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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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.