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Morgenbesser and Kramer Memorials, Oct. 24


Two separate memorial events will be held Sunday, Oct. 24, for Columbia University Professors Sidney Morgenbesser and Jonathan Kramer.

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The Department of Philosophy at Columbia University will hold a memorial service for beloved colleague Sidney Morgenbesser at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Faculty Room at Low Library. Many of Morgenbesser's friends and colleagues will speak. All are welcome.

Morgenbesser, the John Dewey Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, died Aug. 4 at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. He was 82. A hit with both students and colleagues, he was best known for his keen intellect, collaborative teaching style and acute wit. Morgenbesser was honored with the Society of Columbia Graduates' Great Teacher Award in 1982. During the awards ceremony, Morgenbesser was lauded for his "outstanding qualities of mind and scholarship" and for his method of teaching, which "has a precision and an impatience with pretension, which turns undergraduates into honest, diligent students, eager to learn and question."

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Also on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., is a memorial concert for Professor Jonathan Kramer. The concert, which celebrates the music of Jonathan Kramer, will be held at Miller Theatre. Tickets are $15 and $7, and all proceeds go to the Jonathan D. Kramer Fund for Young Composers. For more information, please go to http://music.columbia.edu/jdkfund/.

Jonathan Kramer, Columbia professor of music and composer, died June 3 in Manhattan at the age of 61. Kramer, who had taught at Columbia since 1988, combined talents: he was a prodigious theorist and writer as well as a gifted composer. Longtime Village Voice new music critic Kyle Gann summed up his abilities in an article two years ago, saying that Kramer had "produced some of the late 20th century's most thought-provoking musical writings."

Published: Oct 22, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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