A Forum for Engagement

The Forum, located on the corner of 125th Street and Broadway, is a unique community gathering space that serves as the gateway to Columbia University's developing Manhattanville campus. Open to the entire University as well as the local New York City community, The Forum is a multi-use venue that houses a state-of-the-art auditorium, meeting and event spaces, and communal work areas. 

In partnership with University faculty, staff and students, non-profit organizations, and other community groups, The Forum hosts academic lectures, conferences, performances and cultural events designed to spark conversation and civic engagement. The Forum provides an important new space where scholars and thought leaders from diverse fields can come together to share ideas, and where Columbia and the local community can engage with New York City and beyond.

Explore The Venue

Though The Forum building is currently closed in accordance with University guidelines around public gathering spaces, you can now explore the venue from afar using our new virtual tour, at right.

The tour showcases The Forum's rental spaces, which include our ground-floor Atrium, a conference auditorium and adjoining foyer, and four meeting rooms. To learn more about each individual space, please visit our Venue page. 

Past Events

Sweet Taste of Liberty | Online Event

On September 23, The Forum and the Lehman Center for American History hosted author W. Caleb McDaniel for a panel discussion of his 2020 History Pulitzer Prize winning book, Sweet Taste of Liberty. Prof. McDaniel (Rice University) was joined in conversation by Columbia University History Professor and Lehman Center Co-Director Stephanie McCurry, and Reparative Justice Legal Fellow Jordan Brewington, CC '17. Sweet Taste of Liberty investigates the life of Henrietta Wood, an enslaved woman freed in 1848 but violently abducted back into slavery in 1853. Watch the livestream recording here

A Community Gathering Space

The Forum’s ground floor Atrium is a gathering space open to the public seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (except University holidays).* With ample seating, tech tables for charging devices, and free WiFi, the Atrium is ideal for those needing a quiet place to work, study, or meet a friend over a cup of coffee. 

Throughout the year, The Forum joins with other Manhattanville-based Columbia departments to host Community Days, which fill the campus and The Forum with a diverse selection of family-oriented programs for Columbia neighbors. 

*Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Atrium is currently closed to the public.

Image of four children gathered around a table inspecting a brain model as part of a stroke education lesson during Community Day at The Forum

Host Your Next Meeting or Event at The Forum

The Forum rental spaces include a conference auditorium, with a capacity of 438 people; an adjoining foyer, which can accommodate up to 176 people; and four meeting rooms, ranging in size from a small conference room for 10 to a large meeting room that holds up to 55 people. Each of these rooms includes or can accommodate state-of-the-art technology.

For an overview of The Forum's rental rates and occupancy details by room, please click here

    A World Leaders Forum event with the President of Iraq speaking to guests from the stage in The Forum's Auditorium