Monday, January 01, 2001


January 10, 1971 The New York Times Magazine publishes an article by two Columbia College seniors, Stan Lehr and Louis Rossetto Jr., entitled "The New Right Credo—Libertarianism." Rossetto goes on to found Wired magazine. He recently gave an interview where he talks about libertarianism, Reason magazine, and revolution.

Academic year 1979-80 The Columbia Libertarian Caucus is founded.  We don't know how long the group lasted, but we're told it was "going strong" when its founder graduated.

Academic year 2001-02 The Columbia University Libertarians is founded but then abandoned.

Fall 2002 Through the Libertarian Party campus contact and by word of mouth, a new group is organized and petitions to be recognized as the Columbia College Libertarians.

December 17, 2002 In the middle of final exams, the Student Governing Board of Earl Hall officially recognizes the Columbia College Libertarians.

February 11, 2003 The Hungarian Convention: In preparation for the first meeting, Will Thomas (CC '06) and Damian Najman (Law '05) meet at the Hungarian Pastry Shop to draft a constitution.

February 12, 2003 Our very first meeting is held at Hartley Lounge. We decide to have a vote via email to ratify the constitution and elect officers.

February 17, 2003 The constitution is ratified by unanimous vote. Our first Executive Board is elected: Will Thomas as president, Damian Najman as vice-president, Chris Haynes (GS '05) as treasurer and Nick Clark-Spear (CC '06) as secretary.

Spring 2003 We continue to meet, usually at Strokos Pizza, to plan events and publicity.

Spring 2003 Our web site goes live.

April 9, 2003 A small group of Columbia College Libertarians go out to dinner with Gene Healy of the Cato Institute, who had come to the Law School to speak about the war on drugs. We have a very good time, and look forward to host Mr. Healy at future CCL events.

April 21, 2003 We have a second election of officers who will serve through the 2003-04 academic year: Will Thomas, Damian Najman and Chris Haynes are reelected, and Rob McNamee (CC '06) is elected secretary.

April 23, 2003 We hold our First Movie Night, featuring “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”

April 30, 2003 We hold another Movie Night, to show “Traffic.” Three activists from the Manhattan LP come to meet our members.

September 5, 2003 Activities Day! We set up a table with posters and literature on College Walk. Many students take the World's Smallest Political Quiz, and over thirty sign up for our mailing list.

September 10, 2003 Hunter DuBose (MBA '99) becomes the first member of our Board of Advisors.

Fall Semester, 2003 We host four events, featuring Dr. Roger Pilon (GS '71) of the Cato Institute; Scott Bullock of the Institute for Justice; Jacob Sullum of Reason magazine with Todd Seavey of the American Council of Science and Health; and Senate Candidate Michael Benjamin, a Republican with some libertarian leanings.

January 23, 2004 The good folks at the Cato Institute hook us up with student pricing for a City Seminar featuring John Stossel at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle.

Spring Semester, 2004 Our guest speakers include Professor Randy Barnett of Boston University School of Law and June Arunga of the Inter-Region Economic Network, a free-market think tank in Kenya. We also hold a couple of "fireside chats" at a nearby cafe.

June 10, 2004 The sweet life of a student: A group of us make it to the Cato Institute's Policy Perspectives 2004 with P.J. O'Rourke and others at the Waldorf=Astoria, again with a student discount.

September 10, 2004 Activities Day again! We set up our table full of literature on College Walk, and sign up sixty-five students for our mailing list.

September 26, 2004 New officers are elected for the 2004-05 academic year: Marco Zappacosta (CC '07) as president, Horace Grant (GSAS) as vice-president, Andrew Wilson (CC '07) as treasurer, and Emily Reeves (CC '06) as secretary.

Academic year 2004-05 Weekly meetings are held every Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. in Hamilton #306, later in #309. We start a blog, and are listed as one of only eight "highlighted libertarian campus organizations" on the national LP website. We continue to host speakers on campus.

Sometime since then New executive board is elected:
President: Marco Zappacosta (CC '07)
Vice-President: Horace Grant (GSAS)
Treasurer: Andrew Wilson (CC '07)
Secretary: Emily Reeves (CC '06)

September 2007 Another executive board is elected:
President: Mathieu Gordon (CC '08)
Vice-President: Amy Penniston (BC '08)
Treasurer: John Marshall (CC '08)

April 2008 Another executive board is elected:
President: Sean Spielberg (CC)
Vice President and Treasurer: Masood Manoochehri (CC)
Outreach Director: Brenden Cline (CC)
Executive Director: Joseph Moukattaf (CC)

May 15, 2008 A group of us attend the Cato Institute's Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty reception at the Waldorf-Astoria. The reception honored Venezuelan activist Yon Goicoechea, and featured FedEx CEO Fred Smith as a keynote speaker.

September 22, 2008
An article by Masood on non-interventionism is published in the Columbia Spectator.

Later that night With unanimous approval, the club's Constitution is changed to reflect a support of small "l" libertarian principles, rather than those specific to the Libertarian Party.


Marco said...

The "sometime since then" was the 04-05 academic year. Casey Levine was president for the 05-06 year, and then it was back to me for 06-07.

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