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Winter 2008-09 Cover: Illustration by Andrea Ventura

Cover illustration by Andrea Ventura
features Winter 2008-09

Cover Story

Politics for Grown-Ups
By Paul Hond
After years of bitter political divisiveness, President Barack Obama has struck a note of national conciliation. Will his civil approach change what historian Richard Hofstadter called “the paranoid style”in American politics?


Crash Course
By Daniel Sorid
With Columbia professors holding positions of influence in Washington and on Wall Street, the ongoing financial volatility has turned classrooms into laboratories of pedagogical improvisation.



Driving Pinky Madam
By Eric McHenry
Mumbai-based author Aravind Adiga talks about his first novel, The White Tiger, which won the 2008 Man Booker Prize.


The Full Treatment
By Cindy Rodríguez
From Harlem to Africa, Wafaa El-Sadr has done what many critics had once thought impossible: reducing the spread of HIV and tuberculosis in impoverished communities.




Letters to the editor

College Walk
States of Mate
Many Happy Returns
Armistice and the Man

Texting, One, Two

Into the homestretch
Columbia shipshape in rocky financial seas
A glowing endorsement


Following Obama
Front-page news
Enlightened ones


My Columbia
When Gene Sosin entered Columbia in 1937, his life was one of Varsity Shows, French literature classes, and fraternity high jinks. But by the time he graduated, the world — and his career path — would be forever changed.

Science, Medicine, Technology
Bone-building solution
Rock-solid CO2 storage
Mending bridges

Memorial Day