Professor Holger A. Klein Receives the Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching

The 50th annual Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching, which honors a Columbia professor for commitment to undergraduate instruction as well as for "humanity, devotion to truth and inspiring leadership," was presented to Professor Holger A. Klein on May 3, 2011. The recipient of the award is selected by the student members of the Academic Awards Subcommittee of the Columbia College Student Council, with administrative support and guidance from the Academic Affairs staff of the College.

Throughout the academic year, the student members of this committee devote significant time and intellectual attention to the nomination process. To make their recommendations for the Mark Van Doren Award, the students observe the classroom expertise of faculty nominated as great teachers by Columbia College students.

About Professor Klein

Holger A. Klein is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. He was educated in Art History, Early Christian Archaeology, and German Literature at the universities of Freiburg im Breisgau, Munich, London, and Bonn. His research focuses on Late Antique, Early Medieval, and Byzantine art and architecture, more specifically, on the cult of relics, reliquaries, and issues of cultural and artistic exchange.

From 2004-07 he served as the Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. As a consulting curator he continued to oversee the reinstallation of the museum's renowned collection of Medieval and Byzantine art until 2010 and currently serves as co-curator of the exhibition Treasures of Heaven. Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe.

About Mark Van Doren

Mark Van Doren (Ph.D. 1920, Faculty 1920-59, Emeritus, 1959-72) was a legendary classroom presence at Columbia University. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, novelist, playwright, critic, editor, and biographer, as well as a scholar and teacher. As a professor of English for nearly 40 years, he inspired a generation of influential writers and thinkers, including Thomas Merton, John Berryman, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.