October 7, 2014

Fall 2014 public programs

Columbia University School of the Arts
Shelly Silver, Touch (film still), 2013. Courtesy of Shelly Silver.

Join Columbia University School of the Arts for dynamic discussions, screenings and performances that celebrate the world’s innovators in art and culture. For the complete calendar, click here.

Highlights for October & November:

Karen Russell
Wednesday, October 8, 7pm
Dodge Hall, Room 501

The Creative Writing Lecture Series, organized by Ben Marcus (faculty), welcomes Karen Russell (’06 SOA) for a dynamic talk on literary craft. Russell is the author of St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Sleep Donation and Swamplandia!.


Salvador with Oliver Stone, Eric Foner and Ramin Bahrani
Thursday, October 16, 6pm
Miller Theatre

Acclaimed director Oliver Stone presents his 1986 film Salvador, a political drama that follows a photojournalist to war-torn El Salvador. Historian Eric Foner and director Ramin Bahrani (faculty) join Stone in a post-screening discussion. RSVP here.


Keeping the Flute Magic with Isaac Mizrahi and Susan Bernofsky
Moderated by Anne Bogart
Wednesday, November 5, 6:30pm
Miller Theatre

Isaac Mizrahi, director of the recently restaged production of The Magic Flute, and Susan Bernofsky (faculty), who wrote a new libretto based on Emanuel Schikaneder’s original, discuss the process, challenges and joys of re-imagining this classic Mozart opera. RSVP here.


Revenge of the Mekons with Vito Acconci, Katherine Dieckmann, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Harron, Greil Marcus, Luc Sante, and Mekons band member Jon Langford
Thursday, October 30, 7:30pm
Buell Hall, Maison Française

To celebrateJoe Angio’s documentary Revenge of the Mekons (2013), artists come together to discuss the band’s ethos of collaboration, collectivity and devotion to multi-genre art making. RSVP here.


Open Studios
Visual Arts MFA 
Sunday, November 16, 3–6pm
Prentis Hall, 632 West 125th Street

Second-year MFA students open their studios to show their work in process.

Touch with Shelly Silver and Gayatri Spivak 
Friday, November 21, 7pm
Dodge Hall, Room 511

A man returns, after 50 years, to Chinatown to care for his dying mother. He passes his time collecting images that he puts before us, his witnesses and collaborators. A response from philosopher and theorist Gayatri Spivak to follow the film screening, and conversation with director Shelly Silver (faculty and Visual Arts Chair). RSVP here.


Columbia University School of the Arts public programs are guided by a commitment to presenting new voices, international perspectives and scholarship across the arts. These events aim to create a forum for the exchange of ideas among practitioners, students, scholars and the public.

Programs are located at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, unless otherwise noted. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservation information noted above. Check website for most up-to-date details on time and location.


Fall 2014 public programs at Columbia University School of the Arts

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