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Explorations in the Medical Humanities events explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies in different stages of health and disease. Our speakers consider how the medical and health humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.”

This series offers discussions, exhibitions, and performances to gather scholars, artists, students, curators, and educators who are working to bridge arts education, humanities research, and incarceration and, in the process, render visible the hidden histories of mass incarceration and radicalize arts pedagogies for a more just society.

Building Publics showcases how our Public Humanities Graduate Fellows bridge humanistic thinking with civic engagement and social justice, scholarly research with public building and communication in order to unleash new, more critical modes of scholarly imaginations. Each year highlights a new, pressing theme.

In the context of the global pandemic, these events maintain and reimagine a conversation long established among humanists and designers, social scientists and health experts, artists, artisans and planners: namely, a conversation on Care for the Polis--on the relationship between medical practices of care, cities, and their publics.

As the world grappled to deal with the fallout from COVID-19, this special series of workshops explored the impact of the pandemic on democracies worldwide. The workshops were organised by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute in partnership with the SOF/Heyman..

A film and discussion series that explores architectural and territorial planning as instruments of social violence and the activists that use visual and narrative storytelling as a way to reclaim spatial rights

A forum for the discussion of books and ideas on justice, equality, and mass incarceration.

Panel discussions celebrating recent works by Columbia faculty in the Arts and Sciences

“Belongings” explores the capacious nature of belonging and belongings in various contexts with particular attention to the many ways in which its meanings intersect and interrogate the modern subject as a nodal point constituted by belongings: regimes of property; community and national identity; affective relationships and the desire to belong.

This lecture series offers a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives on the question of ambivalence as it relates to affects, effects, and operations of the aesthetic, modes of political action, forms of belonging, and regimes of governance.

This series is preoccupied with failure: the failure to address the climate crisis, to regulate capitalist greed, to ban guns, to repair systemic racism, to stop wars. Some benefit from these failures, others suffer. At the same time, failure can also be something systematic, structural, or inevitable is antithetical to the ethos of capitalism.

Lionel Trilling (1905-75), one of Columbia's most celebrated faculty members, was among the great humanist scholars and public intellectuals of the 20th century. In his memory, the SOF/Heyman sponsors a series of intellectual conversations, known as the Lionel Trilling Seminars. Select video and audio of the series are available on our Media page.

Writing Home is an outgrowth of our popular Critical Caribbean Feminisms events, which have been bringing together established and emerging writers from the Caribbean and its diasporas since 2015. Episodes feature contemporary cultural actors in conversation with Kaiama L. Glover & Tami Navarro.

Being in the World: People and the Planet in French and Francophone Cinema

An interdisciplinary series exploring the relationship between climate justice, carbon tech, and climate futures. Climate scientists, engineers, anthropologists, science studies scholars, political ecologists, and historians connect to discuss justice-centered climate futures and engage defining issues of carbon tech/climate justice nexus.

December 19, 2022

Susan Bernofsky's Clairvoyant of the Small

In episode one of the winter season of the SOF/Heyman Bookshelf, host highlight's Susan Bernofsky on Clairvoyant of the Small.

June 9, 2021

Frank Andre Guridy's The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics

In the 1960s and 1970s, America experienced a sports revolution. New professional sports franchises and leagues were established, new stadiums were built, football and basketball grew in popularity, and the proliferation of television enabled people across the country to support their favorite teams and athletes from the comfort of their homes. At the same time, the civil rights and feminist…

May 26, 2021

Chris Washburne's Latin Jazz: The Other Jazz

Jazz has always been a genre built on the blending of disparate musical cultures. Latin jazz illustrates this perhaps better than any other style in this rich tradition, yet its cultural heritage has been all but erased from narratives of jazz history. Told from the perspective of a long-time jazz insider, Latin Jazz: The Other Jazzcorrects the record, providing a historical account that embraces…

March 24, 2021

Kaiama L. Glover's A Regarded Self: Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being

Hosted by Olivia Branscum and Timothy Lundy, this week's episode features Kaiama L. Glover's A Regarded Self: Caribbean Womanhood and the Ethics of Disorderly Being.

March 3, 2021

Dustin Stewart's Futures of Enlightenment Poetry

This book offers a revisionist account of poetry and embodiment from Milton to Romanticism. Scholars have made much of the period's theories of matter, with some studies equating the eighteenth century's modernity with its materialism. Yet the Enlightenment in Britain also brought bold new arguments for the immateriality of spirit and evocative claims about an imminent spirit realm. Protestant…