Columbia Emeritus Professors and School of Professional Studies Present Spring 2018 Speaker Series in West Harlem

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Retiree faculty at social event. Photo by Barbara Alper
Photo by Barbara Alper

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. Learn more about EPIC.

The Series, coordinated by Morningside Retirement and Health Services (MRHS), is free and open to the public, and will be held at 100 LaSalle Street, Room #MC. For more information: 212-666-4000 or


April 18, 7 PM
Phyllis Trible, Baldwin Professor Emerita of Sacred Literature, Union Theological Seminary, will speak on: ‘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.

May 16, 7 PM
Michael V Susi, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Columbia University; local historian and postcard collector, will speak on: ‘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.

June 6, 2 PM
Mischa Schwartz, Charles Bachelor Professor Emeritus in Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University, will speak on: ‘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 in 1892.