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In 2020, America’s foreign policy legacy is under historic scrutiny. It has become common to hear America’s foreign policy record cynically painted as one defined by coups against democratically-elected governments, corporate profiteering, and “forever wars” fought without a legitimate purpose. At Columbia in particular, prevailing opinion holds that U.S. foreign policy is nothing more than imperialism in 21st-century garb. As this narrative has taken hold across the country, many Americans have grown more skeptical of the United States playing a significant role in international affairs. Indeed, isolationism—not a foreign policy, but rather a lack thereof—has found itself back in vogue. Instead of embracing this discredited approach, we must come to terms with America’s foreign policy record and look toward the future, to one where America eagerly accepts her mantle as the decisive player in the international arena....
Honors and awards are an important part of résumés and graduate school applications, showcasing the hard work you’ve put into your academic career. They are markers of your achievement, and some of these honor programs also develop skills that can be used for your internships and career. It’s important to be aware of the various awards that you are eligible for so that you can make the most out of your time at Columbia....
She imagines her mind like a hallway. Boxes line the floor, filled with all of the poetry and artwork she has ever studied. James Baldwin and W.B. Yeats are there, talking to her in David Hammons' blue light....
Saidiya Hartman, scholar of Black American history and literature, has been appointed to the highest rank of faculty
Saidiya Hartman, professor of English and comparative literature, has been appointed to University Professor. Only 17 other faculty members hold the distinction—Columbia’s highest academic honor—that allows them to set their own instruction schedules and teach across schools and departments....
“Uncertainty is a motif of my life,” Columbia College first-year Derek Ng tells me, one evening over Zoom.
It is time we hold the administration of the School of General Studies to its word. If administrators truly mean that their primary goal is to make General Studies as affordable as possible, they must change their transfer credit policy to accept online classes from other accredited colleges and universities. It would save General Studies students tens of thousands of dollars in student debt....
It was a decade of many firsts for the Columbia women’s tennis program. Led by head coach and former Lion Ilene Weintraub, CC ’02, the Light Blue notched its first-ever winning Ivy League season, claimed its first Ancient Eight title, won ECACs four times, and earned its highest ranking in program history....
This is the fourth edition of “The Season That Could Have Been,” Spectator’s series on spring 2020 sports.