Columbia Spectator Interviews Cluster Leaders about Interdisciplinary Research and Learning

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The Center for Science and Society and Cluster leaders Pamela Smith and Robert Pollack were featured in a recent article on interdisciplinary research and curriculum at Columbia.

Defining what it means to be “interdisciplinary” is not an easy task, and students, faculty and researchers at Columbia have varying opinions of what interdisciplinary research and teaching looks like.  Yet, the University has been a proponent of interdisciplinary learning for nearly 100 years, since introducing a core curriculum for its college students.  The Columbia Spectator feature article, The Pillars of Columbia, looks at the rich history of interdisciplinarity at the University, the current Institutes and Centers that endeavor to bring people from different fields together, and the future educational needs of students and scholars confronting society’s major global challenges.

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