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 seven weeks on campus on Tuesdays from 2:15-5:15 pm (Sept 11, 18, 25; Oct 2, 9, and 20) before traveling to Youngstown, Ohio from Friday, November 2nd to Tuesday, November 6th (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 13th 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.
Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business
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