Early Music: Quicksilver

Miller Theatre (Columbia University) 2960 Broadway, New York

In the 17th century, Europe experienced a series of radical transformations, including a cultural revolution in music. Composers began to create works of dramatic oppositions and vivid emotions, in contrast to the smooth tapestry of Renaissance polyphony. The celebrated baroque ensemble Quicksilver makes their Miller debut with a program exploring the “new” invention of the sonata. Performers Quicksilver Repertoire Dario Castello Sonata decimaquarta from Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno, Libro II (1629) Dario Castello Sonata decima from Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno, Libro II (1629) Dario Castello Sonata decimaterza from Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno, Libro II (1629) Johann Vierdanck Canzon No. 21 in C major from Ander Theil geistlicher Concerten (1643) Johann Heinrich Schmeltzer Polnische Sackpfeiffen (c. 1660) Johann Kaspar Kerll Sonata à 3 in G minor  Johann Kaspar Kerll Sonata à 2 in F major from Rost MS, Baden-Baden (c. 1660) Antonio Bertali Sonata à 4 in D minor (1662) Johann Rosenmüller Sonata à 4 in D major from Sonate a 2. 3. 4. e 5. Stromenti da arco & altri (1682) Matthias Weckmann Sonata No. 2 à 4  Additional [...]

$30 – $45

Applied Mathematics Colloquium

Columbia University - Mudd Hall 500 West 120th Street, New York

Speaker: Lorenzo Tamellini, CNR - Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche “E. Magenes”, Pavia, Italy Title: Sparse-grids-based Uncertainty Quantification of geochemical compaction of sedimentary basins Abstract: In this work we propose a methodology based on sparse grids for the Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) of sedimentary basins undergoing mechanical and geochemical compaction processes, which we model as a coupled, time-dependent, non-linear, monodimensional (depth-only) system of PDEs with uncertain parameters. We discuss both forward and inverse UQ for this problem, whose quantities of interest (QoI) are the in-depth profiles of porosity, temperature and pressure at T=today. The methodology proposed is based on a sparse-grid approximation of the QoI, and in particular we will discuss an efficient methodology for the computation of the Sobol indices, to evaluate the impact of each random parameter on the total variability of the QoI. The inverse problem will be tackled with a Maximum Likelihood approach, sped up by replacing the full model evaluation [...]

The Global Rush to Foreign Direct Investment Screenings

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

Please join for a lecture with: Giulio Napolitano, Professor, Roma Tre University Moderated by: Karl P. Sauvant, Columbia University Law School The 20th century ended with a proliferation of global and regional free trade and investment agreements aimed at breaking down obstacles and barriers to the movement of goods and capital. Since the beginning of the 21st century and even more after the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008, however, things have begun to change. Foreign investment, in principle, continues to be welcome. However, suspicions and fears about foreign investments have gradually grown. To this have contributed, on the one hand, the weakening of traditional financial, industrial and social structures; on the other, China’s increasingly ambitious economic and geopolitical expansionism policy. In some countries, this distrust and fears have been wisely exploited at the political level and placed at the base of a more general neo-protectionist agenda, as demonstrated by the experience of the Trump [...]

The Detlef Mertins Lecture on the Histories of Modernity

Columbia University - Avery Hall 1172 Amsterdam Ave #3, New York

Memories of the Resistance: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and the Architecture of Collective Dissidence, 1938-1945 A lecture by Sophie Hochhäusl, Assistant Professor, Architectural History and Theory, Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. With commentary by Raphael Koenig, Leonard A. Lauder Fellow in Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Christianna Bonin, Ph.D. Candidate, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture + Art, MIT and introduction by Felicity Scott, Director, PhD program in Architecture and Co-Director of the Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices program at Columbia GSAPP. Today Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897-2000) has been widely recognized as one of the most significant female figures in modern design who worked in Austria, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Turkey in the 1920s and 1930s. These decades of professional work were marked by a drastic break between 1940 and 1945, when Schütte-Lihotzky was interned for her participation in the Communist resistance against the Nazi regime. Her recollections from the years of internment became [...]


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 jbh2170@columbia.edu

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 & [...]

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 jp3907@columbia.edu

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Ilas-info@columbia.edu

Ensuring Affordable Sanitation for Rural U.S. Communities: Leveraging Human Rights Standards and Mechanisms

Interchurch Center 475 Riverside Drive, New York

JoAnn Kamuf Ward and Inga Winkler will discuss their ongoing advocacy to address the national problem of lack of access to sanitation, which predominantly impacts individuals living in poverty, particularly in African American, Indigenous and Immigrant communities.  This talk will highlight current advocacy strategies, including engagement with the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission, and the barriers to making the right to sanitation a reality in the United States. Panelists: JoAnn Kamuf Ward, Director of the Human Rights in the U.S. Project at Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute. Inga Winkler, Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Event Contact Information: Gergana Halpern gh2410@columbia.edu

Late Night Science en español

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

The Ciencia en Español talk series will feature an all-Spanish presentation from a Columbia scientist, followed by a tour of the lab. These presentations are meant for everybody who wants to learn more about the mysteries of the brain! Whether you are a high school student or a senior citizen, you will leave these talks understanding a little bit more about what makes us human. Contact Information Andrés Villegas 908-344-2742 av2686@cumc.columbia.edu https://cuno.zuckermaninstitute.columbia.edu/

Sacred Music at Columbia: Mira Davis & Annie Beliveau — Concert and Discussion of Music & Religion

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

Free and open to the public; no tickets needed. MIRA DAVIS and ANNIE BELIVEAU will perform on the Common Ground series. Each singer will perform a solo set, followed by an on-stage discussion of music and religion. MIRA DAVIS is a current student in the H. L. Miller cantorial school at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is also serving as the Cantorial intern at Congregation B’nai Amoona in St. Louis, as well as the Brotherhood Synagogue in Gramercy Park, Manhattan. Mira recently graduated from Columbia University where she majored in music, with a specialty in vocal performance. Mira was interested in music and theatre from an early age. She joined her first choir at her synagogue, Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, NJ, when she was six years old. Mira was also in the choir at her high school and was a member of HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir, as well as their chamber choir. While [...]


Roving Revolutionaries: A Book Talk with Houri Berberian

Knox Hall (Columbia University) 606 West 122nd Street, New York

Three of the formative revolutions that shook the early twentieth-century world occurred almost simultaneously in regions bordering each other. Though the Russian, Iranian, and Young Turk Revolutions all exploded between 1904 and 1911, they have never been studied through their linkages until now. Roving Revolutionaries probes the interconnected aspects of these three revolutions through the involvement of the Armenian revolutionaries—minorities in all of these empires—whose movements and participation within and across frontiers tell us a great deal about the global transformations that were taking shape. Exploring the geographical and ideological boundary crossings that occurred, Houri Berberian’s archivally grounded analysis of the circulation of revolutionaries, ideas, and print tells the story of peoples and ideologies in upheaval and collaborating with each other, and in so doing it illuminates our understanding of revolutions and movements. Houri Berberian is Professor of History, Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in Armenian Studies, and Director of the Armenian Studies Program at UC Irvine. [...]

Water Activism: Detroit, Flint, and the Great Lakes

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

Environmental lawyer Jim Olson, Founder and President of the Traverse City-based FLOW (For Love of Water), argued and won the case Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation v Nestlé Waters North America Inc. This case curbed the mining and pumping of local spring waters for bottled-water usage. He is joined in conversation with medical anthropologist Nadia Gaber, a member of We The People of Detroit Community Research Collective, and an advocate for access to clean water as a human right. Moderated by Catherine Fennell, Department of Anthropology.   Co-presented by Columbia School of Social Work; Department of Anthropology; Mailman School of Public Health; Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; and the School of the Arts.   Check-in will begin one hour prior to start time. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Advance registration does not guarantee seating; early arrival is suggested. Tickets

Capernaum by Nadine Labaki, 2018, 150 min.

Buell Hall (Columbia University) 515 W. 116th St., New York

A hardened, streetwise 12-year-old Lebanese boy sues his parents in protest of the life they have given him. A portrayal of extreme poverty and the daily life of a scrappy and intelligent child trying to find fairness in life. Nadine Labaki’s remarkable first feature film Capernaum won the Jury Prize at Cannes Festival in 2018, and garnered 33 other awards and 40 nominations Event Contact Information: Shanny Peer 212 854 4482 sp2865@columbia.edu


Weaponized Nostalgia: Heritage, Populism and Recognition

Columbia University - Fayerweather Hall Room 200

Cultural heritage and the emotions of nostalgia are closely entangled and both have become weaponised in populist national debates. From the nostalgic reflection explicit in the ‘make America great again’ election slogan, to the yearning for an empire long gone that underlies Brexit and the vilification and incarceration of migrants and refuges, heritage has, in some measure, been implicated. Nor is this a new phenomenon, heritage studies itself arose as a recognizable field in the 1980s, at least in the Anglophone context, within the context of Thatcherite uses of heritage and nostalgia and Roland Reagan’s mawkish campaign cry ‘let’s make America great again’. At this time heritage was vilified as explicitly ‘capital C’ conservative. This talk will theorise both the affective qualities of heritage and the processes through which heritage becomes a resource of political power. As both an emotional and political resource heritage becomes readily mobilised within right-wing populist movements and the talk analyses how [...]

Remembering Viktor Perelman’s Vremya i My

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

Please join us for a panel discussion dedicated to the late journalist and publisher Viktor Perelman (1929-2003), the creator and sole editor of the Russian-language literary and political magazine Vremya i my (Time and We). Beginning in 1975, 152 issues of Vremya I my were published over a span of twenty-five years in several countries: first in Israel, and then in France, the United States, and Russia. On the pages of Vremya i my, Perelman published such authors as Joseph Brodsky, Viktor Nekrasov, Alexander Galich, Sergey Dovlatov, Pyotr Vail and Alexander Genis, Naum Korzhavin, Boris Khazanov, Friedrich Gorenshtein, Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and many others. Perelman also introduced readers to a great many artists who went on to become well known, such as Mikhail Chemiakin, Ernst Neizvestny, Mikhail Turovsky, Lev Zbarsky, Yuri Krasnyi, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid. Vagrich Bakhchanyan illustrated a total of sixty-six covers of Vremya i my when it was published in [...]

The Ethical Hurdles of Medicine in Sports

Columbia University - Low Library 116th Street and Broadway, New York

You are invited to join the Sports Management and Bioethics Programs to discuss important ethical practices that include important topics such as concussion, player safety and injury protocol. The panel consists of key leaders in the sports and bioethics. Panelists: Kathleen Bachynski, MD Author, No Game for Boys to Play: The History of Youth Football and the Origins of a Public Health Crisis Author, Pink Concussions: Female Brain Injury from Sports, Violence, Military Service Jonathan Becker, MD Sports Medicine, University of Louisville Barbra Rothschild, MD Lecturer, Bioethics at Columbia University Moderated by Robert Klitzman, MD Professor of Psychiatry Director, Online and In-person Masters of Bioethics Program Agenda: 7:00pm - Registration/networking 8:00pm - Opening remarks 8:05pm - Panel discussion 8:45pm - Q&A 9:00pm - Networking 9:30pm - End of the event We hope to see you there! Livestream option available here. Speakers Robert Klitzman, M.D. Academic Director, M.S. in Bioethics Program, School of Professional Studies; Professor of Psychiatry (in Sociomedical Sciences), [...]

Building Social Capital with Design

Columbia University - Avery Hall 1172 Amsterdam Ave #3, New York

A Lecture with Geeta Mehta Geeta Mehta is an Indian-American social entrepreneur, urban designer, architect and author passionate about bringing the issues of social justice into the design discourse. She is the co-founder of two NGOs: Asia Initiatives and URBZ, and an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. Geeta will discuss why she questions the current practice of measuring the return on investments (RoI) of all projects just with money, and how they should be instead measured with social capital, ecological capital, and financial capital. She will also show how SoCCs (social capital credits) the award-winning community currency for social good she has innovated is changing neighborhoods and improving lives in projects across 4 countries. These transformations include river restorations, public space creation and management, rainwater harvesting, livelihood creation and more. Free and open to the public. Organized as part of the Urban Design Lecture Series.


Women Buy Sex Too: Chippendales and the Rise of the Gigolo with Hallie Lieberman

Columbia University - Schermerhorn Extension 1200 Amsterdam Ave, New York

In 1979, near the height of second-wave feminism, a thirty-one-year old Indian immigrant started one of the first male strip clubs for women in Los Angeles. Within a few years The Chippendales spread to New York, and a touring show brought the oiled, muscled studs to fly-over country. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Chippendales were more than mere entertainment: the male strip show gave women permission to behave in a sexually aggressive manner never seen before in public. From ogling males bodies, to paying to kiss the Chips, tearing at their clothes, grabbing their penises and having sex in the back of the club (sometimes for a fee), the Chippendales legitimized the female gaze, allowing women to nakedly express desire for men in public and objectify male bodies. The Chippendales were far from the first male sex workers for women. While the talk will tell the story of the male sex worker through the lens [...]

2020 American Language Program Winter Conference on Curricula & Materials: Lessons, Units, Courses

Faculty House (Columbia University) 64 Morningside Drive (enter on 116th Street), New York

The American Language Program (ALP) Winter Conference is a professional development event for practicing language educators, researchers, and graduate and doctoral students aimed at enriching their pedagogical practice in teaching. Although primarily focused on English as a Second Language (ESL/TESOL/ELT) education in academic settings, educators teaching other languages or in other educational contexts may find the presentations relevant and applicable to their teaching. The title for the 2020 conference is Curricula & Materials: Lessons, Units, Courses; previous years’ conferences have focused on learning (2019), vocabulary (2018), pronunciation (2017), critical thinking in language teaching and learning (2016), and writing (2015). An electronic copy of the conference flyer can be found here. The conference will begin with a plenary address by Dr. Shelley Saltzman, Senior Lecturer & Associate Director for University Partnerships, American Language Program, School of Professional Studies, Columbia University. This address will be followed by five concurrent sessions, as well as a networking/happy hour. Breakfast and lunch [...]

Waterways in Contemporary Chinese Ecological Art

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

Eric Fan Feng, assistant professor, Institute of Contemporary Art, Tsinghua University, Beijing and Betti-Sue Hertz, director and chief curator, the Wallach Art Gallery discuss the far-reaching influence of the ancient concept of shan shui—literally “mountain water painting”—for ecologically sensitive contemporary Chinese artists. With consideration of this unique cultural referent, water’s role in landscapes undergoing degradation cannot be understood simply in terms commonly shared by global environmental and ecological art. Co-presented with Columbia Global Centers, Beijing and Columbia University School of the Arts in conjunction with the Year of Water. Registration Required.


Love as Art Ethic and Art Practice

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

Critics, philosophers and artists have long debated the relationship between ethics and art. This panel of black women artists and scholars will explore the ways in which an "ethic of love" directs and influences art practice. This was organized by Columbia Artist/Teachers (CA/T) and Our Word. This event is free and open to the public. Crystal A. Burrell is a writer from Brooklyn, NY. Her curiosity has become a critical lens for culture, the arts, and aspiring thought-leadership. After earning a Master of Arts from King’s College London, she joined sales and marketing teams at Christie’s for blockbuster auctions in New York. Crystal presently works in sales with Soane Britain, and enjoys mentoring with Free Arts NYC. Loren S. Cahill is a fourth year doctoral candidate at the City of New York’s Graduate Center. She has a BA degree in Africana Studies from Wellesley College and an MSW from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation explores Blackgirl freedom [...]

March Narrative Medicine Rounds: Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms

Columbia University Irving Medical Center 650 West 168th Street, New York

“Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms,” a talk by Jonathan Metzl For our March Narrative Medicine Rounds, we welcome Jonathan M. Metzl, MD PhD, who is the Frederick B. Rentschler II professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society. In his talk, Dr. Metzl, addresses four assumptions that frequently arise in the aftermath of mass-shootings in the United States: (1) that mental illness causes gun violence, (2) that a psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime before it happens, (3) that shootings are the deranged acts of mentally ill loners, and (4) that gun control won’t prevent another Newtown. Each of these statements is certainly true in particular instances. Yet notions of mental illness that emerge in relation to mass shootings frequently reflect larger cultural stereotypes and anxieties about matters such as race, social class, and politics. These issues become obscured when mass shootings come to [...]

The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Achieving Sustainability

Columbia University - Low Library 116th Street and Broadway, New York

Financial markets are the primary directors of economic activity in a capitalist global society, but they also have an important societal role in encouraging investments that are beneficial to natural and human ecosystems. Behavior can be greatly influenced by the availability and price of capital finance, and sustainability factors—environmental, social, and governance (ESG)—must be reflected in the world as understood by finance professionals in order to be real and not merely symbolic. A new book, titled "The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Achieving Sustainability" outlines the rationale for and methods used in six areas where financial acumen has been harnessed to the goal of combining monetary return with long run sustainability. In this event, authors Satyajit Bose, Guo Dong, and Anne Simpson will be joined by other sustainable finance experts to discuss each of the six areas and their specific roles in advancing specific measures of sustainability. They will also illustrate analytical tools and [...]

Barnard–Columbia Dances at Miller Theatre

Miller Theatre (Columbia University) 2960 Broadway, New York

Barnard–Columbia Dances at Miller Theatre features students in new works by choreographers Abdul Latif and Katiti King, plus restagings of Joffrey Ballet co-founder Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations (1986) — “a sparkling showpiece of classical dancing” — set to some of Verdi’s infectious opera-ballet music. The students will also perform Name by Name (2007), a contemporary dance dedicated to the work of noted feminist Beverly Jones by her daughter, the renowned choreographer Susan Marshall. Tickets: $25/$20 with student ID dance.barnard.edu

$20 – $25

Barnard–Columbia Chorus Spring Concert

Church of the Ascension 221 W. 107TH Street, New York

The Barnard-Columbia Chorus and the Chorus of Gdynia Maritime University join forces to sing two Eastern European masterpieces: Zoltán Kodály’s Missa Brevis and Antonín Dvorák’s Te Deum. For music events not included in this calendar, visit the department website below. Tickets: students and seniors, $3; adults, $5 music.barnard.edu.