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

Editor’s Note: The above video interview took place in July 2012, immediately following news of the election and the ongoing issues surrounding violence and journalists in Mexico. When Pablo Piccato was a Ph.D.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Image credit: Alice Attie

The Inamori Foundation announced that Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has been selected to receive the 28th annual Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy in the field of thought and ethics.

John Huber works with a student during a daily lab session in Cairo. Huber arranged for students to work with "Stata," a sophisticated software tool applied quantitatively to political science research questions.

As the eyes of the world focused on Egypt’s transition to democracy, Columbia University political science faculty members conducted a quantitative research workshop for aspiring social scientists at The American University in Cairo just weeks before Egypt’s historic presidential elections

Daniel Hillel

Daniel Hillel, an adjunct senior scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, has been awarded the World Food Prize for his work in conceiving and promoting water-saving methods that have increased crop production on arid lands in 30 countries.

Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid spoke of the tenuous state of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

The United States faces few good choices in its dealings with Afghanistan and Pakistan, says a longtime expert in the region, and must take a “longer view” than what has been exhibited in a decade plus of conflict.

David Phillips is a leader in global peace-building efforts.

David L. Phillips believes violent conflict is not inevitable. As director of Columbia’s Program on Peace-building and Rights, Phillips’s office is on the Morningside campus, but his real work takes place in trouble spots across the globe.

As several American universities build satellite campuses abroad, largely in the Middle East and Asia, Columbia has taken a different approach.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. (CC’73, Law’76), speaking Feb. 23 at a World Leaders Forum at Columbia, said that the Obama Administration has aggressively investigated the fraud and corruption that fueled the 2008 economic crisis.

Timothy Frye Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

In the late 1980s, Timothy Frye, a recent Middlebury College graduate with a B.A. in Russian language and literature, went for the first time to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, where Mikhail Gorbachev had just come to power.

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