Columbia Family Weekend 2020

Parents and families of GS students are invited to join us virtually for Family Weekend, and to connect more deeply with the Columbia GS community by attending a series of special events.

Separate registration is required for each attending family member.


Thursday, October 22

8 - 9 p.m. EDT
Columbia/Barnard Hillel Parents Salon
Join Columbia/Barnard Hillel, the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life for a discussion on the evolving face of Jewish engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will begin with opening remarks and a student panel discussion moderated by Lavine Family Executive Director Brian Cohen, and continue with pre-registered topical breakout sessions led by members of the Columbia/Barnard Hillel professional team.

Breakout Sessions

  • Physically Distanced, Socially Connected: Building Community On and Beyond Campus
  • Hillel is #Here4You(r Students)
  • Building Religious Community in 2020
  • Israel Education, Experiences and Engagement

Friday, October 23

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT
Academic Resource Center and Dean of Students Presentation
After welcome remarks by Dean Rosen-Metsch, guests will hear from members of the Dean of Students Office, and learn about the many different resources and support available for GS students.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EDT
Faculty Lecture*
The Book of Job in its Time and in Ours: the Plague, the Innocent, and the Meaning of Suffering
Professor Clemence Boulouque

The question of tragedies befalling the innocent has haunted the human mind since the beginnings of monotheism. The book of Job offers a prime example of God testing a righteous individual and turning his universe upside down, thus begging numerous questions: Can God be a moral framework? How do we explain suffering and how should individuals respond? What are our responsibilities toward one another in handling suffering? We will also consider the plague that afflicts Job and see how illness and epidemics have raised philosophical and theological questions more broadly in the Jewish and Christian tradition. This session is about the (im)possibility of making sense of the world and about our relentless attempts to do so.

5 - 6 p.m. EDT
Justice and Pandemics Preparedness Academy Student Panel
Join a conversation led by Dean Rosen-Metsch and Dean of the Postbac Premed Program James Colgrove with faculty leading the Justice and Pandemics Preparedness Academy, a program designed to give students the tools to understand the basic epidemiological concepts of viruses and to discuss the history and predictors of pandemics. The Academy is led by faculty from the Arts and Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, and Columbia School of Social Work, and students from all four undergraduate schools at Columbia are participating. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from students who will discuss their experiences in the program.

Sunday, October 25

10 - 11 a.m. EDT
Faculty Lecture*
Women: Religious and Real (or, Art According to Raphael and Sofonisba)
Professor Noam Elcott

In an infamous 1989 poster, the feminist art collective known as the Guerilla Girls asked: “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?” Their text was accompanied by a picture of Ingre’s Grande Odalisque wearing a gorilla mask and the following facts: “less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art Sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female.” It took Art Humanities over 30 years to answer the Guerilla Girls’ call. But answered it has. Women artists now feature centrally in over half the units and help establish new bridges between the units. Above all, the prominent inclusion of women allows us to ask entirely new questions, such as: How do women appear when represented by other women? What type of social networks become visible in paintings of and by women? How do the works and experiences of women artists from different eras parallel and diverge from our own? And most grandly: what does it mean for Art Humanities students to see the world, for the first time, through the eyes and art of women? We will focus on two works by Raphael (an Art Humanities staple) and Sofonisba (an exemplary newcomer and the most famous female painter of the Renaissance).

*Lecture topics and speakers subject to change.

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