class of 2002 Reception
Hudson Terrace
621 West 46th Street
Join classmates for appetizers and limited open bar.
Cost: $60

Class of 2007 Reception
Enjoy food and limited open bar before the Young Alumni Party.
LAVO
39 East 58th Street
Cost: $40

Tri-College Shabbat Services and Dinner
Join alumni from Barnard, Columbia College and Engineering for services to welcome Shabbat beginning at 7:00 p.m., then head to your class reception or remain at the Kraft Center for Shabbat dinner.
Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life
606 West 115th Street
Cost: $60

9:30 p.m.
Young Alumni Party
The biggest young alumni event of the year! Party in style with more than 1,500 College, Engineering, Barnard and General Studies graduates. Fare and limited open bar provided.
Guastavino’s
409 East 59th Street
Cost: $40 

Saturday, June 3

8:30 a.m.: 

Engineering Dean’s Day Breakfast

All Engineering graduates join Dean Mary C. Boyce for a champagne breakfast to celebrate the induction of the Class of 1967 to the Golden Lions Society and the Class of 1992 to the Silver Lions Society.
Low Library, Faculty Room
Cost: $25 Adult, $15 Children under 12, complimentary for Golden and Silver Lions (1967 & 1992)
 
10:15 a.m. 
Morning Lectures and Tours (complimentary):
 
* Reunion Keynote Speaker with Dr. Richard Axel CC ’67
Hear from Dr. Richard Axel CC’67, University Professor and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University Medical Center. Axel won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2004.
 
* Enhanced “Student Experience Tour”
Relive your student days by visiting residence halls, Butler Library and dining halls with a student guide.
 
* Neighborhood Tour
Learn how Morningside Heights has changed and visit community favorites like The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and The Hungarian Pastry Shop on this student-guided tour.
 
* The Baker Athletics Complex Tour
Visit Columbia’s state­-of­-the-­art athletics fields and stadium.
 
Class of 1967 Luncheon & Discussion
11:45 a.m. 
Class of 1967 Luncheon
Join classmates for lunch.
International Affairs, Kellogg Center (15th Fl)
420 West 118th Street
Cost: $40
 
12 noon 
Tri-College Luncheon
Enjoy a family-friendly luncheon under a tent with Engineering and Barnard alumni and their guests. Connect with old friends or make new ones at tables organized by decade or by reunion year.
South Lawn, West and East Tents
Cost: $30 Adult, $15 Children under 12
 
1:00 p.m. 
Class of 1967 Panel Discussions
Panels will feature several esteemed classmates.
 
2:15 p.m.  – 3:45 p.m. 
Afternoon Lectures & Tours (complimentary):
               
* Extreme Engineering with Shahram Ebadollahi, Vice President, Innovations & Chief Science Officer at IBM Watson Health: "The Cognitive Era in Health"
IBM Watson Health is changing the ecosystem of healthcare to empower researchers, monitor patients and improve quality care through large-scale data curation and complex solutions. This talk will offer insight on cognitive systems--or augmented intelligence-- and highlight the impact it has for transforming healthcare organizations. 
 
* Literature & Humanities with Julie Crawford, the Mark Van Doren Professor of Humanities; the Paul Brooke Program Chair for Literature Humanities: "Resistance to Authority in Shakespeare’s Othello"
Is there an analogy between legitimate resistance to political authority and the wife’s traditional right to disobey the unrighteous orders of her husband? What happens when the ruler of the domestic kingdom does not act justly? Join Crawford in this exploration of what Desdemona and Othello have to teach us about resistance to unjust authority.
                 
* Contemporary Civilization with John Ma, Professor of Classics: "Democracy and Decision-Making in Thucydides"
Classical Athens, a direct democracy, managed an empire and fought a protracted world war with all decisions taken by vote in mass assemblies after competing speeches by politicians. Thucydides, a historian of empire and war, devotes particular attention to such decisions — notably the decisions to go to war or to escalate operations. His judgment was often critical, but was he right? Listen to Ma compare Thucydides’ judgments with actual ancient documentary records. What does the evidence tell us about the necessary conditions for viable democratic politics?
                     
* Frontiers of Science with David Helfand, Professor of Astronomy: Global Warming: "What We Know, and What We Don’t Know"
Want to dispel the misinformation and cut through the irrational exuberance in today’s public debate on climate change? Listen to Helfand’s dispassionate analysis of what we know and what we don’t yet know. Every planet’s temperature is controlled by a simple balance between the energy it receives and the energy it radiates back into space. Helfand will examine each of the main factors affecting this balance, including astronomical ones over which we have no control and the composition of our atmosphere, which we are profoundly affecting, including context from climate changes derived from tree rings and ice cores. After examining the current energy balance and what we can expect during the next few decades, Helfand will conclude by exploding a few myths and providing a rational basis for decisions about the future.
                       
* “My Startup Story” with Marco Zappacosta CC’07, Co-Founder and CEO of Thumbtack
                       
* Enhanced “Student Experience Tour”
Relive your student days by visiting residence halls, Butler Library and dining halls with a student guide.
                       
* Neighborhood Tour
Learn how Morningside Heights has changed and visit community favorites like The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and The Hungarian Pastry Shop on this student-guided tour.

 
4:00 p.m. 
Affinity Receptions (complimentary):
                       
* Veterans Affinity Reception
Hosted by the School of General Studies. All alumni and guests welcome.
                       
* Alumni of Color Reception
Hosted by the Asian Columbia Alumni Association, Black Alumni Council and Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University.
                       
* Performing Arts Group Affinity Reception
Mingle with alumni who participated in Columbia’s singing, instrumental and/or performance groups.
                       
* Varsity Athletics Affinity Reception
Reminisce and reunite with former teammates. Mingle with current coaches and staff while playing lawn games and enjoying light fare.

Great Teacher Reception sponsored by Society of Columbia Graduates
Join the Society of Columbia Graduates, and the deans of the College and Engineering to bestow the annual Great Teacher Awards upon the faculty recipients. Recipients of the Great Teacher Awards for 2017 are Professor Patricia Kitcher, the Roberta and William Campbell Professor of Philosophy and Carnoy Family Program Chair for Contemporary Civilization, and Professor Jay Sethuraman, Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Vice Chair and Director of the PhD Program. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Cost: $20
 
Alumni Interviewers Reception & Awards Ceremony
Learn more about interviewing Columbia applicants and join us to celebrate the accomplishments of current alumni interviewers.
 
4:30 p.m. 
LGBTQ Tea
Join students and alumni from Barnard, the College and Engineering. All are welcome to this popular Reunion event for members of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning alumni community.
Barnard Campus, Diana Center
Green Roof, 6th fl. 
Cost: $25
 
5:15 p.m. 
All-Class Wine Tasting 
Sip wine and mingle with alumni and their guests before your Class Reception and Dinner.
Low Plaza Tent
Cost: $25
 
6:30 p.m. 
Class Receptions & Dinners
Spend an evening with friends old and new. Please arrive on time if you wish to be in the class photo. Starlight Reception on Low Plaza included in price.
 
Class of 1947 & 1952 - $100
Class of 1957 - $100
Class of 1962 - $100
Class of 1967 - $100
Class of 1972 - $100
Class of 1977 - $100
Class of 1982 - $100
Class of 1987 - $100
Class of 1992 - $100
Class of 1997 - $100
Class of 2002 - $100
Class of 2007 - $50
Class of 2012 - $40
Class of 2016 - $25
 
9:30 p.m. 
Starlight Reception
Relax under the stars at a party with live music and dancing on Low Steps.
Low Plaza
Cost is included in Class Reception and Dinner price

Sunday, June 4

10:30 a.m. 
Farewell Brunch
Assemble with friends and classmates from the College, Engineering and Barnard at this informal family-friendly brunch.
South Lawn Tent
Cost: $30 Adult, $15 Children under 12
 
 
*Please note: Events, pricing, and locations are subject to change.
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