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Reunion 2020 Highlights
Although we couldn't be together on campus this year, we're glad you could join us to connect virtually in June over conversations, updates, and performances. Event recordings are available below.
Thank you for staying connected to GS. We are thinking of you and your loved ones at this time.
A Celebration of the Performing Arts at GS
The School of General Studies has long been home to some of the world’s most talented performing artists. We invite you to enjoy a variety of performances by both students and alumni as they bring their music and dance home to you! Performances feature members of the prestigious Columbia Ballet Collaborative and Columbia Repertory Ballet student groups, in addition to professional musicians Sumar Frejat '23GS, Sondra Woodruff '19GS, and Anna Troy '19GS.
Following the performances, Dean Rosen-Metsch will lead a conversation with professional actress Rachel Ticotin '19GS, as they discuss the path of being an artist in the GS community and beyond.
Rachel Ticotin was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She began her career at the age of nine at City Center in a production of The King and I, and later became one of the founding members of the Ballet Hispánico dance company before beginning her acting career in films such as Fort Apache, the Bronx, Total Recall, Con Air, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Man on Fire, and Something's Gotta Give. She has appeared on Broadway, in regional theater, and on television—most recently in The Act. She has also co-directed the Rising Stars show at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts for nine years and hopes to continue working with students and schools in arts education.
Pandemics and People: Contagion in U.S. History from Smallpox to Coronavirus
Join Dean of the Postbac Premed Program James Colgrove '01MSPH, '04GSAS for a faculty lecture on the history of pandemics. The medical and epidemiological calamity of coronavirus has forced the U.S. to confront challenges that are unprecedented in our lifetime. These challenges are not new in our country’s history, however. For more than a century and a half after the country’s founding, epidemics of frightening deadly diseases routinely swept through cities and states, disrupting social and economic activity and tearing at the fabric of life. This lecture places the current health crisis in historical context and examines the enduring scientific, ethical, and political challenges it raises.
James Colgrove has been a valued member of the Columbia community for many years, having graduated with an MPH and PhD from the University and, later, becoming a faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health. He currently serves as Dean of the Columbia University Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at GS. Most recently, Dean Colgrove served as the Director for the Master’s Program in Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman.
As an accomplished scholar, teacher, and author, Dean Colgrove’s research focuses on examining the relationship between individual rights and the collective well-being, and the social, political, and legal processes through which public health policies have been mediated in American History. He is well known for his popular undergraduate course, Social History of American Public Health, and has written several books on public health including Epidemic City: The Politics of Public Health in New York (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011) and State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America (University of California Press, 2006). His work has also been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, Science, Health Affairs, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.
Conversation with Christopher R. Riano '07GS, Author of Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws
Join Dean Rosen-Metsch for an exclusive conversation with Christopher R. Riano '07GS, whose new book Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws presents the definitive history of same-sex marriage equality in the United States, offering a history of American families, faiths, and fundamental legal and constitutional change in the last half century. Co-authored with Professor William Eskridge of Yale Law School, the book is forthcoming from Yale University Press in August 2020.
Christopher R. Riano
Christopher R. Riano is the incoming Executive Director of the Center for Civic Education, the nation's largest and most prestigious constitutional law and civic education organization dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of civic virtue both in America and around the globe. Previously, he served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor of New York for Education, Arts, and Constitutional Law, as the General Counsel for the New York State Liquor Authority, as an Administrative Law Judge for New York State, and as a Partner at Drohan Lee LLP. He also is the Founder and CEO of The Riano Group, LLC.