Provoking us into new ways of seeing, and new ways of being, artists create possibilities.
In 1991, playwright Tony Kushner '78CC opened a national conversation about HIV/AIDS with his audacious Angels in America. Now Columbia faculty playwright Lynn Nottage, in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat, tells stories on Broadway of poverty and economic stagnation in a Pennsylvania factory town, exploring the fracturing of the American Dream.
The arts, important everywhere, are essential at Columbia. From our MFA programs to the College’s signature Core Curriculum, the making, studying, and direct experience of art occupy a place unparalleled among other major research universities. And the arts connect us to a great global arts city: our artists are New York artists.
The arts at Columbia are anchored in a thriving School of the Arts, with leading graduate programs in film, visual art, theatre, and writing. These programs are complemented by the renowned composers, performers, and scholars in our Department of Music. The arts presence extends to classrooms across campus where undergraduates and professional school students have the opportunity to study with and alongside artists, whatever their career goals. And it includes scholarship and research, from the humanities to medicine and neuroscience, on interpreting the arts in relation to other disciplines and ideas.
Universities are inherently committed to new ideas and multiple perspectives, and perhaps none more so than this university at this time. As we collaborate in new ways to address the world’s most pressing and intractable problems, Columbia’s artists bring their creative and intuitive power to the conversation. They inform—and transform—how we think and act across campuses.
The opening of the Lenfest Center for the Arts on our new Manhattanville campus now embodies the promise of a new chapter for arts and ideas at Columbia.
The world wants and needs artists, creative and talented people undaunted by complexity and unbound by conventional thinking. And yet, even at Columbia, the arts and arts scholarship require renewed commitment.
Columbia has met the greatest challenge—creating an environment for art and artists to flourish. But that commitment requires renewed and continuous investment—in the spaces and tools for making, sharing, and learning about art, in teaching and research programs within and across disciplines, in the artists themselves.
The Columbia Commitment
The Columbia Commitment looks across our campuses to amplify the impact of Columbia’s artists and arts scholars in the classroom, the studio, and the world. The Columbia Commitment to the Arts includes enhanced funding for:
Student artists. For financial aid to bring the best emerging artists to Columbia without fear of crippling debt, and for project and travel funds to develop and share their work
Facilities. For production facilities and classrooms that realize the potential of our students and faculty
Humanities, including digital humanities. For the nuanced study and interpretation of the arts
Collaboration. For funding interdisciplinary research, dialogue, and teaching that further weave the arts into the fabric of campuses and schools; and for reaching broader public audiences through programming and partnerships.
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Led by Khaled Malas and taking place over the course of eight meetings, a group of applicants viewed the encounter with Qusayr ’Amra as a singular lens into the continuities and distinctions associated with contemporary understandings of the first centuries of Islamicate space-making and visual culture.
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But Professor Peña served as the program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, as the Professor of Professional Practice at the School of The Arts at Columbia University, and as Chairman of the Selection Committee of the New York Film Festival. Singing his praises are the likes of Michael Moore and Olivier Assayas. He is an expert on directors like Egypt’s Youssef Chahine, Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami, and France’s Sacha Guitry.
Believing in the power of cinema and the role it plays in people’s everyday lives, Richard Peña has been tracing film history all over the world and has been spreading knowledge about the industry. ...Peña, professor of Professional Practice at the School of The Arts at Columbia University in New York City, held courses over the week at the Columbia Global Centres in Amman named “On the Margins of American Cinemas”.
Artist as Explorer: FormLAB Intercultural Arts Research and Exhibition in Brazil, Mongolia, and China.
On July 20, Dr. Les Joynes, Visiting Scholar in Art and Education at Columbia University, visited Columbia Global Centers | Beijing to join an event of "Columbia Beijing Summer" arts series.
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Provost John H. Coatsworth has announced the fifth round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF) on June 1, 2017. 11 projects received awards this year after being selected by a review committee of senior faculty drawn from both the Morningside and medical campuses.
This year, the World Writers’ Weekend will showcase and promote the vibrancy of African and Caribbean writing in the European context.
TV Writing Master Class takes place in São Paulo for the first time after successful editions in Rio.
The power of arts and culture to speak about the human condition is a primary motivation for director Iara Lee, who has recently finished her sixth film, tackling subjects as diverse as human rights, psychology, wildlife protection and education.
The organizing committee of the Tunis International Book Fair announced that Columbia University in the City of New York and the Lebanese Republic will be the guests of honor for 2017. The 33rd Tunis International Book Fair takes place on March 24 - April 2 in the city of Tunis, Tunisia. The University’s participation in the book fair shows the growing ties between Columbia and Tunisia. Honored guests at previous fairs have included France and Egypt, among others.
Paris Center has organized a series of encounters featuring prestigious speakers from the world of architecture, design and urban development
In March 2016, Studio-X Amman, in partnership with Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture, launched the Janet Abu-Lughod Library seminar, a series of meetings led by Zachary Sheldon, doctoral student in Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and Fulbright Research Fellow in Amman.
On June 9-12, architects and filmmakers gathered at the King Ghazi Hotel in downtown Amman for a program of film screenings and conversations on cinema, cities, counter-narratives, and subjectivity.
To mark the publication of Claire Joubert’s new book Critiques de l’anglais, the Paris Center hosted a discussion surrounding the question of language in academic disciplines, in literary criticism, and in publishing
On Tuesday evening, the Salle de Conférence was filled with an audience eager to hear Claire Nancy, artist, actress, and author, discuss the recent release of her book Euripide et le parti des femmes.
Nearly 100 booklovers crowded into the Paris Center for a discussion of the Republic of the Imagination, the eponymous space defined in Azar Nafisi's latest book.
Columbia Global Centers | Amman presented the Columbia University public screening of the film Theeb on April 29, 2016.
Hugh Herr is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Herr heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, which is creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs.
This travel seminar explored the urban development of the city of Amman through its two major archaeological sites – the ancient buildings of the Roman city of Philadelphia, with its amphitheater, Odeon theater and the Nymphaeum, and the Qala'a (Citadel) – the Umayyad Palace.
Studio-X Amman organized a summer workshop on August 12-23, 2015 led by Jyoti Hosagrahar, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (GSAPP), and Founder/Director of the Sustainable Urbanism International Lab.
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The Blue Voyagers exhibit opened with a splash April 15 in Istanbul—following a month-long run in Paris at Columbia Global Centers | Europe—and featured a reception, panel discussion and extensive coverage in the Turkish press. The exhibition will include a concert with Standard à la Turc on May 13 at Sismanoglio Megaro at 8 p.m.
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