President Obama Bestows National Humanities Medal on Wm. Theodore de Bary

President Barack Obama and Prof. de Bary

While Columbia has long revered Prof. Wm. Theodore de Bary (CC’41, GSAS’53) as one of its own, America now regards him as a national treasure.

On July 28, President Barack Obama (CC’83) presented the noted Columbia scholar, the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus, with a 2013 National Humanities Medal celebrating his lifetime’s work. The awards, bestowed on 10 recipients this year, honor extraordinary achievement in the humanities.

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Milestones

Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies Rashid Khalidi, won the 2014 Lionel Trilling Book Award for Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East.

Allison Lewko, assistant professor of computer science, was named to the annual Forbes 30 under 30 list in the science and health care category for her work designing encryption algorithms and keeping data secure.

Victor P. Goldberg, Jerome L. Greene Professor of Transactional Law, has been elected to the American Law Institute.

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