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Committee on Global Thought (CGT)

Global Thought at Columbia University


The Committee on Global Thought (CGT) crosses disciplinary and national borders to address the challenges of our world today.

The Committee on Global Thought (CGT) was established by Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger in 2006 with the mission of enhancing the university’s engagement with issues of global importance. To understand the changing conditions of our contemporary world, we require new concepts and categories that pertain to and are derived from global phenomena as they are rapidly evolving. The Committee on Global Thought, chaired in succession by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Saskia Sassen, and now Carol Gluck, consists of over thirty distinguished faculty members from across the University. The Committee on Global Thought provides a forum in which to make such connections, to examine and understand them toward the end of making a difference in thinking and acting in the world today. The Committee currently includes signature research projects; pedagogical innovation in its new M.A. in Global Thought and undergraduate initiative; Global Think-ins and other public events on campus and at Columbia Global Centers. Future plans include professional learning in hybrid online-classroom format as well as expanded undergraduate curricular opportunities.

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