Columbia Story Time

When it comes to writing, Columbia boasts some pretty impressive alumni. Notable Columbia authors include Paul Auster '69CC, '70GSAS, Allen Ginsberg '48CC, Joseph Heller '50GSAS, Zora Neale Hurston '28BC, and Jhumpa Lahiri '89BC - just to name a few.

To celebrate this contribution to the written word and to introduce you to some Columbia writers, we’ve recorded readings of excerpts from three alumni-authored books with a little help from some Columbia staff members. 

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Your Weekly Low Down | April 29, 2016

An out-of-the-ordinary tour of the Met and some amazing alumni achievements are on our radar this week. Here is your Columbia alumni weekly Low Down:

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Engineering Alumni Use Lending Startup to Help Fellow Immigrants


Published on Behalf of Rohit Mittal '12SEAS

My co-founder, Priyank Singh '11SEAS, and I graduated from Columbia a few years ago. I did an MS in Operations Research and he did an MS in Computer Science. We both originally moved to the United States from India and, like all international students, we had to figure out a lot of new things, including transportation, culture, and housing.

 

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Your Weekly Low Down | April 22, 2016


This week, we are celebrating Earth Day and the Pulitzer Prize winners and learning about Columbia's baseball connections.

We are also remembering and honoring Bill Campbell. 


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Remembering Bill Campbell

Posted on Behalf of Columbia Alumni Association President Donna MacPhee 
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Dear fellow alumni, 

I wanted to share with you the sad news that Bill Campbell '62CC, '64TC has passed away. As an outstanding alum, a University trustee, former Chair of the Trustees, football coach, and a devoted fan and supporter of our students and athletics, Bill had a vision and tireless energy that helped shape our University. He embodied what we all should feel‚ÄĒthat Columbia is an incredibly special place.¬†
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Columbia to Cooperstown

 

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Did you know that five Columbia alumni have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?  

With another spring training in the books and baseball season back in the swing of things, we take a look back at the Columbia greats who made it all the way to Cooperstown.

Read on for even more hard-hitting trivia:

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Primary Special: Politics in the Media

If you've been following the 2016 presidential election, it should come as no surprise that income inequality has become a (if not the) leading issue in the race. The increased attention to this disparity and the threat it poses to the middle class, is due‚ÄĒat least in part‚ÄĒto the media. An example of the kind of light that journalists have shone on the issue is the 2014 New York Times opinion series, The Great Divide, which was entirely devoted to discussing income inequality. The series was moderated by Columbia professor¬†and Nobel Laureate,¬†Joseph Stiglitz, and eventually became the basis for his book of the same name in 2015.¬†

In the midst of this growing national conversation, the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) held a panel discussion about the discourse around income inequality during the 2016 presidential election season, with a special focus on the media. In addition to Joseph Stiglitz, the panel also included New York Times economics reporter Patricia Cohen and New York Review of Books contributor Michael Massing. Anya Schiffrin '00JRN, director of the International Media, Advocacy and Communications Specialization at Columbia SIPA, served as the evening's moderator.

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Your Weekly Low Down | April 15, 2016

Columbia startups, data, and inventions were on our radar this week. 

 

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A Little Friendly Competition

2016-Startup-Columbia-blue.jpgFor this episode, we spoke to some of Columbia's up-and-coming entrepreneurs, all of whom were winners in the 2015 Columbia Venture Competition. 

These entrepreneurs competed for a top prize of $250,000 at the #StartupColumbia Festival. The objective? To give the judges compelling evidence of market acceptance for their value propositions. Nearly a year later, we asked each of these companies what they're doing, how placing in the competition has affected their business, and what it means to them to be Columbia entrepreneurs.

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Your Weekly Low Down | April 8, 2016

Catch up on the latest news from your Columbia alumni community this week.

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