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Conversations in the Arts + Fashion Columbia
Conversations in the Arts brings notable cultural figures together with Columbia College’s student body to promote in-depth dialogue. On April 16, NPR’s All Things Considered host Michele Norris spoke to the college community as part of the series. Norris’ lecture focused on race relations and The Race Card Project, an initiative she started in 2010 to help people become more comfortable talking about race.

On June 7, more than 200 guests filled the Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center to celebrate designs of 15 recent fashion studies graduates. In the second year of a revamped evening format event, the silent and live auctions, ticket sales, and corporate sponsorships helped raise $150,000 for student scholarships in the Fashion Studies Department.

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Photos, from first to third: Jon Mathis; Robert Kusel (BA '78); Steve Becker

Manifest 2013
Each year, Columbia College Chicago celebrates the work of its more than 2,000 graduating students with the Manifest urban arts festival. From art exhibitions to readings, from original designs to theatre showcases, the talent spilled out from Columbia’s South Loop campus and onto the streets this year on May 17.

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Commencement 2013
Following Manifest, Columbia College Chicago graduates piled into the historic Chicago Theatre May 18-19 for this year's commencement ceremony. In addition to students receiving their diplomas, Columbia also honored six honorary degree recipients and the Alumni of the Year, which included previous DEMO subject Len Ellis (BA '52).

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Photos: Robert Kusel (BA '78)