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Columbia Emeritus Professors and School of Professional Studies Present Spring 2018 Speaker Series at Morningside Gardens

This series of talks, with discussion, is the result of collaboration between three organizations: Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC); Columbia University School of Professional Studies; and Morningside Retirement and Health Services (MRHS).  This is the second year for the series which is open to the public without charge.

Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC) is a professional and social fellowship of people who have formally retired from their Columbia careers as university professors, researchers, and administrators but are still professionally active.  Since its founding in 1998, EPIC has worked to continually expand its portfolio of activities and in 2017 launched its first Speakers Series in collaboration with the CU School of Professional Studies (SPS) Community Relations office.

Coordinated by Morningside Retirement and Health Services, the series is held at 100 LaSalle Street (aka 124th Street bet. Broadway/Amsterdam), Main Floor Room #MC (under green awning marked MRHS). For more information, go to or contact 212-666-4000 or ronb [[at]] mrhsny [[dot]] org.


February 21,  7 PM - “Yoking Up Yoga” Where does Yoga come from and where is it going?  Is Yoga an important part of Hinduism? Some answers to these questions may surprise you. Speaker:  Frances Pritchett, Professor Emerita of Modern Indic Languages, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University.

March 14,  7 PM - “The Diaspora and The Medically Underserved: A Case for a New Approach” This is an illustrated talk about Professor Ofodile’s experience working with Diaspora groups to provide medical aid in Africa and the Caribbean. Speaker: Ferdinand Ofodile, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center.

April 18, 7 PM - “Eve and Adam in the Gardens” For millennia, readers have interpreted the story of “Adam and Eve” by pandering to him and blaming her for their expulsion from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2-3).  But there are more excellent ways.   This talk will undercut the traditional reading by exploring anew the story of Eve and Adam as they enter the Gardens of Morningside.  Speaker: Phyllis Trible, Baldwin Professor Emerita of Sacred Literature, Union Theological Seminary.

May 16, 7 PM - “Columbia University on Morningside Heights – The Early Years in Postcard Views” As the title implies, Mr. Susi takes us on a tour of Morningside Heights using vintage postcards he began collecting more than 20 years ago.  Speaker: Michael V Susi, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Columbia University; local historian and postcard collector. 

June 6, 2 PM “Engineers in America – Early History” Professor Schwartz chronicles infrastructure development in the United States in the early to mid-1800s, then follows briefly with the development of engineering education in the US concluding with the birth of Columbia’s School of Mines in 1864, and the department of Electrical Engineering within it in1892.  Speaker: Mischa Schwartz,

Charles Bachelor Professor Emeritus in Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University.