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.)
Four Columbia faculty were awarded Sloan Research Fellowships by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. They are Mark Churchland, assistant professor of neuroscience; Wei Min, assistant professor of chemistry; Simha Sethumadhavan, associate professor of computer science; and Wei Zhang, assistant professor of mathematics.
Alondra Nelson, associate professor of sociology, won the 2012 book award from the Association for Humanist Sociology for Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination.