Past Events

September 28, 10:00 am –  7:00 pm    

This two-day conference will be organized around a series of conversations (rather than formal paper presentations), and will also feature an opening “state of the field” roundtable and a final dialogue focused on the role of public-facing scholarship. Each conversation is organized around a specific discipline or approach within the broader interdisciplinary mode of intellectual inquiry named as Black Studies and will be facilitated by a moderator, who will help to explore the place of religion in the context of black studies.

Find the full schedule here.

Register for the event here.

September 27, 6:30 pm –  8:00 pm    

1. Complex Issues: Pulling the Chariot of the Sun: A Memoir of a Kidnapping

Writing professors Shane McCrae and Timothy Donnelly discuss McCrae’s new memoir, Pulling the Chariot of the Sun: A Memoir of a Kidnapping.

Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn more and register HERE


2. Complex Issues: Adama Delphine Fawundu: In the Spirit of Àṣẹ 

Artist and faculty member Adama Delphine Fawundu ’18 discusses her solo exhibition spanning video, sculpture, photography, and printmaking with art historian Kellie Jones. The exhibition is now at the Newark Museum of Art.

Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm

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3. María Magdelena Campos-Pons

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Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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September 19, 5:30 pm –     

On Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30 PM at 104 Jerome Greene Hall (Law School), the acclaimed novelist and historian Amitav Ghosh is going to be speaking about his research into the entangled history of the Low family (as in Low Library) and the opium trade in a lecture entitled “Low Library: The Columbia University Opium Connection.”  All are welcome, but to gain access to the Law School, you’ll need to register in advance.

Register Here

April 27, 6:15 pm –  3:30 pm    

The Refugee Cities Working Group’s concerns lie at the intersection of urban studies on the one hand and, on the other, the humanistic and social justice-oriented study of the mass movement of people fleeing violence, war, and forced removal. This symposium will focus on the impact of refugees on cities and urban processes, both in the present moment and as a historical phenomenon.

A keynote lecture will take place on the evening of Thursday, April 27, with all other presentations to be scheduled throughout the day on Friday, April 28. Click the registration link to find more details of the schedule.

Free and open to the public
For questions contact:

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April 21, 12:00 pm –  1:30 pm    

This roundtable brings together social scientists working with Tibetan and Himalayan Pastoralist communities and climate scientists who focus on Asia to discuss how interdisciplinary approaches might enrich understandings of how climate change in Tibetan and Himalayan regions and contribute to our knowledge of global climate change and community resilience.

Poster Link

Zoom Registration Link

April 20, 3:00 pm –  4:00 pm    

Hosted by the CSER Student Advisory Board.

Poster Link

April 10, 5:30 pm –  7:00 pm    

Featuring Dr. Ruth Simmons & Dr. Karl Jacoby

Reception to follow
Open to the public

Online registration is required. Register here or scan the QR code in the poster.


April 7, 10:00 am –  2:30 pm    

The Senior Research Symposium is a crucial component of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) academic experience, which seeks to generate innovative thinking about race, ethnicity, indignity and other categories of difference in order to better understand their role and impact in modern societies. Publicized campus-wide, the symposium showcases thesis projects by seniors in the major.

The symposium offers CSER students an opportunity to share and receive feedback on their original research. This event enables students to hone their oral presentation skills to supplement the analytical projects they have prepared on a subject of their choice.

Friday, April 7th, 2023
10 AM – 2:30 PM

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Symposium working Itinerary

Symposium Program

March 24, 5:40 pm –  8:00 pm    

Hosted by Azine & The CSER Student Advisory Board

Join us for dinner at 5:40 PM!

The event officially begins at 6 PM.

Poster Link

March 23, 5:00 pm –  6:30 pm    

A panel discussion with participants in ISHR’s 2022-2023 Human Rights Advocates Program

Maria Isabel Flota (Maya Peninsular, México): Institutional Communication Officer – International Indigenous Women’s Forum

Dayana Blanco Quiroga (Turco Marka, Bolivia): Coordinator of Projects – Pueblos de Montaña Foundation

Organized by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

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CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.
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