This week’s events highlight the personal experiences of Columbia community members past and present.

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Student Event Spotlight

  • On Friday, April 29, from 2:30 to 4 pm EDT, the student-run Columbia Journal of Asia (CJA) will host an inaugural launch event. The event will feature presentations of the academic and creative works published in CJA’s upcoming issue—with authors in universities from Asia, Europe, and elsewhere in the US, and CJA’s Columbia and Barnard team of editors—as well as a faculty panel of professors from Columbia, Barnard, Harvard, and other institutions discussing Asian histories, literary traditions, translations, and other scholarship. The event will take place in Fayerweather Room 411, with an option available for Zoom attendance. Registration is required.

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  • On Tuesday, April 26, from 6 to 7 pm EDT, is the Women of Color Roundtable with Columbia Faculty. At this event, faculty will share their experiences navigating higher education as women of color. Although this event was developed with graduate students in mind, all are welcome. The roundtable will take place in Earl Hall’s Dodge Room, with registration required. Food and refreshments will be provided. Attendees should bring their CUID and proof of vaccination.
  • Also on Tuesday, April 26, from 6 to 7 pm, the Columbia University Libraries will host a celebration of the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy. The event will honor the awardees from 2020 and 2021 in addition to featuring the 2022 winners, Professors Mia Bay (University of Pennsylvania) and Mae Ngai (Columbia University). CU Libraries will be hosting an in-person program in the auditorium at The Forum on Tuesday, April 26, as well as live-streaming the festivities for a virtual audience. There will also be a reception following the ceremony at The Forum. Registration is required.
  • Also on Tuesday, April 26, from 6 to 7:30 pm, in honor of Autism Acceptance Month, the Columbia Journalism School and the Columbia Student Disability Network will host a Zoom panel discussion with autistic journalists Eric Garcia, Sara Luterman, Zack Budryk, and Charlie H. Stern, who will speak about their journeys and share best practices for reporting. Registration is required.
  • On Thursday, April 28, from 4 to 5 pm, Columbia University Libraries will host the webinar discussion “Columbia Residence Halls and Histories of Racism and Enslavement.” From the names on the buildings to largely forgotten incidents of racial violence, Columbia’s residence halls embody complex connections to histories of enslavement and racism. For nearly a decade, the Columbia and Slavery Project has been researching these stories, and in the coming year, a pilot project is planned for the installation of historical markers in select residence halls on campus to commemorate and discuss these events. Tuesday’s event will include a presentation of the Project’s latest research findings. Registration is required for this online event.
  • On Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29, from 10:20 am to 4 pm, students in SIPA’s Workshop in Sustainable Development Practice will share their final presentations in a two-day-long showcase. The final presentation schedule is available on SIPA’s website; attendees can register for any of the presentations, which will take place in the International Affairs Building Room 509 and virtually. This year’s projects support ESG and impact investing, sustainable development finance and inclusive insurance, health innovation, food security and humanitarian response, urban development, and youth engagement.

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