The Columbia Newsletter Fall / Winter 2018

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Columbia University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs publishes The Columbia Newsletter: News for Our Neighbors as a resource for our constituents in Northern Manhattan.  Our purpose is to provide news from the University and beyond that our readers will find useful and engaging.
In this issue, we feature the opening of The Forum, which provides a welcoming, transparent gateway to the Manhattanville Campus for students, faculty, guest scholars, and members of the community. We share stories of how the WHDC uses in-kind benefits to fund space at Columbia for local non-profits; we profile a new documentary called The Counts of Monte Cristo, portraying the lives of formerly incarcerated individuals while providing perspectives on community, reentry and reform; and we welcome the first Obama Foundation Scholars at Columbia University.  We also check in with the COSMOS project and their work with local area high school teachers; we share the work of the Freedom and Citizenship program which introduces college level humanities work to high school students in low-income areas; we showcase the benefit of free course auditing available to members of the Upper Manhattan Community, as part of the benefits and amenities associated with our new campus. Finally we highlight activities and announcements of interest, such as the new cohort of Columbia Community Scholars and the Wallach Art Gallery exhibition, Posing Modernity. In addition to these stories, as always, we list some of the services provided by Columbia University to our neighbors in the surrounding community. Finally, this issue includes an introductory letter from our new Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, Shailagh Murray.
I hope that you find our newsletter of interest and value to you and your constituents. If you have any questions, comments, or would like additional copies, please contact our Editorial Coordinator, Bashar Makhay at 212-854-0684 or