“It’s an extraordinary honor to have had my work selected for inclusion in this year’s Berlinale Forum Expanded.”
Elizabeth A. Povinelli has published her graphic memoir The Inheritance with Duke University Press. "In her graphic memoir... Povinelli explores the events, traumas, and powers that divide and define our individual and collective pasts and futures. Weaving together stories of her grandparents' flight from their village in the early twentieth century to the fortunes of their knife-grinding business in Buffalo, New York, and her own Catholic childhood in a shrinking Louisiana woodlands of the 1960s and 1970s, Povinelli describes the serial patterns of violence, dislocation, racism and structural inequality that have shaped not only her life but the American story."
It has been reviewed by Kirkus, which can be found here.
PhD candidate in the Anthropology department, and cohost of the Black feminist anthropology podcast Zora's Daughters, Alyssa A.L. James, was interviewed by Columbia's Center for the Study of Social Difference's podcast, Just Three. Alyssa, along with cohost Brendane Tyne are the recent recipients of Columbia's Racial Justice Mini- Grant for their work on their podcast. Find a transcript and listen to the podcast on the CSSD's website, here.
Yvette Christiansë, Zaid Jabri and Rosalind Morris, are thrilled to announce their receipt of a major award from the Sloan Foundation for their new opera, ‘Southern Crossings.’ The Foundation announced its grant for the opera this February. The project will be housed at Barnard College’s Africana Studies, which will also develop an educational program to accompany the opera, slated for production in late 2021.
“The material support from Sloan, and the confidence that it expresses in our project, makes it possible for us to now take our idea, realized in the musical score and the libretto, and make it real as a performance. We are honored and excited, as well as grateful, to be working with Sloan.”
Southern Crossings, synopsis
In the century of discovery, of empire and emancipation, six characters confront each other with their fears and doubts about what science demands, and what it may cost them and those whose world it is about to transform. SouthernCrossings is a chamber opera that takes audiences back in time, to 1836, when the famed astronomer, John Herschel and his wife, Margaret, are about to return to England from Cape Town where, two years earlier, they had hosted Charles Darwin on his return voyage on the Beagle. Darwin took inspiration from Herschel to tackle ‘the mystery of mysteries’; Herschel hoped Darwin would join his crusade for abolition. Nonetheless, the dinner was not a great success. While packing with her servants, whom the Herschels have manumitted and who now await their freedom in a period of mandatory apprenticeship, Margaret recalls the dinner in the dream-image of what might have been. As she does so, the servants have their own conversation about what they overheard that evening (tales of people abducted from Tierra del Fuego and animals they havenever seen), and what they desire for a future after bondage.
Claudio Lomnitz's new memoir, Nuestra América: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation,' was mentioned in this week's New Yorker, as part of the 'Briefly Noted' section. Lomnitz's memoir has been receiving broad critical acclaim, and has been the subject of several talks and conversations: at the Harvard University Bookstore, with Jean Comaroff; at the Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, with Jesús Velasco; and at Skylight Books in LA, with Graciela Montaldo.
On Wednesday, February 24, Claudio Lomnitz will be in conversation with Claire Messud at the Brooklyn Public Library. You can also hear Claudio speak about his book on the radio program, 'Write the Book.' An interview with the LA Review of Books will air on Friday, February 26.
Professor Paige West's work has been feature on Columbia University's Earth Institute's blog, 'State of the Planet.' The piece outlines the history of her work, with special emphasis on her recent nomination as a part of the “Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World the World Needs to Know About.” You can read more here about Professor West's work in Papua New Guinea on indigenous sovereignty and biodiversity efforts.