Author Robert Caro featured speaker at centennial launch event
April 23, 2012
Following the renaming ceremony of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s building as Pulitzer Hall on April 20, a celebratory event and cocktail party were held in Miller Theatre and Low Library on the Columbia University campus, to officially kick off the school’s centennial.
The program began with opening remarks by Dean Nicholas Lemann and the premiere of the school’s centennial film, produced by filmmaker Jesse Dylan and his production company Wondros. The film celebrates the role of journalism in a democracy, and the importance of Columbia Journalism School during this time of great change for the profession.
Michael Pulitzer, a grandson of Joseph Pulitzer; Martina Guzman ’08, Community Reporter at WDET Public Radio in Michigan; and emcee A’Lelia Bundles ’76, author and former Deputy Washington Bureau Chief at ABC News, spoke about their connection to the school.
And Robert Caro, a Carnegie Fellow at the Journalism School in 1968, spoke last, describing his fellowship at Columbia and how it provided time and resources he needed to craft “The Power Broker,” his seminal biography of urban planner Robert Moses that won the Pulitzer Prize. Caro was selected as one of the Journalism School’s 50 Great Stories, compiled for the centennial.
After the program, attendees moved to Low Library for the reception, with food, drink and live music by Columbia Jazz trio.
Visit the Columbia Journalism School centennial website for more information and events
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Fellow Robert Caro spoke at the school’s centennial launch event (top). Afterwards, attendees
moved to a reception in Low Library. Photos by John Smock.