Prof. David Lurie is receiving the Lionel Trilling Best Book Award, and Prof. Christia Mercer is receiving the Mark Van Doren Best Teacher Award, but the real news is that the award ceremony is preceded by a free reception in Faculty House’s “Skyline Dining Room” at 6pm.

No official word on what kind of refreshment to expect, but Faculty House rarely disappoints. RSVP here.

The Academic Awards Committee of Columbia College

cordially invites you to join us in honoring the recipients of the

37th Annual Lionel Trilling Best Book Award


51st Annual Mark Van Doren Best Teacher Award

Today, Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

in the Fourth Floor Skyline Dining Room of Faculty House

(Please note the change of location from the Presidential Ballroom of the Faculty House)

Reception 6:00 p.m.

Ceremony 6:30-7:30 p.m.

David B. Lurie

Associate Professor

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

recipient of the

37th Annual Lionel Trilling Award

for his book

Realms of Literacy:  Early Japan and the History of Writing


Christia Mercer

Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

recipient of the

51st Annual Mark Van Doren Award

for her commitment to undergraduate instruction and for

“humanity, devotion to truth, and inspiring leadership”


All are welcome, please RSVP here.