Contemporary Civilization

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Episodes in this podcast series were created by students in Professor Leah Aronowsky’s Fall 2020 section of Contemporary Civilization

Founded in 1919 as a course on War and Peace Issues, the central purpose of Contemporary Civilization is to introduce students enrolled in Columbia College to a range of issues concerning the kinds of communities – political, social, moral, and religious – that human beings construct for themselves and the values that inform and define such communities; the course is intended to prepare students to become active and informed citizens. Contemporary Civilization is a controversial class, not only because of its subject matter and the story it presumes to tell about world history, but also because for many Columbia undergraduates the course is mandatory.

Focusing on and grappling with the ideas presented and discussed in this course, students enrolled in CC the following questions: Can we reform CC?Does it even need to be reformed in the first place?

Recent Podcasts

Episode 7: Abdulla, Diego, & Gulshan (Reforms of the Core) December 22, 2020 - Welcome back to Reforms of the Core. Today we will explore a course that has been around since 1919, and that, according to Columbia College, has a “central purpose of [preparing students] to become active and informed citizens.” [...]

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Episode 6: Eunice, Bertina, & Kaylene (CC Convos) December 22, 2020 - Today on CC Convos: Contemporary Civilization is a mandatory course for most Columbia undergraduates. It’s iconic––it’s been around since the start of the Core! But the course is roughly a century old, and Eunice, Bertina, and Kaylene have to wonder if it’s still relevant... [...]

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Episode 5: Josie, Yao, & Navya (A Day at Morningside Heights) December 22, 2020 - On the next episode of Columbia Radio Drama’s A Day at Morningside Heights our stars discuss Contemporary Civilization. Should we abolish CC? Or should we keep the class? Let’s hear what the Columbia students have to say… [...]

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Episode 4: Brian, Alex, & Eunice (Morningside Reflections) December 22, 2020 - Brian, Eunice, and Alex explore if there is anything redeeming in CC, or does it ultimately fail in its goal of creating “active and informed citizens?” [...]

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Episode 3: Lewis, Max, & Ruby (Ought we to Reform CC?) December 22, 2020 - Ought we to Reform CC? Max, Ruby, and Lewis offer perspectives from current students, past students, and professors on the value of this integral Columbia University class. [...]

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Episode 2: Erin, Kianna, & Lani December 22, 2020 - Kianna, Lani, and Erin set out to ask the question: "Can we reform Contemporary Civilizations, and is a reformation even necessary?" [...]

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Episode 1: Jae, Evan, & Serena (Alma Mater’s Owl) December 22, 2020 - Jae, Evan, and Serena tackle Contemporary Civilizations, a core class at Columbia University [...]

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