Read about campus events on finding reconciliation between Israel and Palestine and remembering the 1994 Genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda.

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Student Spotlight:

Symposium Art Break

  • Monday, April 22, 7 to 8 pm, Lewisohn Hall, Room 505.
  • Unwind and make art at Symposium’s creative art session this week. The club will provide plenty of art supplies, including crayons, charcoal, watercolors, and more, and attendees will explore various topics related to art, literature, and everyday life through drawing and discussing the forms and meanings of art.
  • No registration required.

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Mamie Phipps & Kenneth B. Clark Distinguished Lecture: Marc Hill

  • Wednesday, April 24, 4:10 to 5:30 pm, Schermerhorn Hall, Room 614.
  • Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a Presidential Professor of Anthropology and Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center, will speak about his research on the relationships between race, culture, politics, and education in the U.S. and the Middle East.
  • No registration required.

The Sociology of Literature 

  • Wednesday, April 24, 6 to 7:30 pm, Buell Hall, East Gallery.
  • Gisèle Sapiro, a sociology professor at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, will present her book The Sociology of Literature for the first time in the U.S. Her book focuses on the history, methods, and potential futures of this field of study, and in it Sapiro refutes criticism against the field for not using the text as the central object of study in research. Sapiro will be joined in conversation by Tristan Leperlier, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Columbia. 
  • Register here.

Studying the Now: Friends of the Parents Circle

  • Thursday, April 25, 1 to 2 pm, Zoom.
  • Join the Parents Circle, a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization comprised of more than 700 bereaved families from Palestinian and Israeli backgrounds who have lost loved ones in conflict, for an event on seeking peace and reconciliation over vengeance. Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan, two parents who have lost children in Israel-Palestine conflict, will speak to the sanctity of human life and highlight values that Palestinians and Israelis can agree upon.
  • Register to watch on Zoom here.

Pinko x Barnard Launch Party

  • Thursday, April 25, 2 to 4 pm, Digital Humanities Center, Milstein 103.
  • Barnard Library is welcoming Pinko Magazine to campus to celebrate their new issue, Pinko #3. Attend the event for snacks and conversation about the magazine, which features essays on queerness and class struggle, archival texts, oral histories, zines, and more.
  • Register here.

The Upright Women: 30 years After the Genocide in Rwanda

  • Thursday, April 25, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Buell Hall, East Gallery.
  • Hosted by the Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender, this event is dedicated to the memory of the 1994 Genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda. The first part of the evening includes a reading of Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse’s novel, All Your Children, Scattered, which centers on three generations of survivors, and a slideshow of artist Bruce Clarke’s visual installation titled “The Upright Women.” The second part of the evening will feature a screening of Gaël Faye and Michael Sztank’s documentary, Words of Silence.
  • Register here.

Stand Up Comedy Show “Pardon my Spanglish”

  • Thursday, April 25, 7 to 8 pm, Barnard Hall, James Room.
  • Hosted by the Spanish and Latin American Cultures Department of Barnard College and El Salpicon, this event brings together comedian Bill Santiago and Columbia students Isaiah Emmanuel Crawford and Rachel Lappen for a night of stand up comedy.
  • No registration required.

Names You Should Know in Writing Studies: Erag Ramizi on Paolo Freire

  • Friday, April 26, 10 to 11 am, Lehman Library, Room 321.
  • Co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Writing Program and the GSAS Writing Studio, this event is part of the Names You Should Know in Writing Studies series which introduces attendees to major voices in writing studies. This event features a lecture by Erag Ramizi, a lecturer in the discipline of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, on Paolo Freire, a Brazilian educator and philosopher who wrote about critical pedagogy.
  • No registration required.

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