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George Stade Memorial

George Stade Memorial

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
Event Category: 
Talks

Dec 2 - Please join us as we remember our friend and colleague, George Stade. https://english.columbia.edu/announcements/george-stade-1933-2019

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12/02/2019 - 4:00pm
 
A Celebration of David Henry Hwang's "Soft Power"

A Celebration of David Henry Hwang's "Soft Power"

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: 
403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
Event Category: 
Talks

This panel will celebrate the importance of Soft Power (David Henry Hwang,Jeanine Tesori, Sam Pinkleton, Leigh Silverman at the Public Theater) as a cultural and theatrical event. Scholars of theater history, gender and sexuality studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, and race and performance studies will offer commentary on the play, followed by comments from David Henry Hwang and audience Q&A.

Panel Participants:
David Henry Hwang is a Tony Award winning playwright, and Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts.
Jean Howard is the George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
Denise Cruz is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature.
Ana Paulina Lee is an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures.

Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

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12/03/2019 - 4:00pm
 
Inventing Tomorrow: H.G. Wells and the Twentieth Century

Inventing Tomorrow: H.G. Wells and the Twentieth Century

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:15pm
Location: 
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room
Event Category: 
Talks

New Books in the Arts & Sciences:

Celebrating Recent Work by Sarah Cole
Inventing Tomorrow: H. G. Wells and the Twentieth Century

Wednesday, December 4, 6:15pm
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room
 
 
Join us for a discussion on Sarah Cole's new book, Inventing Tomorrow: H. G. Wells and the Twentieth Century, with a reception to follow.  Panelists will include:
  • Sarah Cole, Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Dean of Humanities
  • Jed Esty, Vartan Gregorian Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania
  • Victor LaValle, Associate Professor of Writing, Columbia University School of the Arts
  • Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature
  • Alan Stewart, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature

 

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12/04/2019 - 6:15pm
 
 
 
 
 
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Feminist Media(tions): Performing the Goddess: Chapal Bhaduri’s Story

Feminist Media(tions): Performing the Goddess: Chapal Bhaduri’s Story

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 6:15pm
Location: 
754 Schermerhorn Extension
Event Category: 
Talks

Chapal Bhaduri, alias Chapal Rani or Queen Chapal, leading lady of Bengal’s traditional folk travelling theatre-in-the-round—the jatra—spent his life playing women. Feeling like a woman. Until history changed tradition and women began to play female roles themselves. Out of work, ageing, he turned to a new livelihood: that of playing Sitala, the poor person’s dreaded goddess of pox and disease, in dramatized performances of the goddess’s sacred saga.

This intimate video biography brings you face to face with a unique individual, reminiscing about the world of the Jatra, discussing what it means to become a woman night after night, talking for the first time of the woman inside his male body, of troubled sexuality, of a long domestic partnership with his older lover, of the essential loneliness of living as a human being on the edges of conventional society—and showing how he metamorphoses into the goddess in order to perform her story.

 

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12/09/2019 - 6:15pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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