7:00pm 7:00pm

A Poetics of Politics? A talk by Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is the author of several books of poetry, including How to Be Drawn; Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; and Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series. A recipient of a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, he is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, poetry editor at New York Times Magazine, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU.

This event will take place in the Second Floor Common Room of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. 

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6:15pm 6:15pm

Uprising 13/13: Insurgency

The purpose of this seminar series is to explore various modalities of uprising, disobedience, inservitude, revolt, or other forms of political contestation. Instead of including them all under the name of “revolution”—a term that has become conceptually and historically fraught—the seminar will consider how specific experiences and discourses articulate new forms of upheaval or reformulate well-known ones. By focusing on this conceptual, historical and political problematic, we intend to shine a light on experiences and manifestations that take place at the local and at the global level, as well as at the subjective and the collective level. The idea is to articulate how critical political practice is expressed and understood today.

Uprising 13/13 will look much like the two previous CCCCT seminar series, namely Foucault 13/13 and Nietzsche 13/13. At each session, two or three guests, from different disciplines, will be invited to present on the themes of the seminar. Each seminar will host specialists from across the disciplines, from Columbia University and from outside campus. With two exceptions—Breaking Silence, which will be held in the Nave of Riverside Church, and Disobedience, which will be hosted at Columbia Global Centers—Paris, all seminars will be held at various locations around Columbia University. Visit the series websitefor more details on the readings, guests, and themes of each seminar and the series as a whole.

The seminars will be open to all. If you are interested in attending, please inform us by sending an email explaining your interest to Anna Krauthamer at

This seminar will feature Claudia Pozzana, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Cultures at Bologna University; Alessandro Russo, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Bologna; Bernard E. Harcourt, Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought; and Jesus Rodriguez-Velasco, Chair of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. It will take place at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University in the Second Floor Common Room. 

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6:15pm 6:15pm

Uprising 13/13: The Modern Concept of Revolution

This lecture will take place at the Low Library Rotunda. Columbia University professors Etienne Balibar, Simona Forti, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak will be speaking. It is organized and run by Columbia University professors Bernard E. Harcourt, and Jesús R. Velasco. For more information on the Uprising 13/13 series, visit

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6:00pm 6:00pm

The Whiteness of Bones: The Emergence of the Human Skeleton as a Commodity, 1500 - 1800

The human skeleton became an object—scientific, natural, artistic, and artisanal—in the period between the late 15th century and the late 18th century. While retaining its symbolic value, in this period the skeleton became essential both to anatomists and to artists as the bedrock of the human form. As a valued commodity, skeletons were bought and sold, and entered public and private collections. Anatomical manuals included instructions on their crafting. This talk will examine who owned skeletons, who used them, and who made them, and the fact that their origins as dead humans remained curiously unexpressed.

This event will take place at the Heyman Center's second floor common room. The speakers are Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History at Oregon Statue University, as well as Pamela H. Smith, Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia University.

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to Jun 28

A Vision of Resistance: Peter Nestler

A retrospective of the work of acclaimed postwar German filmmaker Peter Nestler, hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Nestler was an incisive critic of fascism and a "precise observer of the poetry and politics of labor...[who] spent five decades chronicling how things get made, whether in a factory or at the level of ideology." Nestler himself will be present for a series of Q&A sessions accompanying the screenings. For more information, visit the Goethe Institut's website.

The event will take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, located at 144 West 65th Street.

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How is Objectivity Possible? Brown Bag Talk. Max Kolbel.

"Abstract: What would it take to have objective representations and do humans have what it takes? In order to help answer these questions, I shall isolate one relevant sense of objectivity and argue that we need a generalization of standard frameworks of representational content in order to engage meaningfully with the question. Armed with such a general conception, I will articulate one necessary condition for objective representation: the possession of objective concepts and therefore objective contents. Finally, I shall explore two ways in which we might meet (or approximately meet) this condition."

(Barcelona). NYU, 5 Washington Place, Room 202.

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to Feb 18

Rethinking Philosophy’s Past 1300-1800

Organized by Christia Mercer. “The Philosophy Department and Center for Science and Society at Columbia University invite you to “Rethinking Philosophy’s Past, 1300-1800” (February 17-18). Distinguished historians will share recent scholarship on women and other understudied figures in the history of philosophy to encourage more accurate accounts of philosophy’s past and more inclusive teaching. Sessions rethink standard stories and offer practical ideas about to incorporate understudied figures in our philosophy courses, both historical and non-historical.”

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