Office of University Life 101 – Your Spring Semester Survey Course

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My guess is that nearly everyone reading this has taken a survey course here and there. Maybe you're taking one right now. You might think of this post as the blog-equivalent of a survey, a little of this and a little of that about what's happening now in the Office of University Life.

First stop, 99 Homes – Wednesday night in Miller Theater, the Office of University Life is screening this high-stakes drama about the 2008 economic crisis and traumatic evictions that followed. The event is free, with a bonus conversation featuring Nobel Prize-winning economist, Columbia Professor Joseph Stiglitz and the film’s writer/director, School of the Arts faculty member Ramin Bahrani. (You can read our Q&A with Prof. Bahrani, here.) I watched the movie last fall – and can tell you that seeing the foreclosures and evictions dramatized on film, with a window into the collusion of lawyers, courts and ordinary people, has stuck with me profoundly. I hope you'll see for yourselves why.

Two more events next week - Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Break Down Barriers features social justice educator and hip-hop activist Amer Ahmed. This event is a joint effort of the Columbia Muslim Students Association; Turath, the Columbia and Barnard Arab Students Association, and cosponsored by our office, Undergraduate Student Life Multicultural Affairs, and the International Students and Scholars Office. Check it out Monday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. in Lerner Hall. (Registration required.) On Tuesday, take a trip uptown to CUMC for the fourth Awakening Our Democracy this year - this time on Food - Access, Security and Justice on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. (Food will be provided; you can take the free intercampus shuttle to 166th Street).  

Ok, now back to work - or fun. The Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative has a great lineup of workshops, films and other activities and options, designed with the help of CU students.  Have you been to Fridays with MTV's Francisco Ramirez? Join him for his popular workshops Feb. 12, 19 and 26 – details here.

Extra credit goes to members of the two University Life Task Forces: One focuses on Gender-Based Misconduct Prevention and met last week to talk about the latest research in prevention, including information from SHIFT, and about planning for next year's Sexual Respect Initiative, the Sexual Respect website, and much more. The other – on Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion – had its first planning meeting in December and will be gathering again on Friday. If you're interested in getting involved, let us know: universitylife@columbia.edu.

Need to stretch your legs after the hard work of the coming months? We've got just the thing – Shall We Dance – think of it as flash mob on Low Plaza! Sneak peek to come soon, with Columbia dancers and online lessons featuring special guest instructors. You will have your chance to jump in and teach too – or just get out there and dance.

In keeping with the opening of a survey course, I'll stop here, with a promise of much more to come. Want more details? Find us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube

Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg is Executive Vice President for University Life. She is also the Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Read Prof. Goldberg's previous posts for the Spectator here and other posts here.

 

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