Bollinger Convenings at the Forum at Columbia University

The Office of the Provost will select and support the development of a series of Bollinger Convenings (up to 6) to start Spring 2024.  The application deadline is October 13th, 2023 at 6:00 PM EST.

In deepening our engagement with the world, Columbia’s extraordinary academic community conducts leading work at the intersections of traditional disciplines, and translates scholarship to impact by building innovative interdisciplinary and translational partnerships.   

In honor of President Lee C. Bollinger’s transformational tenure and vision, the 17 schools along with the Office of the Provost have endowed a fund to sponsor event programming at the Forum.  The Bollinger Convenings at the Forum will aim to highlight powerful work from Columbia and beyond that advances Columbia’s Fourth Purpose.  This series will showcase innovative initiatives that bring scholarship and knowledge to build collaborations across and beyond academia to advance human welfare and benefit society.  The events will bring diverse voices and perspectives together, foster dialogue across fields and communities, further enliven our campus, and open doors to new collaborations.  They will be held at the Forum, a unique gathering space and a gateway for the community to our campus.

Proposals selected for awards will receive a 1-to-1 cost-matching to host a Bollinger Convening at the Forum.  The award will be between $10,000 and $25,000.

The deadline for submissions is October 13, 2023 at 6:00 PM EST.

For questions and inquires, please contact [email protected].

Notification of awards will be made by December 2023.

2024 Bollinger Convenings Winners

In honor of President Emeritus Lee C. Bollinger, the Bollinger Convenings highlight Columbia’s commitment to its Fourth Purpose by showcasing innovative initiatives that create societal impact and advance human welfare. 

Food for Humanity: Unlocking the Potential of Universities to End Hunger and Malnutrition Glenn Denning, Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs; and Jessica Fanzo, Professor of Climate; Interim Director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Power Uptown: Tackling Energy Insecurity in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx
Diana Hernandez, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences; and Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School and Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Climate School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Saving Journalism
Anya Schiffrin, Senior Lecturer, School of International and Public Affairs; and Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor