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The Jan. 14 launch event featured panel discussions on the impacts of media on democracy and sustainable development in the region.

Columbia and Columbians have long been working across many regions in Africa, from the Mailman School’s leadership of AIDS/HIV programs and the Earth Institute’s research on sustainable development to the many scholars of African history and politics, culture and society.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded a total of $15 million to Columbia University, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and High Tech Rochester to create three centers dedicated to helping inventors and scientists turn their high-t

University Professor Gayatri Spivak, seen here with Hiroo Imura, chairman of the Inamori Foundation, was awarded the Kyoto Prize at a ceremony in Japan. Image credit: Inamori Foundation

Soon after winning the prestigious Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, University Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak said she would donate the $630,000 cash award that comes with the prize to the foundation she established to support primary education in her native India.

Daniel Hillel reviews "Handbook of Climate Change and Agroecosystems," which he co-edited with Cynthia Rosenzweig Image credit: Kevin Krajick

Born during the Great Depression, Daniel Hillel moved to Palestine as a child and settled with his family on a kibbutz, where he learned firsthand the difficulty of rehabilitating degraded land.

Ten years after the end of a brutal civil war a more hopeful nation has emerged from the ashes, Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told a packed crowd of Columbia University faculty, administrators and students at a World Leaders Forum on Sept. 27.

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Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger has announced that Vishakha Desai, former president and chief executive of the New York-based Asia Society, will join the University as his special advisor for global affairs while also serving as a professor of practice at the School of International and Public Affairs.

North Korean visitors to the Mansudae Grand Monument bow in respect to bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il that are 20 meters in height.

In May, 15 graduate students at the School of International and Public Affairs traveled to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea—a research trip to one of the world’s most authoritarian regimes.

Aung San Suu Kyi led a lively discussion at the World Leaders Forum on Sept. 22. (Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University)

Long before she was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest as a political prisoner in Burma, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she learned how to survive her pressure cooker-like imprisonment from an actual pressure cooker.

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Earlier this summer, Islamic militants in the West African nation of Mali destroyed the tombs of Sufi Muslim saints in the fabled city of Timbuktu.
 

Last May a 52-year-old University custodian received his B.A. in classics after arriving in the United States knowing hardly any English.

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