Are midterms stressing you out? Take a study break with some lovely, peaceful on-campus events this week. Here at Bwog, we do our best to bring your attention to important guest lecturers and special events on campus. If you have a correction or addition, let us know in the comments or email

Student Event Spotlight

  • On Tuesday, March 8, at 8:30 pm EST, BlueShift, Columbia’s undergraduate astronomy club, will hold a General Body Meeting about fun astronomy activities to do in NYC over spring break. The meeting will take place in Pupin 1332.

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  1. On Monday, March 7, from 3 to 4:40 pm EST, Columbia’s Miller Theatre is hosting the discussion “Playing Othello.” Three actors who have recently starred in Othello—Andre Holland (at Shakespeare’s Globe), Chukwudi Iwuji (at the Public Theater), and John Douglas Thompson (at Theatre for a New Audience)—will discuss the challenges they faced in playing the Moor and will read key speeches from the play. The conversation will be moderated by James Shapiro and Ayanna Thompson, Shakespeare Scholars in Residence at the Public Theater, and will open with a selection from Duke Ellington’s 1957 tribute to Shakespeare, Such Sweet Thunder. This event is free and open to CUID and BCID Holders. A mask and proof of vaccination will be required to enter. 
  2. Also on Monday, March 7, from 7 to 9:30 pm, the Russian Film Club will host a screening of the 2014 Ukrainian war drama The Guide in order to express its solidarity with Ukraine. The film, directed by Oles Sanin, will be introduced by Professor Yuri I. Shevchuk (Harriman Institute), with a discussion to follow. Inspired by real life events, the film follows an American boy, Peter Shamrock, who travels to Ukraine with his father in the early 1930s, only to be thrown into one of the greatest cataclysms in the history of twentieth-century Ukraine and Europe. The screening will take place in Uris Hall Room 303, with registration required to attend.
  3. On Tuesday, March 8, from 1 to 2 pm, the Columbia Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) is hosting an event for International Women’s Day. The topic is “Legal Abortion and the Formalization of Domestic Workers: A Feminist Perspective,” and the event will be held in-person in IAB (International Affairs/SIPA) Room 802. An option for attendance via Zoom will also be available. Online registration is required.
  4. Also on Tuesday, March 8, from 3:30 to 5 pm, University Life will present a keynote talk, “Listening to Your Anxiety,” with Dr. Anne Marie Albano, Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia. Dr. Albano will focus on helping students build their resiliency, and leave attendees with actionable tools to transform their anxiety into guidance and meaning. An RSVP is required to attend, and CUID and green pass will need to be shown upon arrival.
  5. On Wednesday, March 9, from 6 to 8 pm, the Maison Française will host authors Didier Fassin and Jake Raynal in conversation about their book Policing the City: An Ethno-Graphic. The book follows the crucial insights anthropologist and sociologist Didier Fassin relays from the months he spent shadowing officers of an anticrime squad overseeing low-income neighborhoods outside of Paris. Originally published as the landmark study Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing, Policing the City expertly distills hundreds of pages of insightful reporting into a vibrant and eminently readable graphic novel. This event will take place in person on the second floor of the Heyman Center, with a virtual attendance option available. Registration is required to attend.
  6. On Thursday, March 10, from 10 to 11 am, the Human Rights Graduate Group will facilitate an online panel with Ajita Banerjie on the topic of “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Rights.” Banerjie is a researcher working on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity rights and access to justice. She currently works with the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) Asia where she leads research on SOGIESC related human rights developments in Asia. The event will be held over Zoom.

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