Safwan Masri in a navy blue jacket, tie and white shirt.

In 2011, Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution inspired the Arab Spring, a wave of protest movements across the Middle East and North Africa that held the promise of a new political future for the region. For all of its challenges, Tunisia today stands alone in its peaceful transition to a functioning democracy.

A small child sitting on her mother's lap smiles at Irwin Redlener.

Irwin Redlener has met thousands of children through the Children’s Health Fund, a nonprofit organization he co-founded in 1987 with singer Paul Simon.

When Irwin Redlener was a young doctor, he was certain that child poverty would end in his lifetime. “It was impossible for me to think that that would not happen,” Redlener said. Yet with child poverty as intractable a problem as it was nearly 50 years ago, he remains committed to the battle against it.

The four winners of the MacArthur Genius Grant 2017.
Urban Design Program Director Kate Orff and Architecture Adjunct Damon Rich won 2017 MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants. Musician Tyshawn Sorey and Computer Scientist Regina Barzilay, both Columbia alumni, were also named MacArthur Fellows.
archival image from Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin Fellows, Broadacre City model, 1935; The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives. Image Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

This fall the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery brings together two very different mid-20th century visions for housing in the U.S. with its exhibition, Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem and Modern Housing.

A young Puerto Rican girl in a classroom holds up an American flag
Searing images from the 1940s taken by photographer Jack Delano appear to be of the destruction wrought on Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Columbia now holds an archive of his remarkable work.
Herbert and Edith Lehman

Photo Courtesy of Columbia University Archives

Lehman did not graduate from any school at Columbia, but a library and scholarly center are named for him and the Rare Book library houses his archive.
Daniella Diniz

Photo by Maria Eduarda Vaz

Daniella Diniz (GSAS ’09, ’16) designs and implements programs and events intended to foster an exchange between Columbia and Brazil.
Dana Kanze and Mark Conley

From left to right: Dana Kanze and Mark Conley. Photo by Eileen Barroso

When Dana Kanze and her business partner were pitching their startup for funding in 2009, they took turns talking to venture capitalists. Then and in ongoing conversations with prospective investors, Kanze noticed that questions addressed to her differed from those addressed to him.

Book cover of Jewish Comedy and portrait of Jeremy Dauber
Jeremy Dauber, the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture in the department of Germanic languages, was well aware that “analyzing comedy runs the risk of killing it.” Still, he forged ahead, chronicling the arc of Jewish humor.
David Henry Hwang with his arms crossed, smiling.

Photo by John Pinderhughes

David Henry Hwang has an illustrious career: he’s a dramatist whose work has won Tony, Obie and Grammy awards and is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist. But he had never taught formally before joining the School of the Arts Theater program in 2014 as head of its playwriting concentration. He had long mentored budding playwrights and run workshops because “that’s part of what you do as a dramatist,” he said.

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