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Say It Loud: Poets, Preachers, and the Politics of Black Faith

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 17:30 to 19:00
5:30 - 7:00 pm ET


Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

The evening will feature a combination of live performance and a conversation between Joshua Bennett, award-winning author and Professor of English at Dartmouth College; and Saul Williams, critically-acclaimed musician, poet, and actor. They will discuss the history and cultural politics of the spoken word: examining the connections between black poetics and black preaching, religious tradition and the literary arts, and performance as a practice of freedom.

Adab Colloquium: The Art of Conversation in the Ottoman Empire

Friday, April 15, 2022 - 13:10
1:10 pm ET


Virtual via zoom.

Today, we often associate adab with the written word. However, in the pre-modern period, the true adib, or litterateur, was one who could perform the literary tradition. This session examines the expectations for gentlemanly conversation in the Ottoman Empire, and how these shaped relations between Turkish speakers and Arabic speakers in the sixteenth century.

To register and download the pre-circulated chapter please visit the event page here. 

Book Launch: The New Atlantic Order

Friday, April 15, 2022 - 12:00
12:00 pm ET


Via zoom or in-person in room Room 411, Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue.

IRAAS Conversations | Black Aliveness or A Poetics of Being

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 18:30
6:30 pm ET


Virtual via Zoom.


BLACK ALIVENESS OR A POETICS OF BEING with author, Kevin Quashie and discussants Saidiya Hartman, Robert Gooding-Williams.

Information regarding registration can be found here.

The Trayvon Generation - Book Talk

Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 18:30
6:30 pm ET


Virtual via zoom.

Celebrating Recent Work by Jean Louise Cohen and Andrew Arato

Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 16:15
4:15 pm ET


Lindsay Rogers Room (IAB 707)

New Books in the Arts and Sciences Presents:

Celebrating Recent Work by Jean Louise Cohen and Andrew Arato

PhD Pathways: Career Exploration Workshops

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 - 12:00 to Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 13:15


Virtual, registration required

These events are for Columbia Ph.D. students only.

Please join GSAS Compass for a virtual two-part workshop series on exploring possible career paths through the lens of transferable skills. The takeaways from these workshops are both practical and existential: you will learn how to use the ImaginePhD career planning tool, draft a professional elevator pitch, and consider how the skills you develop as a PhD student can be applied to different career paths. 

Celebrating Recent Work by Diane Vaughan

Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 18:15
6:15 pm ET


The Heyman Center for the Humanities & Virtual

New Books in the Arts and Sciences Presents:

Celebrating Recent Work by Diane Vaughan

Celebrating Recent Work by Mae Ngai

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 04:00
4:00 PM ET


Heyman Center Common Room

New Books in the Arts and Sciences Presents:

Celebrating Recent Work by Mae M. Ngai

Willful Subjects: Decolonizing the Psychiatric Institution

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 18:30
6:30 pm ET


Virtual, YouTube Live.

This panel begins the 47th annual Scholar and Feminist Conference, “Living in Madness: Decolonization, Creation, Healing.” Panelists will discuss Institutional histories of psychiatry, focused on anti-institutional movements, radical institution-building, and alternate approaches to psychic life by practitioners and clinicians challenging the use of mental health systems as sites of state power, political oppression, and psychic violence.


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