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Petro Poroshenko, photographed by author.

Petro Poroshenko, photographed by author.

For President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, this week was a big one. After meeting with leaders from all over the world at the United Nations, by this Tuesday, Poroshenko was finally ready for his most intimidating assignment: giving a speech to the powerful players of Columbia University (namely one special Bwog staff writer).

The line for Poroshenko’s speech extended down the steps of Low Library, despite the rain growing steadily heavier as the minutes passed. The guards eventually had to turn away about thirty people hoping to snag a spot inside. Would be attendees were joined by anti-Poroshenko protesters who lined up outside the 116th gates.

Inside, President Bollinger gave a warm yet formal welcome to the President of Ukraine (as well as his First Lady), touching upon the social conflicts Ukraine has been through in recent years and crediting Poroshenko as the reason that Ukraine has “emerged from this turmoil.”
President Poroshenko began his address to the audience with exuberance, recalling frequent meetings with President Barack Obama over the past week. He claimed that he was very inspired by Obama as a “real fighter for peace, freedom, and democracy,” and that “this is no joke.” He continued, saying that he was proud “to be the first Ukrainian president at the World Leaders Forum.” The positive changes Ukraine has undergone over these last few years have also made Poroshenko proud, to the extent that, “even being a president in a state of war,” he had come to attend the different conferences and forums in the city.




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Richard Wright

Richard Wright

On Friday afternoon, the Heyman Center Workshops with CRPS Workshop Series presented a lecture featuring Dr. Tommie Shelby discussing Richard Wright and the Westernization of the world. We sent new Bwogger Juliet Larsen to check out the lecture.

On an otherwise sleepy Friday afternoon on campus, Schermerhorn was buzzing with graduate students and professors alike, gathered for an intense two-hour discussion about race, religion, and Wright.

The event began with a presentation by Dr. Tommie Shelby, author best known for We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity, and professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University. Discussing his paper, “Richard Wright: Realizing the Promise of the West,” Dr. Shelby examined controversial African-American author Richard Wright’s most famous works (including Uncle Tom’s Children and Black Boy), a

nd their relation to the worldwide Westernization of non-Western culture. Joining Professor Shelby were Columbia’s own Professor Robert Gooding-Williams, Professor of African-American Studies, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor Josef Sorett, Assistant Professor of Religion and African-American Studies and the Associate Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.

Shelby opened his lecture with one of his paper’s key points,that Africans and people of African descent were forced to assimilate to Western culture “in a very rapid fashion…as opposed to evolving over many centuries.” As an expert in religious studies, Professor Sorett offered commentary on the state of religion during Wright’s time and included his observations of Wright’s religious philosophy. Sorett explained that while Wright considered himself as as philosopher of religion and psychology, he developed a “greater ambivalence” towards religion over time, eventually “calling on writers to replace preachers.”
Regarding the Jim Crow Laws that prompted Wright to begin writing, Shelby respectfully stated that he didn’t “want to be overstepping my bounds,” but that he believed Wright did not want African-American people to “be passive and submit in undignified ways.”

Another point discussed in the lecture was the mystery of Wright’s influences. Despite drawing comparisons to Sartre and Nietzsche, and even explicitly citing Nietzsche as one of his inspirations, Wright does not mention any other Black thinkers as his influences, leaving room for controversy as a Black philosopher himself.

See what questions and critiques the audience had next.



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The panel

The panel

Yesterday evening, Barnard hosted an intimate panel in the Diana Event Oval called “Beauty and Aging.” We sent Cosmo Craver Courtney Couillard to hear what President Debora Spar and her fellow panelists had to say about the biting issue all women face at some point in their life.

Having spoken intensively in her writing about women’s relationship with beauty, President Spar moderated last night’s event on the topic of beauty and aging. The panel also featured the following leading women in the beauty fields: Editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Joanna Coles; Founder and CEO of Women One, Dayle Haddon; Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Rhoda Narins BC ’62; and the author of “The Beauty Myth,” Naomi Wolf.

To begin, President Spar explained the relevance of having this conversation about beauty and aging at Barnard College. As the college has coined the term “bold, beautiful, Barnard women,” President Spar shared she has received flack for referring to Barnard students as ‘beautiful.’ However, President Spar defended the slogan as most Barnard women are indeed beautiful, and the term ‘beautiful’ should be considered in a diverse way. She then went on to point out the struggle women face between being proclaimed feminists while also falling victim to the beauty standards of society. President Spar even joked, “wrinkles are illegal in the borough of Manhattan.” However, she challenged the panel as well as the crowd to consider what relationship feminism has with beauty, and whether a woman’s attempt at making herself look beautiful should be considered a product of her society or a liberating, personal choice.

But how do we handle beauty and aging?



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They've got a plan for downtown

They’ve got a plan for downtown

Last night, Maison Francaise brought in some accomplished environmentalists to talk. Energy expert Max Rettig reports on what he heard. 

Two years ago, French economist Thomas Piketty published a ground-breaking book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, about wealth inequality throughout the world. In it, he touched on natural capital only briefly. On Tuesday night in Columbia’s Maison Francaise, economists, academics, and architects gathered to discuss how natural capital is changing the way we view and treat our environment and its resources.

On the panel were Claude Henry, a former physicist and current economist, and professor of Sustainable Development between Columbia and Paris’ Sciences-Po; Geoffrey Heal, a professor of public policy and corporate responsibility at Columbia Business School; Peter Kelemen is a professor and the Director of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia; and Stephen Cassell is a founding partner in Architecture Research Office, a 25-person group that is reimagining lower Manhattan’s waterfront.

Much more on the environment next.



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Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs

Yesterday, Internal Editor and scientific savant Britt Fossum headed to Hamilton to listen to Columbia’s resident boss Jeffrey Sachs talk ethics and universities.

Yesterday evening was the first talk in a new series hosted by the Masters Program in Bioethics at Columbia titled “What is a Moral University in the 21st Century?” The speaker was none other than Jeffrey Sachs: economist, professor, and opponent of the university-as-business model that is all too prevalent. According to him, moral discourse is just not as normal as it should be. Many problems brought up during the daily functioning of Columbia should be regarded as moral issues as well as economic or social issues: fossil fuel divestment, sexual misconduct, plagiarism and academic property rights, admissions, and issues of free speech.

Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia and was an economics professor at Harvard and so focused his argument on moral issues in these two fields—the need for fossil fuel divestment and the legitimacy of professors taking on private consulting jobs with Wall Street. He spoke against the dominant position of the day which he defines as a libertarian one with the University governed only by the board of trustees and state and market law. Morality needs to be pushed past this “web of contractual obligations.”

There are four types of moral problem facing a modern university according to Sachs: those of daily life and interpersonal relationships, of academic research, how teachers should impart moral knowledge to students, and the role of the University in a global context. Sachs elaborated further on this last (most complicated) issue by giving examples: this is the realm of morality that should govern Columbia’s decisions on use of the endowment, development in Manhattanville, accepting donations, and allowing outside employers for professors and departments.

Sachs speaks out against the Harvard president and more after the jump!



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Queen Arianna

Is it better to stay up all night studying for an exam or to go to bed early? Arianna Huffington has made the executive call that sleep should be your priority. Maddie Stearn, after getting a whole night of sleep, reported Huffington’s reasoning. 

On Monday evening Arianna Huffington took the stage at an event sponsored by the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE). Even while battling a cold Huffington is a dynamic speaker, hitting her stride only a few words into her keynote address. She assured the audience that her accent “is for real” and proceeded to turn out sound bites like a machine. A highly successful, health-conscious machine.

This health-consciousness is perhaps what sets Huffington apart from other entrepreneurs. In 2007 Huffington collapsed from exhaustion and woke up bleeding and with a broken cheekbone. At that point she decided to make sleep a priority in her life and launched the “Sleep” section on the Huffington Post. Today it is easy to take for granted the pervasiveness of sleep studies and articles, but that was not necessarily the case 8 years ago. Arianna Huffington launched the “Sleep” section of the Huffington Post website at a time when, in her opinion, sleep was held in high contempt. Now, however, sleep articles abound and it seems like you can’t go a day without seeing an article that claims, “New Study: Napping Improves Sex Life.” On that note, Huffington did say that if you want to write about how sleep improves your sex life, then you should go ahead and send it to her.

According to Huffington, entrepreneurs seem to be especially guilty of not prioritizing sleep. During the interview portion of the event–conducted by Kathryn Minshew, co-founder and CEO of The Muse–Huffington spoke to the stress that entrepreneurs tend to put on themselves. While recognizing the pressures facing entrepreneurs, Huffington stated that, “our best ideas are not going to come during stressful times.” She provided Archimedes and Newton as examples, while acknowledging that the locations in which both men had their epiphanies (bathtub and apple tree respectively) are perhaps caricatures of her argument.

More on sleep after the jump.



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he stares into your soul

Professor Tom Kent

Bwog’s Sports Editor and amateur Russian Ross Chapman hit up Professor Thomas Kent’s lecture at the Harriman Institute’s 12th floor offices in the International Affairs Building yesterday morning to hear the reporter and Russian scholar present “Decoding the Soviet Press.” As it turns out, the newspapers and radio of the time were way more that “just propoaganda.”

While some people just stumbled into 1219 IAB for the six trays of free Indian food at lunchtime, the room was pretty packed regardless to listen to the usual round of Monday lectures. Tom Kent is an adjunct professor at the School of Journalism and holds a number of posts with the Associated Press. He showed up today to talk about his specialty in Soviet media, which he credits to his six years as an AP correspondent in Moscow. Professor Kent wanted to debunk the idea that the Soviet press was all propaganda. “Once you get past the turgid writing” of the official sources, he said, there’s a lot to be found that exposes day-to-day and political issues in the Soviet Union.

The structuring of the Soviet press varied as the leaders did. Lenin considered himself a journalist and saw no problem with being simultaneously in charge of the government and the media. He said that the Soviet press “is a collective organizer of the country,” as it all espoused certain thoughts and worked towards certain goals. Contrarily, he referred to western media as “the depot of ideas,” a useless warehouse where ideas were stashed without purpose.  In this era, the press was, as Kent called it, “a guardian and cheerleader” for the ideals of the country. But once Stalin took over, everything became stricter. There was a mood of fear among editors, and one piece that could be construed as anti-Soviet could have untold consequences. This continued until Khrushchev took over and “the Thaw” began in 1956, but returned with Brezhnev in 1964. This was a “stolid, gray period” for the Soviet media, where it felt like everything was “just getting by.”

Now, the media largely served two purposes. It informed and propagandized the public while also serving as a means of intraparty communication. A popular means of propaganda was presenting failure as something good. Professor Kent used the example of “Fish Day,” a new once-a-week plan from leading Soviet doctors to feed everyone fish for medical benefits. Of course, the real reason was that the country was having well-documented meat shortages. The newspapers also pulled quotes from even the smallest tabloids in foreign countries to create whatever international appearance they wanted, such as unity in support of Brezhnev. Actual problems would be relegated to the back pages, but Kent didn’t think everything that deserves the front page in America would fit in the USSR. A plane crash, for instance, “in Soviet proportions,” is nothing compared to the still recent losses of war, and most people in the country didn’t always want to hear about crises. Of course we’ll see some media practice as confusing or wrong if we view it from 40 years and 5,000 miles away.

“The Truth about Untruth” after the jump



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thinkin’ about how philosophy and literature will inevitably spar for eternity :/

Tuesday Daily Editor/ultimate renaissance woman Briana Bursten put her incredibly extensive knowledge of philosophy and literature to the test when she attended a lecture entitled “The Ancient Quarrel: Philosophy and Literature” on Monday night. So who cares if she only took one intro philosophy class last semester and now calls herself “Yung Aristotle”? Who cares if she only skimmed read select passages of the Odyssey during her First Year English class? This girl is BACK and ready to share her academic mastery with all of you plebeians Bwog readers. Bow down, bitches. 

Barnard alumna and former Assistant Professor Rebecca Goldstein returned to her alma mater on Monday night to give a lecture detailing the convoluted relationship that philosophy and literature share. As she took the podium in the Diana Oval, Goldstein gave her personal history regarding her academic career at Barnard and her professional evolution from philosopher to novelist. Though the lecture began a bit after its set start time at 7pm, it became clear that this talk would be an excellent addition to the alumni lecture series commemorating Barnard’s 125th anniversary.

But we’re only getting started!



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Hero of marriage equality for everyone

Hero of marriage equality for everyone

Marriage maven Max Rettig dives into DOMA with Columbia Law adjunct professor and prominent lawyer Roberta Kaplan.

“On the long road towards equal rights in this country, there are few milestones as significant as the decision in United States v. Windsor,” said JTS Executive Vice Chancellor Marc Gary in his introduction to last night’s event, “Defeating DOMA: The Changing Nature of Equality Under the U.S. Constitution.” In 2004, Gary continued, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state or commonwealth to legally recognize same-sex marriage. In 2013, when U.S. v. Windsor was decided, only 12 states allowed same-sex marriage, but following the decision, 25 more states joined. Before formally welcoming the night’s speaker to the podium, he shared a joke: “Among the honors bestowed upon Roberta Kaplan, and there are many, the one she will cherish the most is the honorary degree JTS will give her during commencement this May.”

Roberta Kaplan began by providing the context for the Supreme Court case. Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer met in New York in the early 1960s and, while in Israel in 1967, Thea pulled over to the side of a road and proposed to Edie. As Kaplan put it, this was a bold act: The couple “had the self-esteem, dignity, courage and foresight to even imagine getting engaged.” In 2007, with New York still not hospitable to same-sex marriages (a case that Kaplan herself lost), the couple married in Toronto. In 2009, Thea Spyer died of multiple sclerosis after dealing with the neurodegenerative disease for many years. She left Edie with her entire New York apartment, which Kaplan says had appreciated in value into the millions of dollars.

What happened afterwards? Keep reading to find out.



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The savior of Philadelphia

The savior of Philadelphia

Mingling with leaders on our national stage: just another part of the Columbia lifestyle. At least according to the literature sent out to prospects. If you are living the far more typical Columbia lifestyle of midterms and more midterms, Bwog has you covered. We sent correspondent and seasoned schmoozer Max Rettig to cover SIPA’s Global Mayor’s Forum with Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia.   

From the 15th floor of IAB, you can see the Empire State Building. From Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, you can see City Hall, with the statue of William Penn crowning the top. It is there that Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter goes to work most every day, but it was on the 15th floor of the School of International and Public Affairs on March 4 that he talked about his work: Making someone’s life better each and every day.

After an introduction to the annual Global Mayors Forum by Dean Merit Janow, Ester Fuchs (SIPA Professor and the Chair of the Forum) formally introduced Mayor Nutter. As an advisor to former Mayor Bloomberg in New York, she talked extensively about Nutter’s accomplishments in Philadelphia and her own work with him. In between lauding Mayor Nutter, she took fun digs at him—”Your daughter Olivia [who attends Columbia College] is sick in bed today. Maybe it had something to do with you coming to speak.”

More after the jump.



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White on white? smh

Maybe font color choice is not his strong suit

Yesterday, SIPA hosted a talk by Stephen Ferry on photography and human rights in Colombia, and Ross Chapman was there to bring you the details.

Few countries have a part of their history explicitly called “The Violence.” One rare exception is the nation of Colombia, whose civil wars have spanned on and off for over a century. The specific war period of La Violencia lasted most of the 1950s and claimed about 200,000 civilian lives, and its scholars were called Violentologists. In his photojournalistic reporting of violence in Colombia since then, Stephen Ferry borrowed the name and bestowed it upon his book, Violentology.  Ferry gave an hour-long lecture in which he described the photos of his book page by page for a small, substantially Colombian crowd in the IAB yesterday, followed by another good hour’s conversation about the current political climate. The result was a history lesson with quality journalism and impassioned conversation at its finest.

“I had this chip in my head that this was a drug war,” Ferry explained. He first visited the country in 1995 when giving a talk to Colombian photojournalists. But he soon discovered that the conflict was mainly political. Unlike many civil wars, it had nothing to do with race, ethnicity, or religion. But this didn’t make a huge difference for journalists. The government didn’t want photos of their atrocities publicized, and the insurgents didn’t want some of their tactics to come to light. As a result, most prominent journalists were bombarded with threats, and dozens have given their lives for their coverage of the events.

Since the formal end of La Violencia, three main parties have maintained the conflict – government forces (funded by nations such as the United States), guerilla forces (primarily the FARC and ELN), and paramilitary forces. Officially, the government and paramilitary were unconnected, but signs of collusion are abound, and both fear and despise the guerilla groups. Much of that animosity stems from kidnapping – the FARC especially was notorious for taking hostages from the civilian base. But the other parties are hardly saints; the national government would often kill civilians and dress them up as guerilla insurgents to show progress to the world, to the tune of an additional 4,000 civilian deaths. To give an idea of just how widespread this chaos is, over 10% of the nation of 45 million is internally displaced.

More about photography, violence, and the Columbian dialogue after the break



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Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine, a poet and professor at Pomona College, was one of the speakers at Tuesday’s presentation

Whether it’s attending drunken FroSci lectures or showing up to Tunisian talks, Bwog loves to learn in the classroom and beyond. We sent Poetry Professional Briana Bursten to check out Justice Poetry: Readings and Discussion with Claudia Rankine, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Messiah. Read about her evening of learning and listening below!

A genuine feeling of reverence was evident as individuals from various ages and backgrounds crowded the Schapiro Center’s Davis Auditorium this past Tuesday for Justice Poetry: Readings and Discussion with Claudia Rankine, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Messiah. The evening of sharing and dialogue began with opening remarks from Barnard Associate English Professor Monica Miller. Miller explained that each poet would read pieces that thematically center on issues of justice, and that readings were encouraged to be broken up by anecdotes and explanations by the poets themselves.

The first poet was Claudia Rankine, a graduate of the MFA Poetry Program at Columbia and a current English professor at Pomona College. Rankine is the author of multiple collections of poetry, and she spoke with sincerity as she read three pieces from her latest book, entitled Citizen. Rankine’s attention towards racial issues and current injustices was particularly evident through her anecdotes, which were inserted between her readings. One of my favorite stories that Rankine shared had to do with a discussion that she had with one of her friends during a walk through their California neighborhood. Rankine spoke of a time when she asked this friend when she has “felt the most white.” Her friend told her of experiences on the East Coast when taking public transportation and how every time she boarded a subway or a train, there would almost always be a black man with an empty seat next to him. Rankine explained that her friend would always “feel the most white” when she consciously made the choice to take this seat. This anecdote was followed by the Rankine’s final reading of the night— an incredibly powerful poem about the symbolism of this “empty seat.” Rankine remained seated on stage while the two other poets shared their work.

Dawn Lundy Martin and Messiah Ramkissoon after the jump!



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President Bollinger looking down upon baldness

President Bollinger looking down upon baldness

Yesterday morning, Mehdi Jomaa, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Tunisia, gave a lecture through the World Leaders Forum event series. We sent Maghreb maniac Mason Amelotte to Low Rotunda to report on the lecture.

The morning began the same way most World Leaders Forum events do: with overbearing security guards scattered throughout Low Library and a coat check that assured I felt like a child for not wearing my finest Emenegildo Zegna suit. After taking my rightful seat in the very last row, however, my deflated feelings were relieved as the woman who checked me in at the entrance kindly asked me to “move forward a row because there were too many chairs.” (Why am I even forced to register for these things then?)

At precisely 11:00AM, President Bollinger came out alongside Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Tunisia, His Excellency Mehdi Jomaa, followed by both of their wives and a delegation of Tunisian officials. PrezBo described how it was his honor to be introducing Former Prime Minister Jomaa as a speaker in the World Leaders Forum event series before going on to give a brief account of Tunisia’s history over the course of the past four years. With all that said, President Bollinger opened the stage to His Excellency Mehdi Jomaa, who would speak on “Leading Tunisia’s Democracy Start-up.”

The Former Prime Minister was greeted with a round of applause, to which he responded by first wishing the audience a good morning. He boasted the fact that this was his fourth interaction with Columbia, though he simultaneously exuded a sense of humility as he described how lucky he was to be speaking here. He explained to the audience how during his lecture, he hoped to answer the questions “What makes Tunisia’s newly formed democracy difficult?” and “What impact will Tunisia have on its surrounding region in the future?”

Tell me more about Tunisia!



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Dr. Latzer and Dr. Roer

Dr. Latzer and Dr. Roer

Senior Staff Writer Anna Hotter braved the inhumane temperatures to report back from Aryeh’s talk about Israeli Photoshop Law. TW: The article contains discussion of eating disorders and body image.

If you own a computer and a Facebook account, you have probably seen one of those “Real Beauty” Dove commercials. The premise is usually simple: Media tell women over and over what they should look like, act like, be like, and Dove, as a body-positive, feel-good brand is trying to change this by celebrating “real beauty.” Putting aside the maybe hypocritical tensions within its parent Unilever, Dove’s ad agency certainly has a point.

Media play a huge role in shaping the body- and self-image of women, and have often been accused of contributing to the pandemic of eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorders that primarily affect young women and girls.

Israel is the first country to take legislative steps against the perpetuation of these unhealthy standards. In March 2012 the Knesset passed a law that bans the use of underweight models from catwalks, and forces companies to disclose use of Photoshop in ads, despite active lobbying from the fashion and beauty industry. Yesterday evening, Dr. Yael Latzer, an eating disorder specialist who served as a clinical consultant in the bill’s review, spoke about its conception at an event organised by Aryeh in Columbia’s Kraft Centre.

Israel, according to Latzer, has one of the highest rates of disordered eating in young girls (it is only surpassed by the US and Canada), and consequently found itself in a position to act. Up to 60% of Israeli teenage girls exhibit symptoms of disordered eating, a statistic that might not shock some of us, but is none the less significant when compared to other OECD countries. Dr. Latzer mentioned that it is common practice for girls to consume their school lunch in bathroom stalls because they don’t want to be seen eating publicly. As the head of an eating disorder centre in Haifa, she has first-hand experience with the potential outcomes of such a culture.

More about the law’s backlash below



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Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen

Last night, the LGBT+ Journalists of Columbia hosted a talk and Q&A session with the King of Bravo, Andy Cohen, in the Journalism Lecture Hall. We sent Bravo Stan Courtney Couillard to check out the event and see what Andy had to say.

I don’t know how any true Real Housewife franchise fan could have missed seeing Andy Cohen speak at Columbia last night. While I mostly gawk at him through my tv while watching episodes of Watch What Happens Live on my DVR, I would never pass up an opportunity to watch the man that makes the magic that is Bravo happen on a daily basis. Some may know him as the Executive Producer of the Real Housewife franchise; others may better recall when he was pushed by Teresa Giudice in her shining television moment. Regardless, Cohen has become a household name in regards to pop culture and reality television with his work on the Bravo network.

Students (and outsiders) packed the lecture hall to get a chance to feel like they were actually in the Bravo Clubhouse. A student introduced Cohen as the crowd clapped for his accomplishments and one person squealed over the mentioning of Kim Richards. Cohen began the lecture reminding us why we watch his show religiously: he makes conversation easy and he’s quick to entertain.

He began his quick talk about his rise to broadcast fame by confessing he was “very hungover” from attending the SNL after party the night before. After apologizing in advance, Cohen began to recall his ascent in the journalism world. Cohen explained how he has been in the business for 25 years, and he made his start working with CBS NY after graduating from Boston University. He confessed how he always wanted to pursue broadcast even though a superior at CBS broke to him he was cross eyed. Cohen would go on to spend ten years with the network before moving on to ultimately run production for Bravo.

Find out more about Andy Cohen next.

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