A Series of Essays Looking Ahead to Columbia's 250th Anniversary

A message from Provost Jonathan Cole

Columbia is reputed to be the only Ivy League university whose "flag" is not planted today in its original location. In fact, in its almost 250 years, King's College-turned-Columbia University has moved four times, from the site near Trinity Church in lower Manhattan to Morningside Heights on upper Broadway. It has been a university on the move, full of gritty intellectual energy, in search of additional space to accommodate socially mobile people with original ideas who were interested in creating new educational fields and programs. It has spent little time looking backward or taking pride in its formidable contributions to the development of new knowledge, disciplines, and courses of instruction.

The essays in this series—appropriately titled "Living Legacies," with its emphasis on Columbia's enormous current vitality—will focus on, and celebrate, the monumental creative energy of Columbia scholars and scientists and their influence on the growth of knowledge. Written in some cases by those of us who have stood on the shoulders of these giants, the essays describe how Columbia has helped shape the modern world.

Great Moments, Leading Figures

An Introduction to the Living Legacies Series
by Wm. Theodore de Bary '41C '53GSAS

Da Ponte, MacDowell, Moore and Lang

Four Biographical Essays
by Jack Beeson

Joseph Wood Krutch

A Rare Critic
by Howard Stein '50GSAS

Thomas Hunt Morgan and His Legacy

Thomas Hunt Morgan at Columbia University
by Eric R. Kandel

An American Century of Biology
by Eric R. Kandel

Genetics, Biology, and the Mysteries of the Mind
by Eric R. Kandel and Darcy B. Kelley

Jacques Barzun and History at Columbia

Reminiscences of the Columbia History Department, 1923-1975
by Jacques Barzun

About the Author
by Wm. Theodore de Bary