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Core Stories

Plato's Republic: It helped me to learn how to think (still working on it!)

John W. Lombardo MD ’69

My favorite work in the Core is...

...the one text I keep coming back to is "On Liberty" by John Stuart Mill...

Alan Freeman ’93

My favorite work in the Core is...

Arina Karkhanis ’21

Something I learned in the Core was...

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Christine Piazza ’23

I am really grateful to have discovered Suzan-Lori Parks through the Core Curriculum by reading Father Comes Home From the Wars

When I left Columbia I knew my values and where I would draw the line on issues of ethics, social behavior, and morals...

Floyd Hollister ’58

Something I learned in the Core was...

At the end of that first year, I knew that I could pick up any book no matter how overdetermined, no matter how prejudged...

Professor Julie Crawford

Those first few years teaching LitHum, I stayed up until 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning three or four nights a week working my way through n

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