Last year’s presidential campaign made it clear that Americans are a deeply divided people. It also gave rise to the recognition by many that they didn’t understand the lives and times of “the other half.” The purpose of this course is to help interested Columbia Business School students gain a better understanding through an outside of “the bubble” experience.
This class will meet for five weeks on campus on Tuesdays from 2:15-3:45 pm (Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, and 31), before traveling to Youngstown, Ohio from Friday, November 3rd to Tuesday, November 7th (Election Day break). Activities during the visit will include meetings with personnel from manufacturers, unions, local government, and non-profit service providers. Students will be responsible for booking and paying for costs associated with this travel, including airfare, lodging and meals. These costs may run up to $750. Students will have a concluding class meeting on November 14th after the trip during which they will begin to organize an event to share their learnings with the CBS community.
Students must apply for one of 20 seats in the course.
Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance
A lawyer and political scientist, Professor Horton teaches the popular elective course Modern Political Economy. A member of the Columbia Business School faculty since 1970, he served two years while on leave from the School as Executive Director of the Temporary Commission on City Finances during the New York City fiscal crisis, and later served 15 years as Director of Research and President of the Citizens...
Co-Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director; Professor of Professional Practice
Bruce Usher is a Professor of Practice and The Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. Professor Usher teaches MBA students on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues, and is a recipient of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to his work at Columbia, Professor Usher was...