“…it cannot be denied that the university is a place of refuge, and it cannot be accepted that the university is a place of enlightenment. In the face of these conditions one can only sneak into the university and steal what one can. To abuse its hospitality, to spite its mission, to join its refugee colony, its gypsy encampment, to be in but not of—this is the path of the subversive intellectual in the modern university.” (Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, The Undercommons)
In this second annual installment, “Notes from Within, again,” invites prospective and admitted students to once again sit in fellowship and exchange with members of the Black Student Alliance at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University [BSA+GSAPP]. With representation from a host of GSAPP programs, we look forward to a candid conversation, sharing insight, experiences, and various tales of the lives by students who identify as black and study at GSAPP and in allied fields whose work engages the built domain, interrogating space, geography, urbanity, identity, and domesticity.
Foremost, we aim to respond to questions from students, who with eyes wide open, seek to enter or are considering entry into this particular space of the academy.
BSA+GSAPP contributors include Stephanie McMorran, M.Arch ‘22, Meissane Kouassi, M.Arch ‘22, Teonna Cooksey, M.Arch and M.S.UP ‘24, Fukunda Mbaru, M.S.UP ‘23, Caitlyn Campbell, M.S.CCCP ‘21, Brain Turner, M.Arch ‘21 and M.S.RED ‘22, Johane Clermont, M.Arch and M.S.RED ‘22, Matthew Shore, M.S.UP ‘23, Kyliel Thompson, M.S.UP ‘23, Jennah Jones, M.Arch ‘23, Christopher Armstrong, M.Arch ’24, and Omer Mohamed Gorashi, M.Arch ‘24, moderated by Ife Salema Vanable, PhD Candidate in Architecture.
Participants are encouraged to submit any specific questions, comments, or musings in advance of the event with their registration to aid BSA+GSAPP members in their preparation, or to email them in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.