Acclaimed filmmaker and Columbia graduate Ric Burns (Columbia College 1978; MA 1983) returns to his old school to look at its history, legacy, and future in Columbia University: A Celebration. The film’s broadcast premiere on October 30, 2003, on Thirteen/WNET was followed by President Bollinger's interview with Bill Baker. The film was also shown at alumni events around the country. Here are some excerpts.
Out in the World Columbia University in the City of New York "is not shy about getting out there in the world," says Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia's Earth Institute. Its academic distinction, prestigious faculty, international student body, and classical campus have made it one of the world's premier institutions of higher learning.
Beginnings The humble origins of King's College might not have suggested the grandeur that would be Columbia University. Still, its early campus, founders, and evolving relationship with the City of New York contributed to its rich culture.
The Columbia Experience Columbia teaches its students to pursue new experiences, leading them to remarkable achievements in a wide variety of endeavors. “What [Columbia] can do is unlock something,” says actor and alumnus Brian Dennehy, and “allow you to become something completely different.”