Repair | Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Public Programs and Engagement

Virgin Prairie Soil Profile, Kansas. Photo by Jim Richardson.

Image: Prairie plant roots reach deep into soil teeming with the life of nematodes, protozoa, fungi, and bacteria that carry out the work of converting minerals into nutrients. Built up over millennia, the soil becomes a natural carbon sink of enormous proportions.Virgin Prairie Soil Profile, Kansas. Photo by Jim Richardson.

Traversing media and disciplines, the Fall 2021 Public Programs and Engagement season at Columbia University School of the Arts will focus on the concept of Repair.

Conversations, theatrical presentations, podcasts, and performance will explore creative practices that engage social and political initiatives committed to reimagining and transforming frayed relationships between humans, other species, the planet, and ourselves.

Produced in collaboration with:

  • African American and African Diaspora Studies Department
  • Center for Jazz Studies
  • Center for the Study of Law and Culture
  • Center for the Study of Social Difference
  • Columbia Global Centers
  • Columbia World Projects
  • Department of History
  • Department of Music
  • The Forum
  • Institute for Latin American Studies
  • Institute for Research in African-American Studies
  • Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
  • Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
  • The Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities & the Arts at the City College of New York
  • The Trust for Governors Island

Schedule of Events

Arturo O'Farrill
Arturo O'Farrill: Transposing Genres — Fluidity in the Arts

Tuesday, September 14, 7:30 pm ET

Celebrated composer, pianist, and educator Arturo O’Farrill discusses his creative process and newest composition, Mundoagua.

Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Live from Columbia: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, September 18, 4 pm ET

World premiere of Mundoagua by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Commissioned by Columbia University School of the Arts and livestreamed from the Miller Theatre stage.

Farah Jasmine Griffin
'Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature'

Tuesday, September, 21, 6:30 pm ET

Farah Jasmine GriffinDaphne Brooks and Imani Owens discuss Griffin’s new book, which investigates the work of Toni Morrison, Malcolm X, Phillis Wheatley, Stevie Wonder, and many others.

International Play Reading Festival: 'Appointment with gOD'

Wednesday October 6, 6:30 pm ET

Written by Asiimwe Deborah Kawe (Uganda)

Visa applicants trade tips on how to best present themselves before US consuls — the “gODs.”

Mark Dion
Mark Dion

Thursday, October 7, 6:30 pm ET

Renowned visual artist Mark Dion presents recent work, including a forthcoming project on Governors Island.

london at night
International Play Reading Festival: 'The Dark'

Wednesday, October 13, 6:30 pm ET

Written by Nick Makoha (UK)

After eight years of civil war, four-year-old Nick and his mother flee their homeland of Uganda.

zip code memory project
Reparative Memory

Thursday, October 14, 6:30 pm ET

In this roundtable, Michael AradSusan MeiselasDoris SalcedoHank Willis Thomas, and Mabel O. Wilson each present one of their visionary memorial projects.

beirut at night
International Play Reading Festival: 'This is not a memorized script, this is a well-rehearsed story'

Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 pm ET

Written by Dima Mikhayel Matta (Lebanon)

A performer questions gender, memory, sex, identity, and her relationship with Beirut.

Asiimwe Deborah Kawe (Uganda), Dima Mikhayel Matta (Lebanon), and Nick Makoha (United Kingdom)
International Play Reading Festival: Playwright Panel Discussion

Saturday, October 23, 12 pm ET

Asiimwe Deborah KaweDima Mikhayel Matta, and Nick Makoha. Moderated by David Henry Hwang, Theatre.

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