The Institute for Ideas and Imagination’s home, Reid Hall, is also the home of the Columbia Global Centers | Paris. The Institute and the CGC I Paris have a very close working relationship.
Located in the heart of Montparnasse, Reid Hall over the past century has hosted international undergraduate and graduate programs, welcoming over 800 students per year. It has also played a significant role in trans-Atlantic cultural relationships by organizing lecture series, conferences, and artistic performances.
The original eighteenth century buildings housed the Dagoty porcelain factory whose ceramics were exported worldwide. Since 1834, when the works moved elsewhere, the site has been devoted to pedagogy, initially housing the first Protestant boarding school in France. In 1893 the American philanthropist Elisabeth Mills Reid acquired the property, enlarging it and creating the American University Womens Paris Club in 1922. From this time, Reid Hall has been at the heart of the artistic and intellectual life of the city, and prominent French figures such as Pierre Bourdieu and Jacques Derrida have taught and lectured here. Since 1964, when the property was bequeathed to Columbia University, it has been the portal through which generations of students have come to know and love France.
Read the full history here.
Columbia Global Centers | Paris was inaugurated at Reid Hall in 2010. It forms part of a network of Centers established by Columbia University in the City of New York in pursuit of its mission to expand Columbia into a global university by engaging across borders and across disciplines. In 2012, Paul LeClerc became the Center's Director and Brunhilde Biebuyck the Administrative Director. Under their leadership, Columbia's footprint at Reid Hall has greatly expanded. Today, Columbia Global Centers | Paris both continues its heritage of French-American cultural exchange and launches a new generation of programs focusing on Europe.
For more details about the CGC I Paris, see its website.