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Staff Writer Andrew Wang dares to compare the scholarly activities of a Columbia University student to a 2-hour marathon, and we are here for it. 

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This morning, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named Saidiya Hartman to its Class of 2019 of MacArthur fellows. Hartman, 58, is a Professor of Comparative Literature and English and Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Columbia Journalism School recently taught us how to become relatively successful freelance writers. The event on Wednesday featured Nykia Spradley, Maddy Crowell, and Léa Khayata, and was moderated by Elizabeth Kiefer. But really, this is about me.

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Wednesday, The Office of University of Life continued their speaker series on inequality and justice, “Awakening Our Democracy.” The panel, titled “One Nation Under Guns?” featured a variety of speakers across occupations and the political spectrum. Talking about gun control is hard; doing a write up for five speakers with different opinions is harder. Staff Writer […]

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Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for the week are below, followed by a full calendar of events. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or […]

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On Thursday, the Columbia School of Social Work invited Columbia sociologists Jennifer Lee and Van Tran to speak about Asian Americans and the affirmative action debate. Professor Lee describes their work as grounded in “sizzling research.”  Wait, you mean real research? Blasphemy!

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With notes collected from Eric Klinenberg’s November talk at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Staff Writer Andrew Wang argues that libraries—specifically public libraries—are worth our consideration. 

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On Friday night, in the midst of finals, Columbia University held its first ever Naruto run down Butler lawn. Staff Writer Andrew Wang argues that the Naruto run carried extreme sociological significance, and believes that moments like these are important for Columbia’s sense of campus culture.  According to the laws of physics, the Naruto run […]

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On Thursday at the Columbia Journalism School, NBC’s Lester Holt spoke with The New York Times Magazine’s Nikole Hannah-Jones, a.k.a. Ida Bae Wells, who was recently honored with the 2018 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. Staff Writer Andrew Wang reflects on the event through Hannah-Jones’ groundbreaking investigative work on school segregation in New […]

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On Friday, bestselling author and Hahvahd professor Daniel Ziblatt came to Columbia to discuss his recent book How Democracies Die. Co-authored with Steven Levitsky, it asks whether American democracy is in danger (yes) and what we can do to save it. The New York Times calls it “an essential guide to what can happen in […]

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Bwogger Andrew Wang is sick of Alexander Hamilton getting all the credit for immigrants who changed the course of American history. Here are the stories of two immigrant heroes, told through their statues in Riverside Park.  Bad historians like me think of late modern American history in four dates: 1776, 1787, 1863, and 1865. The American Revolution began, […]

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 On Wednesday, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute invited author Leta Hong Fincher along with feminist activist and journalist Lü Pin to speak on China’s feminist movement. The story is of two worlds: a radical activism operating between the progressive #MeToo movement and an Orwellian Big Brother society. Andrew Wang, who has only ever known big […]

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On Monday, Dr. Urvashi Sahni, Founder and CEO of Study Hall Educational Foundation, came to Columbia to talk about her innovative educational work in India. Besides establishing schools that educate girls against all odds, Dr. Sahni recognizes that young boys must also be engaged in the work of gender justice. As you will see, she’s […]

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