Bringing Columbia to You
During these unprecedented times, the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) is here for you. While in-person events across our community are on hold, there are still many ways our powerful, inspiring network of more than 365,000 can engage with one another and the University.
Read on for more opportunities to network, learn, and connect with Columbians during this time of uncertainty, and check this page frequently for new content. Be well.
CAA Arts Access connects artists, scholars, producers, and audiences through dynamic programs and resources. The Arts Access team has curated a selection of digital content to ensure you can still enjoy the arts in the coming months:
- Virtual art gallery featuring paintings by Benjamin Feldshuh '58CC
- Columbia at Home: The Story Behind Self Made with A'Lelia Bundles '76JRN & Farah Jasmine Griffin
From keynotes that left us inspired, compelling panels on timely global events, and webinars covering useful career strategies, countless Columbians have shared their valuable thought leadership with alumni over the years. Take a look at a few highlights below and visit the CAA YouTube page and Columbia University YouTube page for more content.
Black Art in the Moment: A Response to Crisis, with Farah Jasmine Griffin, chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Dept. and William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies; Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature and director of the Center for Jazz Studies; Kellie Jones, Hans Hofmann Professor of Modern Art; and University Trustee Wanda Holland Greene ’89CC, ’91TC
Journalism in Times of Crisis: Discussion with A’Lelia Bundles '76JRN, Nicholas Lemann, Rachel Martin '04SIPA, and Margaret Sullivan
- Zuckerman Institute scientists weigh in on how the brain makes decisions without language and on the connections between body and brain that make the physical feats of sports possible.
Talks@Columbia from the School of Professional Studies draw speakers from among the University's thousands of diverse thought leaders and researchers. Through brief, engaging multimedia presentations, these experts show how the idea that matters most to them can resonate with us all. Check out these talks on YouTube or SoundCloud.
Online Book Club and Bookshelf
Increased time at home is a great opportunity to see what your fellow Columbians are writing about. Check out just a sampling of alumni and faculty-authored books, like The General's Cook by Ramin Ganeshram '01JRN and She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, co-authored by Jodi Kantor '96CC.
For additional reading opportunities, browse the complete Alumni Bookshelf and find hundreds of books written by fellow alumni on a variety of subjects.
Columbia faculty have launched a free website with 70 courses to help K-12 students explore new ideas and structure their day during uncertain times.
Alumni also get exclusive access to courses, podcasts, seminars, and other online learning opportunities.
- SIPA alumna Pamela Druckerman's PANDEMONIUM U offers free, live, online classes for kids (and grown-ups) taught by world-class experts in their fields.
- Free online edX courses on a variety of subjects
Wellness & Leisure
The Latest on COVID-19 from Columbia
- Columbia Engineering researchers ID multiple molecules that shut down SARS-Cov-2 polymerase reaction
- Columbia's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy launches Center for Pandemic Research
- Learn how, through the University, you can help in the effort to fight COVID-19
- VIDEO: A thank you message from Columbia to all essentials workers
- COVID-19 Resource Guide for Columbia community
CUIMC study: Crowded homes, poor neighborhoods linked to COVID-19
Art in the Time of Crisis: Narrative writing and artistic pieces sourced from Columbia Nursing alumni, students, faculty, administration, staff
School of the Arts Dean Carol Becker: Pandemic has made us recognize interconnectivity of art, nature, and humanity
David Edelman '20VPS, 20PH: Students volunteering will lead to meaningful change beyond pandemic
Prof. Sarah Cole: Pandemic shows importance of humanities
VIDEO: Nurse practitioner witnesses the impact of coronavirus on people of color
Lab in the Time of Coronavirus, from the Zuckerman Institute: Harnessing Antibodies
- Mailman School of Public Health podcast, Public Health Now, focuses on all-things related to COVID-19