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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.

Upcoming Events

#TrustWorkers PhotoVoice Exhibit
On view at The Forum through July | Free & open to all

The Forum is pleased to have partnered with the Trust Project at INCITE to present their photovoice exhibition, “#TrustWorkers: (Re)Building Relationships between New Yorkers and the Medical System.” The exhibit, which is installed in The Forum's ground-floor Atrium, features intimate photographic narratives of Community Health Workers (CHWs) who work at the frontlines of building trust and providing medical care to New Yorkers.

Explore The Venue

Explore The Forum from afar using our new virtual tour, at right. The tour showcases The Forum's rental spaces which include the 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. 



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.

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