November 21, 2023

“Writing with Scissors”

A Book Talk by Ellen Gruber Garvey

Tuesday, November 28 at 12 pm

Faculty House

Discover a fascinating journey through American history at Ellen Gruber Garvey’s book talk, “Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance.” From Abraham Lincoln to Susan B. Anthony, African American janitors to farmwomen, abolitionists to Confederates, and beyond, explore how individuals grappled with information overload, creating personal archives that shaped their lives.

Garvey unveils a hidden layer of culture where scrapbooks become windows into the thoughts of ordinary Americans, revealing how their relationship with media echoes in our present-day understanding of information and news. Don’t miss this groundbreaking exploration. (Read More)

Ellen Gruber Garvey is Professor Emerita of English at the New Jersey City University and the author of the award-winning The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture.

Five autographed copies of Writing with Scissors will be awarded as door prizes.

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Join Us for an EPIC Musicale

Sunday, December 3 from 11–3 pm

Philosophy Hall

Do you have a passion for playing a musical instrument? Would you like to experience the joy of creating beautiful chamber music ensembles with other talented EPIC members? Pianists Carolyn Greenberg and Steve Stellman are thrilled to announce “A Day of Chamber Music.” We have reserved three rooms in Philosophy Hall for this special musical gathering. To keep your energy up, we’ll also provide a lunch to enjoy.


If you’d like to participate, please let us know the instrument you play and any specific repertoire you’d like to perform. We will do our best to match musicians and create harmonious combinations. We’ll provide access to a shared Google Drive where you can upload and download your favorite scores. You’ll also find thousands of scores and instrumental parts available for free on IMSLP. Please RSVP with your personal music details by emailing us at [email protected].

EPIC Drama Society

Meeting on Friday, December 15 at 12pm

Unleash your inner thespian with the EPIC Drama Society! Whether you’re a theater enthusiast, a storytelling lover, or simply enjoy great company, our Drama Society is your stage. We’ll gather EPICureans to read plays aloud, taking on character roles for an intimate theatrical experience. Professor Connie Nathanson guides our journey. Join us on December 15 at 12 pm. Contact [email protected] for more information. (Read More)


Online EPIC Yoga Every Thursday

10–11 am and 11:15 am–12:15 pm

10–11 am Class practices breathing techniques and moves through some basic yoga poses, concentrating on alignment, balance, and flexibility.

11:15 am–12:15 pm Gentle/chair yoga, ideal for those of more limited mobility or flexibility.

Professor Emerita Ginny Papaioannou, a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance, leads EPIC Yoga. No prior experience is required to join.

Interested in joining a class or need more info? Email Lalla Grimes.

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Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC) brings Columbia academic retirees together in professional and social fellowship with regular talks, fall and spring receptions, music performance, yoga and wellness sessions, and collaborative Columbia community initiatives,

such as the Douglas Chalmers Graduate Scholars Lectureship for young doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. EPIC is your powerful advocate for the retiree community.

Do you have questions about EPIC? Email us at [email protected].

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