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Thursday, May 31

7:00 PM

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! This year's honorees are Dr. Fermi Wang, MS'89, Ph.D. '91Dr. Robert Grubbs, Ph.D. GF'68, and James Albaugh, '74.
Location: Low Rotunda
Cost: General Alumni $75, Young Alumni (Classes 2008 – 2017) $50

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Friday, June 1

9:00 AM

Engineering Welcome Breakfast

Start your day off with a light continental breakfast.
Location: Mudd Building, Carleton Lounge
Cost: $15

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM 

“1968: The Global Revolution”, Special Exhibition

Relive history with a self-guided tour of this exhibition by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library that follows pivotal events 50 years ago from Morningside Heights to Mexico City, Paris to Prague, and South Vietnam to West Berlin.
Location: Butler Library, Kempner Gallery, 6th floor (East)

10:45 AM  – 12:15 PM

Morning Lectures & Tours

Note: all lectures and tours are complimentary.

 

Café Columbia with Van Tran, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Immigrant New York and the Transformation of American Society
Using New York City as a case study, this class will examine how immigration has transformed the city’s demographic, political, socioeconomic and spatial landscape, past and present. What lessons can we learn by identifying the city’s major ethnic groups and asking how immigrants and their U.S.-born children have been incorporated into the city’s schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods? How does integration reshape patterns of ethnic and racial inequality in the city? What might our findings mean for other parts of the country?

Diversity and the Entertainment Industry, A Panel Hosted by Columbia College Women

In the era of #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite, there’s an undeniable push for more diverse voices and stories. But whose voices get to be at the table? And how can the entertainment and media industries support and encourage underrepresented voices? Get an insider’s look into how the need for diversity is being addressed in entertainment — both in how far we have come and how much more needs to change — in a panel that will include VP, associate general counsel for Viacom Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard ’93, and VP OTT video for Oath Studios, Alex Wallace ’88. Additional speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Literature Humanities with Cristobal Silva, Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Song of Solomon and Literature Humanities in the Twenty-First Century
Toni Morrison’s 1977 novel Song of Solomon is steeped in the literary tradition at the heart of the Core Curriculum. It not only demonstrates Morrison’s commitment to revealing the debts that Western literature owes to histories of colonialism and enslavement but also shows the tension between the Core’s intellectual and aesthetic goals on the one hand and the modern university’s interest in social justice on the other. Explore how this book fits into a 21st-century Lit Hum syllabus.

Manhattanville Tour

The first new buildings on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus have come to life—the first stage of a sustainable urban design that will unfold over decades. Tour two of the completed buildings on the new campus: the Lenfest Center for the Arts and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. The tour will include performance art spaces and the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Meet in the lobby of Lenfest Center for the Arts. Directions: Take the 1 train to 125th Street, or walk or take the M104 bus to West 129th Street.

Music Humanities with Julia Doe, Assistant Professor of Music, Historical Musicology

Program Music in the Romantic Age
How do composers like Mendelssohn and Berlioz translate images and narrative into instrumental form? What controversies do these works generate within the broader aesthetic discourse of Romanticism? Should orchestral music be linked to concrete language and ideas, or does its true value lie in its ability to express the inexpressible? Explore the development of programmatic music in the 19th century.

Student Experience & Neighborhood Tour

Reminisce about your days at Columbia by exploring campus and the surrounding neighborhood on this walking tour. See how much (or how little) has changed.

12:30 PM

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 will be set up at the luncheon.
Location: Mudd Building, Carleton Lounge
Cost: $25

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Afternoon Lectures & Tours

Note: all lectures and tours are complimentary.

Columbia Conversation with Ben Fried '88

Details to follow.

Contemporary Civilization with Nicole Callahan CC'05, TC'17, Core Lecturer in Contemporary Civilization

A Democracy, If You Can Keep It: Why CC (at 100) Still Matters
Shortly after the 1787 Constitutional Convention, a famous story goes, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government this new constitution would create if adopted, and he replied, “A republic ... if you can keep it.” This class will address how CC can be seen as a site of democratic hope, where texts like John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty help us to see that the underlying and essential principles of democracy, and the fundamental issues of justice, of citizenship, and of rights and responsibilities are alive and well.

Frontiers of Science with Dustin Rubinstein, Associate Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

The Evolution of Cooperation
Why do some animal species form groups that are as complicated as those of humans? How can the principles of economic game theory help scientists model the evolution of cooperation and conflict in animal society? Explore the latest research on the formation of groups and collective behavior in a diversity of animal species as we learn how genes and the environment interact to shape complex social behavior.

Manhattanville Tour

The first new buildings on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus have come to life—the first stage of a sustainable urban design that will unfold over decades. Tour two of the completed buildings on the new campus: the Lenfest Center for the Arts and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. The tour will include performance art spaces and the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.
Meet in the lobby of Lenfest Center for the Arts.
Directions: Take the 1 train to 125th Street, or walk or take the M104 bus to West 129th Street.

Student Experience & Neighborhood Tour

Reminisce about your days at Columbia by exploring campus and the surrounding neighborhood on this walking tour. See how much (or how little) has changed.

3:30 PM

A Talk with Conrad Teitell LAW’57: Learn How the New Tax Laws Affect You, Your Family, and the Causes

Conrad Teitell LAW’57 is a practicing attorney, prodigious lecturer, prolific writer, and professor of law. In addition to helping draft and shape tax legislation, he has testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means, the House Committee on the Judiciary, the Senate Committee on Finance, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS. He was one of four invited witnesses, along with Warren Buffett BUS’51, who testified on tax reform before the Senate Committee on Finance.
Location: Low Memorial Library, Faculty Room
Cost: Complimentary

Shabbat Services and Dinner

Share in the joyous Shabbat experience by joining fellow alumni and guests from Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering, and General Studies for a festive service to welcome in Shabbat followed by a family-style dinner. Services begin at 7:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 8:30 p.m.
Location: Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, 606 West 115th Street
Cost: $36

 

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Saturday, June 2

8:00 AM

Camp Columbia

Children can enjoy a full program run by Corporate Kids Events. Breakfast and dinner will be served on-site. Children will join family members at the All-Class Luncheon (included in fee).
Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 569, 2920 Broadway
Cost: Prices vary

8:30 AM

Engineering Dean’s Breakfast

All Engineering graduates join Dean Mary C. Boyce for a champagne breakfast to celebrate the induction of the Class of 1968 to the Golden Lions Society and the Class of 1993 to the Silver Lions Society.
Location: Low Library, Faculty Room
Cost: $25 Adult, $15 Children under 12, complimentary for Golden and Silver Lions (1968 & 1993)

10:15 AM

Morning Lectures & Tours

Note: all lectures and tours are complimentary.

Reunion Keynote Speaker with Paul Aster CC’69, GSAS’70

Paul Auster '69, GSAS'70, a bestselling author, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, reads autobiographical and Columbia-inspired excerpts from his acclaimed novel 4321.

MakerSpace & New Electrical Engineering Teaching Labs Tour + Talk with John Kymissis

Come visit and learn about the Columbia MakerSpace (CMS), a Columbia University-affiliated and student-run workshop that provides a wide variety of tools and space for students, artists, makers, creatives, programmers, scientists, and engineers to work, share ideas, and collaborate. We will also visit the Electrical Engineering Department's recently remodeled project and teaching laboratory space, which boasts unparalleled views of the Hudson River, Grant's Tomb, Riverside Church, Columbia's campus, and the George Washington Bridge.
Location: TBD

Student Experience & Neighborhood Tour

Reminisce about your days at Columbia by exploring campus and the surrounding neighborhood on this walking tour. See how much (or how little) has changed.

Manhattanville Tour

The first new buildings on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus have come to life—the first stage of a sustainable urban design that will unfold over decades. Tour two of the completed buildings on the new campus: the Lenfest Center for the Arts and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. The tour will include performance art spaces and the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Meet in the lobby of Lenfest Center for the Arts. Directions: Take the 1 train to 125th Street, or walk or take the M104 bus to West 129th Street.

“1968: The Global Revolution”, Special Exhibition

Relive history with a guided tour of this exhibition by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library that follows pivotal events 50 years ago from Morningside Heights to Mexico City, Paris to Prague, and South Vietnam to West Berlin.

12:00 PM

All-Class Luncheon

Gather for a family-friendly luncheon on the lawns by Butler Library. Connect with old friends or make new while enjoying a delicious picnic-style lunch.
Location: South Lawn, West and East Tents
Cost: $30 Adult, $15 Children under 12

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Afternoon Lectures & Tours

Note: all lectures and tours are complimentary.

Founder's Perspectives Entrepreneurship Panel: From Inspiration to Innovation

Dean Mary Boyce moderates a panel discussion featuring SEAS entrepreneurs Jessica Tsoong '08 (EIR, Relay Ventures; co-founder WiFi SLAM), Kacey Ronaldson-Bouchard, Ph.D. (a founder of TARA Intelligence Inc.), and Chelsey Roebuck '10 (co-founder ELiTE, Inc.). Hear the personal journeys of three successful alumni entrepreneurs and explore the diverse paths each created to accomplish and advance their ideas to consumer and marketplace.

Literature Humanities with Deborah Martinsen SIPA'82, GSAS'90, Adjunct Associate Professor of Russian Literature

Getting Away with Murder
By the end of Part One, the protagonist of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment has committed a double murder, yet many readers want him to get away with it. Explore how Dostoevsky plunges readers into Raskolnikov’s fevered brain, makes us complicit in his escape and then converts protagonist and readers alike into ex-utilitarian nihilists.

Contemporary Civilization with Richard John, Professor of History and Communications

Social Media and Contemporary Civilization from Aristotle to Zuckerberg
Political theorists from Plato to John Stuart Mill have warned us about the perils of public opinion. Does social media prove them right? Whither Contemporary Civilization in the age of Facebook and Google?

Frontiers of Science with David J. Helfand, Professor of Astronomy

The Universal Timekeepers: Reconstructing History Atom by Atom
By using the building blocks of matter as little clocks, we are now able to reconstruct in quantitative detail a remarkable history of human and natural events. From a detailed understanding of the human diet to the events surrounding the origin of the Solar System, these universal timekeepers provide us with a precise chronology from the beginning of time to the moment humans emerge. We’ll explore this profound history lesson together.

Manhattanville Tour

The first new buildings on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus have come to life—the first stage of a sustainable urban design that will unfold over decades. Tour two of the completed buildings on the new campus: the Lenfest Center for the Arts and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. The tour will include performance art spaces and the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Meet in the lobby of Lenfest Center for the Arts. Directions: Take the 1 train to 125th Street, or walk or take the M104 bus to West 129th Street.

Student Experience & Neighborhood Tour

Reminisce about your days at Columbia by exploring campus and the surrounding neighborhood on this walking tour. See how much (or how little) has changed.

4:00 PM

 

Affinity Receptions

Note: All Alumni Affinity Receptions are complimentary

Alumni of Color Reception

Engage and build community with fellow alumni of color. Hosted by the Asian Columbia Alumni Association, the Black Alumni Council and the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University. Refreshments will be served.

Alumni Interviewers Reception

Celebrate the service of current alumni interviewers and learn how to start interviewing Columbia College applicants yourself! Refreshments will be served.

Hillel: Jewish Life at Columbia Reception

Learn about Jewish life on campus from Brian Cohen, executive director of Columbia/Barnard Hillel Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, who will share a few words on the changing landscape of Jewish university life. Refreshments will be served.

Friends of Bill W. Meeting (AA)

Columbia Alumni Center, Schapiro Conference Room, 8th Floor, 622 W. 113th St.

Performing Arts Groups Reception

Enjoy a performance by the Alumni Singers in an all-Columbia program featuring music tied to Morningside’s rich history in the arts. Solo and choral selections include pieces associated with the Varsity Show, Broadway, the Barnard Gilbert & Sullivan Society, campus singing groups and Sha Na Na, as well as some of Columbia’s great college songs. Audience members will be invited to join the ensemble for the choral selections and will have the opportunity to mingle with alumni attendees who participated in campus vocal, instrumental and theatrical groups.

Varsity Athletics Reception

Reunite with former teammates and meet current coaches and staff, while playing lawn games with former athletes. Refreshments will be served.

Veterans Reception

Gather together with proud alumni who have served. Hosted by the School of General Studies. Refreshments will be served.

Great Teacher Awards Reception

Join the Society of Columbia Graduates and the deans of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering to bestow the annual Great Teacher Awards upon this year&rsquo;s honorees. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.<br />
Cost: $20

4:30 PM

LGBTQ Tea

Join alumni and students from the College, Engineering, Barnard, and General Studies.
Location: Barnard Campus, Diana Center, Green Roof, 6th fl.
Cost: $25

5:15 PM

Low Plaza Wine Tasting

Sip wine and mingle with alumni and their guests before your Class Reception and Dinner.
Location: Low Plaza Tent
Cost: $25

9:30 PM

Starlight Celebration

Dance the night away to live music, or enjoy a final night on Low Steps with friends over delectable desserts and champagne.
Location: Low Plaza
Cost is included in Class Reception and Dinner price, $10 for non-reunion years

 

*Please note: Events, pricing, and locations are subject to change.

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