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 VOL. 23, NO. 21APRIL 17, 1998 

Columbia College Dean’s Day on Apr. 18 Spotlights Core’s Music Humanities on its 50th Anniversary


Record-breaking applications to Columbia College during the last few years and the enduring support of the College’s alumni bear witness to the value of the College’s Core Curriculum. This year’s Dean’s Day at Columbia College, Sat., Apr. 18, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the College’s Core course in Music Humanities with a lecture addressing “Music Humanities: Past, Present, and Future.” Dean Austin Quigley and Carlos R. Muñoz, president of the Columbia College Alumni Association, will host the day-long event.

  Few institutions of higher learning retain a commitment to the kind of Core Curriculum that continues to flourish at Columbia. “In engaging in seminar discussion with major voices of the past,” said Quigley, “our students learn how to participate more effectively in the urgent conversations of the present.”

  One of the more than a dozen scheduled lectures, the presentation about Music Humanities will take a brief look at the past, then offer three samples of what goes on in the “Music Hum” classroom today, and finally peer into the future by surveying three Columbia-pioneered electronic initiatives which reach out via the Internet to students’ dorm rooms and other campus spaces, as well as to alumni through the World Wide Web, while retaining the seminar format of class instruction. Participating faculty include Ian Bent, Anne Parsons Bender Professor in Music; Bradford Garton, associate professor of music; Maurice Matiz, manager, Academic Technologies Group, AcIS; Thomas B. Payne, assistant professor of music, and Elaine Sisman, professor of music.

  Additional lectures, presented by some of Columbia’s most distinguished faculty, will explore a wide range of subjects, from art and literature to science, history and economics.

  Rosalind E. Krauss, professor of art history and archaeology, will present a lecture entitled “Surviving Picasso,” while Stephen Murray, professor of art history, chair of the department of art history and archaeology and executive director of the Media Center for Art, will demonstrate how digital technology can be used to bring art into the classroom in new and exciting ways.

  David Damrosch, professor and chair, English and comparative literature, will attempt to reconcile the challenge of attending to the many newly discovered and recovered writers, while still giving extensive time to long-recognized classics; Dominique Jullien, associate professor of French, will discuss allusions to Faust in Nabokov’s Pale Fire, and President Arthur Levine, of Teachers College, will discuss When Hope and Fear Collide, which profiles a new generation of college students.

  The environment and earth processes will be the subject of talks presented by Don J. Melnick, director of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) and professor of anthropology and biological sciences (“Training the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders—A New Multi-Institutional Model”) and James D. Hays, professor of Earth and environmental sciences (“New Ways to Look at Our Old Earth”).

  Current debates about race, universalism and affirmative action will be historically contextualized in a talk by Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History. Regional, national and international issues will be addressed in other discussions about aggression, sadness, and cities (by David Eng, assistant professor of English and comparative literature); the consequences of immigration (by Francisco Rivera-Batiz, director, Latino Studies Program and the Program in Economic Policy Management, and associate professor of economics); recent developments in China (by Andrew J. Nathan, professor of political science), and the United States in the global economy (by Richard Clarida, professor of economics and international affairs and chair of the department of economics).

  The day will begin with opening remarks in Low Rotunda, and conclude there with a reception for alumni to network and exchange thoughts on their experiences in the classroom.