Video Spotlights

Columbian College Dean Ben Vinson periodically sits down with Columbian College faculty to discuss their latest research. Watch the videos below to get an inside look at their groundbreaking discoveries.

Art Therapy: Healing Through Imagery

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Heidi Bardot explains how art therapy has shown promise in helping individuals cope with the repercussions of crises.

Family Ties: Chimps in the Wild Shine Light on Human Parenting Practices

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Carson Murray discusses her observations of chimps in the jungles of Tanzania -- and how they are shedding new light on maternal moods, gender roles and even human parenting practices.

The Human Face of Immigration

In a video conversation with Columbian College Dean Ben Vinson, Assistant Professor of Sociology Daniel E. Martínez reveals the often tragic personal stories behind the politics of immigration reform.

On the Cutting Edge of Innovation

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Akos Vertes discusses his pioneering research and his most ambitious challenge to date: developing a way to combat biological and chemical threats.

The Power of Creative Expression

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Dana Tai Soon Burgess shares his vision of art-as-diplomacy and his thoughts on the future of the arts at Columbian College.

The Digital Media Revolution: Global Political Impact

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Catie Bailard explores how digital media is not only transforming the way we communicate, but also profoundly altering the global political spectrum.

East Meets West in Art

Historians point to centuries of instances where artistic techniques, motifs and images have influenced masterpieces and societies across borders. In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Mika Natif reveals how elements and images from Renaissance Europe found their way into 17th century Islamic art.

Gridlock: Bridging the Partisan Divide

Gridlock. It's a word that evokes images of frustration and paralysis. For Congress, gridlock has increasingly become business-as-usual. Partisanship and deep ideological polarization have stymied efforts to find compromise and solve the nation's most pressing problems.

Climate Change: What Caterpillars Can Tell Us

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, John Lill explains how a shift in a tiny caterpillar's life-cycle can impact an entire ecosystem.

Is Solar the Solution to Alternative Energy Search?

In a video conversation with Columbian College Dean Ben Vinson, Amit Ronen discusses how solar power can be a viable "clean" energy alternative.