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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

The Deluge: On the human costs of rising sea levels
April 16 - June 30 | View-from-the-street display

The Forum and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism are pleased to present The Deluge: On the human costs of rising sea levels, an exhibit of photographs by photojournalist and Global Visiting Fellow, Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR. The installation, which debuted at The Forum just ahead of Earth Day, features photographs illustrating the consequences of climate change in communities across the globe.

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.

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 five meeting rooms, ranging in size from a small conference room for 10 to a large meeting room that holds up to 55 people in a theater-style setup. Each of these rooms, with the exception of the foyer, includes state-of-the-art technology.

In booking events at The Forum, priority is given to events that foster Columbia’s research, educational, and community-building initiatives. 

Prior to submitting a request for space at The Forum, please familiarize yourself with our event spaces, rental fees and services, as well as our policies.

Please note: While the Forum building itself is currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we remain open to requests from Columbia affiliates for support of virtual events, hybrid events, and podcasting. We are also currently considering reservation requests from Columbia affiliates for fall 2021 in-person events. Please visit the links below for more information, or contact us at [email protected] with any questions. Our staff is available to consult with you as you consider The Forum for your next event.

  • Columbia faculty, staff and recognized student organizations: Please use Columbia University's Event Management System to request event space at The Forum.
  • Nonaffiliates: The Forum is not yet accepting reservations from organizations not affiliated with Columbia. Please complete this form to be notified when we open up for requests from non-Columbia affiliates.
  • Nonprofit organizations: The West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) administers applications for in-kind space requests at Columbia University, including The Forum. Please contact WHDC for more information about eligibility and the process.