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

April 6

A Celebration of American Essays

Online 6:30 PM

Writing Program faculty Phillip Lopate (CC '64) and Brenda Wineapple discuss Lopate’s new anthologies, The Glorious American Essay: From the 18th Century to the Present and The Golden Age of the American Essay: 1945–1970. Introduced by Professor and Writing Program Chair Lis Harris.


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April 15

'Black Futures'

Online 6:30 PM

Black Futures editors Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham in conversation with School of the Arts Writing Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson.


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