From 1754 to 2054: Columbia’s Global Future from the Perspective of the Committee on Global Thought
The 1754 Society and the Committee on Global Thought
November 12, 2015 · 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
- Opening Remarks: Amelia Alverson, Executive Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations
- Introduction: Kenneth A. Forde, MD, ’59PS, 1754 Society member, University Trustee
- Vishakha N. Desai, Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President, Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs, Member of the Committee on Global Thought.
- Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies, Director of the Institute for African Studies, Member of the Committee on Global Thought.
- Wafaa El-Sadr, University Professor, Director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) and Global Health Initiative at Mailman School of Public Health, Member of the Committee on Global Thought.
- Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Chair of the Committee on Global Thought.
- Jeffrey Niu, Columbia University Undergraduate Student, Co-Chair of the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought.
- Wei Qing Tan, Columbia University Master of Arts in Global Thought Student.
- Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, Director of the European Institute, Member of the Committee on Global Thought.
Columbia University is preparing students to live and thrive in an increasingly interdependent and interconnected world. What will this world look like in 2054, the year of Columbia’s tricentennial? How can Columbia meet the challenges of new teaching and research that cross conventional disciplines and geographies to address issues as disparate as health and human security, religious diversity, global capitalism, world order thinking, and humanistic values?
In this special conversation organized exclusively for the 1754 Society, senior faculty members of Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought (CGT) from across the University and Medical Center joined a graduate student from the newly established MA in Global Thought and an undergraduate student from the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought to discuss what it will mean to think, act, and teach globally over the next four decades. Vishakha N. Desai, President Bollinger’s special adviser for global affairs, a professor at SIPA, and a member of the CGT, introduced the program and Professor Carol Gluck, chair of the CGT and George Sansom Professor of History, moderated.