Department Calendar

March 2018

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Queer Disruptions

Queer Disruptions

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 2:00pm
Jerome Green Hall
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The conference begins with a keynote by Professor Frances Negrón-Muntaner. Professor Negrón-Muntaner has done considerable research recently in Columbia  University’s libraries on archives of queer latinx life.
Our first panel has been organized by Tonda Hughes, a new hire at Columbia in the School of Nursing. Hughes, who is the Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of International Nursing (in Psychiatry), has assembled an international panel of speakers to address issues in “Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health.” Since investigations into LGBT health are often held apart from queer theory and feminist theory, we are excited to bring this topic into our conversation from the start of the event.
In the evening program for March 1, we offer a rare opportunity to see #Direnayol, a Turkish film by Kanka Productions about the involvement and leadership of transgender activists in the Gezi park uprisings. The filmmaker, Ruzgar Buski, will be joined after the screening by Professor Evren Savci of Yale University for a discussion.
NOTE: For those with lots of energy and FOMO, you have time between the end of the first panel and the start of the screening to nip over to Barnard to hear Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor speak about “From Black Lives Matter to White Power Presidency.” This lecture will start at 6pm and is in James Room, 4th Floor, Barnard Hall. PLEASE COME BACK FOR THE SCREENING BY 7pm.
On Friday, March 2, we have a full day of panels and roundtables. Roundtables will be led by Columbia faculty.
The first panel of the day, at 10:30 am, is a roundtable discussion on “The Politics of Faith-Based Publics.” This event will not be a paper oriented presentation but will feature faculty from Columbia University and Barnard College engaging in conversation. Professor Katherine Franke will lead the discussion.
After roundtables, we have two more panels - the first, led by Professor Jack Halberstam and featuring young scholars in the field, engages new work on Trans* Bodies.
The last panel of the day is a provocative consideration of Queer Risk moderated by Professor Tey Meadow.
For all of these panels, we invite participants to prepare remarks of no more than 15 minutes and to be prepared for a dynamic engagement with the audience.
The day concludes with an exciting keynote address by artist Zackary Drucker who will be in conversation with film maker Chase Joint.
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03/01/2018 - 2:00pm
"Race and America's Long War"

"Race and America's Long War"

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:30pm
Barnard College, James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
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Barnard New Directions in American Studies (NDAS) in collaboration with the MA program in American Studies at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race invites you to...
Nikhil Pal Singh, New York University
in conversation with: 
Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College
Brent Hayes Edwards, Columbia University
Chandan Reddy, University of Washington 
March 6, 2018, 6:30pm
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
Barnard College 3009 Broadway 
Nikhil Pal Singh is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, and Founding Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program
Neferti Tadiar is Professor of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Barnard College and Director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University
Brent Hayes Edwards is Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, as well as the Director of the Scholars-in-Residence Program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.
Chandan Reddy is Associate Professor of English and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington
The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and a signing will follow. Organized collaboration with the M.A. Program in American Studies in Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the University of California Press. The James Room is wheelchair accessible.
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03/06/2018 - 6:30pm
Celebrating Recent Work by Erik Gray

Celebrating Recent Work by Erik Gray

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:15pm
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room
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New Books in the Arts & Sciences

Celebrating Recent Work by Erik Gray

Thursday, March 8, 2018  6:15pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated


Heyman Center for the Humanities

Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences

New Books in the Arts & Sciences
         —panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty

The Art of Love Poetry
By: Erik Gray

-The first volume to offer an integral theory of love poetry that explores why poetry is consistently associated with romantic love

-Offers close readings of numerous love poems to guide readers to a deeper appreciation of some of the world's most beautiful love lyrics

-Covers topics such as the poetic kiss, the lyric of conjugal love, and the role of animals in love poetry

-All non-English poems are given in, or accompanied by, a translation


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03/08/2018 - 6:15pm
Seriously Funny: A Roundtable on Women, Comedy and Politics

Seriously Funny: A Roundtable on Women, Comedy and Politics

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
Low Rotunda, Low Memorial Library
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Seriously Funny: A Roundtable on Women, Comedy and Politics

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Screening and reception at 6:00pm, Roundtable discussion at 7:00pm
Low Rotunda, Low Memorial Library




Frances Negrón-Muntaner

Columbia University Professor of English and Comparative Literature, filmmaker and author of the report “Not Funny: Latinos in Comedy”

Kate Clinton
Humor activist (HA) and author of I Told You So


Negin Farsad
Author of How to Make White People Laugh and director/producer of The Muslims are Coming


Dulce Sloan
One of TimeOut LA's Top Comics to Watch for 2017 and correspondent for the Daily Show with Trevor Noah


Online registration is required and is open here.


Sponsored by (list in formation):

Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Institute for Research on Women, Gender, & Sexuality
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Office of University Life


If you require disability accommodations, please contact Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or, once you receive an email confirmation of your event registration.

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03/20/2018 - 6:00pm
Monica Cohen on "Pirating Fictions"

Monica Cohen on "Pirating Fictions"

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
Book Culture, 536 W 112th Street
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Two distinctly different meanings of piracy are ingeniously intertwined in Monica Cohen's lively new book, which shows how popular depictions of the pirate held sway on the page and the stage even as their creators were preoccupied with the ravages of literary appropriation. The golden age of piracy captured the nineteenth-century imagination, animating such best-selling novels as Treasure Island and inspiring theatrical hits from The Pirates of Penzance to Peter Pan. But the prevalence of unauthorized reprinting and dramatic adaptation meant that authors lost immense profits from the most lucrative markets. Infuriated, novelists and playwrights denounced such literary piracy in essays, speeches, and testimonies. Their fiction, however, tells a different story.

Using landmarks in copyright history as a backdrop, Pirating Fictions argues that popular nineteenth-century pirate fiction mischievously resists the creation of intellectual property in copyright legislation and law. Drawing on classic pirate stories by such writers as Walter Scott, James Fenimore Cooper, Robert Louis Stevenson, and J. M. Barrie, this wide-ranging account demonstrates, in raucous tales and telling asides, how literary appropriation was celebrated at the very moment when the forces of possessive individualism began to enshrine the language of personal ownership in Anglo-American views of creative work.

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03/22/2018 - 7:00pm
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