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Every Event On Campus: 1619 Edition

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Check out Bwog’s events calendar, which will attempt to compile every campus event across departments and student groups into one easily accessible Google Calendar! We’re still working out some technical difficulties (and suffering through the last few weeks of the semester) on our end, but if you have any suggestions, issues or want to make sure your event is included, drop us a line in the comments or by emailing

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We jumped the gun a bit last week but this Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Lerner 555, the Columbia Debate Society will be hosting the Rikers Debate Project alumni to debate the topic: “This house would abolish pretrial detention.” Debaters and judges include Lewis Conway Jr., Professor Gregory Wawro, Pastor Isaac Scott, and Felix Guzman and the debate will be judged by a panel of Columbia community members and Rikers Debate Project alums, who will also be there to discuss the important work their project undertakes and how community members can get involved. Food will be provided and you can find more information about the event and its sponsors here.

On Monday, Aryeh will be hosting New York Times journalist Matti Friedman to discuss controversies over Israel’s portrayal in the media. The event will take place at 1:30 pm in the Kraft Center and lunch will be served. Find more information about Friedman and further details about the event here.


  • On Monday at 6:30 pm in the Diana Event Oval, activist and Bronx-born documentarian Vivian Vázquez Irizarry will be screening her documentary A Decade of Firewhich focuses on the rash of fires that plagued Black and Puerto Rican neighborhoods in the South Bronx in the 1970s, and explores racist and neglectful policies that still affect modern cities. Following the documentary, Irizarry will be joined by Marc Dones, Amanda Andere, and Gregory Jost to discuss the film and its themes in an audience Q&A.
  • Those who prefer the written word to film can check out the book launch of Gender, Governance and Islam featuring Nadje Al-Ali, Deniz Kandiyoti, and Kathryn Spellman Poots. They will be discussing the key frameworks through which gender politics have been constructed in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim diasporas. The talk will run from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in 724 Schermerhorn Extension.
  • The Diana Event Oval continues to pop off this Tuesday at 7 pm as Barnard hosts the next lecture in its podcasting series, “The Podcasting Revolution: Podcasting Now.” Featuring Jesse Thorn (Bullseye, Jordan, Jesse, Go!), John Hodgman (Judge John Hodgman), Mike Pesca (The Gist), Ellen Horne (Radiolab), and Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, founder of Lantigua Williams & Co., the series continues to explore contemporary issues in the industry, including narrative, representation, funding and more. Be sure to check out Bwog’s coverage of previous events in the series before you go!
  • Head to the Sulzberger Parlor on the 3rd floor of Barnard Hall at 6:30 pm on Wednesday to hear Colombia novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez explore the influence narrative has on our daily lives. In the third lecture in his “From Fiction to Lies: Literary Imagination in the Age of Post-Truth” series, Vásquez will discuss how technology has transformed the way stories shape our view of the world. From “fake news” to your carefully curated Instagram feed, how does fiction still fit the picture? Does it still matter?
  • New York Times journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones and Jamelle Bouie will be in conversation with Jelani Cobb this Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Pulitzer Hall World Room. They’ll be discussing the Times’ 1619 Project, which explores the deep influence of slavery had on the history and development of the United States in the 400 years since the first enslaved people were brought to the country. RSVP here.

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