Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Rebecca Kobrin on her Book, Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora

In December 2014, Rebecca Kobrin (Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History) traveled to Bialystok, Poland, for the launch of the Polish translation of her prize-winning book Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora, published in 2010 in Indiana University Press’s prestigious monograph series, The Modern Jewish Experience. Read the full article in the Fall 2015 issue of Harriman Magazine.

Faculty Spotlight: Małgorzata Mazurek, New Polish History Chair

"One sunny autumn morning, in a small, wood-paneled classroom in Hamilton Hall, a group of Columbia College sophomores sat in a circle and debated the texts of Martin Luther and the tenets of the Protestant Reformation in their Contemporary Civilization course. “How can you tell whether or not you are a good person?” “Does Luther ultimately believe that there are no good people?” “Is the logic in Luther’s argument flawed?” The class is part of the College’s Core Curriculum—a set of courses required for all undergraduates regardless of their major—and the texts in question belong to a standardized syllabus assigned across sections regardless of the professor. In this case, the professor is Małgorzata Mazurek, a petite, youthful woman with bright, bespectacled, green eyes who won the international competition for the Polish Studies Chair in Columbia University’s History Department last spring." Read more in the Winter 2015 issue of Harriman Magazine.

Faculty Spotlight: Gary Shteyngart Discusses His Memoir, "Little Failure"

"Born in Soviet Leningrad, where he spent seven years as a sickly, asthmatic child fiercely devoted to Lenin and his rodina (motherland), Shteyngart immigrated with his parents to New York as a Jewish refugee in 1979. The family settled in Kew Gardens, Queens, where he discovered the evils of the Soviet Union and the glory of Ronald Reagan." Follow this link to read the interview in Harriman Magazine.
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