1/18/2017, Tamara J. Walker

Universities Should Take a Stand Against Voluntourism

Universities Should Take a Stand Against Voluntourism

Because college admissions committees look for evidence of an applicant’s ability to do more than get good grades and high test-scores, high-schoolers look for ways to showcase their wide-ranging interests. And since these interests are generally conveyed by a commitment to community service, one popular option has been to volunteer abroad. Known as voluntourism, it… more

12/8/2015, Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

Are National Borders Relevant?

Are National Borders Relevant?

In an age when twenty million refugees are displaced worldwide, when passports are easily bought and sold, and when whole countries might soon be submerged by rising tides, are national borders truly relevant? Adapted from The Cosmopolites and published in Columbia Magazine. So many stories begin with borders. I was brought up with no sense of a… more

8/12/2015, Jimmy So

Introducing Columbia Global Reports

Introducing Columbia Global Reports

A.J. Liebling once quipped that "the function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money." This might seem a shrewd and cloudless observation, but the bon mot really benefits from Liebling's attendance at something of a golden age of journalism, when the press actually made money. If only he… more