Alumni Events Calendar

CAA Boston | Climate Reality Session

Boston, MA
Stanford and Columbia are co-sponsoring a Climate Reality session on November 28 at 7pm at 1 Federal Street 18th Floor Stanford Alum Gary Farner will lead a presentation and discussion about climate change focusing on 3 issues: Do we have to change? Can we change? Do we have the will to change? Gary will present current data on climate change, geographic maps of expected water levels, as well as photos and videos of extreme client events. He will provide material on renewable energy and the role it can play, and describe specific actions we can take to help support our environment and future generations. Gary is a locally-based climate advocate who was personally trained by Al Gore and his Climate Reality Project. He will present an abbreviated and very recent version of Al Gore's slides, adding climate information and initiatives specific to Boston. Your $10 fee will help cover food and beverages

CAA: Naples: The Shape of Religion Today

On Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, Rabbi James Perman will be our speaker for "The Shape of Religion Today". This will be a dinner event starting at 5:30PM at Bentley Village (Palmetto Room), 850 Retreat Dr., Naples, FL 34110 (north of Wiggins Pass). The cost per person is $35 (dinner, including 1 complimentary glass of wine). Columbia alum James Perman, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Shalom of Naples, draws on a lifelong career in congregation, community, and college teaching to describe the interplay of religion and society in today’s America. Recent tragic anti-semitic events in Pittsburgh underline the never-ending need for religious understanding and tolerance. Rabbi Perman is a captivating speaker with a great sense of humor, who also has keen insight in the changes, spiritual & otherwise, Naples has had over the past 30 years. As a young man, he served 4 years as chaplain in the Air Force, stationed in Turkey. He has garnered much praise from other regional spiritual leaders of the Greater Naples Ministerial Association, including Episcopal Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kircher, who said “Rabbi Perman and I are great believers in interfaith networking, of having the community coming together when we face an issue of national or global significance… He is a gifted leader…who brushes off discouragement and keeps things moving.” Please note that you are welcome to invite guest(s) to this event, including your spiritual leader. For any of you who may have dietary restrictions, please let us know by emailing us directly at “”. For those who prefer to pay by check, please email us directly at "" for the mailing address.

CAA Chicago | Book Club, Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders

Chicago, IL
Thursday, November 29: The Book Club Reads Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders The book club meets on Thursday, November 29 @ 6:30 p.m. to discuss Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Come join fellow Columbia alumni for a fun evening of sociability and vibrant discussion.

CAA: Fairfield: Columbia Connects at Cactus Rose Restaurant

Register and join other alumni, their families, and friends to celebrate our shared heritage and incredible alumni network. Meet and mingle with new alumni, learn about our alumni events as you enjoy delectable appetizers and cash bar.

CAA: DC: From Bonifacio to Duterte

Nov 30 is Bonifacio Day, a national holiday in the Philippines commemorating the revolutionary Andrés Bonifacio, who lead the successful populist uprising against the Spanish colonial rule. Today Philippines grapples with a different kind of leader. Professor Sheila Coronel discusses the reasons for Duterte's appeal. Filipinos are tired of criminality, gridlocked government, and a broken justice system. Many say that 32 years after the fall of Ferdinand Marcos, Philippine democracy is a flawed political project. Opening Reception: 6-6:45 p.m. The reception includes samples of Filipino cuisine: pancit bihon lumpiang shanghai grilled miso boneless chicken San Miguel Beer Lecture and Q&A: 6:45-7:45 p.m. There is much that the Philippines shares with other countries going through their own “populist moments”: an autocratic leader who eschews political correctness, rising popular disdain for democratic norms and institutions, and a desire for strong, effective government that delivers, even if it breaks the rules. Like Turkey’s Recep Tayipp Erdoğan, Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, and Poland’s Jarosław Kaczyński, Rodrigo Duterte has derided the West’s hypocritical preaching on human rights and democracy. Like them, he benefits from a changed media landscape dominated by troll armies, misinformation, and propaganda. When he was elected two years ago on a wave of popular dissatisfaction with the country’s entrenched political elites, Duterte proposed a new social contract. He promised to bring order, security, and prosperity, albeit at a high price: human rights, the rule of law, and all pretensions of political correctness. sheila-coronel_1_.jpegSheila Coronel began reporting in the Philippines during the twilight of the Marcos dictatorship, when she wrote for the underground opposition press and later for mainstream magazines and newspapers. As Marcos lost power and press restrictions eased, she reported on human rights abuses, the growing democratic movement and the election of Corazon Aquino as president. In 1989, Sheila and her colleagues founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. Under Sheila's leadership, the Center became the leading investigative reporting institution in the Philippines and Asia. In 2001, the Center’s reporting led to the fall of President Joseph Estrada. In 2003, Sheila won Asia’s premier prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Sheila has written and edited more than a dozen books on the Philippines, freedom of information and investigative journalism. She has trained journalists around the world and written investigative reporting textbooks for journalists in Southeast Asia and the Balkan region. She speaks frequently at international investigative reporting conferences and writes regularly about global investigative journalism. Sheila joined the faculty of the Journalism School in 2006, when she was named director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. In 2011, she received one of Columbia University’s highest honors, the Presidential Teaching Award. Sheila received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of the Philippines and a masters degree in political sociology from the London School of Economics.

CAA Columbia Fiction Foundry | December Workshop Session

New York, NY
Columbia Fiction Foundry’s workshop session.

CAA: Atlanta: Open Executive Board Meeting

Want to know more about CCOA and get involved in club activities? We encourage you to attend for our Open Executive Board Meetings and share your thoughts and ideas. The meetings are usually held the first Saturday of each month. Unable to attend in person? You can join by Zoom Conference call using the details below. Zoom calls are audio and/or video (your choice) and can be accessed via: PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: at Or by iPhone one-tap: 14157629988,6507634088# or 16465687788,6507634088# Or by phone: +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) or +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 650 763 4088 Unless otherwise noted, in-person meetings are typically held at the Elle of Buckhead apartment complex, 235 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305.

CAA London | Holiday Fiesta

On behalf of the CUCL Party Planning Committee, and the CBS Alumni Club of London's Social Committee you are cordially invited to this year's holiday celebration—fiesta style��! Forget turkey and trimmings and think tacos �� and margaritas��! Your ticket includes Mexican canapes, a margarita and an open bar til we run out the tab (and move to a cash bar). We will have a DJ �� on site, a photo booth ��, and foosball ️⚽️ galore so come celebrate the season in a non-traditional fashion with Columbia alumni. All Columbia school alumni, partners, colleagues, friends, and associates are welcome. Early bird pricing is now live, get your ticket and save £10 before the price jump on November 14th.