James Mirollo

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James Mirollo MA '51, PhD '61 is Parr Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature and Executive Director of the Society of Senior Scholars. He has been on the Columbia faculty since 1967, teaching Renaissance and Baroque literature and art, in addition to Literature Humanities.

Heyman Center activities

Mirollo is a founder and teacher of the Alumni Colloquia, which began in 1987 at the Heyman Center for the Humanities and which includes colloquia for the Friends of the Heyman Center and the John Jay Associates. He is currently the overall director of these colloquia and the administrative coordinator for the interdisciplinary East-West workshops and the related undergraduate advanced seminars, such as Nobility and Civility, held at the Center. He was Associate Director of the Heyman Center from 1987 to 2004.

Core Curriculum stewardship

An old school Core Curriculum teacher whose Lit Hum classes are legendary, Mirollo established and now directs the Orientation and Guidance Program for new instructors in the course. He has also served as chairman of Columbia College's Committee on Teaching.


He is the recipient of a Great Teacher Award (1988), a Mark Van Doren Award (1995), and an Award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum (1993).

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