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...

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Mike Testerson ’00

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Bernice Tsai ’96

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