Papers and reflections by Terence Cardinal Cooke (TCC) interns and volunteers can be found here.

Genetics, Judaism, and Society
Tess Cersonsky

The focus of this research is to study the overall connection between the experiences of Holocaust survivors and Taglit-Birthright Israel (TBI) participants, both of whom qualified for their experiences through the misuse of pseudo-scientific (racial science/genetics/hygiene) rules, first exploited by scientists within Nazi Germany to qualify citizens of the Third Reich as "Jews." These scientists sought to uncover the "Jewish gene" that was passed down through heredity, identifying Jews by their heritage rather than their religion. TBI uses a "one-quarter Jewish" rule to qualify its participants (and also allows those who have converted to participate) for a free trip to Israel. The subjects of this portion of the project are past participants and staff members of TBI. Subjects were given a brief baseline survey about identity and their experiences, followed by an interrogative interview. Interview material was assessed qualitatively for material (subjective experiences, thematic content) and quantitatively for key words. The overall conclusions indicate some connection between the anxiety felt by participants about their identities and how they were defined for Birthright and the fear and trauma of the Holocaust. Future research could include more of a focus on genetics as well as pre- and post-tests regarding identity and genetic background before and after Birthright.

Tess Cersonsky, BIOL UN3700x Summary »

Tess Cersonsky, BIOL UN3700x Final Paper »

RCSS Journal, Volume 1 (2016-2017)
Editor-in-Chief: Netana Markovitz

The journal is a platform where RCSS affiliates (students, faculty, etc.) can contribute essays, reflective in nature. The journal provides a forum for Columbia affiliates to share and discuss their experiences with science, service, and subjectivity. The journal publishes student, faculty, and affiliate reflections, papers, research articles, and other relevant material, such as visual art and other forms of expression. Inspired by the philosophy and supported by the administration of the Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity, the journal seeks to provide a student-run extension of this research cluster that is open to members of the entire Columbia community. The journal serves as an extension of student's experiences volunteering at Terence Cardinal Cooke as well.

RCSS Journal, Volume 1 »

Robert Pollack, Civic Engagement and Life at the End of Life: Four Stories That Lead to Questions (Alternative Break Program ABP Gala" (2017) »

Ashley Shaw, "Harvard Medical School Storybook" (2016) »

CSSR Newsletter (2014) »

Robert Pollack, "Where in This World is the Human Soul?" (2014) »

CSSR Newsletter (2010) »

George M. Anderson, "Restoring Earth's Beauty" (2009) »

CSSR Newsletter (2008) »

A Letter from the Director of the CSSR (2007) »

Robert Pollack, Knowing our place - Numbers 13: 26-33 (2007) »

CSSR Newsletter (2003) »

CSSR Newsletter (2002) »

CSSR Newsletter (2002) »

Genetics and Morality by Robert Pollack (2002) »

The Known, Unknown, and the Unknowable by Robert Pollack (2002) »

Some Genetics for Some Jews: A Jewish look at the Human Genome by Robert Pollack (2001) »

The Human Genome and the Idea of Race by Robert Pollack (2001) »

Stem Cells, Therapeutic Cloning, and the Soul (2001) »

Gene Maps: Lead Medicine Down the Wrong Road by Robert Pollack (2001) »

How the Unconscious Shapes Modern Science by Robert Pollack (2000) »

The Mission of the CSSR (1999) »

New York Times, "Dean of Columbia Committed to Coeducation" (1982) »

Robert Pollack, "A Matter of Mutter" (1960) »

Robert Pollack, "Letter to the Editor: Swastikas in Elevator" (1960) »