As the semester winds down, come to some interesting on-campus events this week! Or take a step back to breathe and relax before finals (a very good choice).

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Student Event Spotlight

  • On Monday, May 2, at 8 pm EDT, the Columbia Undergraduate Research Journal (CURJ) is celebrating the launch of their sixth volume with an online event. The student authors and editors will share their research and hard work on CURJ’s most recent publication. Registration is required for the Zoom event.

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  • On Tuesday, May 3, from 7 to 8:30 pm EDT, the Harriman Institute will host Polish basketball legend Kent Washington in a hybrid online and in-person conversation. Recruited into the top Polish league in 1979, Washington went on to play five seasons in the Solidarity-era communist country. His story, told for the first time in his new memoir Kentomania: A Black Basketball Virtuoso in Communist Poland, is unprecedented, weaving together professionalism, race, and politics in powerful and daring ways. Washington will appear in conversation with Columbia University Lecturer in Polish Christopher Caes, to be followed by audience Q&A and book-signing. Registration is required to attend; the in-person part of the event will take place in Schermerhorn 501.
  • As we head into finals next week, on Wednesday, May 4, from 3 to 6 pm, there will be a “breathing space” in the Schiff Room in Earl Hall where students can talk to a peer counselor, drink some tea, or just relax.
  • On Thursday, May 5, from 10 to 11:30 am, Columbia’s Committee on Forced Migration will present the Zoom webinar “Ukraine’s Children and the Global Crisis of Child Displacement.”  The panelists will discuss the current situation in Ukraine, how additional conflict and more climate change will worsen the global displacement crisis in “host” and “donor” countries, and the need to reimagine the approach taken towards refugees. Registration is required for this online event.
  • On Friday, May 5, from 5:30 to 7 pm is the special event “Say it Loud: Politics, Preachers, and the Poets of Black Faith,” hosted by Josef Sorett, Chair of the Department of Religion and Professor of Religion and of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. The evening will feature a combination of live performance and a conversation between Joshua Bennett, award-winning author and Professor of English at Dartmouth College; and Saul Williams, critically-acclaimed musician, poet, and actor. They will discuss the history and cultural politics of the spoken word: examining the connections between black poetics and black preaching, religious tradition and the literary arts, and performance as a practice of freedom. This event will take place in Miller Theater, with online RSVP required.

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