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Brexit Before and Beyond Panel 1: Brexit and Higher Education Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dublin), “What does Brexit mean for Ireland?” Gina Del Tito (British Council), “British Council, civil society and what happens next” Rick Rylance (University of London), “‘In-out; in-out; shake it all about: UK research after Brexit” Respondent: John Lanchester

Reading and discussion of Flores Forbes' new book Invisible Men: A Contemporary Slave Narrative in the Era of Mass Incarceration with author Flores A. Forbes, Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law Columbia University, and Glenn E. Martin, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate. October 10, 2016. Sponsored by the Columbia Center for Justice, Center for the Study of Law and Culture, Heyman Center for the Humanities, and Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.

A lecture by journalist and author Virginia Heffernan entitled "A New Aesthetic Called 'Aesthetic': Online Frescoes, Instagram Self-Portraiture and What Digital Humanities Can Be." The lecture took place at the Heyman Center for the Humanities on September 15, 2016. The lecture was sponsored by the Columbia Department of English, School of the Arts, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

From Charles Dickens and the Star Wars epic, to The Sopranos, Orange is the New Black, and the Serial podcast, seriality’s iteration of installments, gaps, sequences, and seasons has drawn audiences into storyworlds both vast and intimate.  "The New Seriality Studies" looks at the past, present, and future of serial storytelling across media, periods, and disciplines.  Three panels explore periodicals, novels, television, comics, film, and music in light of the cross-genre play of seriality’s formal, spatial, temporal, material, and social effects. The closing roundtable, moderated by Sharon Marcus (Columbia), features discussion with A.O. Scott (film critic, The New York Times), Julie Snyder (co-creator and executive producer, the Serial podcast), and Lev Grossman (book critic, TIME, and author of the Magicians trilogy).

Video: What is Journal Work?

September 16, 2016

This year, 2016, Small Axe turns twenty years old. And this year too, our fiftieth issue was published. We are not big on celebrations, it is true, but to mark the occasion we are organizing a roundtable conversation around the theme “What Is Journal Work?” We have invited editors (or founders) of notable journal platforms to help us think about the distinctive work (in all its dimensions) of journals in intellectual and artistic innovation and intervention. What is the function of journal work in the present? What is the relation between journal work and “fields” or “disciplines” of intellectual, political, and aesthetic practice? Are journals really necessary for intellectual and artistic production and circulation? Is journal work itself an intellectual and artistic exercise? What is the relation between journals and their publishers or, indeed, between journals and their editors? And what is the relation between these and the university setting in which their work often takes place? What is the relation between a journal and its audience? What are the appropriate issues to navigate around the question of print versus digital format for doing journal work? How are the debates and technologies that go under the name “digital humanities” altered the conditions of intellectual and artistic existence of journals? These are only a few of the possible questions that emerge in relation to journal work.

Special Panel during The Wire two-day conference: Actors and Activism, Saturday April 9th 2016. The Wire leads Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield), Felicia Pearson (Snoop), Wendell Pierce (Bunk Moreland), and Sonja Sohn (Kima Greggs) speak on their community activism.  

This is a highlight of a special Panel titled "Actors and Activism" during the two-day conference (April 8,9 2016) on the popular television show The Wire presented by The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. The panel featured The Wire leads Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield), Felicia Pearson (Snoop), Wendell Pierce (Bunk Moreland), and Sonja Sohn (Kima Greggs). See the full panel video here.

This is the first panel of the two-day conference (April 8-9, 2016) on the popular television series The Wire, hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. This panel is titled "Teaching The Wire" and featured Frances Bartkowski, Rutgers University-Newark, Marcellus Blount, Columbia University, Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Rutgers University-Newark, Toby Gordon, Johns Hopkins University, and Arvind Rajagopal, New York University.