Since it was founded in 1965, Columbia University School of the Arts has produced a stream of award-winning writers, playwrights, filmmakers, actors, directors and visual artists. While the school has never lacked for talent, it has long suffered from a paucity of square footage.
In the last presidential election, 58.6 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. That’s lower than most developed countries, even after factoring out those, like Belgium and Turkey, where voting is compulsory.
James Schamus is a longtime film professor at the School of Arts, where this fall he will teach courses on “Topics in American Film” and “The Western.” Last year, he was inducted into the 25 Year Club at Columbia.
As the country mourned 49 deaths in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and wondered what could have been done to prevent the tragedy, Democrats and Republicans introduced gun-safety measures in the Senate.
Brigitte L. Nacos, an adjunct professor of political science in the Department of Political Science, is an expert on terrorism and counterterrorism. She has lectured at the NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey.