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The Dual Degree
Charles D. Cook
Alum, Other
School of Law 1950
School of International and Public Affairs 1950

The Law School was in Kent Hall, and Ike would walk across from the presidential residence on 116th and Morningside to his office in the building behind the statue of Columbia, where we would all graduate in the years to come. To catch up for the years spent in the service, the Law School accepted new students three times a year, and we could take courses throughout the year. I opted to take off the summer of 1948 after four semesters without a break and took advantage of the opportunity to enroll in the new School of International Affairs, combining its curricula with that of the Law School.

The School of International Affairs was headquartered in a brownstone on the north side of 116th Street between Amsterdam and Morningside. Some of our courses were held there. I lived in an apartment on the corner of 119th and Amsterdam in a building known as Laureate Hall. My wife, having completed a B.S. at Juilliard, enrolled in Teachers College for a Master's in Music Education. In 1975, I would drive our high school-age son from Westchester to a special course in science held in Pupin. Today I come to the Faculty House once a month to attend meetings of the University Seminar on the Problems of Peace, as a "seminar associate," continuing an affiliation begun when I served as a rapporteur of that group while I was still a student.

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