Get in the mood for the holidays (and swiftly approaching finals) with carols, bells, and therapy puppies!

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Student Event Spotlight

  • This week, from Monday, November 28, through Friday, December 2, Quarto Magazine will have their annual Thunderdome flash fiction contest! Five undergraduate professors at Columbia/Barnard will each provide a prompt in video form. For each day of Thunderdome, students will have 24 hours to respond to that day’s prompt in 300 words or fewer. Prompts for each day can be found on their Instagram, @columbiaquarto. All submissions will be due 24 hours after the release of the video. Please submit your flash fiction pieces to, with the subject line “Thunderdome Day__”.”
  • On Tuesday, November 29, at 8:30 EST, BlueShift will host a General Body Meeting with a research presentation on “Stellar Flybys and Where to Find Them”! The meeting will be held in Pupin 1332.

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  • On Tuesday, November 29, from 8:30 to 10:30 am EST, Barnard will host New York State Senator Cordell Cleare and multiple housing advocates and community members for a panel on “The Intersectionality of Housing and Race: A Look at the History of Segregation and Its Impact on Black Communities Then and Now.” From 8:30 to 9:15 am will be a free breakfast and tour of Barnard’s Undesign the Redline installation, and from 9:15 to 10:30 will be the housing panel discussion with a Q&A to follow. The panel will take place in the Diana Center’s Event Oval. Please register online to attend. For more information, please call (212) 222-7315.
  • Also on Tuesday, November 29, from 6 to 7:30 pm, Columbia Journalism School will host reporter and New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen in conversation with Dean Jelani Cobb. Gessen is the author of twelve books, including “Surviving Autocracy” and “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” which won the National Book Award in 2017. The discussion will focus on Gessen’s work covering Vladimir Putin and his rise to power in Russia, LGBTQ. rights, the Ukraine war, Donald Trump, and many more, for The New Yorker and others. The discussion, only open to members of the Columbia community, will take place in Pulitzer Hall’s third floor lecture hall.
  • On Wednesday, November 30, from 12 to 1:30 pm, the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute will present The Enduring Resonance of Carol of the Bells: Ukrainian Origins and Musical Contexts. In honor of the centennial celebration of the first performance of Mykola Leontovych’s “Shchedryk” (known to most Americans as “Carol of the Bells”) in North America at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, this panel will explore the historical context of the composed song, the tour that brought it to the United States, and its legacy as a cultural treasure of the United States and Ukraine. This is a hybrid event, in-person in the International Affairs Building Room 1219 as well as online. Please register in advance.
  • On Friday, December 2, from 12 to 2 pm, Columbia Health and Columbia Libraries will host a Study Break in Butler Library in advance of finals, featuring therapy dogs from 1 to 2 pm! This event is open to both Columbia and Barnard students.
  • Also on Friday, December 2, from 5:30 to 7 pm at Columbia Law School, please join Artist-In-Residence Bayeté Ross Smith for the opening of the “Our Kind of People” exhibit, featuring subjects from the Columbia Law School community. This work examines how perception about someone’s identity, value, and character is affected by appearance—such as clothing, racial or ethnic identity, gender expression, complexion, and class signifiers—and informs our daily interactions and broader social architecture. Friday’s event will feature opening remarks from Dean Gillian Lester, and refreshments will be provided. Please register online.

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