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This month's edition includes information about a happy hour with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Homecoming on Oct 4 and a panel discussion on globalization.
Oct. 2, 2008
The Columbia community mourns the loss of three of its faculty.
From Friday, Oct. 3 to Sunday, Oct. 5, Columbia will honor the life of Charles Tilly, the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, who passed away on April 29, with a conference, A Celebration of the Life and Works of Charles Tilly.
Tilly, who held a joint appointment with the University's Departments of Sociology and Political Science, is widely considered the leading scholar of his generation on contentious politics and its relationship with military, economic, urban and demographic social change.
During the course of his 50-year career, Tilly's academic expertise covered urbanization, industrialization, collective action and state-making, and his most recent work explored social relations, identity and culture. His primary interest concerned Europe from 1500 to the present, but his work extended to North America and other parts of the world as well.
Marc Raeff, the Bakhmeteff Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies, a specialist in imperial Russia, died on Saturday, Sept. 20. His work dealt largely with Russian culture that leaned toward Europe. He taught at Columbia from 1961 to 1988.
His books included Origins of the Russian Intelligentsia (Harvest Books, 1966), Understanding Imperial Russia (Columbia University Press, 1985) and Russia Abroad: A Cultural History of the Russian Emigration, 1919-1939 (Oxford University Press, 1990).
Former dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Osborn Elliott died on Sunday, Sept. 28. He retired in 1986, but continued as the School's George T. Delacorte Professor of Journalism until 1994. (Read the Graduate School of Journalism's tribute to Elliott here.)
In 1955, he began a 21-year career at Newsweek as senior editor in charge of the business section. In 1959, he was appointed managing editor, and two years later he became editor.
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