1754 Society Luncheon 2016
On November 10, nearly 150 members and esteemed friends attended the annual 1754 Society Luncheon at the Rainbow Room. Situated on the 65th floor with panoramic views of the skyline and beyond, attendees listened to Dr. Charles Zuker’s interactive presentation, Common Sense About Taste.
CloEve Demmer, Deputy Vice President of Development, gave opening remarks and introduced Law School Class of 1962 alumnae, Eleanor Applewhaite, who spoke of the impact of planned giving. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Zuker began his presentation featuring his research on the five basic taste qualities and the logic of taste coding. With a multitude of accolades befitting his title, Dr. Zuker became a professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and of neuroscience at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2009. Dr. Zuker concluded his presentation with a Q & A Session that was met with eager inquisitiveness.
1754 Society Luncheon 2015
On November 12, more than 185 members and special friends gathered in the Rainbow Room above Rockefeller Center for the 1754 Society luncheon, featuring a panel discussion with members of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought. Organized exclusively for the 1754 Society, the high-level panel addressed what it will mean to think, act, and teach globally over the next four decades.
Vishakha Desai, President Bollinger's special adviser for global affairs, a professor at SIPA, and a member of CGT, introduced the program. Professor Carol Gluck, chair of the CGT and George Sansom Professor of History, moderated the discussion involving senior faculty members of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought from across the university, a graduate student from the newly established MA in Global Thought, and an undergraduate student from the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought. This very special event was hosted by 1754 Society member and Columbia trustee, Dr. Kenneth Forde '59PS. Dr. Forde is a José M. Ferrer Professor Emeritus in Surgery at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and former Vice Chairman for External Affairs in the Department of Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Campus.
1754 Society Luncheon 2014
On November 6, 2014, more than one hundred of our 1754 Society members joined us for a reception at Columbia’s Faculty House. Guests were treated to a delightful lunch and a captivating lecture by Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Medical Sciences. In Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic’s presentation she shared the innovative research her lab is conducting on the engineering of human tissues for regenerative medicine and the study of disease.
Guests received a 1754 Society umbrella, which serendipitously came in handy on this rainy November day. This event was held to honor and thank alumni and friends of Columbia who have made plans for the University through trust, estate, or other planned gifts. For information on how to become a member of the 1754 Society, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 1.800.338.3294 or complete our online form.
More than one hundred 1754 Society members and friends attended a reception on October 31, 2013, at Columbia’s Faculty House. Guests had the opportunity to mingle and enjoy a stimulating lecture from Dr. Robert Klitzman, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Klitzman's presentation highlighted his work in bioethics and genetics and guests received a signed copy of his book, Am I My Genes?.
This event was held to honor and thank alumni and friends of Columbia who have made plans for the University through trust, estate, or other planned gifts. For information on how to become a member of the 1754 Society, please contact the Office of Gift Planning.
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