Wednesday, April 15, 2015
"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.
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