Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
“History as a Measure of Performance”
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Launer Auditorium, Columbia College Campus
In November 2000, John A. Schiffman, a member of the Columbia College Board of Trustees, announced a $1.5 million donation to the college to establish an endowed chair in ethics, religious studies and philosophy. At the time, it was the single largest donation in the school’s history.
A major focus of the Althea W. and John A. Schiffman endowed chair is the establishment of an annual Ethics in Society lecture series to bring scholars and lecturers to campus.
Schiffman made the gift in honor of his late wife, Althea, who graduated from Christian College in 1941 (renamed Columbia College in 1970). She also served on the Columbia College Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1987.
“It is my hope that through the endowed chair and lecture series, Columbia College will become a force in carrying forward the message to students that integrity, honesty, fairness and compassion are just as important as intellect,” Schiffman said.
The two-time winner of the National Book Award and the Francis Parkman Prize, McCullough is the author of numerous books, including “1776,” “John Adams,” “The Johnstown Flood” and “Truman,” and has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer and narrator of documentaries.
McCullough has received the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Award and the New York Public Library’s Literary Lion Award. He is the past president of the Society of American Historians and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received 38 honorary degrees.
McCullough was born in Pittsburgh. He attended Yale University, where he graduated with honors in English literature.
Dr. Anthony Alioto, professor of history, has served as the Althea W. and John A. Schiffman chair in ethics, religious studies and philosophy at Columbia College since 2002.
Alioto earned a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from the University of Wisconsin, then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a personnel specialist. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Presidential Unit Citation for his work in the return of prisoners from north Vietnam. After his military service, he returned to graduate school at Ohio University, where he was a John F. Cady Fellow. Alioto earned his master’s degree and his doctorate in the history of science and philosophy.
He joined Columbia College in 1981. During his tenure, Alioto has been selected as Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Professor of the Year and Faculty Member of the Year. He also was selected as the 1996 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He is the author of “A History of Western Science,” as well as a work of fiction entitled “Toad Familiar,” which is based upon quantum theory, ancient religions and Eastern philosophy.
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