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Assistant Professor/Associate Professor of Theatre

The Theatre Program of Columbia University School of the Arts invites applications for a scholar to be hired at the rank of tenure-track assistant/associate or tenured associate professor effective July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will play a key cross-disciplinary role in a complex and multi-faceted MFA program with concentrations in Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Theatre Management and Producing, and Stage Management. The Program aims to attract dynamic and dedicated teacher...
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Can art mobilize people to fight climate change? This artist thinks so

Neuroscientists at Columbia University observed a curious thing. When they asked a group of test subjects to concentrate on a painting of an angel wielding a sword, they found it triggered responses in the subjects’ wrists. Others have reported the sensation of dancing when observing Degas’ Ballerinas. This is due to a process called embodied cognition. When we view a piece of art, our brain mirrors actions depicted on the canvas. Not only can art inspire physical action, it can also stimulate e...
Tags: Startups, Design, Cars, Creativity, Columbia University, Alternative Fuel, Shift, Degas, Distract, Charging Network, THIJS BIERSTEKER

Black Americans Should Absolutely Appropriate European Opera (Though Not Necessarily Like This): John McWhorter

Writes the Columbia University linguist and New York Times columnist of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones and William Grant Still’s Highway 1, U.S.A., “the tradition being appropriated here is based on a philosophy of composition and audience reception hardly inevitable.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Featured, New York Times, Columbia University, William Grant, Terence Blanchard, John McWhorter

Greenland's ice melt enough to cover Florida in water

Greenland’s vast ice sheets are melting away at an alarming rate, according to a recent report. As reported by the Danish government, the ice sheet lost 8.5 billion tons of surface mass on Tuesday alone. On Thursday, another 8.4 billion tons were lost thanks to high temperatures. The melting experienced on Tuesday released enough water to cover the entire state of Florida in two inches of water. This meltdown has caused concern, as continued large-scale melting of Greenland’s ice could lead to f...
Tags: Florida, Design, Columbia University, Greenland, Tedesco, Marco Tedesco

Explore Divine Comedy Digital, a New Digital Database That Collects Seven Centuries of Art Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy

The number of artworks inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy in the seven hundred years since the poet completed his epic, vernacular masterwork is so vast that referring to the poem inevitably means referring to its illustrations. These began appearing decades after the poet’s death, and they have not stopped appearing since. Indeed, it might be fair to say that the title Divine Comedy (simply called Comedy before 1555) names not only an epic poem but also its many constellations of artworks and...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Milan, College, Dubai, Literature, Columbia University, Salvador Dalí, Dante, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, John Ciardi, Visual Agency, Alessandro Vellutello, Bernard Mary, Divine Comedy Digital

Amanda Gorman Has Quickly Become A Superstar Poet

Her inaugural poem made her a superstar. And while her rise may seem swift and meteoric, Sharon Marcus, an English and comparative literature professor at Columbia University, says we’re overdue for a poetic mega idol. “There have been celebrity poets for a long time. It’s more unusual to not have a celebrity poet — to have long periods of time where there aren’t celebrity poets — than to have celebrity poets,” said Marcus. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Columbia University, Amanda Gorman, Sharon marcus, 02.08.21

Kristin Linklater, Revered Vocal Coach For Actors, Dead At 84

“For more than a half-century, Ms. Linklater taught vocal technique to A-list stars like Patrick Stewart, Donald Sutherland and Sigourney Weaver; to students at New York University, Emerson College and Columbia University; and to people far removed from the performing arts who simply wanted to be less timid vocally. … Two books she wrote … have become part of many actors’ kit bags: Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language (1976) and Freeing Shakespeare’s ...
Tags: Art, People, Columbia University, Sigourney Weaver, Shakespeare, Linklater, Kristin Linklater, 06.16.20, Patrick Stewart Donald Sutherland, New York University Emerson College, Practice of Voice

VIDEO: Ben Platt Sings New Tom Kitt Song Celebrating 2020 Columbia University Graduates

Tony Award-winner Ben Platt singsaoeOh, Columbiaa an original song by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner andColumbia alumni,Tom Kitt,for the 2020 Columbia University grads. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Columbia University, Ben Platt, Tom Kitt, BWW News Desk, Columbia University Graduates

Newly Minted Artists, Facing a Precarious Future, Take Action

How do you get discovered in a teetering art world? Graduating students organize shows with peers, team up with dealers — and lobby for relief funds. Will they bring change?
Tags: Art, News, Columbia University, Smith, Galerie Perrotin, Colleges and Universities, Rhode Island School of Design, Lucien (1989-

Rustom Siodia: A Forgotten Master

Art in India has largely been a niche world, with few artists being known beyond the rather small circle of connoisseurs. But even within this small world, some brilliant artists and their work have been forgotten or lost with the passage of time. One of them is Rustom Siodia. Article by Anshika Jain | Live History India Siodia, who is little-known, was a brilliant Indian artist, who lived at the dawn of the 20th century. This was a a time when the art scene in the country was rapidly evolvin...
Tags: Art, London, Life, India, United States, Dallas, Columbia University, Royal Opera House, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bombay, Suez Canal, Persia, Harun, South Mumbai, Rashtrapati Bhavan

Chou Wen-Chung, ‘Godfather Of Chinese Contemporary Music’, Dead At 96

“[He] left a relatively small body of compositions, but his fastidious and elegant works are filled with emotional eddies. He wrote mostly for Western instruments, but made them bend single notes to accommodate the microtonal flexibility of Chinese music.” In addition, as a professor at Columbia University, he trained an entire group of now-prominent Chinese composers, among them Tan Dun, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, and Bright Sheng. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Columbia University, Chou Wen Chung, 10.29.19, Tan Dun Zhou Long Chen Yi

Daan Roosegaarde’s “Waterlicht” Pop-Up in New York

An art installation and a call to action, this light flood depicts life alongside rising water Daan Roosegaarde’s WATERLICHT project, an LED light and lens show, has appeared in several cities since its conception in 2016. From Rotterdam and Toronto to Dubai and London, the show guarantees the same presentation, no matter the setting: an enveloping, rolling wave of blue light meant to mimic where water …
Tags: Art, New York, Design, London, Climate Change, New York City, Toronto, Dubai, Columbia University, Public Art, Daan Roosegaarde, Art Installation, Installations, Rotterdam, Water Levels, Sea Levels

Charles Van Doren, Center Of 1950s Quiz Show Scandal, Dead At 93

A tall, handsome Columbia University professor with advanced degrees in both English and mathematics, Van Doren became a genuine TV star with a months-long winning streak on the prime-time quiz show Twenty-One. The discovery that he had been provided with questions and answers in advance caused a national uproar that led to Congressional hearings. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Columbia University, Congressional, Charles Van Doren, Van Doren, 04.10.19

George Stade, Literary Scholar And Satirical Novelist, Dead At 85

“[He was] a Columbia University literary scholar who became an early champion of ‘popular’ fiction within the academy and worked as a critic, editor and novelist, most notably with the grisly satire Confessions of a Lady-Killer … But he was probably best known for helping to spearhead the study of popular fiction in the classroom, and for his frequent — and frequently acerbic — reviews and essays on contemporary literature.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Columbia University, 03.10.19

SUPERFARM design envisions an urban vertical farm that is energy self-sufficient

French design practice Studio NAB has proposed a large-scale vertical farm as a sustainable solution to urban population growth in the face of dwindling arable land. Envisioned for urban centers, the conceptual vertical agriculture facility — dubbed the SUPERFARM — aims to produce high-yielding food with high nutrition values, including but not limited to various seaweeds, edible insects and fish raised in aquaponic systems. To minimize the SUPERFARM’s impact on the environment, the designers h...
Tags: Design, GCC, Dubai, Columbia University, Dickson Despommier, Despommier, Studio NAB

The Best Art of 2018

The art critics of The New York Times tell you what rocked their worlds this year: notable art events, works in museums and galleries, emerging artists and how they found beauty in unexpected places.
Tags: Art, News, New York City, Alabama, Museum, Museums, Auctions, Sculpture, New York Times, Columbia University, Banksy, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Levine, Leonard, Zoe

Aversive Verse: At The Alfred Joyce Kilmer Memorial Bad Poetry Contest

“The judges in the front row were ready to revel in wretchedness, line by line and verse by verse, as the contestants, more than 30 Columbia University students in a lecture hall on the campus, read their poems aloud.” (In case you’ve forgotten, Kilmer is the man who perpetrated “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree.” He is memorialized with a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike.)
Tags: Art, Columbia University, Words, Kilmer, 11.18.18, Alfred Joyce Kilmer

After Investigation, The Pulitzer Prize Board Keeps Junot Díaz

Díaz removed himself as board president in May, after “writer Zinzi Clemmons accused Mr. Díaz of forcibly kissing her when she was a graduate student at Columbia University, prompting a divisive debate within the literary world over Mr. Díaz’s actions and whether he should be held accountable.” The Pulitzer Prize board said it found no reason to remove the novelist from the board.
Tags: Art, Columbia University, Issues, Diaz, Junot Diaz, Zinzi Clemmons, 11.16.18, Mr Díaz

When All Else Fails, There’s Culture

As avenues toward peace hit a dead end, many Palestinians invest their time and resources in the arts.
Tags: Art, Movies, News, Israel, Museums, Columbia University, Gaza Strip, Trump, Palestinians, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Said, Annemarie, Jacir, Politics And Government, Donald J, Culture (Arts

Blast From the Past: Georgia O’Keeffe and the cup of humanity

One of my favorite encounters with the spirit of tea came while touring the home and studio of Georgia O’Keeffe in Abiquiu, New Mexico. In her pantry, I spied two Mason jars on the wall. One had been hand labeled by O’Keeffe as Tea. Next to it was a jar with a label that read Good Tea. I laughed out loud. This is the moment of enlightenment all students of tea eventually discover along their way. Enlightenment begins the moment we realize there is tea, and there is good tea. Hopefully, we carry...
Tags: Tea, Art, Boston, Columbia University, New Mexico, Archives, Santa Fe, Classic, Frank Lloyd Wright, Patten, Mason, Patton, O'Keeffe, Okakura Kakuzo, Bruce Richardson, Tao Te Ching

Neptune-Sized Moon Discovered Outside Our Solar System

Some 8,000 light-years away, a moon has been discovered—possibly the first one outside our own solar system. Dubbed an “exomoon,” the “Neptune-sized” gassy object, which orbits a “Jupiter-sized” planet, was spotted by Columbia University astronomers via the Kepler and Hubble space telescopes. It’s “unlike anything scientists have seen before, and even if this turns out to be a false find, the experience has offered valuable insight on …
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Design, Culture, Satellites, Planets, Columbia University, Jupiter, Kepler, Neptune, Linkaboutit, Cosmos, Moons

North American climate boundary pushed 140 miles eastward by climate change

A historic climate boundary which marks the division between the humid eastern region of North America and the more arid western region has deviated 140 miles to the east of its original location — thanks to climate change. In a study recently published in Earth Interactions, scientists identified three factors that contribute to the formation of the visible division between North American climatic zones: the Rocky Mountains’ ability to disrupt moisture from reaching inland, Atlantic winter sto...
Tags: Design, Atlantic, United States, Columbia University, North America, Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Mountains, Powell, Seager, Richard Seager, John Wesley Powell, Seager Et Al

Lucie Brock-Broido, Who Walked Out Of Algebra Class And Into A Life Of Poetry, Has Died At Age 61

The poet won praise everywhere. "Stanley Kunitz once praised her 'brilliant nervosity' and 'taste for the fantastic.' Tracy K. Smith, the current United States poet laureate, who was a student of Ms. Brock-Broido’s at Columbia University, said in a telephone interview, 'She was just a full-force, wonderful presence of creativity, magic, belief and reverence for […]
Tags: Art, People, United States, Columbia University, Tracy K Smith, Stanley Kunitz, 03.10.18, Lucie Brock Broido, Brock Broido

Heirs of Piet Mondrian Call for Return of Works from Krefeld Museum

The heirs of Piet Mondrian are claiming ownership of four paintings in the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in Krefeld, the New York Times reports. “Museums should have done provenance research on all the paintings in their collection,” says Sally Yerkovich, a professor of museum ethics at Columbia University in New York. “If they have items of unclear provenance, they should publish these […]
Tags: Art, New York, News, New York Times, Columbia University, Art News, Minipost, Piet Mondrian, Sally Yerkovich, Krefeld, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld Museum

Study: A Spike In Suicides In The Months After Robin Williams Died

"We found both a rapid increase in suicides in August 2014, and specifically suffocation suicides, that paralleled the time and method of Williams' death," a research team led by David Fink of Columbia University writes in the online journal PLoS One. "Although excess suicides were observed across gender and age groups, males and persons aged 30 to 44 had […]
Tags: Art, Robin Williams, People, Williams, Columbia University, David Fink, 02.07.18

You're Cellophane!

Not too long ago, I created a Music Man glossary, since that show is so chock-full of period slang and euphemisms. Now, working on Anything Goes, I find the same thing is true. It's part of what make both shows so good -- they create a very real, full world in which these characters exist. And contrary to what a lot of directors and actors think, it is not important for the audience to get every reference; but it is important that the actors get them, so that they can live fully and honestly in...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Usa, England, New York, Hollywood, London, Musicals, Sweden, Washington, France, Wall Street, Wikipedia, Germany, Russia, Berlin

French company debuts hydrogen-powered bikes

Pragma Industries just became the first company to launch a hydrogen-powered bicycle for commercial and municipal purposes. Based in Biarritz, France, the company has already secured 60 orders for the hydrogen bikes from French municipalities such as Saint Lo, Cherbourg, Chambery and Bayonne. While the bikes are currently too expensive for the commercial market, costs are expected to eventually drop from 7,500 euros to 5,000 euros, and charging stations cost about 30,000 euros. While Pragma is...
Tags: Design, Germany, Columbia University, Norway, Bayonne, Biarritz France, Reuters Images, United States Spain Italy, Pragma Industries, Saint Lo Cherbourg Chambery, Pragma, Pierre Forte, Reuters Pragma

What Directing Students Say They Learn In Their MFA Programs

"Robert O'Hara, who got his MFA in directing from Columbia University, was surprised when the program director, Anne Bogart, said she could teach the class all there was to know about directing in three weeks. What was the rest of the program about, then?"
Tags: Art, Theatre, Columbia University, MFA, Anne Bogart, Robert O Hara, 01.03.18

Floating solar rig from Columbia University harvests hydrogen fuel from seawater

Engineers at Columbia University have created a “solar fuels rig,” which floats on the ocean, captures solar energy, then uses that energy to extract hydrogen from seawater. Hydrogen is a clean source of energy, though methods to extract it have often proven too costly or energy intensive to be viable. A typical hydrogen extraction system uses water electrolysis, in which H2 and O2 are separated by sending an electric current through water and divided by a membrane, which is usually very delica...
Tags: Design, Columbia University, Jack Davis, Daniel Esposito, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

Venezuela's last remaining glacier is melting away

Venezuela’s last remaining glacier will be completely gone within the next 10 to 20 years. Until as recently as 1991, five glaciers were found in the Sierra Nevada de Mérida mountain range in Venezuela. As climate change has accelerated, so too has the meltdown. Named for the nearby Pico Humboldt, Venezuela’s second highest peak at over 16,000 feet, the Humboldt Glacier is one-tenth of the size it was three decades ago. Scientists hope to study the glacial disappearing act so as to learn more a...
Tags: Design, Massachusetts, Venezuela, Columbia University, Wikimedia, Latin America, Princeton University, Westfield State University, Humboldt glacier, Sierra Nevada de Mérida, Pico Humboldt Venezuela, Walter Vergara, Global Restoration Initiative, GlacierHub Unfortunately Venezuela, Ramón Velásquez Araguayán, Ángel G Muñoz

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