by Austin Kelley
Even under normal circumstances, with the magnolias and the cherry trees in full bloom, it would have been tough last week for Columbia students to drag themselves to class, but, as luck would have it, hundreds of them were additionally hampered by a little bit of a labor situation—a graduate teaching assistants’ strike that left them without instructors. Still, whether from curiosity or duty, a small number of them managed to amble into Kate Isard’s Masterpieces of Western Art class, last Wednesday, knowing that they would not find Isard there. Instead, they found Robert Harrist, a professor of Chinese art and the director of the Art Humanities program, who began explaining the procedure for finishing the semester without a teacher. Read the Talk of the Town in The New Yorker.