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Ari Goldman

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Coordinator/Executive Editor Ari L. Goldman has been teaching at Columbia Journalism School since 1993. He is the director of the school’s Scripps Howard Program in Religion, Journalism and the Spiritual Life. Since 2000 and under the aegis of the Scripps Program, he has taken his religion class on study-tours abroad during spring break. His class has visited Israel, Jordan, Russia, Ukraine and India. Goldman also co-directs the University’s Religion-Journalism Dual M.A. Program in which students spend one year at the Journalism School and a second at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences studying religion. Before coming to school, he spent 20 years at The New York Times, most of it as a religion writer. Goldman, who was educated at Yeshiva University, Harvard and Columbia, was a Visiting Fulbright Professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a Skirball Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in England and a scholar-in-residence for a semester at Yeshiva. He is the author of three books: The Search for God at Harvard, a New York Times Notable Book in 1991, Being Jewish: The Spiritual and Cultural Practice of Judaism Today (2000) and Living a Year of Kaddish (2003). He just began writing a regular religion column in The New York Daily News.

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Over six months, members of the Columbia News21 team traveled 525,000 miles across the United States, Canada, India and Iran in search of a better understanding of minority religions and the immigrants who practice them.