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Barnard College – STEAM in the City

“The actual hands-on, experiential learning opened my eyes to so many more things I can do with my students outside of the classroom,” says one teacher of her experience in STEAM in the City Powered by Barnard and SNF.

The program, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), connects pre-K through 8th grade teachers in Upper Manhattan with scholars at Barnard College and local public parks. The aim is to share best practices STEAM teaching and offer ideas for how the city itself can become a classroom for this teaching, all to help infuse schools with enthusiasm around these subjects.

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Undesign the Redline @ Barnard : Opening Reception

Barnard’s Undesign Exhibition planning team launches an interactive exhibition at BARNARD’S MILSTEIN CENTER, examining the legacy of systemic racism and redlining in Barnard and Columbia’s neighborhoods and across the country.

Featured guests include:

Undesign the Redline Designer and Lead Curator April DeSimone

with remarks by:

Linda Bell, Provost
Monica McCormick, Dean of the Barnard LIbrary (BLAIS)
Miriam Neptune, Director of Teaching Learning and Digital Scholarship at BLAIS
Mary Rocco, Professor of Urban Studies
Jennifer Rosales, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Pedagogy


featured performances and remarks by Barnard students: Mariame Sissoko ’24, Anique Edwards, ’24, and Jazmin Maço ’21.

This program is hosted by the Barnard Library (BLAIS) and the Digital Humanities Center, the Center for Engaged Pedagogy and the Barnard–Columbia Urban Studies Program. The exhibition has been funded by the Barnard-Columbia Urban Studies Program, the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, Barnard Center for Research on Women, a grant from Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and an Addressing Racism Seed Grant from the Trustees of Columbia University. To learn more about this multi-faceted project, visit:
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Jim Gandre on Arts Engines with Aaron Dworkin

WATCH! MSM President Jim Gandre appears on the online program Arts Engines with Aaron Dworkin, speaking about leadership principals and challenges in today arts world.

Jim Gandre, President of the Manhattan School of Music, speaks about leadership principles in today’s arts world.

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Welcome Back to Wallach Art Gallery for ‘The Protest and The Recuperation’ Exhibition

Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery is excited to welcome guests back into its physical space for the first time since March 2020 with “The Protest and The Recuperation.” The exhibition is a survey of artistic perspectives and responses on the global phenomenon of mass protest, as well as recuperative strategies of resistance. In these times, contemporary art has the capacity to focus our attention in different ways, focusing on what we learn from various media sources, or even our own experiences of protest.

This exhibition presents a selection of works that register the power of mass protest from a deeply human perspective. It highlights the individual-to-individual connection in the collective spaces of mass protest, recovery, and care.

You can experience the exhibit in the gallery on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reserve a time for your experience here:
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MSM Percussion Ensemble: Rain Tree

MSM Percussion ensemble performs Rain Tree by Toru Takemitsu

“For two marimbas and vibraphone soloist, Rain Tree is a work that helped set the bar for quality percussion ensemble compositions. With a little lighting work and some camera magic we were able to turn MSM’s Bossi-Comelli into a blackbox theater for the day!” — Jude Traxler, Percussion Faculty
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The Future of the Seminary in a Dogmatic Age


Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz in Conversation with NYU President Emeritus John Sexton
Moderated by Krista Tippett

In his 2019 book, Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age, Dr. John Sexton, former president of New York University, argues that a “secular dogmatism,” impenetrable by dialogue or reason, has come to dominate political discourse in America. Sexton sees our universities, engines of knowledge and stewards of thought, as the antidote, the crucial foundation-blocks of an interlocking world characterized by “secular ecumenism.”

In this special JTS event, JTS Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz joins Professor Sexton for an online dialogue inspired by his book. The discussion is moderated by the celebrated host of public radio’s On Being, Krista Tippett, and explores questions including:

How does JTS’s mission differ from that of a secular university such as NYU?
What are the challenges and responsibilities of higher education in our fractured times?
Do seminaries have distinctive challenges and responsibilities during this moment?
What might be considered “heresies” at JTS? At NYU?
This event was sponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS.

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Creation Is Everything You Do: Shange, The Sisterhood & Black Collectivity

In the 1970s black women writers began gathering in Brooklyn and Manhattan, forming themselves into a group who came to be informally known as The Sisterhood. Uplifting each others’ lives and honing their craft, they were central to an explosion of 1970s & 80s literature that included for colored girls who have considered a suicide when the rainbow is enuf. On social media, the photo of these future literary legends enjoying each other’s style and presence is almost iconic. Join our invited writers for a discussion of Shange’s place in this and other collectives. Where does literary organizing fit into histories of black feminist activism? What lessons can these earlier groups offer young women today about organizing and cultivating artistic communities? And how can they claim space for radical voices?
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Who Are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Thomas Fedorek, Senior Volunteer Guide at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, walks us through the Four Horseman sculpture on the western facade of the Cathedral. Learn about the biblical, artistic, and cultural history and origins of these legendary figures.

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Columbia Partnership Gives 1,000 Meals a Day to Food Insecure Neighbors

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Cathedral Community Cares (the social services arm of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine), City Harvest, and Columbia University have partnered to prepare and distribute healthy meals to New York City residents affected by food insecurity and scarcity. Between June 15 and September 7, this initiative will provide 1,000 bagged meals per day to help vulnerable populations meet their basic daily needs. This effort is part of the recently launched Columbia Neighbors Food Relief Fund that brings together the extraordinary resources of the entire University community to fight hunger in Upper Manhattan.
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Ayesha Rabadi-Raol: Ed.D., Early Childhood Education

Ayesha Rabadi-Raol’s dissertation is about “Learning from Immigrant/Transnational Teachers of Color.” Since the COVID crisis began, she’s reinforced that idea through a weekly show on TC’s Come Together site in which she reads from children’s books that address race, class, gender, (dis)ability, multicultural experiences and other topical themes.
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Elevating Your Home for Virtual Learning this Fall

As we head back to school this fall (in person and/or virtually), it is time to revisit children’s study spaces and routines. With purposeful intention, parents and guardians can create optimal learning spaces that inspire creativity and fun. Whether you’re in tight quarters or have room to spare, this lunch and learn hour with Karen Aronian (Ed.D ’15) will give you actionable ideas, resources, and an inspired outlook on how to rethink your child’s education at home. Come what may, Dr. Aronian will empower and prepare you to take on the upcoming school year with confidence.
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MSM Summer 2020 | Musical Theatre

Enjoy this heartwarming video performance featuring five fabulous MSM Summer Musical Theatre students ✨ The students, aged 8–12, rehearsed for six hours of virtual class time before completing this video project with the help of their enthusiastic family members.

Director Jeanai La Vita writes, “I chose the theme ‘home’ as we are all spending so much more time in our homes these days. You will see a musical theatre journey ranging from the fun and peace of being at home to the ‘revolting times’! I wanted to inspire my students to embrace the great opportunity we have to persevere against the odds to be creative at the highest level! I am so proud of what we have accomplished together! I hope our collective enthusiasm and energy is as inspiring for everyone who sees this as it has been for all of us to create and share!”

Directed by Jeanai La Vita
Video/Audio Production by Giacomo La Vita
Accompaniment by Shane Schag
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Origami Butterfly Workshop

Learn to make an origami butterfly with alumna Jenny W. Chan from Origami Tree. Jenny will be providing easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for this traditional origami model.

Please prepare 1 square sheet of paper (6″ x 6″ recommended), and optional coloring pencils, crayons, or markers to decorate–and if you’re brave, some glitter! You may also attend with a letter sized paper (8.5″ x 11″) and a pair of scissors if you do not have a square sheet of paper.
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Remembering the Pandemic: Learning from Yehuda Amichai


A webinar with Dr. Barbara Mann, Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish Literature, JTS.

Part of Times of Crisis and Possibility, an online series with JTS faculty and fellows.

What will we remember from this pandemic? And how will we preserve and pass down the memory of those we’ve lost to future generations? Through a close reading of Yehuda Amichai’s “And Who Will Remember the Rememberers?”, a poem sequence exploring Israel’s memorialization of 1948, we will reflect on the elusiveness of memory, the limits of public forms of memorializing and mourning, and the paradoxical relationship between memory and forgetting.

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Medical Chief: After the Pandemic, We Need to Focus on Mental Health

Angela Mills, chair of the department of emergency medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and chief of emergency medicine services at NewYork-Presbyterian talks about the incredible work her staff has been doing under the most difficult circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. She reminds us that after the intensity dies down, we need to focus on the mental health of our frontline workers such as doctors and nurses and all of New York City.

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UnitedFaithsOfAmerica Prayer


#UnitedFaithsOfAmerica a group of New York’s Interfaith leaders are kicking off a week long #PrayerforCovid Campaign. Enjoy this compilations from a network of 15 faith leaders who share a prayer message with an aim to uplift one other, find common ground and unite around our shared values.