Theater of War: Ancient Words, Modern Wounds
|Theater of War participants and Columbia student veterans discuss the recent performance on campus. (7:33)|
This marks the second consecutive year Theater of War visited Columbia. Usually, the troupe tours the country’s military academies and bases. Since its inception in 2008, Theater of War has traveled to places such as Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Knox, Camp Pendleton and even to Europe with an impressive rotation of actors that has included Paul Giamatti, Terrence Howard, David Strathairn and Lili Taylor.
Columbia has attracted a growing community of recent military veterans on campus with approximately 340 veterans enrolled in the current semester. More than half attend the School of General Studies which was founded after World War Two in part to provide a Columbia undergraduate education to veterans and other non-traditional students. The school has helped lead University-wide participation in the federal Yellow Ribbon program of education benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans, who also attend many of Columbia’s graduate and professional schools.
(Editor's note: The actual Theater of War performance and discussion is not in the video to protect the privacy of those in the audience.)
Columbia University mourns the death of Robert Belknap, professor emeritus in the Department of Slavic Languages, who died March 17. An expert in Russian literature, particularly Dostoyevsky, he also taught Literature Humanities in the Core Curriculum for 50 years and influenced generations of Columbia students. For more information, please visit this page.
Mary Bassett, associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, was named New York City’s commissioner of health.
University Professor Ronald Breslow won the 2014 American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal, the AIC’s highest award.