This Is Who We Are

This Is Who We Are is a series featuring Columbia School of the Arts’ professors, covering careers, pedagogy, and art-making during a pandemic. 

 

Started in Fall 2020 by alumna Amanda Breen '21, 2021-2022 interviews are conducted by student Willam Hutton.

This is Who We Are: Racquel Gates

This is Who We Are: Racquel Gates

January 28, 2022

Here, we talk with Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies Racquel Gates about taking pop culture seriously, her academic work on Hollywood and the invention of Blackness.

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This is Who We Are: Professor Adama Delphine Fawundu '18

This is Who We Are: Professor Adama Delphine Fawundu '18

December 14, 2021

Here, we talk with Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, Director of Graduate Studies, and alumna Adama Delphine Fawundu '18 about getting her start in the golden era of hip-hop, studying for an MFA at Columbia University and finding her voice as a visual artist.

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This is Who We Are: Professor Naeem Mohaiemen

This is Who We Are: Professor Naeem Mohaiemen

December 3, 2021

Here, we talk with Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Photography Concentration Head Naeem Mohaiemen about the future of photography, the path of unlearning, and his journey to becoming an Anthropologist in the Visual Arts. 

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This Is Who We Are: Professor James Calleri

This Is Who We Are: Professor James Calleri

April 26, 2021

Here, we talk with Associate Professor and Acting Co-Concentration Head, James Calleri about Calleri Studio, casting’s modified comeback, and the importance of staying true to one’s artistic path. 

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This Is Who We Are: Professor Rivka Galchen

This Is Who We Are: Professor Rivka Galchen

April 13, 2021

Here, we talk with alumna and  Assistant Professor of Writing Rivka Galchen '06 about teaching her hybrid seminar last fall, her forthcoming novel Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch, and the fluidity of her writing practice.

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This Is Who We Are: David Henry Hwang

This Is Who We Are: David Henry Hwang

April 2, 2021

Here, we talk with Associate Professor of Theatre and Playwriting Concentration Head David Henry Hwang about his most recent projects, the challenges of collaboration in the Zoom era, and the power of authenticity in art. 

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This Is Who We Are: Deborah Paredez

This Is Who We Are: Deborah Paredez

March 8, 2021

Here, we talk with Associate Professor of Writing Deborah Paredez about COVID-19’s impact on her writing practice, the kinesthetic challenges in Zoom classrooms, and the pleasure in process over product. 

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This Is Who We Are: Victor LaValle

This Is Who We Are: Victor LaValle

February 19, 2021

Here, we talk with Associate Professor and Fiction Concentration Head Victor LaValle about his forthcoming novel Lone Women, how Zoom has changed the classroom dynamic, and how routine can be more important than talent. 

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This Is Who We Are: David Klass

This Is Who We Are: David Klass

February 4, 2021

Here, we talk with Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Film and Theatre David Klass about the recent Netflix adaptation of his thriller novel Out of Time, what inspires him to write, and how COVID-19 has affected his teaching. 

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This Is Who We Are: Nicola López

This Is Who We Are: Nicola López

January 20, 2021

Here, we talk with Associate Professor of Visual Arts Nicola López about her recent installation Haunted, her new course Basic Drawing: New York City as Muse, and how finished projects can seed new ones, especially in this time of isolation. 

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This Is Who We Are: Peter Jay Fernandez

This Is Who We Are: Peter Jay Fernandez

January 11, 2021

Here, we talk with Assistant Professor of Theatre Peter Jay Fernandez about COVID-19’s impact on film, theatre, and his teaching; the inspiring projects that excite him the most; and the importance of empathy and patience for the artist. 

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This Is Who We Are: Susan Bernofsky

This Is Who We Are: Susan Bernofsky

December 14, 2020

Here, we talk with Associate Professor of Writing and Director of Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) Susan Bernofsky about her translation of Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, how a single word can illuminate important artistic tendencies, and her approaches to teaching

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This Is Who We Are: Jack Lechner

This Is Who We Are: Jack Lechner

December 1, 2020

Here, we talk with Associate Professor of Film Jack Lechner about his diverse career, the innovative web series Group, and helping students unlock a story’s full potential. 

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