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Roosevelt Montás

The Idea of the Core

CUSP/ASP Annual NSOP Lecture

Friday, September 1, 2017
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Faculty Room, Low Memorial Library

Roosevelt Montás’ welcome to Columbia will feature a wide-ranging overview of the Core Curriculum, from its place in the history of liberal education, to the debates that have shaped it, to the goals it pursues, and to the challenges it faces. A period of question and answer will follow the talk.


Roosevelt Montás is Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum. He specializes in Pre-Civil War American literature and culture, with a particular interest in American national identity. His dissertation, Rethinking America, won Columbia University’s 2004 Bancroft Award. In 2000, he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student. He teaches Introduction to Contemporary Civilization as well as a seminar in American Studies on the themes of Freedom and Citizenship. Roosevelt was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York as a teenager. He attended public schools and was admitted to Columbia College in 1991 through its Opportunity Programs. He graduated in 1995 with a major in Comparative Literature and completed his Ph.D. in the English Department at Columbia in 2003. As Director of the Core Curriculum, Roosevelt lectures widely on the history, place, and future of liberal education in the university.

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