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Columbians Head to England , France to Celebrate 250 th Anniversary
Reid Hall, Columbia's academic center in Paris , will host a daylong open house June 26 as part of the anniversary events.


On the heels of a successful trip to five cities in Asia, Columbians will travel to England and France as part of the University's yearlong 250 th anniversary celebration. The visit, June 21-27, includes two major 250 th events in London and Paris expected to draw hundreds of Columbia alumni from throughout Europe, and two panel presentations in each city: "Concepts of Freedom in Britain and America" and "Affirmative Action: A Transatlantic Perspective."

The intellectual colloquia highlight the University's role in contributing to world debate on contemporary concerns as well as Columbia's decades-old partnerships with European institutions. With the London Business School, and moderated by top American studies historian and Columbia Provost Alan Brinkley, Columbia will host a rare dialogue on Britain and United States concepts of freedom. At a time when Americans and Europeans are thinking critically about issues of self-determination and the promotion of democratic principles abroad, panelists will explore freedom as central to both countries' development and current policies.

Participants will include: Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University ; Timothy Garton Ash, Gerd Bucerius Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary History, St. Antony's College, Oxford University; Simon Schama, University Professor, Columbia University; Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University ; and Laura D. Tyson, Dean, London Business School.

One year after the Supreme Court's seminal decision on affirmative action, President Bollinger will deliver remarks titled "Affirmative Action: A Transatlantic Perspective." The seminar will be co-sponsored by Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Science); Ecole Polytechnique and The Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne -- three French institutions joining Columbia in a unique joint venture, the Alliance, tasked with expanding ties among cross-border universities. Science Po's Director Richard Descoings, the architect of a new approach in France to promoting social diversity in education, will present remarks as well.

Anniversary events in Europe include a day-long open house at Reid Hall, Columbia's academic center in Paris . Alumni and their families will be invited to attend a screening of the documentary Columbia University: A Celebration by Ric Burns, meet other Columbians and share views with New York faculty and University leaders. President Bollinger participates in a 5K Fun Run in Paris on Saturday, June 26.

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Published: June 15, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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