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!

Spring 2019 Colloquia

A Centennial Celebration of Contemporary Civilization

Peter Pazzaglini
Thursdays, 5:00pm-7:00pm

This colloquium will be led by Professor Peter Pazzaglini, Senior Scholar at the Heyman Center for the Humanities.  Contemporary Civilization brings us back to the point, perhaps decades ago, when we began to question ourselves and the world around us and to understand the value and worth of our life’s journey. Given our lived experience with many doors of perception over the years and our efforts to articulate how we know and what we know, this colloquium represents a homecoming of deeper engagement with these great books, ourselves and each other.

Download Syllabus and Schedule

The Spring 2019 Colloquium taught by Professor Peter Pazzaglini will be held on Thursdays starting January 31st. It will take place in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at 5 p.m. For directions to the Heyman Center, please visit: Click here for more information: "Introduction to Contemporary Civilization in the West"

Books for both courses can be purchased at Book Culture, 546 West 112th Street (formerly Labyrinth Books), located on 112th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave, and can be reached by phone at 212-865-1588. These courses are not listed in the regular University Bulletin; if there is confusion, ask for the text-book department.


Additional support beyond our fees is very much appreciated and brings notices of the Thursday Lecture Series at the Heyman Center. All support beyond the course charge is fully tax-deductible. A gift of $25 or more also brings a subscription to the Columbia University Record. Acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, and you will be notified of your registration status upon the Heyman Center's receipt of your registration form with payment.

To register for one or both of this semester's colloquia, download, complete, and return the:

Registration Form (pdf)

Please contact Ms. Lisette Oblitas-Cruz with any questions ([email protected]; tel.: 212-854-4631).

$500 Brings admission for an individual to one colloquium

$750 Brings admission to one colloquium for registrant and guest (spouse, friend).