World Leaders Forum: Student Engagement at the Columbia Global Centers

Date: September 18, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus Faculty Room, Low Memorial Library

In this World Leaders Forum discussion, Columbia faculty and students will have a dynamic conversation on student engagement at the eight global centers. Discussion participants will include:

  • Professor Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President, Global Centers and Global Development

  • Professor John Huber, Professor of Political Science; with students from the Columbia Summer Program in Tunis and Istanbul: Democracy and Constitutional Engineering

  • Professor Susan Boynton, Professor and Chair of the Department of Music; with students from Art Humanities and Music Humanities in Paris

  • Dean Michael Pippenger, Dean of Undergraduate Global Programs; Assistant Vice President of International Education; with students from the Columbia Global Seminar in Istanbul: Byzantine and Modern Greek Encounters

This will be a firsthand opportunity for students to discuss ways in which the Columbia Global Centers network can be leveraged to address issues that matter to them. These discussions will illustrate the interdisciplinary collaboration being exhibited through the centers across the world.

About the Columbia Global Centers

The Columbia Global Centers are located in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago. The centers form the core element of Columbia's global strategy, which is to expand the University's ability to contribute positively to the world by advancing research, producing new knowledge, learning, discussion, and discovery about the most important global issues through a truly global perspective.

For more information about the global centers, please click here.

About the Columbia Summer Program in Tunis and Istanbul: Democracy and Constitutional Engineering

Beginning in summer 2015, Columbia University offered a new intensive three-week summer program focused on democracy. The program took place in Tunis and Istanbul and enrolled Columbia students alongside students from leading universities in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. The substantive focus of the program is on the concept of democracy, the challenges of democratic transitions and consolidation, and trade-offs associated with different ways of organizing democratic institutions.

The Summer Program on Democracy in Tunis and Istanbul is the result of collaboration with Columbia Global Centers | Middle East in Amman, Columbia Global Centers | Turkey in Istanbul, and the Office of Global Programs. The program is supported by the Lee C. and Jean Magnano Bollinger Fellowship.

For more information about the Democracy and Constitutional Engineering program, please click here.

About Art Humanities and Music Humanities in Paris

Columbia University offered Art Humanities and Music Humanities as a single program during the summer of 2015. The program allowed students from Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of General Studies to complete these two courses together over six weeks in Paris, a special opportunity in a city suited to artistic investigation.

While the courses met separately, there were many points of overlap and shared excursions. The syllabi emphasized the musical and visual cultures of Paris, and productive exchanges between the two classes were fostered through shared topics and class trips, including both concerts and museum visits.

For more information about the Art Humanities and Music Humanities program in Paris, please click here.

About the Columbia Global Center in Istanbul: Byzantine and Modern Greek Encounters

Building upon its existing relationship with Bogaziçi University and the Global Center, Columbia University developed a new spring 2015 program in which students anchor their studies in Istanbul by Hagia Sofia participating in two Columbia-style seminars taught by two distinguished Columbia faculty. Although distinctive in their subject matter and disciplinary approach, each addresses the question of how, from the Middle Ages to the present, westerners have interpreted and incorporated features of Greek culture.

This program was developed with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information about the Columbia Global Seminar in Istanbul, please click here.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia Global Centers.

Registration for this event is full and closed. A video of the event will be archived on the World Leaders Forum website shortly after the event date.