Columbia and New York City are packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, and now that so much of it is online for free, there’s never been a better time to experience it first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined.

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Discussions and Book Talks 

In an event presented by Literary Translation at Columbia, Valzhyna Mort joins School of the Arts Professors Susan Bernofsky and Matvei Yankelvich for a discussion of her work as a poet and translator working with English, Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish. This event will take place in Dodge 501 at 7:30 pm on September 21.

Julie Stone Peters’ new book Law as Performance: Theatricality, Spectatorship, and the Making of Law in Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Europe will be celebrated with a panel at the Heyman Center for the Humanities on September 20 at 6:15 pm. Attend in person or online. 

Screenings and Performances

On September 24 at 1 pm in the Lenfest Center, go to the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening room for a screening of Richard Linklater’s classic 2003 film School of Rock. 

On September 22 at 7 pm at the Barnard Movement Lab, Collin Kelley and Alexandria Giroux will present “therapy,” an “invitation to question the toxic positivity run rampant in new-age wellness culture.” RSVP required. 

Processions and Workshops 

The Morningside Lights Procession, themed The Reimagined Monument, will happen at 8 pm on Saturday, September 24. 

At the Barnard Zine Library on September 20 at 6 pm, join comics journalist and author Sarah Kirk for a workshop on creating DIY journalism with zines and comics.

Zines via Wikimedia Commons