4/1 – Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities

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Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities
Date: April 1, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Location: Rotunda, Low Memorial Library

This program will feature an address by Craig S. Wilder, Professor and Head of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Author, titled Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. The address will be followed by remarks and a panel discussion with Craig S. Wilder, and Columbia University Professors, Ansley T. Erickson, Eric Foner, and Karl Jacoby. Together they will discuss the history of slavery in New York City, the intersections of slavery and Columbia University, and issues of race at Universities in the 20th century. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Welcome and Introduction by:

Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University in the City of New York

Moderated by:

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University

Copies of Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities will be available for purchase in the lobby of Low Memorial Library prior to and after the program on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Courtesy of Book Culture Booksellers.

Register here

3/5 – Free Concert: The Interfaith Musical Experiance

Pizmon CUGC Concert

The Columbia University Gospel Choir & Band (CUGC) is collaborating with Pizmon to host a free concert and discussion about the relationship between music and religion. They will be joined by Columbia University Chaplin and Associate Provost Jewnel Davis.

Event Details

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8 PM

Rennert Hall, Kraft Center
606 W. 115th Street New York, NY 10026

For more information visit the CUGC Facebook event page

The 2014 Harlem Fine Arts Show

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Purchase your early bird tickets for the 2014 season of The Harlem Fine Arts Show when it returns back to Riverside Church in Harlem, New York on January 31 – February 2, 2014.

Past notable guests have included: Gayle King, Congressman and Mrs. Charles B. Rangel, Spike Lee, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, New York City and State Government Officials, Susan L. Taylor, Oprah Winfrey and many others.

HFAS 2013, sponsored by BMW North America, is one of the largest and most prestigious collections of works featuring African-American emerging and established artists from around the world. Our Martha’s Vineyard show will host more than 20 emerging and affluent artists. Our annual New York show includes more than 100 artists. Artists from past shows have included Leroy Campbell, Corinthia Peoples, Elizabeth Baez, Woodrow Nash, True African Art, and more.

Here’s the general agenda:
Thurs., Jan. 30 (6pm – 10pm) HFAS Exhibition Opening Night
Fri., January 31 (8am – 3pm) Youth Empowerment Day
Fri., January 31 (4pm – 9pm) HFAS Exhibition
Fri., January 31 (6pm – 10pm) HFAS Networking Event
Sat., Feb. 1 (10am – 2pm) HFAS Lecture Series
Sat., Feb. 1 (10am – 10pm) HFAS Exhibition
Sun., Feb. 2 (1pm – 6pm) HFAS Exhibition

Visit the Harlem Fine Arts Show website to purchase tickets.

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2014 Heritage Reception Honoring Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton, M. D., M. P. H; ’73P&S, ’96PH

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Please join the BAC and the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Columbia Club of New York as we honor our the distinguished Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton, M. D., M. P. H; ’73P&S, ’96PH for the 2014 Black Alumni Heritage Award Reception.

A celebration with wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will follow the program. Please note, you must be 21 years and over to be served alcohol. No exceptions.

Location: Columbia University Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036-7402

Price:

In advance: $5 students $20 BAC members $25 alumni/guests

At the door: $10 students $30 BAC members $35 alumni/guests

(includes wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres)

Register

 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton is a double Board-certified perinatal consultant in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.  She is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College in New York. Dr. Thornton is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a former Senior Oral Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

As senior perinatologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Thornton established and developed the program for a new form of early prenatal diagnostic testing known as CVS (chorionic villus sampling).  Dr. Thornton was one of the original American investigators whose CVS results were relied upon by the FDA prior to its granting approval for the procedure.

Dr. Thornton is a member of the Association of Women Surgeons, a life member of The New York Academy of Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her biography is presently in Who’s Who in America, Wikipedia and Who’s Who in the World.  She has been listed in The Best Doctors——New York Metro Area, as well as in New York Magazine as one of the top ten Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists in New York City.  Doctor Thornton was the first black woman in the United States to be Board-certified in High-Risk obstetrics and to be accepted into The New York Obstetrical Society.  Dr. Thornton and her husband volunteered for active military duty and she was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy at The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda (Hospital of The President).

Dr. Thornton was the first woman in the 165-year history of the International Platform Association to win the prestigious Daniel Webster Oratorical Competition held annually in Washington, D. C.  For many years Dr. Thornton has been an outspoken advocate on women’s health issues and was a spokesperson for The March of Dimes.  She has hosted her own television show broadcast from New York City on women’s health and has appeared on such popular television shows as “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “The TODAY Show” and “Good Morning, America”.

She is the author of the beloved national bestselling memoir, “The Ditchdigger’s Daughters”, which was first published in 1995 and has never been out of print.   Her book was also featured on the “Oprah Winfrey Show”.  This family biography is a tribute to her parents and was condensed in The Reader’s Digest, translated into 19 languages, adapted into an award-winning World Premiere Movie and nominated for the Peabody Award and the CableACE Award for Best Picture.  The American Library Association has named “The Ditchdigger’s Daughters” as one of the Best Books for Young Adults. In 2006, her book was selected as ONE BOOK New Jersey to spearhead the state’s literacy campaign.  Doctor Thornton has authored three other books: a medical text entitled, “Primary Care for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist” and two women’s health books, “Woman to Woman” and ”Inside Information for Women”.  Her highly acclaimed new memoir, “SOMETHING TO PROVE”, released in 2010, chronicles her life as a wife, mother and full-time practicing obstetrician in an academic medical center and was named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2011 New York Book Festival.

Dr. Thornton was born in New York City and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey. After graduating with honors from Monmouth College in New Jersey, she received her M. D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Doctor Thornton was the first American woman to be accepted into the OB/GYN residency program at The Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Maternal-Fœtal Medicine at The Sloane Hospital for Women and The Babies Hospital at ColumbiaPresbyterian Medical Center.

Dr. Thornton has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees, most recently, the degree of Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) from Tuskegee University.  She and her husband have also received their Executive Masters (M.P.H.) degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University.  Dr. Thornton has been married for 40 years.  Her husband is an orthopædic surgeon and she is the mother of two children. Her daughter is a graduate of Stanford University with an M. P. H. in sociomedical science and her son, also a physician, is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University and received his M. D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

To learn more about Dr. Thornton, please visit http://www.doctorthornton.com

CUGC Winter Concert 2013
The Columbia University Gospel Choir and Band (CUGC) will be hosting its annual winter concert on Saturday, December 7 at 5PM in C555 Lerner Hall.  The concert will feature various styles of Gospel and Christmas music.  For more information about the concert and tickets, check out the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/252599174889210/?previousaction=join&source=1

CUGC will be partnering with Circle K to promote The Lit! Project! The Lit! Project provides free solar lanterns to students in developing countries, in order to replace widely used expensive kerosene lanterns.  The project was started by Columbia College sophomore Ben Hirschfeld, and it is a part of the larger organization called LitWorld, which promotes literacy throughout the world.  Columbia Circle K is working with The Lit! Project as part of their NY Circle K Governor’s Project.
CUGC is made of 30+ singers and musicians who are all undergraduates, graduate students and alumni from several of Columbia’s schools including Columbia College, SEAS, Teacher’s College and Barnard College.  To learn more about CUGC check out and ‘like’ the CUGC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CUGospel) or email gospelchoir@columbia.edu.

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11/1–IRAAS 20th Anniversary Symposium

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Event Date:
Friday, November 1, 2013 – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Location:
Columbia University Faculty House

Free & Open to the Public

IRAAS welcomes your  attendance at our 20th Anniversary Symposium. Speakers include Columbia and Barnard faculty; administrators and scholars in African American Studies.  The day’s discussions allows some of the country’s top scholars to reflect on their current work within the context of African American Studies, past, present and future.

The poet-scholar Elizabeth Alexander, whose work enhanced President Barack Obama first inauguration ceremony, and most recently served as chair of African American Studies at Yale will deliver the keynote address.

As we spend the day highlighting the centrality of African American Studies to the important conversations of the academy, we take the opportunity to think about how African American Studies at Columbia has helped to shape the field more generally.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

Welcome Remarks  10:00am -10:15am
Marcellus Blount
, IRAAS Co-Director

Panel 1 – “Foundations
” 10:15am- 12:00pm
Mary Pattillo
, Northwestern University
Joshua Guild, Princeton University
Jonathan Rieder, Barnard College

Lunch Break   12:00pm -2:00pm

Panel 2 – “Imagined Futures” 2:00pm-4:00pm
Kiese Laymon
, Vassar College
Imani Perry, Princeton University
Jafari S. Allen, Yale University
Alondra Nelson, Columbia University

Lecture  4:00pm 
Elizabeth Alexander
, Yale University

Closing Remarks  5:30pm
Carla Shedd
, Columbia University

 

 

10/17 – Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor

The Columbia Business School African American Alumni Association is workign with Pfizer to promote the following event:

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Want to learn how to fast-track your career?
Please join Pfizer for a special event: 

Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor

Thursday, October 17, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 pm 

Pfizer Worldwide Headquarters
New York, NY 

How do you thrive and succeed in your career? Sylvia Ann Hewlett, CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation and author of the critically-acclaimed book (Forget a Mentor) Find a Sponsor, reveals that sponsorship is key for diverse talent. Please join Pfizer and Sylvia Hewlett for a dynamic presentation on the impact of sponsorship, and how to earn sponsors and benefit from them.

The presentation will feature a panel discussion with top Pfizer executives; and the evening will conclude with an opportunity to network with Pfizer colleagues.

Hors d’oeuvres and Ms. Hewlett’s book will be available
during the networking reception. 

~ Space Limited ~

 RSVP IS REQUIRED
Pfizer Security requires I.D. to enter building 

R.S.V.P. via e-mail to allyson.moore@pfizer.com by Friday, Oct. 4
Event location details will be sent after registration closes. 

Pfizer is hosting this event for healthcare and business professionals.

10/19 – Black Alumni Homecoming 2013

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Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and the Black Alumni Council of Columbia University (BAC) at the 2013 Black Alumni Homecoming—a celebration of culture and achievements by black alumni at Columbia.

Our special guest is James Valentini, Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education.

Questions? E-mail alumni-affinity@columbia.edu.

For more information about the BAC and how to become a member, please e-mail blackalumni@columbia.edu.

Register

Date: Saturday, October 19, 7:30–10:30 p.m.

Location: Motivo
915 Broadway
(entrance on 21st Street)
New York, NY 10010

Price in advance:
$20 students ($30 at the door)
$40 BAC members
$50 alumni and guests

$70 at the door

Price includes a THREE-HOUR PREMIUM OPEN BAR, buffet dinner, music, and dancing—a $100 value!

Please note: due to Columbia’s alcohol policy, only students 21 and over may attend.

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6/12 & 6/18 – Discussion and Book Signing: Dr. Carl Hart, High Price

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Join Dr. Carl Hart, Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia for a talk, discussion and signing event on his book High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.

From the publisher: A powerful story of hope and change, of a scientist who has dedicated his life to helping others, High Price will alter the way we think about poverty, race, and addiction–and how we can effect change.

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 – 7:00 PM
NEW YORK, NY

Barnes & Noble – *Upper West Side
2289 Broadway @ 82nd St
New York, NY 10024
212-362-8835
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/author-events/Carl-Hart/50182192

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 – 1:00 PM
SAN DIEGO, CA

University of California San Diego Bookstore
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
858-534-7323
http://www.campusbooks.com/college_bookstores/ca/University-of-California-San-Diego-Bookstore.html

Listen to Dr. Hart’s interviews at the links below:

Flawed Drug Policy Highlights Myths About Race and Drugs
The Takeaway| WNYC Radio and Public Radio International, February 13, 2013

The Highs and Lows of Legalized Marijuana
Big Think, April 3, 2009

Affinity Group Summer Kick-Off

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Come join the Columbia University Alumni Affinity Groups on Thursday, June 6th at Hudson Terrace for our first co-sponsored event of the summer. There will be beautiful roof-top views and drink specials from 6:30-9:00, so arrive on time!

Location Details:
621 West 46th Street
(between 11th and 12th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036
(212) 315-9400

Time:
6:30pm – 9:00pm
(2-for-1 drinks from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Happy hour pricing from 7:30-9:00pm)

Sponsored By:
Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA)
Black Alumni Council (BAC)
Columbia College Woman (CCW)
Latino Alumni of Columbia University (LAACU)

About Hudson Terrace:
With its magnificent urban vista, is an unparalleled entertainment destination. Discreetly tucked at the edge of midtown along the Hudson River, this spectacular haven of serene opulence offers unforgettable venue amenities. The Hudson Terrace event venue imaginatively unites intimate interiors with all-season exterior spaces. Erected from imported heirloom woods, handcrafted tiles and treasured stone, the venue promises nothing short of uncompromising artistry.