Columbia and New York City are packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, and 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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Creative Writing Lecture: Elif Batuman

  • February 22, 7:30 pm, Dodge 501
  • The final creative writing lecture of the four-part series at the School of the Arts features Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot and Either / Or, and Barnard guest professor. She will present an original talk on craft.

Education Through Music: A Legacy of Edward Said

  • February 23, 6:30 pm, Lenfest Center 
  • To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Edward Said, there will be a panel discussion centered around Said’s belief in the power of music to bring people together. Said was a co-founder of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brought young Israelis, Palestinians, and Arabs together for music-making. The discussion will cover this collaboration and ensuing projects. 

Directing Thesis: Medea

  • February 23 – February 26, Lenfest Center
  • The latest directing thesis from the School of the Arts MFA program will culminate in a performance of Ben Power’s adaptation of the classic play Medea by Euripides, directed by Tiffani Swalley. 

MeMoSa: Preview Performance of “Village” by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

  • February 23, 5:30 pm, Movement Lab
  • From the Movement Lab Artist-in-Residence LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs comes a new book “Village,” an exploration of how trauma reshapes lineage and language. Diggs will offer a performance of excerpts from this book, followed by an artist discussion. RSVP required; food and drinks will be served.

The Poetry of Exile and Return: A Reading by Anna Frajlich

  • February 23, 6:30 pm, International Affairs Building
  • Poet and Lecturer Emerita Anna Frajlich will celebrate the publication of the first two volumes of her collected verse, in a reading of Polish originals accompanied by English translations read by Ronald Meyer. 

Lovely view of campus via Bwarchives