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Chinese Perspectives on World HistoryOffice of Public AffairsOn September 19, 2002, in a lecture presented by the East Asian Institute, R. Bin Wong, Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, looked at how Americans think about Asia and its place in world history and proposed new ways of integrating East Asian subjects into the larger curricula.
Constitutions, Democracy, and the Rule of Law
Columbia 250thTo kick off the celebration of Columbia University's 250th anniversary, the University hosted a distinguished group of international government leaders, philosophers, and political scientists for this two-day symposium, which considered the pressing question of how to strike the right balance between liberty and security in a post-9/11 world.
Haitian Revolution Ignored by Western HistoriansOffice of Public AffairsThe Haitian Revolution of 1804 has been ignored by western historians, even though it went further in "the redemption of humanity" than did the French or American Revolutions, says Leslie Voltaire, minister of Haitians Living Abroad and the top aide to Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Herman Melville a Repository of the Dialectics of His TimeOffice of Public AffairsAccording to Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities, Hermann Melville was a "repository of the dialectics of his time," at once containing both "the yes and the no of their culture." "We are free to [interpret him as] the prose-poet of our national destiny, imagining a world of grateful converts to the political religion of liberal democracy, or to prefer the Melville who saw the ship-of-state sailing under lunatic leadership toward incalculable disaster for us and the world," said Delbanco in a lecture on April 10, 2003.
New York's Ability to Recover from Current and Future ProblemsOffice of Public AffairsNew York's openness and ability to change will help it recover from today's problems and those to come, said Kenneth Jackson, Barzun Professor of History and Social Sciences, at the National Association of Independent Schools conference on February 26, 2003.
New York City's History Relevant for Today's StudentsNew York's openness and ability to change will help it recover from today's problems and those to come, Kenneth Jackson, Barzun Professor of History and Social Sciences told participants at the National Association of Independent Schools conference in February 2003.
Oil, History, and Politics in IraqOffice of Public Affairs"Iraq was made for oil, it was made by oil, and it may be undone by oil," said Oystein Noreng, FINA Chair for Petroleum Economics and Management at the Norwegian School of Management. Columbia's Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy sponsored the lecture on October 30, 2002.
Our Past Engaged: Four Turning Points in Columbia's Recent HistoryIn this C250th symposium, distinguished historians, invited respondents, and audience members examine important and contentious aspects of Columbia's past, issues of both historical significance and contemporary relevance.
Randolph Bourne's America
Columbia School of JournalismThe Columbia Graduate School of Journalism hosted a conference on the life and work of Randolph Bourne, an influential yet under-recognized critic who wrote on many topics, including disability, multiculturalism, and war.
The 21st Century CityOffice of Public AffairsThe 21st Century City symposium, held on October 3, 2002, examined questions about how cities should manage changes in population and their effects on services, health care, culture, and government and how the structure of the city serves the city. Architecture dean Bernard Tschumi also shared design possibilities for Lower Manhattan. Owen Gutfreund, Barnard history and urban studies professor, moderated the discussion.

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