The Office of Public Programs and Engagement

GAVIN BROWNING, Director of Public Programs and Engagement

The Office of Public Programs and Engagement at Columbia University School of the Arts creates interdisciplinary dialogue through lectures, symposia, readings, film screenings, exhibitions, performances, site visits, and more. Conversations and events take place in cooperation with the Film, Theatre, Writing, Visual Arts, and Sound Arts Programs, the Arts Initiative, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, campus groups, and the city. Since the School of the Arts opened The Lenfest Center for the Arts on West 125th Street on the Manhattanville campus, the Office of Public Programs and Engagement has continued to offer an array of activity that strengthens local partnerships while highlighting contemporary scholarship, global perspectives, and compelling voices of our time.

Traversing media and disciplines, the 2020–21 season of Public Programs and Engagement at Columbia University School of the Arts will focus on the concept of Repair.

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Upcoming Events

November 11

Nonfiction Dialogue: Amitava Kumar

Online 7:30 PM

The Nonfiction Dialogues is a student-initiated evening series in which Professor and Writing Program Chair Lis Harris interviews distinguished nonfiction writers about their work and careers. Recent guests have included Eula Biss, Alexander Chee, John D’Agata, Ian Frazier, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, and Mary Roach.


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November 18

Creative Writing Lecture: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Online 7:30 PM

The Creative Writing Lecture Series brings distinguished writers to Columbia for original talks on craft. Recent guests have included John Keene, Sarah Manguso, Lynne Tillman, and Carmen Maria Machado.


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