March 1, 2024

EPIC Returns with In-Person/Hybrid Meetings!

The Caravan Era

A talk by historian Richard Bulliet

Tuesday, March 5 at 12 pm

Faculty House and via Zoom

Join Richard Bulliet as he unpacks the rich tapestry of the caravan era. Discover how these ancient trade routes shaped cultures, economies, and societies. Through captivating stories and insightful analysis, Professor Bulliet brings to life the enduring legacy of caravans and their impact on our world.

Richard Bulliet specializes in Middle Eastern history, the social and institutional history of Islamic countries, and the history of technology.

Three copies of Richard Bulliet’s books will be raffled as door prizes to guests attending in person. One copy will be raffled to a guest attending online.

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How the Dutch Famine Shaped My Thinking

about Life-Course Epidemiology

A talk by Dr. L. H. Lumey

March 19 at 12 pm

Jerome Greene Annex and via Zoom

Hear from Dr. L. H. Lumey about the journey of Dutch famine studies, starting at Columbia in the 1970s. Learn about the groundbreaking research findings and the personal journey that led Dr. Lumey to this important project. Discover how this research has expanded to include famine-exposed birth cohorts in the Netherlands, Ukraine, and China, with new questions sparked by cutting-edge technologies.

L. H. Lumey is Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center.


The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars

(New York Times, January 31, 2018)

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Columbia Artists/Teachers Creative Writing Classes

The Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program is offering free non-credit creative writing courses, led by current MFA Writing students. These courses cover fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Sessions begin on Monday, March 18, and continue until Friday, April 26. Classes will be held in person at Dodge Hall and online via Zoom. Register by Wednesday, March 8.

Classes and Registration


Online EPIC Yoga Every Thursday

10–11 am and 11:15 am–12:15 pm

10–11 am Class practices breathing techniques and moves through some basic yoga poses, concentrating on alignment, balance, and flexibility.

11:15 am–12:15 pm Gentle/chair yoga, ideal for those of more limited mobility or flexibility.

Professor Emerita Ginny Papaioannou, a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance, leads EPIC Yoga. No prior experience is required to join.

Interested in joining a class or need more info? Email Lalla Grimes.

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tax-deductible contribution to EPIC. Your contributions fund the

Douglas Chalmers Graduate Scholars Lectureship.

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Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC)

202A Philosophy Hall, 1150 Amsterdam Avenue

Mail Code 9215

New York, NY 10027

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Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC) brings Columbia academic retirees together in professional and social fellowship with regular talks, fall and spring receptions, music performance, yoga and wellness sessions, and collaborative Columbia community initiatives,

such as the Douglas Chalmers Graduate Scholars Lectureship for young doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. EPIC is your powerful advocate for the retiree community.

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