Announcing Pulitzer Hall
From Dean Nicholas Lemann:
I am writing with news that I expect will come as a happy surprise: in connection with the School’s observation of its centennial, which will begin on April 20th, the Columbia Trustees have approved our request to rename our building, from Journalism to Pulitzer Hall.
When James Boylan ’51 was in the university archives, researching the history of the school that he published in 2003, he read the original 1903 gift agreement between Joseph Pulitzer and Columbia. It specified that “the building shall bear the name of the donor.” Pulitzer’s name does appear on the building in several places, but Jim and a group of his classmates made the case to me that it would be more appropriate if this were the Pulitzer building, rather than the Journalism building, and were identified as such on university maps and school materials.
I agree, and the school’s centennial seemed like a fitting occasion to make the change. So I peti-
tioned the Trustees, who have approved the request.
Carving above the main entrance of the building began this week, and we will have a brief ceremony to celebrate the renaming at 5:15 p.m. on April 20, 2012, just before the 6:00 p.m. centennial opening program in Miller Theatre. I hope everyone can come, and the information on how to register is below.
Dean, Columbia Journalism School
March 7, 2012