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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Directing Thesis: Fabulation Or, The Re-Education of Undine

  • February 9 at 8 pm—February 12 at 3:30 pm, Lenfest Center for the Arts
  • The MFA Program at the School of the Arts presents another Directing Thesis by current student Tanasia Lewis. This play by Lynn Nottage is a social satire following publicist Undine after her husband disappears with her money. Register for tickets.

Creative Writing Lecture: Joshua Cohen

  • February 8, 7:30 pm, Dodge 501
  • The School of the Arts continues its series of creative writing craft lectures with a talk by Joshua Cohen, author of The Netanyahus, Moving Kings, and Four New Messages, among other books. 

Dramatic Performance by Patrick Boucheron

  • February 8, 6 pm, Buell Hall East Gallery
  • Acclaimed medievalist and professor at the College de France Patrick Boucheron draws from his teachings and his production of “Theatre of the Plague” to reflect on his longstanding engagement with the Black Death. This performance is sponsored by the Maison Française.

Book Talk: Josh Lambert, “The Literary Mafia”

  • February 6, 12 pm, Kent 617
  • Josh Lambert, a professor of Jewish Studies and English at Wellesley College, will discuss his book The Literary Mafia: Jews, Publishing, and Postwar American Literature with the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. 

Film Screening and Discussion: “Convenience Store”

  • February 7, 6:30 pm, International Affairs Building
  • The Harriman Institute presents a screening of the 2022 film Convenience Store, followed by a Zoom conversation with director Michael Borodin. Moderated by professors Mark Lipovetsky and Tatiana Efremova. 

Hidden Letters

  • February 9, 6 pm, Pulitzer Hall
  • Journalism school Professor June Cross interviews documentarian Violet Du Feng and presents a screening of a clip from Du Feng’s film Hidden Letters, which concerns a secret language ancient Chinese women devised to communicate with each other privately.  

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