The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the planet is warming. Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with some climate-awareness and activism events!
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Student Event Spotlight
- On Friday, April 22, from 11 am to 1 pm EDT, EcoReps will host their Earth Day Festival on Barnard’s Futter Field. Come celebrate the planet with free food, performances, sustainable arts and crafts, a farmer’s market, a thrift store, and succulents!
- Also on Friday, April 22, from 7 to 9 pm, Columbia University Formula Racing (CUFR) will hold a Spring Car Reveal event where they will showcase our 2022 student-built vehicles. This year, CUFR is competing in-person for the first time since before the pandemic and attempting to race their first electric car in addition to their traditional internal combustion vehicle. The Car Reveal is open to all students and will take place in Carleton Commons. Online registration is required.
- Also on Friday, April 22, at 7 pm, Alpha Chi Omega will host its annual philanthropy event, Runway Warriors. Runway Warriors is a charity fashion show, with proceeds going directly to Womankind, a New York non-profit that empowers Asian survivors of domestic violence. The event will take place in the Roone Auditorium, with tickets on sale for $9.
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- On Tuesday, April 19, from 8 to 9 am EDT, is a Zoom meet-and-greet with scientists from Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development, on the topic of plastic pollution. Climate scientists work on saving the planet by controlling plastic pollution. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the extent of the plastic pollution and share their ideas for controlling the menace in this interactive panel. The panelists will also discuss the “Mapping Plastic Waste” challenge for secondary school and university students.
- On Wednesday, April 20, from 4:30 to 6 pm, Columbia Sexual Violence Response will host the online discussion “Unpacking the Man Box: Masculinity and Leadership.” This session will aim to discuss how leadership is expected to be performed, placed upon men, deflected from women and non-binary folks, and how to use that expectation to transform spaces with harmful power structures (i.e., everywhere). The panelists will discuss using their masculinity and leadership to not just lead in work and school spaces, but to lead in our communities as prosocial bystanders when it comes to power-based violence and gender-based harassment. Registration is required.
- On Thursday, April 21, from 1:30 to 3 pm, the European Institute will present the online webinar “Letter-Writing and Language-Learning: A Case Study from 18th Century Morocco.” The presentation will discuss the work of the Austrian scholar Franz von Dombay (d. 1810), who collected hundreds of personal letters, which he collated in several scrapbooks. While past scholars have done much work to demonstrate the ways in which Dombay excelled in his service across Morocco and the Ottoman Empire during the late eighteenth century, this talk will focus on the pedagogical techniques and practices of his Moroccan teacher, Ḥasan al-Wāfalāwī. Registration is required for this online event.
- Also on Thursday, April 21, from 6 to 7 pm, the Columbia Climate School will host the Zoom webinar “Climate Change and the Future of Our Cities” over Zoom. As the climate threat accelerates, the call for a rapid and sustained reduction in greenhouse gas emissions grows more urgent. Meeting these demands will require profound changes, and the world’s cities hold tremendous potential and promise for society to make this shift. Panelists Amale Andraos and Andrew Smyth will discuss their groundbreaking work and their concepts for the future of the built environment. Registration is required.
- Also on Thursday, April 21, from 7 to 9 pm, the Maison Française will screen the 1963 French film The Lovely Month of May (Le joli mai). Le joli mai is a portrait of Paris and Parisians shot during May 1962. It is a film with several thousand actors including a poet, a student, an owl, a housewife, a stockbroker, a competitive dancer, two lovers, General de Gaulle and several cats. Filmed just after the March ceasefire between France and Algeria, Le joli mai documents Paris during a turning point in French history: the first time since 1939 that France was not involved in any war. The screening will take place in Buell Hall’s East Gallery, with RSVP required.
- On Friday, April 22, from 2 to 4 pm, the Barnard Zine Library will host an Earth Day-themed “Zine-O-Thon” workshop in Butler Library Room 203. The Zine-O-Thon will commence with an all-levels zine-making workshop led by Claudia Acosta. Participants will receive instruction and support for cut-and-paste physical zine making along with a zine kit containing sheets of paper, glue sticks, scissors, deaccessioned magazines from Avery Library, and an Earth Day-themed clip art book with images from the Barnard and Columbia Archives.
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