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Support the Continuing Legacy of the Heyman Center

The Friends of the Heyman Center, under the direction of Gareth Williams, Anthon Professor of Latin Language and Literature, is a treasured group of people who want continued intellectual engagement with Columbia while also ensuring the advancement and vitality of the SOF/Heyman. For more than twenty-five years, donations from our Friends have contributed to a variety of activities, most significantly, the Lionel Trilling Seminar, which is free and open to the public. Friends have special access to the Carl Hovde Colloquia as well as other events planned exclusively for this cherished group of supporters.

Membership Tiers


To make an online, tax-deductible donation, please click on the link below and be sure to select "Friends of the Heyman Center" and indicate your membership level in the space provided for notes.

  • Friend ($325) – Participation in 1 colloquium during the 2023-24 academic year.
  • Supporter ($600) – Participation in 2 colloquia during the 2023-24 academic year.
  • Benefactor ($1500) – Our highest level of member: benefits include participation in all colloquia during the 2023-24 academic year, front-row seats at all SOF/Heyman events, invitation to private dinners following Friends’ sponsored lectures (Trilling and DeBary), and website acknowledgment of Benefactor status.

Early Access and Invitations to Select SOF/Heyman Events


While anyone is welcome to register for events at the SOF/Heyman, as a thank you for their generous support, Friends enjoy special privileges such as early access to space-limited events and colloquia, exclusive events, and VIP invitations to social events. These events include:

Carl Hovde Colloquia

Discussion-based colloquia named in honor of Carl Hovde and led by some of Columbia's most renowned teachers and scholars.


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Lionel Trilling Seminar

Lionel Trilling (1905-75), one of Columbia's most celebrated faculty members, was among the great humanist scholars and public intellectuals of the 20th century. In his memory, SOF/Heyman sponsors a series of intellectual conversations, known as the Lionel Trilling Seminars.


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