Featured are recent news from the press and community relations of our membership of academic, cultural, health, and religious institutions.
Music professor Gail Archer is interviewed on WNYC's "One NY Artist," where she discusses her own career as a female organist in a male dominated field, as well as the need to promote women composers and their musical work. She also discusses Musforum, an online magazine and network for
Columbia’s Europe Global Center kicks off its first-ever Festival des Écrivains du Monde—World Writers Festival—this weekend, bringing more than 30 renowned writers from a host of countries to give talks and read from their works at venues in central Paris. The event is designed “to reinforce the fact that New York City is the cultural and literary capital of the U.S. and Paris is that of France,” said Paul LeClerc, director of Columbia’s Europe Global Center, which is based in Paris. “They are twin cities linked in this instance by combining their two best cultural and educational organizations.”
Calvin Sims, a Ford Foundation executive and former New York Times correspondent, has been appointed President and CEO of International House. A cross-sector leader with more than 20 years of experience in journalism, philanthropy and international affairs, Sims has served as Program Officer for the Ford Foundation since 2007, focusing on the development of a free and responsible press worldwide. His work helped foster new and innovative models of reporting, disseminating and financing news, with a concentration on social justice issues, diversity of voices, standards and ethics, and press freedoms. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Sims spent 20 years at The New York Times, where he was a director, producer and foreign correspondent and played a central role in the newspaper's expansion into television, documentaries and the Web. He anchored the Times's nightly television news program, hosted a weekly podcast on foreign affairs and produced an acclaimed documentary for PBS on the rise of radical [...]
Marc Gary, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of The Jewish Theological Seminary, comes to JTS from his most recent post as executive vice president and general counsel of Boston's Fidelity Investments, one of the world's largest providers of financial services. Recognized for innovative and transformational leadership in his role at Fidelity, Mr. Gary was pivotal in company management as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He helped establish company strategy, set business objectives, and oversaw a legal department of more than 220 professionals. He is a former member of the JTS Board of Trustees (2006 to 2012), for which he served as chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force. He firmly believes that JTS is the institution best suited to answer the question: what unique contributions will Judaism make to individual lives and the North American community as a whole in the 21st century? Previously, Mr. Gary rose to the position of executive [...]
Rev. Daniel O’Reilly heads Corpus Christi parish. He is Catholic chaplain at Columbia University, as well as being Director of the University Apostolate for the Archdiocese of New York. Corpus Christi will once again be the university parish for Columbia. Fr. O’Reilly was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx. He attended Regis High School in New York City and majored in philosophy at Princeton University before entering the seminary for the Archdiocese of New York. After earning Master’s degrees in theology and divinity from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, he was ordained a priest in 2003 and appointed parochial vicar at Resurrection Church in Rye, New York. Since 2008, he has served as Director of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York, Spiritual Director for the St. John Neumann Seminary College in Yonkers, and Catholic Campus Minister at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx.
Athena CenterfellowshipsBarnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies has announced its inaugural class of Athena Distinguished Fellows. This new program recognizes leaders from the most senior levels of the public and private sector, who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women leaders in the United States and worldwide.
While researching her new book Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II, Farah Griffin, the William B. Ransford Professor of English, Comparative Literature and African American Studies, unearthed lots of evidence of the many stories of the period that her mother has shared with her over the years.
economyelectionsRajiv SethiA paper co-authored by Prof. Rajiv Sethi is receiving national media attention. The study, titled Trading Strategies and Market Microstructure: Evidence from a Prediction Market, examined how one "mystery trader" lost between $4 million and $7 million betting on a Mitt Romney victory in the 2012 Presidential Election. An
With a nod to his “tightly crafted works of fiction and nonfiction” the MacArthur Foundation today announced that Donald Antrim, associate professor in the Writing Program at the School of the Arts, will be among the 24 “genius” fellows it named for 2013. Antrim is the author of the novels Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers and The Verificationist, as well as a memoir, The Afterlife. He contributes fiction and nonfiction to The New Yorker, and his work has appeared in The Paris Review and Harper’s.
globalgovernmentleadershipWomen in Public Service ProjectSeveral United Nations representatives, former heads of state, and other global leaders joined 11 student delegates from across the country for a day-long discussion of how to grow the ranks of women in government leadership positions worldwide. The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) conference, held
Columbia University is constructing a new 12-story building at 3595 Broadway on the southwest corner of Broadway and 148th Street. The Meeting with God Church, currently located at 3581 Broadway at 147th Street, will be moving into the ground level space of this new building. The remaining areas of the new building will include affordable housing units for some residents currently living in the area of Manhattanville in West Harlem where the C University is building a new campus. The building is expected to be completed in 2015. Construction Update for the weeks of September 30, 2013 and October 7, 2013 What is Happening Excavation/foundation work Finish underpinning (reinforcing) a portion of the south wall of the site What to Expect The community should expect the following in the coming weeks: Regular weekday work hours: 7:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. Small machinery on site Parking lane closures around the project site Please note that all activities [...]
Age has hardly slowed the legendary cartoonist Al Jaffee. At 92, with the still sonorous voice of a radio announcer, he continues to freelance for Mad magazine, where he has worked for 58 years, creating such iconic features as “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” and, most notably, the Mad fold-in. Now, Jaffee and his wife Joyce have donated his archives to Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and those who grew up on his subversive, entertaining comics can enjoy and study the remarkable output of his 70-year career.