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May 13, 2016
As Anjelica Neslin CC’16 prepares to graduate, she reflects on the global experiences she has had at Columbia College – from her coursework to studying abroad in Argentina to...
May 13, 2016
The Double Discovery Center (DDC), a Columbia College program that works to foster college matriculation for low-income and first-generation middle and high school students in New...
April 15, 2016
American Studies faculty member Adam Kirsch is one of 178 scholars, artists and scientists who have won prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships, which are awarded to mid-career...

Civic Engagement

FREEDOM & CITIZENSHIP

Beginning in 2009, the Center for American Studies has collaborated with the Double Discovery Center on a program that introduces high school students to college-level work in the humanities and prepares them for lives as informed, responsible citizens.

A small group of rising seniors from public high schools come to campus each summer for a rigorous three-week seminar that examines major philosophical works on the meanings of freedom and citizenship from the ancient world to the present. Taught by Roosevelt Montas, Director of Columbia's Core Curriculum, and Tamara Mann Tweel, the John R. Strassburger Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies, the seminar emphasizes close reading and analysis of works by Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides, Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, the American Founders, Lincoln, Du Bois, Dewey, King, and others...