Friends of the Heyman Center

The Friends of the Heyman Center, under the direction of Gareth Williams, Violin Family Professor of Classics and Chair, Department of Classics, comprises people who help ensure the advancement and vitality of the Heyman Center for the Humanities. For more than twenty-five years, tuition and donations from the Friends colloquia have contributed to a variety of activities, most significantly, the Lionel Trilling Seminar, which is free and open to the public.

The Friends of the Heyman Center offers discussion courses led by Columbia's most renowned teachers and scholars to alumni and friends of the University who wish to continue organized education without the need for academic credit. These colloquia, titled the Carl Hovde Colloquia, are planned as active discussions rather than lectures, and the faculty leaders are among the best teachers in the University. No papers or examinations are required. We charge only a small fraction of normal tuition, and after expenses, these funds help both to improve our programs and maintain the building -- one of the most congenial on campus.

If you would like to donate to the Friends of the Heyman Center, you can do so here. Please enter “Friends of the Heyman Center” in the comment box so that your donation is properly credited.  Thank you!

Fall 2020 Colloquia

Join a discussion of classic works offered by Prof. Gareth Williams, Professor of Classics and Chair of The Friends of the Heyman Center. The first five sessions will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: September 10th (Iliad); September 17th (Odyssey); September 24th (Sophocles’ Philoctetes); October 1st (Virgil’s Aeneid); and October 8th (Ovid’s Metamorphoses). There is no charge to enroll. Register here.