Spring 2016

Due to travel complications related to the recent storm, this event is canceled. Jordi Savall, one of the foremost performers of early music in the world today, speaks about early music as an element that builds bridges of understanding between the Old and the New World.

The Foucault 13/13 Series examines all 13 of Foucaults' Collège de France lectures chronologically.  This installment features Nancy Fraser, Louise Loeb, Kendall Thomas, and Richard Brooks. Registration required.  No registration necessary for livestream: http://web.law.columbia.edu/foucault1313/multimedia

Esther Eng and Other Challenges to World Feminism

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Saturday, February 6, 2016

A celebration of director, producer, and distributor Esther Eng’s legacy and the current state of world feminism through keynote talks, panels, screenings, and roundtable discussions.

Embodied Cognition: Music and Movement

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A workshop examining the relationship between music and embodiment.

The Foucault 13/13 Series examines all 13 of Foucaults' Collège de France lectures chronologically.  This installment features Jean Cohen, Daniele Lorenzini, and Achille Mbembe. Registration required. No registration necessary for livestream: http://web.law.columbia.edu/foucault1313/multimedia

The Spring 2016 meeting of the NYNJ Modernism Seminar--will feature Nico Israel, Hunter College.  Visit the event page for instructions on requesting an invitation and the paper to be presented.

This event features speakers representing fields from science, medicine, and the humanities. Registration is required.

Christopher Lebron presents a talk as part of the Center for Race, Philosophy & Social Justice Speaker Series.

Developing a problematic at work in figures like the poet Stéphane Mallarmé and the photographer Robert Frank, this talk seeks to extend some of the arguments about the political economy of form developed in Michaels’s recent book, The Beauty of a Social Problem. Photo Credit: Arthur Ou

What is the place of materiality in our visual age of rapidly changing materials and media? How is it fashioned in the arts or manifested in virtual forms?  Giuliana Bruno discusses these elements in her talk based on the her latest research and book, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

This installment of the Neuroscience and History Series explores the persistence of spirit within the experimental, quantitative, and pathological methods that lie at the origins of the modern neurosciences.

Stephen Houston presents the next talk in the World Philology series: "Sounding Off: Murmurs, Quotes, Cries, and Cackles in Maya Glyphs."

This talk discusses effective strategies for working cross-culturally with farmers and showcases agricultural innovations from across the globe.   Registration required.  

The Real Women Real Voices symposium will highlight the issues and concerns that impact incarcerated women. The three-part event will feature a video simulcast of currently incarcerated women, joined by formerly incarcerated women and children of incarcerated parents discussing the impact of imprisonment and need for carceral policy reform. The Ladies of Hope Ministries presents the Real Women Real Voices symposium as a precursor to the 2016 Beyond the Bars Conference.

Acclaimed author Diane Williams will read from recent work, followed by a Q&A with Sam Lipsyte. The Los Angeles Times says that, in Williams's latest book, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, she "is at her unconventional best."

Turkish and American sociologists and anthropologists discuss "Patriarchy Takes a Back Seat in Kurdish Syria: Implications for Gender Theory, the Middle East, and the Midwest."

The Foucault 13/13 Series examines all 13 of Foucaults' Collège de France lectures chronologically.  This installment features Judith Butler and Stathis Gourgouris. Registration required. No registration necessary for livestream: http://web.law.columbia.edu/foucault1313/multimedia

Registration Required: https://beyondthebars2016.eventbrite.com The 6th annual Beyond the Bars Conference, "Connecting the Struggles," aims to connect the many ways in which mass incarceration has impacted individuals, families and communities across the U.S, and beyond, as well as build connections across diverse struggles for social justice.

Robert Alter presents the next installment of the Lionel Trilling Seminar.  The David story and Stendhal's Charterhouse of Parma, the first narrative very early and the other relatively late in the Western literary tradition, are deeply instructive instances of how the vehicle of fiction can provide insights into the realm of politics.

The Foucault 13/13 Series examines all 13 of Foucaults' Collège de France lectures chronologically.  This installment features Rosi Braidotti, Lydia Liu, and Rosalind Morris. Registration required. No registration necessary for livestream: http://web.law.columbia.edu/foucault1313/multimedia

Public Humanities Initiative
THE CONFINED ARTS: Solitary Confinement Edition

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - Saturday, March 12, 2016

This edition of The Confined Arts will be a symposium consisting of an art exhibition, poetry, a panel discussion, a promotional screening, and more. Opportunities and Change will be collaborating with the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement to highlight the humanity of the people held in solitary confinement inside of our nation’s prisons. Additionally, we hope to raise awareness about the inhumane conditions and the use of solitary confinement to educate attendees.

Wang Anyi in conversation with Lydia Liu and Eugenia Lean.

Over the past decade, a sea change has occurred in discourses of sexuality throughout the Global South. In this presentation, Professor Shah reviews this set of changes in India, by focusing on sex worker, transgender and queer spatial politics as they have been unfolding in Indian cities, in media, and in the law.

PLEASE NOTE: NEW EVENT DATE! Photographer Andy Sewell speaks on the topic of "Looking Closely at Things."

Andy Sewell: Heyman Center Residency and Exhibition

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Renowned British photographer Andy Sewell exhibits his recent work at the Heyman Center.  The first week of the exhibition includes a public talk, as well as office hours and an informal discussion with faculty and students.

A reading by John Ashbery followed by a Q&A with Timothy Donnelly

Robin James delivers a talk as part of the Center for Race, Philosophy & Social Justice Speaker Series. 

Presenters at this conference come from various academic disciplines, including History, Sociology, and Law, under the shared goal of provoking an interdisciplinary discussion of the complex issues of incarceration, criminal justice, and human rights.  Click here for more details and a full schedule.

Marilyn Hacker and Deema Shehabi read from their poetry as part of the Barnard Women Poets Series.

The Foucault 13/13 Series examines all 13 of Foucaults' Collège de France lectures chronologically.  This installment features Sharon Marcus, Judith Revel, and John Rajchman. Registration required. No registration necessary for livestream: http://web.law.columbia.edu/foucault1313/multimedia

Friday, April 1, 2016

Scholars from Ireland and New York discuss the 1916 Easter Rising on its centennial.

Registration required; by invitation only, please. (Contact Lindsey Dayton [email protected]) Social Justice after the Welfare State, a workshop led by Alice Kessler-Harris and Premilla Nadasen in the Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) at Columbia, hosts a daylong symposium to explore the transformation of the welfare state and social movements in the face of neoliberal challenges.

Christopher Hillard will speak on Miss Swan's Bad Language: The Uses of Literacy in 1920s England.

Sophocles’ Philoctetes

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Warrior Chorus Presents Sophocles' Philoctetes Performances on April 6, 7, 13, and 20 at 7:30pm Click here for full details and to purchase tickets: www.aquilatheatre.com/sophocles-philoctetes-1 A combat soldier is inflicted with an incurable and insufferable injury. The soldier's comrades cannot bear to hear the cries of pain or the sight of the wound. They maroon the injured soldier and sail away.  The soldier is forgotten. That is, until ten years later, when they learn that they cannot end the war without the help of the wounded warrior.  Philoctetes features members of the Warrior Chorus, a national initiative that trains veterans to present innovative public programs based on ancient literature.

The Wire—The Conference

Friday, April 8, 2016 - Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tickets for Actors and Activism and Moving Mountains Panel on sale now: General Public.: $15 in advance/$20 at box office / Students: $7 in advance/$20 at box office: http://wireconference.brownpapertickets.com/ This two-day conference considers the afterlife and legacies of The Wire and will feature scholars speaking on related topics as well as a panel comprised of Wire cast members and a performace by the Moving Mountains Theatre Company, founded by cast member Jamie Hector. Full conference schedule here

This talk brings the study of material culture to an unlikely object: the mind. Focusing on three episodes of mirror use in the medicine and science of the mind in the twentieth century, Professor Guenther analyzes the ways in which this simple piece of experimental equipment has been used to capture the mind’s workings.

Renowned critic and author Jacqueline Rose will speak on "Feminism and the Abomination of Violence."

Prabhat Patnaik and Gyanendra Pandey speak on Perry Anderson's critique of Indian democracy as presented in his The Indian Ideology (2012) and elsewhere.  Sudipta Kaviraj moderates.

A Conversation with Christian Hawkey

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The author of Ventrakl (inspired by the work of Georg Trakl) discusses the politics of experimental translation techniques in poetry. The conversation will be moderated by Director of Literary Translation at Columbia, Susan Bernofsky.

The Foucault 13/13 Series examines all 13 of Foucaults' Collège de France lectures chronologically.  This installment features Gayatri Spivak, Frederic Gros, and Souleymane Bachir Diagne. Registration required. No registration necessary for livestream: http://web.law.columbia.edu/foucault1313/multimedia

University Professor Gayatri Sprivak delivers a talk as part of the Center for Race, Philosophy and Social Justice Speaker Series.

Ice Cubed: An Inquiry into the Aesthetics, History, and Science of Ice

Friday, April 15, 2016 - Saturday, April 16, 2016

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scientists, humanists, and artists to generate a productive conversation around the potentialities and properties of ice.  For a full schedule, list of speakers, and other details visit: http://societyoffellows.columbia.edu/events/ice-cubed/

As part of the Program in World Philology, Anthony Grafton presents "Christianity and Philology: Blood Wedding?"

Women’s Shebeen

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • Eimear McBride, Independent, Author
  • Belinda McKeon, Independent, Author
  • Tara Clancy, Independent , Author
  • Geraldine Downey, Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

Registration required.  Click here to register. Livestream available here: www.ustream.tv/channel/myvTMXVM5dB  Noted Irish women writers, storytellers, musicians and academics gather to share stories, songs, poems and discoveries. Presented by CualaNYC in partnership with the Heyman Center for the Humanities and Irish Arts Center. This event launches CualaNYC, New York City's first annual Irish Cultural Festival.

Austerity Measures

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A multi media performance and discussion of Greek crisis poetry to launch the anthology, Austerity Measures (Penguin, 2016). The poets and translators Phoebe Giannisi, Jazra Khaleed, Peter Constantine and Karen Van Dyck read works in Greek and in English translation. Edwin Frank (NYRB) responds. The event is complemented by an exhibition of recent Greek fanzines curated by Dimitris Antoniou and Karla Neilsen for the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Ananya Vajpeyi speaks on "Hindu Nationalism and India’s New Culture Wars."

Reading Against Time seeks to create a forum for scholars working seriously across the traditional boundaries of academic periodization, featuring a keynote address by Jeff Dolven, Princeton University.

Bernadette Mayer will be reading from her newly released Sonnets (Tender Buttons Press, 2015).  The conversation to follow will be moderated by Dorothea Lasky.

This conference brings together theorists of media technologies with researchers trained in the traditional methods of archaeology. It is the goal of this conference to explore what the discipline of archaeology - the field that studies how objects mediate our relationship to the past - might offer a media archaeology.  Equally, the conference seeks to stimulate new ways of thinking about the archaeological past and novel methods for doing so through the engagement of archaeologists with media theorists. More details and conference schedule available here: http://societyoffellows.columbia.edu/events/insuetude.

Join us for a panel discussion marking the release of the fortieth-anniversary edition of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's translation of Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology.

Philosophy in Cicero’s Letters

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The one-day symposium, "Philosophy in Cicero's Letters" aims to present recent, fast-developing scholarship on Cicero, ancient philosophy, and intellectual history.

Teanga Shebeen: Irish Language

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

This Irish Language Shebeen includes a short presentation about the history of the language, followed by a number of short presentations in Irish Gaelic with subtitles.  Participants include: Louis De Paor, Theo Dorgan, Anthony Duffy, Maura Mulligan, and Daithí MacLochlainn​.

Art and the Monetary

Friday, May 13, 2016

From Manet’s single asparagus painted for a 200-franc overpayment to Duchamp’s Teeth's Loan & Trust check drawn for his dentist, the potential equivalence of art and money has been postulated as both generative and problematic. This one-day symposium considers intersections of the artistic and monetary worlds from the eighteenth century to the present, examining the mutual concern for consumption, valuation, circulation, materiality, authenticity, and imitation that emerged from both artistic and economic spheres.

A Woman’s Celebration is Love Thyself First’s 2nd Annual woman’s wellness celebration centered on self-love and mental health advocacy. 

The histories of science and capitalism have always been bound up together. As far back as the 17th century, if not before, precise and detailed empirical knowledge has been valued by those seeking commercial gain. It is therefore no surprise that modern scholars have taken a keen interest in tracing the connections between the production of natural knowledge and development of commercial networks, between matters of fact and matters of exchange.

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