Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty

The Columbia Alumni Association of Michigan invites you to learn more about New York's iconic Statue of Liberty March 10 when Elizabeth Mitchell will discuss her book "Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty". 

The Statue of Liberty has become one of the most recognizable monuments in the world: a symbol of freedom and the American Dream. But the story of the creation of the statue has been obscured by myth. We all know the legend that the statue was a gift from France, but that implies that the government of France gave it to the government of America. In reality, it was the inspiration of one quixotic French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, hungry for fame and adoration.

Mitchell taught nonfiction writing in the Columbia University 2014 summer session.

Everyone can participate virtually, see directions below, but for those who like to mix and mingle, please join us for a gathering at our Club Vice President and Secretary Nandi Kathuria's home that evening. We will watch it together as well as enjoy some refreshments and light appetizers.

Our gathering begins at 6 p.m. (the virtual program starts at 6:30 with Mitchell speaking about 30 minutes followed by an opportunity for questions and answers). Please join us at:

3331 Bloomfield Shore Drive • West Bloomfield, MI 48323 • (248) 894-4110

Click here for a map.

Please RSVP below if you plan to attend the gathering, which is limited to about 25 guests.

For those who will not be joining us but wish to watch the program virtually on your own, you must register by clicking here. The presentation will be held via GoToMeeting. Call information will be shared in the registration confirmation email. You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


March 10, 2015 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Narinder Kathuria Alison Carpenter Bill Goldsmith Rebecca Savage Louise Giles

Will you come?