Core Stories

"Who is it that can tell me who I am?” 

Thomas Nielsen ’18

My favorite quote from the core is from...

Arina Karkhanis ’21

Something I learned in the Core was...

The same things that affected me have affected scholars, heroes, dreamers, and people of the world for millennia.

Christian Palomares ’22

Something I learned in the Core was...

Michael Behringer ’89

My most memorable Core experience is...

Thucydides
Paul Schwarzbaum ’84

The Core thinker/ who affected me most was… Thucydides

Reading through works like The Iliad and Inferno, I was able to discover not only the author's worldview, but my own.

Nigel Telman '21, Core Scholar

2021 classmates Nigel Telman and Jackie Marchal created "The Forest - An Interpretation of Dante's Allegorical Forest in 'Inferno'", a 20

If I could teach one course forever, it’d be Lit Hum.

Margo Rosen

Former Lit Hum Lecturer

Acknowledging the other side to an argument & active listening is crucial to understanding...

Brian Sarfo ’17

Something I learned in the Core was...

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...

What I love most is the common knowledge that all Columbians have...

Dina Kotkin Feivelson ’91

Something I learned in the Core was...

Virginia Woolf: She taught me to appreciate the small moments in life.

Jonathan Young ’17

The Core thinker/artist/writer that affected me most was...

Hannah Arendt: Her thought gave me a framework to make meaning, and set upon a course of purpose, in my life.
Adam Sieff ’11

The Core thinker/artist/writer that affected me most was...

Challenging, disturbing, transforming

David Melamed ’78

When I think about the Core, these three words come to mind...

Emily Sun CC'19
Emily Sun ’19

The Core made me switch majors!

#CoreStories in Butler Library
Johnna Wu ’12

My favorite work in the Core is...

Life-changing, uplifting, timeless

Rita Zhang ’17

When I think about the Core, these three words come to mind...

Bernice Tsai ’96

Kaitlyn, Obviously there is too much to say to fit in this.

Things will not be the same at the office without you.

Lisa Palladino

Aw, Kaitlyn, things will not be the same at the office without you -- your knowledge, teamwork, great attitude, get-it-done spirit and mo