– Awards! The Kings Crown awards went out, landing in the inboxes (and on the resumes) of meritorious students. But perhaps more importantly, the undergraduate Academic Awards Committee made their picks: the Lionel Trilling Award, for the best book published by a member of the Columbia faculty in the calendar year; and the Mark Van Doren Teaching Award, for excellence in teaching. This year, the Trilling went to Sheldon Pollock‘s The Language of the Gods in the World of Men, a history of Sanskrit, and Samuel Moyn landed the Van Doren. Props to both.
– Nostalgia! Bob Feldman et al reminisce about the good old days at Columbia, when “protest” meant “take over buildings and get dragged out by the police.”
– Random overheards! Girl on cell phone in Lerner: “Well, tell him he should take the stick out of his ass and stick it up his nose!”
Also, coming up…
– Tomorrow, according to several breathless listserv announcements, President Bush will be in Harlem at the Village Academy, 242 W. 144th st. (between 7th and 8th). A bunch of activisty types are heading up there; Bwog hopes they won’t be disappointed.
– Wednesday is Administrative Professional Appreciation Day. Low-level bureaucrats will be awaiting their chocolates and bouquets.