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 350,000 can engage with one another and the University.
Celebrate: Rewatch University Commencement
Recognize: Graduates, You Will Always Be Columbia
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.
- A Celebration of the Performing Arts at GS (June 5)
- A Conversation with Author of Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws (June 6)
- Leadership and Decision-Making During Pandemics (June 8-12)
- Get Out the Vote: A How-To Guide (June 9)
- COVID-19: Pediatric Perspectives (June 10)
- Insights on Today's Financial Recruiting Landscape (June 10)
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
- Nobel Laureate and School of the Arts Prof. Orhan Pamuk shares details about his new novel, Nights of Plague
- Columbia at Home: The Story Behind Self Made with A'Lelia Bundles '76JRN & Farah Jasmine Griffin
- Bach@Home with Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, director of Columbia Music Performance Program
- Sacred music at Columbia: Organ meditations from St. Paul's Chapel
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.
- 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.
- Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Republic of Finland, the latest of dozens of world leaders to speak at Columbia during annual World Leaders Forum
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
Gerontologist Linda P. Fried discusses in Columbia Magazine the unique mental stress of social isolation on the elderly.
- Curated and produced by Columbia's Office of University Life, this selection of well-being videos cover anxiety, mental health, procrastination, leadership, and more.
- Virtual resources from Columbia's Office of Religious Life
- Columbia Journalism School's Judith Matloff, a veteran war and disaster correspondent, shares tips for how to stay calm and create a daily routine.
- Columbia School of Social Work analyzes the psychological fallout of the pandemic.
- Download Columbia Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings
- Columbia at Home: The World and Wine
- Help Find Roar-ee! (Free CAA Game)
- The Roarcast: A New Podcast from Columbia Athletics
- Columbia News: Featured Columbia-Affiliated Podcasts and Episodes
- Columbia Magazine: Five Alumni TED Talks You Might Have Missed
The Latest on COVID-19 from Columbia
- May 14 update from President Bollinger on research and the next academic year
- Columbia students and faculty tutor essential workers' families
Hydroxychloroquine: First large study does not support routine use in COVID-19 patients
- VIDEO: A thank you message from Columbia to all essentials workers
- Learn how, through the University, you can help in the effort to fight COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resource Guide for Columbia community
- Columbia starts screening COVID-19 survivors for antibodies that may save others
Columbia opens a COVID-19 nursery clinic for new moms and babies
The unique challenges of fighting COVID-19 in Africa
- Lab in the Time of Coronavirus podcast: Follow a team of Zuckerman brain researchers who transformed a lab into a factory, 3D printing face shield parts to keep healthcare workers safe
- Columbia Magazine: Why our planet is a breeding ground for emerging diseases
How to stop the next pandemic before it starts
- Mailman School of Public Health podcast, Public Health Now, focuses on all-things related to COVID-19