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Professor Annette Insdorf: Rising Interest in Holocaust FilmsThere is still tremendous audience interest in Holocaust films because younger generations want to know what happened to their parents and grandparents, and aging survivors feel an urgency to speak, said Columbia film professor Annette Insdorf in an interview in December 2002.
Professor Casey Blake: Crisis of American Cities in the 1970s Helped Fuel Outcry Against Public ArtOffice of Public AffairsHistory professor Casey Blake says publicly funded art, part of an effort to revitalize American cities, eventually became seen as symbols of failed government attempts in the 1970s to improve urban America.
Professor Casey Blake: World War II Memorial Attracts ControversyOffice of Public AffairsThe World War II Memorial Project on Washington, D.C.'s mall has generated controversy, notes historian Casey Blake. Among other issues, its size does not represent the modesty of the World War II generation, whose contributions to Americans continued after the war.
Professor LynNell Hancock: Americans Have Long Felt Ambivalent About Aid to PoorOffice of Public AffairsAmericans have long felt ambivalent toward those in poverty and who should qualify for government assistance. LynNell Hancock, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Journalism, discusses the various issues and shifting attitudes of both policy makers and the public in responding to the poor.
Professor Michael Seidel: Lou Gehrig's Time at Columbia Was Marked by Two Colossal Home RunsOffice of Public AffairsEnglish professor Michael Seidel, author of books on Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, says Lou Gehrig's baseball career at Columbia was highlighted by two colossal home runs. As a pitcher, Gehrig held the Columbia strike-out record from 1922 until 1978.
Professor Robert O'Meally: Ralph Ellison and Jazz as an American InstitutionOffice of Public AffairsRobert O'Meally, founder and director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, discusses jazz as an American institution, Ralph Ellison's quintessential jazz novel Invisible Man and the Center for Jazz Studies' interdisciplinary approach.
Professors Edlund and Pande: Divorce Associated with Emergence of Political Gender GapOffice of Public AffairsResearch by Columbia economics professors Lena Edlund and Rohini Pande suggests that increased divorce among middle-class Americans is associated with the growth of the political gender gap. After divorce, research shows men's per capita income often returns to levels above the mean, while women's per capita income is more likely to drop below the mean, leading to "soccer moms'" support of Clinton in the 1990s.
Professor Stephen Morse: Public Health Implications of Anthrax Threat and BioterrorismOffice of Public AffairsStephen Morse discusses the public health implications of the anthrax threat and bioterorrism. The Center for Public Health Preparedness has been working in partnership with the New York City Department of Health to develop and test curricula for public health practice, using "emergency preparedness" as a framework. The Center recently completed a basic emergency preparedness training with over 800 NYC Department of Health nurses.
Professor Sudhir Venkatesh: The Impact of September 11 on Domestic ProgramsOffice of Public AffairsSociology Professor Sudhir Venkatesh believes the events of Sept. 11 will have a tremendous influence on a wide-range of domestic issues in ways that we can't fully anticipate now but that will become clear over the course of time.
Professor Volker Berghahn: U.S. Cold War Efforts to Bolster Image of American CultureOffice of Public AffairsVolker Berghahn, author of America and the Intellectual Cold Wars in Europe (Princeton, 2001), notes that during the 1950s, Europeans continued to be reluctant to see the U.S. as an equal with regard to culture. He argues that to counter this perception of American cultural power, American foundations and philanthropic organizations worked to create a positive image of American culture.
World Trade Center Redevelopment Should Not Be Limited to 'Clever Buildings,' Say Panelists Reflecting on 'Monument and Memory'Office of Public AffairsWith various plans for rebuilding the World Trade Center site under consideration in Fall, 2002, the relationship between monuments and memory is the topic at an art history and archaeology seminar on Art in Society. The discussion considers how public monuments embody memory and their impact over time.

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