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Columbia University Announces a New Initiative: the Institute for Ideas and Imagination

Nov 20, 2017
On Friday, November 17, 2017, Columbia University announced a new initiative, the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, for which lead support is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, in addition to the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation.

The Institute is committed to intellectual innovation and inter-cultural dialogue to promote deep reflection and fresh perspective. It will reside at the Reid Hall, part of Columbia University’s Paris Global Center in France. Dr. Mark Mazower, the Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies in the Department of History at Columbia University, will be the Institute’s founding Director.

An initial cohort of 14 fellows will be hosted for a one-year residency in the fall of 2018. Seven of the fellows will be from Columbia’s faculty, and the remainder scholars, writers and artists from around the globe. Furthermore, the Institute will host workshops, conferences, and programs to ensure the knowledge and insights gained at the Institute are shared.

At the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, we are dedicated to supporting interdisciplinary approaches to academic inquiry, which we firmly believe is the key in moving towards a brighter, and more inclusive, future,” said Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. “The Columbia University Institute for Ideas and Imagination, through its merging of academics and artists at Reid Hall, will enable fresh thinking and inter-cultural dialogue, which is of fundamental importance in our current global condition. Throughout our twenty-one year history, we have found great partners in Columbia University, and we are looking forward to this new endeavor.

For more information about the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, click here