Upcoming Events

Sites of Religious Memory in an Age of Exodus:  Eastern Mediterranean

New Books in the Arts & Sciences: panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty. At Home In The World by Maria DiBattista and Deborah Nord & Reading Jane Austen by Jenny Davidson

Orhan Pamuk

Monday, November 20, 2017

Orhan Pamuk reads from his new novel, The Red-Haired Woman, followed by a conversation with Bruce Robbins, English and Comparative Literature

We Will All Get Out of Here Alive

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In his first appearance in the United States since fleeing persecution in his home country of Georgia, internationally renowned poet/novelist/screenwriter David Dephy Gogibedashvili will read selections from his politically and culturally explosive, anti-authoritarian work. Following the reading, Dephy will discuss the relationship between Russian and Western influences on his country and the role each has played in creating the current tensions in Eurasia with Slavic-language translator Bela Shayevich.

Roundtable on Maya Jasanoff's "The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World"


The Tableau Vivant - Across Media, History, and Culture

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Saturday, December 2, 2017

The phenomenon of the tableau vivant is anchored in Ancient Greek mythology and mime traditions and came into being as a liturgical and ceremonial event in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, first flourishing in the late medieval and early Renaissance period before seeing a resurgence in nineteenth-century performance culture after Emma, Lady Hamilton’s famous parlor attitudes inspired a notable passage in Goethe’s 1808 Wahlverwandtschaften [Elective Affinities]. Tableaux vivants were synonymous with living paintings, statues vivants, living pictures, living statues, Grecian statues, poses plastiques, attitudes, and lebende bilder, to name but a few. 

New Books in the Arts & Sciences          —panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty The Beneficiary by Bruce Robbins

Monteverdi at 450: Experiments in Sound, Image and Movement

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - Thursday, December 7, 2017

With a concert, two discussions, and an exhibition of materials related to Luciano Berio’s “revisitation” of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, a collection now held at the Paul Sacher Foundation (Basel), these two days of events explore Monteverdi's impact on the music and ideas of the 20th and 21st centuries, and how his work stimulated artists in a range of media — particularly Luciano Berio (1925-2003).

We are all familiar with the many bromides teaching us the value of failure on the path to success. It builds character, shows perseverance and dedication, demonstrates willingness to take a risk, and so forth. All perhaps true, but all constrained by a view of failure as a means to an end, an unfortunately necessary obstacle to be overcome. One may learn from failures, but what is mostly meant is that one learns not to do that particular thing again. Failing is fine, especially on someone else’s dime, if you gain some experience to avoid future failures.

Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Sunday, December 9, 2018

In considering the politics and policies of commemorating the past, this conference probes how public discourses about memory change over time.

This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.” At stake are the problem of representation and the interpretation of cultural products, past and present, through medical models




New Books in the Arts & Sciences—panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty.


This paper will consider how the ‘turn’ to global history might alter our approach to modern Italy and its colonies.  With its emphasis on transnational trends, and the themes of mobility and connectivity, the approach has much to offer scholars of Italian colonialism but so far has had relatively little impact in reshaping the field and introducing new themes of research. Focusing on Italians overseas in the age of nation and empire, this paper will seek to explain what the study of Italy might contribute to the burgeoning field of global history. Specifically, I take a number of well-known Italian migrants to Latin America and the Pacific (the journalist Giovan Battista Cuneo; the archaeologist Antonio Raimondi; the anthropologist Paolo Mantegazza; and the medical ‘charlatan’ Giulio Bennati), in order to retrace the political, commercial and scientific networks that brought them from the Mediterranean to the Andes and beyond. First, I argue that their lives can tell us much about the experience of empire in the nineteenth century and the extent to which a country without significant colonies could nevertheless participate in, and benefit considerably from, European imperial expansion. Second, I look at attempts to create national ‘colonies’ of settlement in the South American Republics and suggest that these colonies represent an important link between processes of global migration and those of European colonial expansion.

Sites of Religious Memory in an Age of Exodus - Central Mediterranean

New Books in the Society of Fellows

Friday, February 9, 2018

New Books in the Society of Fellows Celebrating Recent Work by Leah Whittington and Michael Allan  


New Books in the Arts & Sciences         —panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty The Art of Love Poetry By: Erik Gray



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

An event on Darwin featuring Yale ornithologist Richard Prum, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Medicine Debbie Cohen, and Professor of Anthropology and Biology at Binghamton University.


Haunting Heroines: Greek Plays and Transnational Novels  A conversation between authors Kamila Shamsie and Colm Tóibín




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