This week’s events include film screenings, a Columbia Journalism School panel, and a Welcome Back Bash welcoming CC’s (relatively) new Dean!

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Student Event Spotlight

  • Cast auditions and tech interviews for all of this semester’s student shows will be happening this week from January 23 through 25. More information and a sign-up sheet will be available on CUPAL (Columbia University Performing Arts League)’s Instagram.
  • On Wednesday, January 25, from 7 to 8 pm EST, the French Cultural Society and the Maison Française will host French economist Yann Coatanlem for a conversation about his most recent book, Capitalisme Contre Les Inegalité (Capitalism Against the Inequalities), in which he explores concrete paths towards greater societal equality in the face on climate change, expanded socio-economic chasms, and technological revolution. The Q&A will take place at La Maison Française at 515 West 116th Street. Please register online to attend.

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  • On Monday, January 23, from 6 to 8:30 pm EST, will be the panel discussion “Covering the Kremlin: From Dusko Doder to the Present,” where acclaimed Moscow correspondents of the past and present will gather to discuss the challenges of covering Russia and the lasting consequences of media repression. The question of how to cover Russia in the face of media repression has vexed journalists for decades. In the Soviet era, American reporters were targets of harassment by the KGB and “special services.” Now, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, American reporters have largely left the country for the safety of themselves and their families as Vladimir Putin’s regime cracks down on the press. Please register online for the panel discussion, which will take place in Pulitzer Hall’s World Room.
  • Also on Monday, January 23, from 6:10 to 8 pm, the Society of Fellows and the Heyman Center for the Humanities will host the discussion, “Moses Hadas and Historical Black Colleges and Universities – Classics, Racism, Segregation.” In the summer of 1963, Moses Hadas (1900-1966), Jay Professor of Greek at Columbia, used what was then a new AT&T technology to deliver a series of telelectures. Passionate about transmitting the classical legacy to the broadest possible audience, Hadas delivered 18 lectures to students at historically Black colleges and universities in Mississippi and Louisiana. Materials pertaining to these historic lectures will be presented by Rachel Hadas, poet, translator, educator, essayist, and the youngest daughter of Moses Hadas. This event will take place at the Casa Hispanica Room 201, as well as online.
  • On Wednesday, January 25, from 6 to 8 pm, is the Welcome Back Bash with CC Dean Josef Sorett in the Low Library Rotunda. Join your Columbia College Student Council and Dean Sorett for an evening event welcoming Columbia College students back to campus and kicking off the spring term. Come for the food, music, and friends – stay for special giveaways, a photo booth, and Dean Sorett answering your questions in The Hot Seat. This event is open to all Columbia College students. No registration is required, but you will be asked to swipe your ID on arrival. Giveaways are available while supplies last.
  • Also on Wednesday, January 25, from 6 to 9 pm, please join the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University for a screening of Boycott, a 2022 film that focuses on anti-boycott laws that require the recipient of state contracts to affirm that they will not engage in a boycott of Israel, and features the Arkansas Times publisher. In June 2022, a federal appeals court upheld Arkansas’s anti-boycott law in Arkansas Times v. Waldrip—a decision the ACLU has petitioned the Supreme Court to review and overturn. The film screening will be followed by a conversation with the director of the film, the news publisher featured in the film, and First Amendment experts about how anti-boycott legislation works, in what realms we might see it next, and what the future of this particular, powerful form of protest might look like. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in Barnard’s Diana Center Event Oval. RSVP online to attend.
  • On Thursday, January 26, from 4:30 to 6 pm, the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the South Asia Institute will host author Isabel Huacuja Alonso for a talk about her new book Radio for the Millions: Hindi-Urdu Broadcasting Across Borders. Alonso’s new book is a transnational history of radio broadcasting in Hindi and Urdu from the late colonial period through the early post-independence era from the 1930s to the 1980s. From news about World War II to the broadcasting of music from popular movies, the radio played a crucial role in an increasingly divided South Asia for more than half a century. Radio for the Millions examines the history of Hindi-Urdu radio during the height of its popularity from the 1930s to the 1980s, showing how it created transnational communities of listeners. This event will take place in the Second Floor Common Room of the Heyman Center and will also be streamed online.
  • Also on Thursday, January 26, from 4:30 to 6 pm, the Data Club will be hosting its first meeting of the semester, an introduction to Python. Aimed at people who have never programmed before, this workshop will introduce the basic structure of using Python in a code notebook to let participants get excited about continuing their paths as Pythonistas. Please register online for the meeting, which will take place in the International Affairs Building Room 215.
  • Also on Thursday, January 26, from 7 to 10 pm, the Maison Française will be screening the 2021 French film Peaceful. Emmanuelle Bercot’s drama Peaceful explores a year in the life of a young man facing a terminal diagnosis. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Gabriel Sara, the Mount Sinai oncologist who acts as Dr. Eddé in the film, and Dr. Lydia Dugdale, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and author of The Lost Art of Dying. The screening will take place in the Cowin Auditorium at Columbia Teachers College. RSVP online.
  • On Friday, January 27, from 2 to 4 pm, the Barnard Zine Library on Milstein’s second floor will host “Graphic Design Is My Passion: A Zine Design Workshop,” led by Suze Myers (BC ’16). Please register online for a fun crafty afternoon!

Welcome Back Bash graphic via the Columbia University Events Calendar