Columbia is Turning 250
Over the past six years, faculty, administrators, alumni, neighbors, students, and friends have been planning events to capture the energy of Columbia as a home to people and ideas that have changed the world. Under an executive committee co-chaired by Henry L. King 48CC, chair emeritus, University Trustees, and Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences and president of the New-York Historical Society, more than 130 volunteers have served on Columbia 250 committees planning everything from alumni participation to publications to special exhibitions. Now Columbia 250 can present the fruits of that labor in a full calendar of academic and celebratory events between opening weekend, October 15-19, 2003, and closing weekend, October 1-3, 2004. Complete information can be found on the Columbia 250 Web site (c250.columbia.edu) or by calling 877-250-TH-CU.
The framing of this observancehomecoming to homecomingreflects the importance of alumni in making the year a success. But even as Columbia 250 invites you to a yearlong homecoming, we recognize that you are adults. We know that returning, older, you will measure how much has changed, how much is the same. You will touch much thats familiar and discover something new. You can explore drawers you never thought to open (a visit to Baker Field or a new academic interest). You will bring a more developed consciousness to the art on the wall, the conversations in the rooms, the photos in the albums. You might even want to learn.
Remembering our past, knowing where we came from is critical to having an identity, whether as individuals or institutions, President Lee C. Bollinger observed in his inaugural address
last year. Opening weekend ushers in 12 months when alumni and friends across the country will be coming home in the largest sense. On campus, in gatherings around the globe, and on the Web, they will explore deeply and joyously where Columbia came from, what it is, and where it might be going.