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Past Events

'Naming Touch' Symposium with Maria José de Abreu and Rosalind Morris

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 03:00 to Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 09:00
3:00pm - 9:00pm


Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin

Naming touch can bring visibility to different kinds of haptic experiences, presumably allowing for greater protection, knowledge, communication, and heightened sensations and emotions. Yet naming touch can also stigmatize, normalize, and suppress haptic desires and experiences. What is the effect of naming touch? Are there kinds of touch that evade being named, such as those related to violence, trauma, or intense pleasure? What does the attempt to translate these haptic experiences do to language itself?

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.

A Long Cold War: The Remaking of Latin American Cold War Studies

Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 19:00
7:00 pm ET


Columbia Faculty House or on zoom.

A University Seminar on Latin America.

Featuring Gilbert Joseph (Yale University) and Amy Chazkel (Columbia University).

Event flyers can be found here.

A Discussion on Building a Climate and History Network

Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 16:00 to 17:30
4:00 - 5:30 pm ET


Fayerweather Hall, Room 513 1180 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027

Join the Environmental Sciences and Humanities Research Cluster for the History and Climate Change workshop series.



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