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The Dean's Lecture Series
Alexander Ming Fisher Lecture

Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Basic Sciences

The Cartwright Lecture

Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Clinical Sciences

David Seegal Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship Lecture

Heidelberger-Kabat Lecture

Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities
past events

Innovation in Biological and Medical Sciences Distinguished Lecture

Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize Lecture

Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecture

Thomas Q. Morris Symposia

Other Special Lectures and Events

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Dean's Distinguished Lecture in

the Humanities

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series was founded at the College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1981 to provide a forum and formal vehicle for interdisciplinary academic exchange in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, and humanities. The lectures are designed to emphasize the cross-collaborative nature of scientific inquiry and to enrich the traditional scholarly exchange between the health sciences faculties, the other branches of Columbia University, and the metropolitan New York medical community—all while honoring the school's fundamental responsibility to maintain the highest standards of humanistic education.

Over the past thirty five years, we have been fortunate to have as speakers some of the world's leading basic scientists, clinicians, and humanistic scholars, all of whom have made significant and outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Yet, as expert as all of these speakers are in their areas of specialization, they have been able to bring their thoughts and experiences to life for those outside their traditional academic disciplines—some of whom ultimately have found new ways to advance this knowledge at the intersection of the arts and sciences.

Through the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, we look forward to continuing our tradition of bringing together students, professors, researchers and clinicians in the spirit of true intellectual curiosity and academic cooperation—sowing the seeds, perhaps, for the next great breakthrough discovery or cure in the process.

Available Videos:
Speaker: Pamela H. Smith, Ph.D.
Lecture Date: October 13, 2014
Lecture Title: “Science, Art, and Medicine: A Historian in the Laboratory”

2015-2016 EVENTS

Amale Andraos

"You Are Your Environment: How Architecture Shapes Us"

Amale Andraos
Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Columbia University

Thursday, November 10, 2016
4:30 p.m.
Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center
Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium
104 Haven Avenue

Amale Andraos is dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and co-founder of WORKac, a New-York based architectural and urban practice with international reach. Before joining Columbia, Dean Andraos taught at Princeton University School of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Pennsylvania Design School, and American University in Beirut. Her publications include "Architecture and Representation: The Arab City," "49 Cities", "Above the Pavement, the Farm!", and numerous essays. WORKac is focused on re-imaging architecture at the intersection of the urban, the rural, and the natural. It has achieved international recognition through institutional projects such as the Edible Schoolyards; a new conference center in Lebreville, Gabon; and the Miami Collage Garrage. In addition to receiving other awards, WORKac was named the 2015 AIA New York State Firm of the Year.

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2014-15: Brian Greene
2013-14: Pamela H. Smith
2012-13: Mark C. Taylor
2011-12: Sylvia Nasar
2007-08: David Freedberg
2005-06: Andrew Delbanco
2003-04: Jonathan Cole
2002-03: Jeffrey Sachs
2001-02: Eric Foner
2000-01: Edward W. Said
1999-00: Robert E. Pollack
1998-99: Kenneth Jackson
1997-98: Jack Greenberg
1996-97: George Rupp
1995-96: David N. Cannadine
1994-95: Simon A. Schama
1993-94: James H. Beck
1992-93: Osborn Elliott
1991-92: Henry F. Graf
1990-91: Fred Friendly
1989-90: Howard Shanet
1988-89: Zbigniew Brzezinski
1987-88: Louis Henkin
1986-87: Barbara Aronstein Black
1985-86: Robert Merton
1984-85: Edith Porada
1983-84: David Rothman
1982-83: Harriet Zuckerman
1981-82: Fritz Stern

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