Rain is on the forecast for this first week of April, so stay warm and dry with some cozy on-campus events!
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Student Event Spotlight
- On Friday, April 8, from 6 to 8 pm EDT, BlueShift is hosting their Arts & Astro exhibition! This event will explore the connections between astronomy and the arts, and show that they are mutually beneficial. This year’s program will include art in a wide range of mediums, live music, research presentations, and an OpenSpace demonstration. Arts & Astro will take place in the Astronomy Library (Pupin 14th floor), with masks required for attendees.
- Housing Equity Project is partnering with the Columbia University Roosevelt Institute to host a bra drive to support women experiencing homelessness. These bras will be sent to Ascension Church on 107th Street, where HEP also sends food recoveries and helps staff their shelter. Students can drop off their bras and other gently-used clothing items on Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm at the Sundial.
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- On Monday, April 4, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm EDT, the Columbia Global Center in Paris will present the online discussion “Shakespeare Speaks to the Present,” part of their ongoing Entre Nous series of events. From the collected works on Abraham Lincoln’s White House desk, to the Public Theater’s incendiary 2018 production of Julius Caesar, Shakespeare has long been adopted as the voice of the cultural moment. Stephen Greenblatt and James Shapiro, celebrated Shakespeare scholars and authors of multiple books on the Bard, will discuss Shakespeare in relation to the pandemic, racial justice, and the climate crisis, arguing, in a moderated conversation, for Shakespeare’s role as an eternal mouthpiece of the present.
- Also on Monday, April 4, from 6 to 7:30 pm, Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response will host a mindful yoga workshop with NYC-based yoga teacher and trainer Matty Espino. As we step into Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) during the month of April, SVR invites the community to engage in a movement and mindfulness practice that you can return to over the course of the month and beyond. This session will emphasize techniques on staying grounded and feeling empowered, which participants can take with them on their day to day. The workshop will take place over Zoom.
- On Tuesday, April 5, from 7 to 8 pm, the French Cultural Society and Columbia’s Maison Française will present the panel discussion, “Politics of History in Politics: On the Eve of the French Elections.” History has long been a very French passion. Like elsewhere, it has also become a political battleground, flaring up at each election cycle. In 2022, as in 2017, historians have felt compelled to enter the political arena and respond directly to political (ab)uses of the past. Today, what France will be seems to hinge more than ever on what we think it was. This event will take place in-person in Buell Hall’s East Gallery, with online RSVP required.
- On Thursday, April 7, from 5:45 to 7:45 pm, Columbia Law School will host a discussion of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, misogyny, equality, gender, and democracy, for the fourth session of their ongoing Democracy’s Futures seminar. Thursday’s discussion will feature panelists Seyla Bahabib and Nicola Lacey, and will be held in the Case Lounge of Jerome Greene Hall, as well as on Zoom.
- Also on Thursday, April 7, from 6 to 7 pm, the University Life Events Council will screen the 2022 CU Film Showcase. The virtual screening will include eight short films created by students throughout the University community. This virtual event is free and open to all students, with online registration required.
- On Friday, April 8, from 11 am to 1 pm, is University Life’s “Headshots and Hangout at CUIMC.” Students can register for a professional photoshoot and learn about career services at their school. Attendees will receive a digital professional headshot, meet other students from around the University, and learn about their personal career style and resources available to them. For the best possible photos, University Life recommends wearing solid colors. Space is limited and registration is required for this event.
- Also on Friday, April 8, from 1 to 2 pm, the Center on Global Energy Policy will host a student-only lunch and roundtable discussion with David Hill, CGEP Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and former General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Cheryl LaFleur, CGEP Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, CGEP Advisory Board Member, and former Chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). They will discuss hot topics on the U.S. energy scene and cover their academic and career histories before moving into an open conversation. The discussion will take place at the School of Social Work, with registration required. Lunch will be provided.
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