From the Dean

Dear Colleagues,

I'd like to bring your attention to a new program from the French Embassy in the United States and the FACE Foundation, the Thomas Jefferson Fund, which is seeking proposals for collaborative projects between young French and American researchers. The deadline to apply is April 9. Details are below.

Sharon Marcus
Dean of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Columbia Humanities News & Announcements
Christia Mercer (Philosophy)
Mercer recently spoke on "Prison Education as Transformative Experience" at the Philosophy and Mass Incarceration conference at Yale University.

The conference was recorded, and will be available to watch soon at
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (English and Comp Lit)

On March 25, Spivak will speak on "Destinerrance" at the Tunis International Book Fair (Foire Internationale du livre de Tunis) in Tunis.

More information on the event is available here.
Hamid Dabashi (MESAAS)

"Are nations entirely helpless in the face of blatant warmongering targeting their homeland? What can ordinary people do, independent of the state that is ruling them, to prevent, or at least make it difficult, for US militarism, now under the command of a mentally unstable 'commander-in-chief,' first to demonise before starting to bomb them?"

Read "Ten things Iranians can do to preempt a Trump war" at Also at Al Jazeera, read Dabashi's "The liberal roots of Islamophobia" here.

John McWhorter (English and Comparative Literature)

"It was that day that I said to myself that I was going to start going with my gut in terms of opinions. It seemed to me that if it worked for Mom it could work for me, and it looked a lot more satisfying than going around tamping yourself down."

Read McWhorter's article "Patience Is a (Sexual) Virtue" at McWhorter was also featured in an article on the the continuous evolution of language in The Hindu, available here.

Karen Van Dyck (Classics)

NYRB Poets celebrates the publication of Van Dyck's anthology of contemporary Greek poetry, Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry, at McNally Jackson on March 21. Van Dyck will be joined by Maria Margaronis, Hiva Panahi, Gazmend Kapllani, and Yusef Komunyakaa to discuss the intersection between poetry, translation, journalism, and the refugee experience. A portion of book sale proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

More information on the event at McNally Jackson is available here. Austerity Measures is available at
Frances Pritchett (MESAAS) & Owen Cornwall (MESAAS)

Ghalib: Selected Poems and Letters, translated by Pritchett and Cornwall, is available this March from Columbia University Press.

To learn more and to purchase the book, go to

Holger Klein (Art History and Archaeology)

Klein recently reviewed David M. Perry's Sacred Plunder: Venice and the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade in The American Historical Review.

Klein's review is available to read here.

Zainab Bahrani (Art History and Archaeology)

“It is more important now than ever before to sustain…historical knowledge of this fascinating past, so that future generations may not forget it, or imagine that there never was such an ancient world.”

Bahrani's recently published Mesopotamia: Ancient Art and Architecture was reviewed in The Daily Telegraph, and is available to read here.
Upcoming Events
A Tribute to John Berger
Thursday, March 30, 6:15pm
Pulitzer Hall, Brown Institute
Friday, March 31, 9:15am-6:00pm
Pupin Hall, Room 428

On Thursday, Teju Cole will give the opening keynote address. Friday features a day of panelists and presenters, with the closing keynote by Geoff Dyer. For the complete list of participants and the schedule, go to

Sponsored by Public Books and Columbia University’s Office of the President; Office of the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences; School of the Arts; Department of Art History and Archaeology; and the 20/21 Colloquium in the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
Special Event: A Non-Debate Debate
The Moral Status of Animals

with Alice Crary, Dale Jamieson, Shelly Kagan, and Philip Kitcher
May 10, 6:00pm
This event requires registration.

Four leading philosophers​ ​explore ​one of the defining moral issues of our age, in a ​new ​format allows a complicated and emotional topic to be discussed in a​ ​fun, productive, meaningful way. More information is available at

Sponsored by the Academy for Teachers, in partnership with The Parr Center for Ethics and Columbia University Arts & Sciences, Division of Humanities.
New Books in the Arts & Sciences
Celebrating Recent Work by Liza Knapp and Irina Reyfman

Friday, March 24
Second Floor Common Room, Heyman Center

New Books in the Arts & Sciences is celebrating the publication Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy’s Labyrinth of Plots, by Liza Knapp and How Russia Learned to Write: Literature and the Imperial Table of Ranks, by Irina Reyfman. More information at

This event is sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities; the Society of Fellows in the Humanities; the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences; the Dean of Social Science, Arts & Sciences; and the Department of Slavic Languages.
Fellowships, Grants, & CFPs
The French Embassy in the United States and the FACE Foundation are now accepting proposals for the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Fund. This new program aims to encourage and support cooperation among the most promising young French and American researchers, and foster forward-looking collaborative research projects. The most innovative projects involving transatlantic mobility, collaborative research activities, the organization of joint workshops or conferences, the publication of joint articles, and the participation of younger researchers will receive the highest priority.

Deadline: April 9, 2017
More information is available here and at
The Office of the Provost requests proposals for Online and Hybrid Learning Grants:

The Hybrid Learning Course Redesign and Delivery grant program provides support for faculty who are developing innovative and technology-rich pedagogy and learning strategies in the classroom. Instructors of selected courses will have access to resources and support from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for content development, instructional design, media production, assessment, and project management.

Deadline: April 3, 2017
For more information, please click here.

The Office of the Provost will also continue to support open online courses taught by Columbia faculty via a Request for Proposals for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Columbia courses offered through MOOC platforms attract and reach a large global learning community, stimulate curiosity and intellectual exploration, make teaching and research activities at the University more visible, and promote public engagement and dialogue through our open online courses.

Deadline: Monday, April 24, 2017
For more information, please click here.
Visit and to get an overview of Columbia’s initiatives and resources in teaching and learning and online education.
The Expo'90 Foundation seeks nominations for the 2017 International Cosmos Prize. The prize will be awarded for research work that has achieved excellence and is recognized as contributing to a significant understanding of the relationships among living organisms, the interdependence of life and the global environment, and the common nature integrating these inter-relationships. It should be characterized by a global perspective which tries to illuminate the relationships between diverse phenomena, in keeping with the concepts and principle of "The Harmonious Coexistence of Nature and Mankind."

Nomination Deadline: April 14, 2017
For more information, please click here.
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