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Symposium to Honor the Work and Life of Frank Moretti


Frank Moretti

TC faculty member Frank Moretti, founding director of the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (Photo by Jamie Watts)

Friends and former colleagues of Frank Moretti (Ph.D. ’83) will convene a symposium to honor the life and work of the late TC Professor of Communications, on Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at Faculty House on Columbia University’s Morningside Campus.  

Moretti, who passed away in July at 69, was the founding director of the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.

“Frank A. Moretti: A Classicist as Educational Innovator” will explore Moretti’s career as a leading theorist and practitioner in the use of digital technology for education.

Following the symposium, a memorial service for Moretti will be held 3 p.m. in St. Paul’s Chapel on the Columbia campus.

The symposium will open with remarks by TC emeritus professor Robbie McClintock, Moretti’s close friend and longtime collaborator; and James O’Neill, Columbia’s Librarian and Vice President for Information Services. TC alumni Josh Reibel, CEO of Amplify Insight and Amplify Learning, and Luyen Chou, Chief Product Officer for K12 Technology at Pearson Education, will speak as part of a panel on the Dalton Project, a pioneering effort led by Moretti and McClintock during the 1990s to wire New York City’s elite Dalton private school.

William Schuster, Executive Director of the Black Rock Forest Consortium, will discuss Moretti’s presidency of the Consortium, which promotes scientific research, education, and conservation in Black Rock Forest, a 4,000-acre wilderness in the Hudson Highlands, 50 miles north of New York City .

The event will conclude with a panel of students and former students who were mentored by Moretti.

Click here to register for the symposium. For further information, contact Courtney Lockemer at or 212 854-7783.

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