In the summer of 2015 I established a gift account for the Columbia University Seminar on Religion and Writing (#751).  Although the seminar’s basic expenses are covered by The University Seminars at Columbia University (, during the years I relied on the generosity of foundations and organizations, such as the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS), to enhance the seminar’s program. 

Of course, I will continue to submit applications to foundations and other sources of academic funding in order to bring in speakers from outside the tristate area.  Still, any contribution to the gift account will be greatly appreciated.  All gifts to Columbia University as a contribution to Seminar #751 are tax-deductible; no portion of a gift will be retained as an operational charge by either Columbia University or The University Seminars.  Please note that as a consequence of COVID-19, donations to the Seminar’s gift account are only accepted through Columbia University’s secure online giving form (  For more information, please see p.17 of the most recent version of The University Seminars’ Guidelines for Chairs, Members, and Rapporteurs ( from 30 January 2023.

Thank you for your consideration.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write to me (dar2111 [at]

Dagmar A. Riedel, chair
Columbia University

First published, 1 September 2015
Last updated, 28 July 2023

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.