Welcome to your very own virtual student lounge! Here, you will find the latest news and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Join us every Thursday from 2pm - 4pm for some hot to-go hot coffee, tea, and sweets! Meet in the UGE Student Lounge with a face covering.
For Columbia Students only.
Designed by dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, instructor of City Diplomacy at Sciences Po – PSIA, the École Polytechnique, and Columbia in Paris, this conference series aims at engaging distinguished mayors, scholars, practitioners, and students in a global discussion on the future of urban life in a post-pandemic world.
Pause Café is a 60-minute weekly conversation session during which students discuss French language and culture all in French. Each week, students meet to discuss contemporary topics as diverse as feminism, pop music, cooking, postcolonial & social issues. In addition, there will be a possibility to incorporate current political events into the discussions as well as adapting the conversations to the participants interests. Once a month, a guest speaker will join the session to explore a specific topic and interact with the students. This is an opportunity to continue practicing your French language skills while expanding your understanding and exposure to contemporary French culture!
To find out more information about each Pause Café, click here.
Organizer: Sabrina Bouarour, PhD
Bio: Sabrina Bouarour is a French film director, producer and teacher. She currently teaches at Columbia University in Paris (Reid Hall), after having taught cinema at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) and at Paris III- La Sorbonne Nouvelle. A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure (rue d'Ulm) and the Institut Supérieur de Formation au Journalisme et à la Communication digitale (CFJ), she completed her film thesis at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2018. Her articles have been published in Le Monde and the magazine So Movie. Since 2015, Sabrina has been working on Lights of Baltimore, her first feature documentary, for which she received a Fellowship from the Saul Zaentz Innovative Fund (Baltimore). Her film has received support from the Maryland Humanities (National Endowment for the Arts), the Roy W. Dean Foundation, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, the Ile-de-France Region (FORTE system), the SCAM (Draft of a dream) and SACEM (support for original music). In 2016, she founded Flying Impalas, her Baltimore-based production company to ensure the production of Lights of Baltimore.
This program takes you to the streets, museums, parks, and hidden spots of treasure in Paris, through dance. You will see and learn about the culture of Paris while having fun in a relaxing hour of movement.
In each session, the dance instructor and scholar Hiie Saumaa, based in Paris, will introduce you to a sight/place in Paris, followed by 50 minutes of energizing and relaxing dance movements and meditation that can be easily done by anyone. At the end of the class, the students will have a chance to talk about their movement experience with their peers to build a sense of community in a stress-free environment. For the movement section of the class, no previous dance background is necessary. The movements will be easy and fun and do not ask for a lot of space. We will move to world music as well as songs in French and from Francophone cultures.
Thursdays, 9am New York time | 3pm Paris time*
* Due to daylight savings time, the March 18 and 25 sessions will take place at 2pm Paris time
Hello everyone! My name is Daniel Harrich and I am currently a Junior in the Dual BA Program between Columbia and SciencesPo! A little about me: I am Syrian-Austrian, 20-years old, and for now a Financial Economics Major at Columbia. Since it's my third year in the Dual BA Program, I was also supposed to be in Columbia right now given that we are promised 2 years in France followed by 2 years in New York - however, by whatever stroke of good luck or good fortune, I now find myself still in France for year 2.5! That's given me the wonderful opportunity to explore Paris and its infinitely endless boulangeries and to finally be able to visit Reid Hall! I've had the pleasure of meeting the amazing team at Reid Hall, exploring the facilities a little bit, and I am so excited to hopefully meet more Dual BAers or Columbia students here in Paris whenever you might also pass through Reid Hall.
My name is Sam and I am from the South West of France. I am part of the dual bachelor program with Sciences Po and 2020/2021 was supposed to be my first year studying in New York City as a Junior in the Political science major. Coming to Reid Hall is for me a great way to have some sorts of consolation in not being able to discover New York. Not only I was able to meet with new people from other Sciences Po campus but also it was the opportunity to reconnect with people I had not seen for a while because of the pandemic. Reid Hall allows me to study while getting me out of the dull routine of on-line classes and staying home. The team is amazingly friendly, almost as a taste of our American friends ;) and really is here to make us feel at home. I hope I will be able to move to New York next semester, but if not, I am so glad to know that Reid Hall will be here to host my work sessions for a little longer.
My name is Soraya Limare and I am a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of French at Columbia. I had the great fortune of being welcomed at Reid Hall to continue my research and teaching remotely in the best conditions possible and surrounded by wonderful people and a very special cat, Youki :) During my time here, I have been a teaching assistant for “The Caribbean Digital” course taught by Professors Kaiama L Glover and Alex Gil, leading to the upcoming virtual conference with the same name, http://caribbeandigitalnyc.net/2020/ . Thanks to this class, I had the opportunity to join a digital humanities project, Ecologies Entrelacées and co-hosted a webinar entitled “Sugar’s Traces”: https://www.ecologiesentrelacees.com/sugar
Thank you to all at Reid Hall for turning difficult circumstances into a joyful opportunity!
Gustav is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and a graduate fellow at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. His dissertation studies how the international extension of contract and property protection regime under the international investment protection regime governs mobilizing two years of ethnographic research with foreign investment professionals in Paris and around Simandou investment projects and disputes in Guinea. Previously trained as a lawyer, his research more broadly has dealt with questions of scale of political action, technical regulation and legal iconology. Covid19 cut short his ethnography and made him dive deeper into court filings.
Thomas is doctoral candidate in African history. His research focuses on histories of childhood, gender, health and development in West Africa in the 20th century. His dissertation, titled « Burkinabè Humanitarianisms : Children, Mutual Aid and Migration in and beyond Burkina Faso (1932-1990) » examines the multifaceted interventions that surveyed children’s lives in Burkina Faso (Upper-Volta before 1984) from the 1930s to the 1980s. These efforts played a critical role in defining communities’ interactions and interpretations of governmental practice in the late-colonial and post-colonial period. The project links a history of social work practice, an analysis of economic models that quantified households in the post-war period and a social history of experiences of such interventions.
Prior to pursuing his PhD, Thomas worked as a Peace Corps Fellow at University Neighborhood Housing Program, working on housing rights in New York. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin for two years, with a focus on health and education.
I am a fifth year graduate student in Economics. I'm interested in economic development, industrial organization and environmental economics. My research projects look at how to foster sustainable development through private initiatives.
One thing I love about development economics is that it implies exciting travels. I have had the chance to go to Burkina Faso and Myanmar, where I am currently working on several projects, even though the pandemic has cut short many plans. Thankfully, I have been able to return to my home country, France, where I am lucky to have both great working conditions at Columbia's Global Center in Paris, Reid Hall, and a strong support network of family and friends.
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Soraya Limare has been a teaching assistant for “The Caribbean Digital” course taught by Professors Kaiama L Glover (former Institute for Ideas & Imagination Fellow 2018-2019) and Alex Gil during her time at Reid Hall. This lead to the virtual conference with the same name, http://caribbeandigitalnyc.net/2020/
Soraya also joined a digital humanities project, Ecologies Entrelacées, and co-hosted a webinar entitled "Sugar's Traces": https://www.ecologiesentrelacees.com/sugar
Volunteer with us!
Student Volunteer Opportunities
As part of the University initiative to provide international students with access to study spaces and to build community in 90+ cities around the world, the Columbia Global Centers are looking for volunteers to support communications, events, and community-building in their locations and across the world.
Volunteer positions below are formal, and student contributions will be acknowledged by the University for their tremendous value to Columbia students, alumni, and the University as a whole. Student volunteers will become members of the Global Student Advisory Council, an important body that will advise and help with on-the-ground plans to create a Columbia community away from campus and to enhance the overall experience of international students.
We believe that taking up this assignment will contribute to your and your fellow students’ wellbeing. We recognize that you are busy and that these are challenging times, and we will be cautious not to burden you. We expect that your role will require, at most, an average of 1-2 hours a week of work.
Mental Health Resources
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and it's important to check up on how you're feeling inside regularly.
To help you through this difficult time, please find some mental health resources below.
Global Columbia Collaboratory
Columbia Global Centers invite you to engage with the broader Columbia network through seminars we are offering to students and making available to the public as part of the Global Columbia Collaboratory.
The Collaboratory is a program designed to help students connect and cooperate across a global network, empowering them to make a difference in the world as global citizens. For more information on the Collaboratory visit the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement.
Expanded Global Locations for Learning & Engagement
Envisioned by President Lee C. Bollinger in 2009, the Columbia Global Centers connect the local with the global by providing opportunities for shared learning and dialogue. The Centers’ impactful, collaborative programming maximizes engagement among the University’s faculty, students, and alumni to address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange.
Never has the mission been more important than now, and never has the unique, networked structure of the worldwide Global Centers proved more prescient.
Columbia Global Centers as Regional Hubs
The existing nine Columbia Global Centers—located in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio, Santiago, and Tunis—will serve as “regional hubs” for students. They will provide physical meeting locations that Columbia schools will use to host rewarding in-person academic experiences, together with their peers, designed to complement their individual online coursework. Beyond gathering for targeted seminar discussions or short course / block weeks, these regional hubs will foster social opportunities, local network development, and cohort building–activities that will contribute to students’ overall Columbia experience and connection to one another.
Our Centers will have advanced technology and audio-visual equipment, and will be reconfigured to offer students the ability to practice physical distancing. All Centers have large meeting spaces, strong wi-fi, proximity to public transportation and parking, and the ability to augment existing capacity by leveraging their extensive partner networks for additional shared common spaces, local facilities, and nearby hotels.
As part of our enhanced set-up, we will support Columbia’s campus-based “HyFlex” model. Centers have the appropriately trained staff and the technical capacity to engage in live, online conversations and interactions, with onsite cameras, microphones, speakers, and in-room projection / displays to support student and faculty in-person needs.