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Morningside Heights Events Calendar

October 2017

Community Conversations: Overcoming Stress and Achieving Wellness

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“Community Conversations: Overcoming Stress and Achieving Wellness” is a free community event that will be held in the historic First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC) in Harlem, New York. This event is designed to provide resources and support for overcoming stress and achieiving wellness within our communities. Our aim is to create a fun, safe, and community-focused environment. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversations-overcoming-stress-and-achieving-wellness-tickets-38436680145 Speakers include: Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City Rev. Michael Walrond Jr., Pastor of FCBC Dr. Gary Belkin, NYC Mental Health…

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An Uneventful Story

October 21 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Nieciekawa historia, or An Uneventful Story, by Wojciech Has. Presented by Annette Insdorf, Film Studies, to mark her 30 years of full-time teaching at Columbia University, and the publication of her new book Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has. Books available for purchase by Book Culture. Registration opens mid-September. Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation, please contact Gavin Browning at gdb2106@columbia.edu in advance.

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A History of Echoes-Part 1: Memory and Militant Sound Investigations

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Since 1994, Ultra-red have been developing sound-based methodologies for collective reflection and analysis of lived experience. These sound investigations employ instructions, or protocols for collective listening that guide participants through listening together to audio recordings from everyday life places, events, and speech. This experience of listening together serves as a catalyst for sharing, discussing and analyzing what people hear in the recordings themselves and in the ways others listen. Ultra-red will present on different aspects of its work and methods…

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Swagger: Olivier Babinet, 2016, 90 min.

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Free and open to the public. Subtitles are in English. Screening followed by discussion with director Olivier Babinet. The public housing projects in the banlieues outside Paris have been the setting for many a gritty saga of desperation and despair. Swagger is not one of those movies. Instead, this joyously innovative documentary immerses viewers in the hopes, dreams, and rich inner lives of eleven teenagers growing up in one of France’s most diverse neighborhoods. Support for this series on the…

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Sound Art MFA in the Library

October 27 @ 6:00 pm

The Sound Art MFA Program is comprised of artists engaging in critical study of sound, and working with this medium as an integral part of their artworks. Works employ a multidisciplinary approach to sound — including Performance, Video, Computer Programming, and Sculpture. Come see these new works in and meet the artists. The Sound Art MFA Program has developed a unique partnership with Columbia University’s Gabe B. Wiener Music & Arts Library to exhibit sound art through the investigation of…

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The Safe House: Christophe Boltanksi

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this book Christophe Boltanski creatively explores his personal history, using each room of the family home as a pretext to recall anecdotes and capture the atmosphere of this unusual family. Boltanski comes from a long line of intellectuals starting with his grandfather Etienne Boltanski who was a member of the Academy of Medicine; his grandmother, a well-known romance author who wrote under the pseudonym Annie Lauran; an uncle, the visual artist, Christian Boltanski; and father, the sociologist Luc Boltanski.…

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November 2017

A History of Echoes-Part 2: Sound of Trans Freedom

November 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Since 1994, Ultra-red have been developing sound-based methodologies for collective reflection and analysis of lived experience. These sound investigations employ instructions, or protocols for collective listening that guide participants through listening together to audio recordings from everyday life places, events, and speech. This experience of listening together serves as a catalyst for sharing, discussing and analyzing what people hear in the recordings themselves and in the ways others listen. Ultra-red will present on different aspects of its work and methods…

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Complex Issues: M. Butterfly

November 2 @ 7:00 pm

David Henry Hwang, Theatre, and Julie Taymor Introduction by Christian Parker, Theatre Playwright David Henry Hwang, Theatre, and director Julie Taymor discuss their collaboration on M. Butterfly, reimagined and remounted for the Broadway stage. Complex Issues explores difference, visibility, and representation through recent work by faculty of Columbia University and Columbia University School of the Arts in particular. Conversations invite challenging questions of racial, ethnic, gender, economic, sexual, religious, and cultural complexity, and how they are articulated across discipline and…

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Carolee Schneemann

November 9 @ 6:30 pm

Introduction by Leeza Meksin, Visual Arts Response by Branden Joseph, Art History and Archaeology Carolee Schneemann discusses her boundary-breaking practice and creative process, on the occasion Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting at MoMA/PS1, the first comprehensive retrospective of her work. Co-presented by the Center for the Study of Social Difference; Columbia University School of the Arts; and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Registration Opens mid-September.

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TAXI DRIVER: A Nollywood Film Screening with Director Daniel Oriahi

November 9 @ 6:30 pm

Set against the nightscape of Lagos, Nigeria, Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo) follows Adigun (Femi Jacobs), a naïve mechanic unfamiliar with city ways, who comes to Lagos to claim the inheritance left by his deceased father — an old taxi cab nicknamed Tom Cruiz. Adigun takes on the cab and becomes a taxi driver. He learns on the job how to navigate Lagos streets, and confronts the complicated interactions between the prostitutes and criminals that do business after nightfall. Join the…

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Do We Dream Under the Same Sky?

November 10 @ 12:00 pm - December 1 @ 5:00 pm

Curated by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija, Visual Arts The sixth installation in a series of exhibitions organized by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu, Visual Arts

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Do We Dream Under the Same Sky? Opening Reception

November 10 @ 5:00 pm

Curated by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija, Visual Arts The sixth installation in a series of exhibitions organized by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu, Visual Arts

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Sound Art Open Studios

November 12 @ 3:00 pm

Second-year MFA students Lemon Guo and Ethan Edwards show work in process.

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Visual Arts Open Studios

November 12 @ 3:00 pm

Second-year MFA students show work in process. Students: Elizabeth Ahn, Yasi Alipour, Cati Bestard, Judy Chung, Sam Cooke, Augustus Cross, Adama Delphine Fawundu, ivan forde, Hugh Hayden, Nicholas Heskes, Daria Irincheeva, Elsa Lama von Buchwald, Orlee Malka, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Tanya Merrill, Asif Mian, Samantha Nye, Phoebe Osborne, Siwoong Park, Sky Riggs, Ana Rivera, Tim Roseborough, Harry Schleiff, Jacqueline Silberbush, Emma Thomas, Meg Turner, and Rebecca Warlick Faculty: Gregory Amenoff, Sanford Biggers, Matthew Buckingham (Chair), Jon Kessler, Nicola Lopez, Miya…

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Wrestling with the Author

November 16 @ 6:00 pm

Wherever historians look, in all periods and every culture, we find readers reading independently. They choose their books, they create their own meanings, they interpret texts idiosyncratically and skeptically. In short, they argue with the author. In a wide-ranging excursion across centuries and continents, Jonathan Rose tracks the remarkable history of the ornery reader. Jonathan Rose is William R. Kenan Professor of History at Drew University. Part of the Book History Colloquium at Columbia.

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Risk with Laura Poitras

November 16 @ 6:30 pm

Followed by a conversation with Laura Poitras, Alex Abdo, and Maureen A. Ryan Filmed over six years, Risk is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and it’s controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught…

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December 2017

Young Writers Present

December 2 @ 12:30 pm

The fourth biannual presentation of creative writing by the students of Columbia Artist/Teachers (CA/T) from New York City high schools. Organized by Dorothea Lasky and Alan Zeigler, Writing Founded in May 2002, CA/T is a faculty of Writing Program MFA candidates. CA/T provides MFA students with training and teaching opportunities on and off campus, with students of all ages and levels. Collaborating with local schools and various community organizations in New York, C/AT establishes no-cost arts education programs designed specifically…

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“Beyond words”: oral tradition and the music of Julia Wolfe

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

One of America’s most important composers, Julia Wolfe has often mined the past as inspiration for her contemporary music. Oral tradition, memory and oral history are central to two of her best-known works: Steel Hammer (2009), which has as its source more than 200 variations of the quintessential American folk ballad, the legendary “John Henry.” And the text for Anthracite Fields (2014), her choral oratorio about life and death in Pennsylvania coal country, was, in Wolfe’s words, “culled from oral…

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