Centennial All-Class Lecture: Brown Institute opening
October 04, 2012
Columbia Journalism School welcomed Mark Hansen, recently appointed East Coast director of the Brown Institute, in an All-Class Lecture, another event in a series coinciding with the celebration of the school’s centennial year. Hansen was preceded with introductions by Nicholas Lemann, dean of the J-School; Lee C. Bollinger, president of the university; Frank Bennack, Jr., CEO of the Hearst Corporation; Eve Burton, senior vice president and general counsel of the Hearst Corporation; and Bernd Girod, director of the Brown Institute at Stanford University.
The opening also contained a first look into the ambitious new partnership with Stanford University, including mock-ups of the digital newsroom that will be housed on the second floor of the J-School. The collaboration between Stanford and Columbia Journalism School is designed to encourage new endeavors to inform, as well as highlight the connection between journalism and technology in a changing media landscape.
Hansen, who is accomplished as both a scientist and an artist, will oversee short-term and long-term research projects, and award grants and fellowships. He also will teach courses that integrate data and algorithms in journalistic practice.