Columbia, NYU to hold night of lectures in bars

March 26, 2014

Columbia University and New York University are sponsoring a new initiative that will see 50 academics deliver lectures at bars across Manhattan on the evening of April 29. The initiative, Raising the Bar, aims to “spread knowledge and shake the city’s nightlife culture,” explains the program website. Organizers add that the model seeks to address concerns that the “ivory tower” image of higher education pushes away many prospective students, by "embedding education as a non-threatening pop culture." The initiative is set to spread to Boston and the west coast in the coming months, and the organizers even envision things like "guerrilla lectures" in subways. The Guardian