He has taught Literature Humanities since 1957, and his commitment to the Core Curriculum extends far beyond the classroom: he has chaired the Literature Humanities program on several occasions, chaired the Committee on Educational Policy (the Belknap Committee) in 1970 and co-authored (with Richard Kuhns) Tradition and Innovation. General Education and the Reintegration of the University: A Columbia Report (1970). In 1976, during his acting deanship Belknap published a full-page essay in the Spec titled "Some Multifaceted Reflections on the College." Gems from this essay include: "Urban students should live in a certain amount of anxiety and a certain amount of dirt"; "[s]ince seven years ago.... our residence halls have brightened greatly... we have exchanged a substantial number of rooms for rooms at Barnard, and—all sexism aside—women are a civilizing force in our midst."
Professor Belknap received the Award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum in 2000-2001. More recently, he has been active in the revival of the Linguistics Program. He received the Great Teacher Award in 2010.
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