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Distance Learning Masterclass: Nicholas Mann, Chamber Music Master Class

Manhattan School of Music - Elman Distance Learning Studio New York

This event is FREE, no tickets required. Arrive early to ensure seating! Elman Distance Learning Studio Manhattan School of Music 130 Claremont Ave. New York, NY 10027 Questions?


Sacred Music at Columbia: Organ Meditations

Columbia University - St. Paul's Chapel 2960 Broadway, New York

Free and open to the public; all are welcome. Julian Bennett Holmes and guests perform one-hour organ meditations, perfect for prayer, meditation, quiet reflection, or relaxation in St. Paul’s Chapel. Event Contact Information: Julian Bennett Holmes

StrategEast Westernization Index 2020: Cross-country Analysis

International Affairs Building (Columbia University) 420 West 118th Street, New York

Please join us for a presentation by Anatoly Motkin, founder and president of StrategEast. The StrategEast Westernization Index 2020 assesses the processes of adherence to Western values in post-Soviet countries outside of Russia across five dimensions: political, legal, economic, cultural, and lifestyle. This second edition of the Index, like the first one released in 2018, is the only report to analyze the fourteen countries of the post-Soviet, non-Russian region (PSNR) as a whole. It measures each country’s wholesale integration into the Western world across many sectors and is prepared by experts from the region. The present edition of the Index has additional features revealing both a static and a dynamic picture of Westernization in the post-Soviet countries outside of Russia. This second edition shows trends in political, economic, and legal Westernization, and by extension, the effectiveness of efforts by Western institutions operating in the region. The Index is intended as a tool for public institutes, both [...]

Hybrid Identities: A Dialogue with Xiaolu Guo

School of Social Work (Columbia University) 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Please join us for a conversation with: Xiaolu Guo, Writer-In-Residence, Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Adjunct Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University Moderated by: Qin Gao, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Columbia School of Social Work About the Speaker: Xiaolu Guo is a novelist, essayist and filmmaker. Her memoir Nine Continents won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography 2017 and shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Award and Costa Award. Her novels include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2007), Village of Stone (2004), and I Am China (2015). She is named as a Granta’s Best of Young British Novelist in 2013. Guo also directed several feature films including How Is Your Fish Today? (Official Selection Sundance) and UFO In Her Eyes (TIFF). She, A Chinese received the “Golden Leopard” award at the Locarno Film Festival 2009. Her documentaries include Five Men & [...]

The Thalamus That Speaks to the Cortex: Spontaneous Activity in the Developing Brain

Columbia University - Jerome L. Greene Science Center 605 W. 129th St., New York

Guillermina López-Bendito, PhD, Group Leader - Investigador Científico CSIC, Instituto de Neurociencias, Spain   This seminar will be held in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center on Columbia's Manhattanville campus (9th floor lecture hall). Columbia University's Intercampus Shuttle Service is the best way to travel between campuses. For those unable to attend in person, this seminar will be livestreamed. Our research team runs several related projects studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of axonal connections in the brain. In particular, our aim is to uncover the principles underlying thalamocortical axonal wiring, maintenance and ultimately the rewiring of connections, through an integrated and innovative experimental programme. The development of the thalamocortical wiring requires a precise topographical sorting of its connections. Each thalamic nucleus receives specific sensory information from the environment and projects topographically to its corresponding cortical. A second level of organization is achieved within each area, where thalamocortical connections display an intra-areal topographical organization, allowing the generation of accurate spatial representations within each cortical area. Therefore, the level [...]

Finding Common Ground on Facts, Fake News and the Media With Maggie Haberman of the New York Times & CNN and Chris Wallace of Fox News

Columbia University - Pulitzer Hall 2950 Broadway, New York

In a time of intense political division, is it still possible for the public to turn to the media to gain a shared understanding of facts? Common Ground Committee, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering civil public discourse in politics, is honored to partner with the Columbia University School of Journalism to welcome New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and Fox News correspondent Chris Wallace to an important conversation on the role we all play in moving the country forward through our most explosive era of modern journalism. Tickets Event Contact Information: Julie Pozo-Cepeda

DSI Health Analytics – Workshop

Columbia University - Northwest Corner Science Building 550 W. 120th St., New York

Get to know the talented researchers who are working across Data Science Institute Centers. DSI Poster Sessions bring people together for networking and discussion about data science projects, trends, and technologies. The Health Analytics Center builds upon the work of teams of Columbia researchers drawn from the fields of medicine, biology, public health, informatics, computer science, applied mathematics, and statistics. The mission of the center is to improve the health of individuals and the healthcare system through data-driven methods and understanding of health processes. The Health Analytics Center is located at the Columbia University Medical Center. Event Agenda: 5:00PM: Arrival at Columbia University's Northwest Corner Building (550 W 120th St, New York, NY 10027) on the 14th Floor 5:15PM: Workshop begins. 6:45PM: Workshop Ends.; Group Migrates to the Mudd Building. 7:00PM: Poster Session begins in Columbia University's Mudd Building (500 W 120th St, New York, NY 10027), on campus level (4th Floor) in room 407. 9:00PM: [...]

Pop-Up Concerts: Austin Wulliman & Conrad Tao

Miller Theatre (Columbia University) 2960 Broadway, New York

Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings. Austin Wulliman, violinist of the JACK Quartet, has been praised as both a chamber musician and soloist. The “gifted, adventuresome violinist” (Chicago Tribune) demonstrates his talents in both categories in this Pop-Up, collaborating with pianist Conrad Tao, called “one of the most compelling voices in classical music” (The Baltimore Sun). Don’t miss this star-studded evening featuring recent works, including four world premieres. All concerts start at 6 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. No tickets required. Come early to guarantee your seats onstage. Performers Austin Wulliman violin Conrad Tao piano Repertoire Austin Wulliman Insurgentes Sur for violin and piano (2020) world premiere Austin Wulliman Frame for solo violin (2020) world premiere Andrew Greenwald A Thing Made Whole (2016) world premiere Ann Cleare Inner for violin and piano (2009) world premiere Elliott Carter Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi (1984) Morton Feldman Vertical Thoughts II for violin and piano (1963) Additional Information [...]


Low-Carbon Electricity: Lessons from India and China

International Affairs Building (Columbia University) 420 West 118th Street, New York

Electricity is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions globally that cause climate change, and the heart of economic development and social improvement for the world’s largest economies, including India and China. Tomorrow’s systems will need to be much larger to support continued economic growth and the demand that comes with it, but they will also need to be substantially less carbon-intensive to meet our climate goals, with renewables replacing coal. Join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a panel discussion that brings together senior experts to provide their insights into this challenge of expanding access to electricity while also lowering carbon emissions, with a focus on lessons that can be drawn from India and China. The panel will comprise Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI (India), and Deborah Seligsohn, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Villanova University. The event will be moderated by CGEP Adjunct Senior Research Scholar Philippe Benoit, who leads the Center’s energy for development research [...]

Afrifete: Launch into the Future

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

We’ve Seen the Future and its African Diaspora Envision a world where African descendant communities thrive on their own terms; where cultural equity and social justice for all reigns. This is the world we’ve co-designed with you. After a year of listening to our community, CCCADI embarks on a fresh and bigger path towards a bright, equal, and just future for our African Diaspora community globally. This coming February 25th, 2020, let’s celebrate Fat Tuesday, acknowledging our shared history and cultural prowess. Get present to CCCADI’s new mission and vision, and meet the four pathways--Learning, Expressions, Spirituality and Exchange--that we will take together to realize them. As descendants of a fearless and resilient people and generators of a new, powerful future for Afro Descendants, we must commit unabashedly to asserting the centrality and relevance of African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latino culture; to decolonizing our minds, hearts and souls. Since 1976, CCCADI has led the way [...]


Sacred Music at Columbia: The Deep Roots Ensemble

Columbia University - St. Paul's Chapel 2960 Broadway, New York

Free and open to the public; no tickets needed. The Deep Roots Ensemble merges classical chamber music instrumentation and techniques with American folk performance practice into a refined and cohesive style. It was formed in 2015 by Taylor Ackley and Alison Rowe with the goal of bringing this rich tradition of music making into concert halls and academic settings. Since then, they have performed extensively in the New York area, the Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest, along with giving lecture recitals, workshops, and masterclasses. Their debut album, Songs from the Bitterroot, was released in 2018 by 4Tay Records, and their next album, Hard Tellin’, is scheduled for release in late 2020. Event Contact Information: Julian Bennett Holmes


Beyond Black and White: Writing about the Multiracial Experience

Lenfest Center for the Arts (Columbia University) 615 West 129 Street, New York

The "multicultural" novel has been on a long, strange trip in American literature. The story of the black and white experience, the "mixed" experience, can be traced back to writers like James Weldon Johnson and Nella Larsen, but that was a long time ago. What do such stories look like in the 21st century? Where the old stories might've suggested tragedy or doom, the tales of a new age aren't always so simple. Malcolm Hansen '14 and Professor Victor LaValle '98, both mixed race authors, will tackle questions of authenticity and inclusion; self-policing in the black community and exceptionalism in the white community. The importance of owning one's own multicultural experience and how that experience has changed over the past 50 years. Hansen and LaValle may not agree on every point, but they promise to keep the shouting to a minimum. Probably.   This conversation is part of an ongoing series of dialogues and lectures, hosted by Columbia University’s Our [...]

Police – Community Council Meeting

George Bruce Library 518 West 125th Street, New York

At the February meeting, the Manhattan DA’s office will discuss the recently passed criminal justice bills out of Albany and how they have and will affect our community. These laws made changes to bail, discovery and how youth are treated in the criminal justice system. They will discuss the concerns that went into the making of the laws and the concerns that are a result of them. It should be a very informative presentation. One that you won’t want to miss. The mission of the Community Council is to establish and maintain working partnerships between the New York City Police Department and community members; to improve public safety, quality of life and police-community relations throughout New York City. These working partnerships enable the Department in its crime-fighting strategy, build mutual trust and empower community members as stakeholders

The Heart of the World: Reading Rebbe Nahman of Bratzlav

Jewish Theological Seminary 3080 Broadway, at 121st Street, New York

Six Tuesdays February 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2020 7:00–8:45 p.m. Dr. Eitan Fishbane delves into the inspiring works of Rebbe Nahman of Bratzlav (1772-1810), a charismatic leader and mystical thinker whose ideas remain influential both within and beyond the Hasidic world. In this intimate seminar, we will read his teachings and stories, as well as key works of contemporary scholarship, seeking to understand Rebbe Nahman’s views on core issues such as the quest for God and faith; varieties of mystical experience; prayer and music; and much more. This discussion-centered course will also include at-home reading assignments of accessible academic works. Space is limited. REGISTER Eitan Fishbane, associate professor of Jewish thought, JTS, teaches courses in the literature and history of Jewish mysticism, from medieval Kabbalah to modern Hasidism, and seeks to integrate advanced scholarship and the cultivation of contemporary spiritual meaning.

A History of the Talmud

Jewish Theological Seminary 3080 Broadway, at 121st Street, New York

A DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR AND JTS PROFESSOR DAVID KRAEMER Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 7:30 p.m. It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of the Talmud in Judaism and beyond, yet its difficulty, its language, and its “foreign” assumptions render it inaccessible to most modern readers. This book offers what none before it has: a sophisticated but accessible introduction to the Talmud, its origins, and its often controversial status through history, accounting for the insights of the most recent historical and literary scholarship while making no assumptions concerning the reader’s prior knowledge. REGISTER STREAM IT LIVE This event will also be livestreamed at No registration necessary. Just go online the night of the event. Admission to the book talk is free, but reservations are required. Please arrive early and have photo ID available. This event is sponsored by The JTS Library. ABOUT THE AUTHOR David Kraemer is a Professor at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he has also [...]

MSM Chamber Sinfonia, Symphonic Chorus, and Chamber Choir

Manhattan School of Music- Neidorff-Karpati Hall 120 Claremont Ave, New York

Kent Tritle, Conductor Program Mass No. 6 in E-Flat Major, D. 950 SCHUBERT Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 BACH Neidorff-Karpati Hall Manhattan School of Music 130 Claremont Ave. (just north of W. 122nd St.) New York, NY 10027 This event is FREE, no tickets required. Arrive early to ensure seating. This event is eligible for Concert Attendance credit for MSM students. To receive credit, students must scan IN and OUT at the beginning and end of the event.


Shu Li, mezzo-soprano

Miller Recital Hall

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Jiaqi Cheng, piano

Greenfield Hall

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Ashes to Go

Cathedral of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at W. 112th Street, New York

Ministers are available for personal prayer and the imposition of ashes on Amsterdam Avenue in front of the Cathedral from 6:30 am – 6:30 pm.

A Service of the Word & Imposition of Ashes

Cathedral of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at W. 112th Street, New York

A quiet, spoken service that includes the Imposition of Ashes. Please note: The Eucharist will NOT be celebrated at this service.

Ash Wednesday Mass

Corpus Christi Church 529 West 121st Street, New York

8a  Ash Wednesday Mass 9a  Ash Wednesday Mass (School) 12:10p  Ash Wednesday Mass (St. Paul's) 3:30p  Religious Education 6p  Ash Wednesday Mass (Choir)

Stranger Things: Traditional and Modern Responses to Some of the Bible’s Oddest Passages

Jewish Theological Seminary 3080 Broadway, at 121st Street, New York

DAYTIME LEARNING AT JTS Join adult learners for stimulating text study and discussion with the outstanding scholars of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Six Wednesdays February 19 and 26; March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2020 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Stranger Things: Traditional and Modern Responses to Some of the Bible’s Oddest Passages Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies, JTS Strange or puzzling biblical texts provide good opportunities to explore the interplay of traditional readings of the Tanakh with modern critical interpretations. While sometimes complementary and sometimes in tension with each other, both can serve as tools for making Torah meaningful to us. Together we will dig into some of the most baffling verses in the Hebrew Bible and discuss how commentators strove to make sense of them.  Among the texts to be discussed are the story of the sons of God/the gods and the daughters of men; scattered fragments about the sons of Moses; [...]

Peder Anker: A History of Ecological Design

Columbia University - Fayerweather Hall Room 200

Professor Peder Anker’s teaching and research interests lie in the history of science, ecology, environmentalism and design, as well as environmental philosophy. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Dibner Institute, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and been a visiting scholar at both Columbia University and University of Oslo. With Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim, Professor Anker is the co-author of Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel, 2014), a showcase of design research as it relates to visionary architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and ecological planning. He is the author of From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), which explores the intersection of architecture and ecological science, and Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order of the British Empire, 1895-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2001), which investigates how the promising new science of ecology flourished in the British Empire. Anker’s current book project explores the history of ecological debates [...]

Toward a Heavenly World: Yizkor Through a Biblical Lens

Online New York

AN ONLINE MINI-COURSE WITH JTS Three Wednesdays February 12, 19, 26, 2020 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET With Dr. Benjamin Sommer, Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages, JTS It is often revealing to look at a prayer not merely as a text but as a ritual, an activity that is supposed to accomplish something. We will apply this perspective to the Yizkor prayers, asking what it is we are doing when we say Yizkor. To better answer this question, we will compare the wording of Yizkor to biblical texts as well as sources from ancient Phoenicia, Syria, and Babylonia. This discussion will lead us to re-evaluate some common beliefs about the afterlife in Judaism. Familiarity with Biblical Hebrew and Jewish practice are recommended, but not required for this class. Cost: $60 Recordings will be available for those unable to attend live. Registration required. REGISTER


Ash Wednesday Service

Interchurch Center 475 Riverside Drive, New York

All are invited to an ecumenical celebration of Ash Wednesday. A service of the word at the Interchurch Center Chapel. Imposition of Ashes” follows service. Free & Open to the Public.


Japan’s Diplomacy in 2030

International Affairs Building (Columbia University) 420 West 118th Street, New York

Please join for a lecture with: Noriyuki Shikata, Associate, Program on US-Japan Relations, Harvard University; Former Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Beijing Moderated by: Takako Hikotani, Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Department of Political Science, Columbia University The Abe administration (2012-) and its diplomacy has been remarkably stable despite the geopolitical challenges and instability of its alliance partner, the United States. Is Japan going to stay its course, or are we going to witness major changes in the years ahead? Mr. Shikata, based on his extensive diplomatic experience, will discuss how he forecasts Japan’s diplomacy in 2030. About the Speaker: Noriyuki Shikata holds a B.A. in Law from Kyoto University and Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Most recently, he was the Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in China. [...]

Extinction Thresholds Symposium

Columbia University - Heyman Center for the Humanities 74 Morningside Dr, New York

As both a conceptual category with purchase across academic discourses and a material reality at once hyperpresent and historically entrenched, “extinction” is a rich site for timely interdisciplinary interventions. This event brings together a group of writers and scholars whose work explores extinction—both human and nonhuman—at its critical intersections with gender, sexuality, and race. Our speakers will take up questions related to the literary, political, ethical and ontological dimensions of extinctions past, present and future. Among other topics, we will discuss the centrality of extinction to the making of colonial America; the entanglement of environmental imperialism and indigenous oppression; the representation of Black precarity in post-apocalyptic speculative fiction; and the prospect of mothering at the end of the world. Schedule: 12:00PM | Introductions: Tiana Reid, IRWGS Graduate Fellow and PhD Candidate in English & Comparative Literature (Columbia University) 12:00PM | Talk & Discussion: Elizabeth Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology (Columbia University) 1:00PM | Graduate Student Panel: Noni Carter, PhD [...]

Youth After School Program & Homework Help

The Riverside Church 490 Riverside Drive, New York

The Riverside Youth Ministry is launching a twice a week youth (7-12th grades) homework help and mentoring program on Mondays and Wednesday in 2020 from 3:30-6:30pm. We are looking for tutors that are interested in volunteering to help youth with homework (math, social studies, writing, english etc). If you are interested in volunteering email Linda Cole at

Voice Master Class with Anthony Roth Costanzo (MM ’08)

Manhattan School of Music - Miller Recital Hall 120 Claremont Avenue, New York

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. His debut album, ARC, on Decca Gold was nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award, and he is Musical America’s 2019 vocalist of the year.   This event is FREE, no tickets required. Arrive early to ensure seating! Miller Recital Hall Manhattan School of Music 130 Claremont Ave. New York, NY 10027 Questions?

The Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition

Manhattan School of Music - Ades Performance Space 120 Claremont Avenue, New York

The Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition is a prestigious annual singing competition that showcases MSM student finalists who exhibit outstanding talent and strong potential for careers in opera. Ades Performance Space Manhattan School of Music 130 Claremont Ave. (just north of W. 122nd St.) New York, NY 10027 This event is FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required. Questions? Reserve Tickets Here


Narrating East Asian International Relations from the Margins

International Affairs Building (Columbia University) 420 West 118th Street, New York

Please join for a lecture with: Ching-Chang Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Global Studies, Ryukoku University, Kyoto; Visiting Fellow in the Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, New School, New York Moderated by: Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Columbia University This talk invites the audience to reflect on how we usually look at the world around us, East Asian international relations in this case, and consider what if we stop using the familiar state-centric, great-power-centered lens to do so. Specifically, it will excavate the discursive practices employed by relevant state and substate actors in framing, contesting and (dis)assembling totalizing claims over Ryukyu/Okinawa and Taiwan, as Japan’s and China’s margins, since the late nineteenth century. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s conceptions of power as productive and discursive and Giorgio Agamben’s analysis of the logic of sovereign power, Dr. Chen argues that the aforementioned “margins” as spaces of exception are sites [...]

Infrastructure Investment in Brazil

International Affairs Building (Columbia University) 420 West 118th Street, New York

Presented by Jennifer Chang, Vice-President and Senior Analyst, Moody's Investor Service, and John Welch, Executive Director, Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce and Former Managing Director, HSBC Global Banking and Markets Event Contact Information: ILAS 212-854-4643

Ash Wednesday Service of Worship

The Riverside Church 490 Riverside Drive, New York

Join us in the Nave on Wednesday, February 26th for this reflective service of worship and imposition of ashes.

Contemporary Performance Program Ensemble “Tactus”

Manhattan School of Music- Neidorff-Karpati Hall 120 Claremont Ave, New York

On the Program Elegy: A Cry from the Grave (2015) SIMON Night Conjure-Verse (1965) DEL TREDICI Rainspell (1982) TAKEMITSU Solar (1993) SAARIAHO kommen – gehen (2018, arr. 2020) World Premiere of arr. commissioned for CPP FÜTING Neidorff-Karpati Hall Manhattan School of Music 130 Claremont Ave. (just north of W. 122nd St.) New York, NY 10027 This event is FREE, no tickets required. This event is eligible for Concert Attendance credit for MSM students. To receive credit, students must scan IN and OUT at the beginning and end of the event. Questions?


Phoebe Robertson, flute

Mikowsky Hall

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Tianyu Deng, piano

Greenfield Hall

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Nuo Xu, piano

Miller Recital Hall

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