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SIPA Alumni News

BilldeBlasio-80x94Bill de Blasio (MIA ’87) was elected New York City public advocate in the 2009 general election. De Blasio previously served as a New York City councilman, worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and managed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2000 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Read more from the New York Observer.

New Middle East Envoy George Mitchell has SIPA Ties

As CNN reported (photo from CNN main page) President Obama recently announced that he has chosen another person with Columbia ties, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, as special envoy for the Middle East.

George Mitchell has a history of involvement with SIPA.  He is a former Senior Fellow at SIPA and conducted lectures and briefings for the Center for International Conflict Resolution.

The speech that Mr. Mitchell gave upon joining SIPA, along with the introduction by the Dean at the time, Lisa Anderson, is available on the Columbia Web site.  As he says in the video, Mitchell’s desire to teach started when he was a college student and spending time at SIPA helped him achieve this goal.

The video shows that Mr. Mitchell’s sense of humor is equal to his ability to navigate tense political negotiations and his comments on the prospects for peace (given in 2002) are very thought provoking considering the role he now assumes with the Obama administration.

Clicking on the picture below will take you to the page where you can view Lisa Anderson’s introduction and Mr. Mitchell’s speech upon joining SIPA.  The announcement of Mr. Mitchell joining SIPA can be found on this page.

Presidential Inauguration on the Columbia Campus

A crowd of several thousand students, staff, and administrators gathered in the center of campus on Tuesday for the inauguration of Columbia College alumnus Barack Obama on a jumbo tron television screen.  President Bollinger welcomed the crowd prior to the event and extended an invitation to everyone in the audience to join he and his wife at their home following the event.

The temperature was a cool but you would not have known it by the looks on the faces of those in the crowd.  There was definitely an air of excitement and it is an event I will never forget.  A slide show of the event is available on the ColumbiaNews Web site.

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