12/6 – Concert: You’re All I Need – Columbia University Gospel Choir and Band


The Columbia University Gospel Choir and Band would like to invite the members of the BAC community to come out to its winter concert, “You’re All I Need”.  This evening of uplifting, live gospel music, will take place on Saturday, December 6 at 7PM in the Event Oval of the Diana Center at Barnard College.

The Columbia University Gospel Choir consists of students, alumni and staff from several of the University’s schools including Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, GSAS and SIPA.


Date & Time: Saturday, December 6 @ 7PM
Location: The Event Oval, Diana Center, Barnard College
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Tickets: $6 (with CUID), $12 (without CUID & at the door)

12/3 – Race Matters, but Not How You Think it Does: How Stereotypes Affect How We Live, Work, Play and Pray Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns


On Wednesday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m., psychologist Valerie Purdie-Vaughns from Columbia University will discuss the nexus between brain science and narrowing racial and gender disparities in professional, health, and academic settings.

Purdie-Vaughns will examine how stereotypes affect how we live, work, and play. Drawing upon recent neuroimaging studies, she will explore the benefits of offering people concrete, psychological strategies to challenge the stress of discrimination—and how this can lead to improved grades and test scores. Brain imaging tests suggest this holds great promise in reducing health disparities as well.

Purdie-Vaughns is an expert on racial and gender achievement gaps and the use of interventions to improve outcomes. She has presented her research findings at the White House Conference on Education and at Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton Universities, among others.

This talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Register Here
For more information or to register, please call 212-851-2977 or email ZuckermanInstitute@Columbia.edu

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


11/20 – Bryonn Bain: “Lyrics From Lockdown”

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One man. One mic. 40 characters. Two unbelievable true stories of wrongful imprisonment.

This unbelievably true story begins when Brooklyn’s own hip hop theater innovator and spoken word champion, Bryonn Bain (60 Minutes, The Village Voice, BET’s My Two Cents), is wrongly imprisoned in NYC jails — while studying law at Harvard. Weaving together the voices of over 40 characters into a one-man tour de force, “Lyrics From Lockdown,” executive produced by Gina and Harry Belafonte, is receiving extraordinary reviews around the world. A groundbreaking multimedia production, this critically acclaimed show uses a live band and video DJ, fusing hip hop, theater, spoken word poetry, rhythm and blues, calypso and classical music, to tell a provocative story exposing racial profiling and wrongful incarceration in a nation imprisoning more people than any other in the world.

Written and performed by Bryonn Bain.

Praise for “Lyrics From Lockdown”

“Every moment on stage was filled with a thing of beauty.” –Anna Deavere Smith

“He has style and considerable talent, and his lyrics — a stirring mix of lament and demand — pack a punch.” –The New York Times

Tickets available through the Miller Theatre Box Office.


About the Heyman Center

The Heyman Center for the Humanities provides the intellectual and physical space for interdisciplinary discussions among members of the Columbia community and the New York City public. It brings together faculty and students from across the university—from the humanities, social and natural sciences, law, medicine, journalism, and the arts—to share thinking, debate ideas, and collectively consider methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues of common interest and concern.  It sponsors public programming—lectures, poetry and fiction reading, workshops, conferences, symposia, seminars, and performances—fosters scholarly and artistic collaborations, and offers meeting spaces for its various affiliated members.

10/16 – IRAAS: Post-Racial Mythologies, Post Ferguson Realities

Post-Racial Mythologies, Post Ferguson Realities

Event Date:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY 10037-1801
(212) 491-4200

Unfortunately, the August 9, 2014, the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, was not an isolated incident. Nor will the issues it raises be resolved anytime soon, if the problems of policing and police practices continue as they are today.

Join faculty, students, and affiliates of the Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies in a contextual discussion of black communities, policing, and youth in the United States.

Panelist Include:
Beulah Agbabiaka
Columbia University CC’ 2015 | African-American Studies and Jazz Studies

Christina Greer
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Fordham University

Ernest Morell
Macy Professor of Education
Professor in the Department of Arts and Humanities
Director, Institute for Urban and Minority Education
Teachers College Columbia University

Rashad Robinson
Executive Director of ColorOfChange

Carla Shedd
Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies
Columbia University

Samuel K. Roberts
Columbia University
Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Associate Professor of History & Sociomedical Sciences

9/30 – Columbia Connects 2014: NYC


Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) for this year’s Columbia Connects—bringing alumni together to share our shared Columbia experience, discover new connections, and build a stronger network of Columbians across the globe.

We hope you’ll take part in our NYC event, culminating a month of celebrations with alumni near and far. This will be a fabulous event, featuring alumni groups from across campus and connecting Columbia alumni here in the great City of New York.

Alumni, students, and guests – $15 for two drink tickets and appetizers

Check out the pictures from other Columbia Connects events, and don’t forget to share your story with other Columbians!


Join the Celebration!


10/25 – Black Alumni Homecoming 2014



Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and the BAC at the 2014 Black Alumni Homecoming—a celebration of culture and achievements by black alumni at Columbia.

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

Date: Saturday, October 25
7:30–10:30 p.m.
Location: Providence
311 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Price in advance:
$20 students
$45 BAC members
$55 alumni and guests
Price at the door:
$30 students
$70 all others

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.

TOWN HALL: The Role of Millennials in the Aftermath of Ferguson

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NOTE: We have rescheduled our General Meeting in observance of this important event. We will distribute details on a new date and time shortly.


The Role of Millennials in the Aftermath of Ferguson


Wednesday September 17th

Columbia Law School | Room 104 | 6:30pm

Join the BAC, the Harvard Black Alumni Society of New York (HBASNY) and a Coalition of Columbia Student Organizations for a Town Hall for change.
The Town Hall will be an open forum led by a host of academics, advocacy groups, and community activists to encourage genuine dialogue and tangible action steps, while also fostering a stronger sense of community and comprehension around the issues of activism, police engagement, and change agency in a 21st century context. The evening will include an interactive panel discussion followed by breakout sessions to connect with and engage with other attendees on these issues.

Panel Participants:

  • Jeffrey Fagan, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Ekow Yankah, Professor of Law, Cardoza Law School
  • Whitney Tymas, Director of the Prosecution and Racial Justice Program, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Erica Ayala, Youth Leadership Development Associate, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Brandon Delesline, Multicultural Marketing Consultant

Town Hall Registration:




There is still time to Support A Gift For A Graduating Black Columbian

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The 2014 Black Graduation was a beautiful ceremony filled with special moments that graduates and their families will remember for a lifetime. This year we purchased custom graduation stoles for over 100 students who walked down the graduation aisle.

BAC commits to help raise the funds needed to support the stoles distributed each year and there is still time left to sponsor a proud symbol of distinction for students, which endures as cherished keepsake.

We kindly ask that you consider purchasing one or more using the link below.

Thank you for your participation.

The BAC Executive Board


$25/ 1 Stole


$100/5 Stoles

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


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