In honor of Black History Month, Spectator is publishing a series on notable black alumni, scholars, activists, leaders, and more whose stories we wish to honor. Audre Lorde, a civil rights activist and writer, would be the first black woman to have a space named in her honor on Columbia’s Morningside Campus....
Updated on Feb. 20 at 10:39 p.m.
Last month, our community suffered the tragic loss of Tessa Majors, a Barnard first-year who was brutally murdered in Morningside Park just a few steps away from Columbia’s campus. Tessa was a talented musician, an advocate for women, and beloved by all who knew her. Although the news of her passing has fueled a national conversation about the importance of protecting women on college campuses, some have unfortunately used this tragic incident as an opportunity to promote harmful, anti-Black rhetoric, which ultimately criminalizes and perpetuates violence toward residents of West Harlem....
The “Red Summer” of 1919 was marked by extreme racial violence, with hundreds of racially motivated murders of black individuals occurring across the country. The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery’s current exhibition, “1919: Black Water,” homes in on one of these homicides with paintings and sculptures by artist Torkwase Dyson....
Updated November 25th at 1:28pm.
Origami cranes, a cappella and beatboxing, powerful performances: These are just a few of the artistic delights that greeted students in attendance at Columbia’s first International Human Rights Art Festival....
“Mine?” “Mine?” “Mine?” “Mine?” The animated squawking seagulls chant in unison, grasping for their hunger to be fulfilled.
Italian artist Caravaggio’s painting “The Incredulity of St. Thomas” features his characteristic use of chiaroscuro, or the dramatic use of light and shadow. But what is most remarkable about the image is not only the artist’s rendering of the scene but also the subject matter itself: St. Thomas leans towards Christ, poking at his flesh in disbelief of Christ’s resurrection....
‘The next chapter’: Despite history of alumni apathy, Bollinger-era initiatives drive newfound culture of engagement
Graphics by Charlotte Li, Raeedah Wahid
I spent countless hours of my four years at Columbia University sitting in a cubicle in a basement—clicking Dial, Answering Machine, Busy, Not Available, Deceased, Whereabouts Unknown, as a phone dialer rang on and on. I started calling alumni, parents, and “friends” of the University in the fall of my sophomore year. My partner recommended it to me as a workplace coveted by all her friends for the flexible schedule and reasonable wage ($12 per hour, at the time; it’s now $16 per hour)....