Master artists from around the world will come to the campuses of Columbia University and Barnard College from November 30 to December 6 to share with students and the general public their mentoring experiences. The artists -- internationally celebrated authors, directors, choreographers, visual artists, and more -- have been invited to Columbia by President Lee C. Bollinger under the auspices of the Columbia University World Leaders Forum and the Columbia University Arts Initiative, and to Barnard College by President Judith Shapiro.
The participants are all associated with the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, an international philanthropic program organized and supported by Rolex SA. Inaugurated in 2002, the program seeks out extraordinarily talented young professionals in a variety of artistic disciplines and pairs them with recognized masters in their fields for a year of one-on-one guidance and instruction.
The partnership with Columbia University and Barnard College marks the New York public debut of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Throughout the year, Columbia's World Leaders Forum convenes international leaders -- from heads of state to leading economic, cultural and religious figures -- to examine global challenges and explore cultural perspectives and the arts. The Rolex events directly address the importance of integrating the arts into all aspects of scholarship and, moreover, into everyday life, which is an essential element of an engaged, enlightened and active community.
Integration of the Arts
"Columbia University is proud to host The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, one of the premier arts mentoring programs in the world," said President Lee C. Bollinger. "A university is enriched by its arts community and the diversity of its students and faculty. This program, and the mentors who are joining us, will enhance the experience of the Columbia community and contribute to the vibrancy of the arts in New York City."
"We at Barnard are very pleased to host the distinguished artists, performers and writers participating in the New York City celebration of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative," said Barnard President Judith Shapiro. "The Rolex program is particularly meaningful to us because Barnard has always prized the mentoring relationship that develops between our own scholar-teachers on the faculty and our students. This is the very core and strength of our small liberal arts community. On our campus, these events will be guided by our own highly regarded faculty members, choreographer and performer Mary Cochran in the Dance Department and author Mary Gordon in the English Department. Both are internationally recognized for their own work and cherished on our campus as mentors to a new generation of talented writers and dancers."
Schedule of Events
A constellation of events at Columbia University and Barnard College will allow students and the public at large to learn about, and benefit from, the unique relationships fostered by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.
Wed., Nov. 30, 1 p.m. -- Informal Lunchtime Discussion with Architect/Protégé Sahel Al-Hiyari
On Wednesday, November 30, Protégé/architect Sahel Al-Hiyari, whose Mentor was architect Álvaro Siza in the 2002-2003 program cycle, will conduct a lunchtime discussion and book signing presented by Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Sahel Al-Hiyari is the principal architect at Sahel Al-Hiyari and Partners, Amman, Jordan. In addition to his architecture degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and Harvard University, he is a painter and has exhibited in Jordan, Lebanon, and Italy.
The event is free, open to the public, and will take place at 1 p.m. at Columbia's Avery Hall. Registration is not required.
Thu., Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. -- Public Reading by Novelist/Protégé Julia Leigh and Nobel Laureate/ Mentor Toni Morrison and Mary Gordon (Barnard faculty)
Events at Barnard College begin with a public reading on the evening of Thursday, December 1, by novelist Julia Leigh, whose first novel The Hunter has been translated into six languages. Leigh will be introduced by her Rolex Mentor, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, and by Barnard faculty member Mary Gordon.
The event is free and open to the public at Barnard College, Broadway at 116th and 120th Streets . Reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.854.2037.
Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m. -- Symposium: "Across Generations and Borders: Mentoring Artists in a Global Culture"
In a highlight of the week's activities, choreographer Trisha Brown; authors Tahar Ben Jelloun, Ariel Dorfman and Mario Vargas Llosa; stage and screen director Sir Peter Hall; actress Geraldine James; Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and filmmaker Mira Nair will be among the renowned participants in the Rolex program who will join in a major symposium in Columbia's Miller Theatre at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Moderated by Gayatri Spivak, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, the event will allow the artists to discuss with each other, and with the audience, how they have reached across lines of age, nationality and artistic discipline through their mentoring activities.
The symposium is free and open to the public. Reservations required: http://www.worldleaders.columbia.edu/.
Sun., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. -- One-act Play Tshepang, Written and Directed by Protégé Lara Foot Newton
On Sunday, December 4, at 8 p.m., in Miller Theater, Columbia will offer a one-night-only production of the one-act play Tshepang, written and directed by Lara Foot Newton, who is Sir Peter Hall's Protégée in the Rolex program. The play, featuring actors Mncedise Shabangu and Kholeka Quabe, draws on devastating personal stories from South Africa's townships and is a deeply moving drama from Cape Town's theatre community in response to the world's devastating stories of child molestation and abuse. (Not suitable for children.)
The performance is free to the public (four tickets per person, general seating) by reservation only: 646.530.8298, http://www.cuarts.com/tshepang.htm or at the Miller Theatre Box Office.
Tues., Dec 6, 10:30 a.m. -- Dance Workshop with Choreographer/Mentor Saburo Teshigawara and Protégés Sang Jijia and Junaid Jemal Sendi
Master choreographer and Rolex Mentor Saburo Teshigawara will conduct a dance workshop at Barnard College at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6, with his Protégé, Junaid Jemal Sendi, and with the 2002-2003 Rolex Protégé in dance, Sang Jijia (who is now a member of the company of his Rolex Mentor, William Forsythe).
Limited space at this session of Mary Cochran's dance composition class is available for the public to observe by prior reservation: 212.581.2646 or RolexMentorProtege@grovesdev.com.
More about the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative
The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative was designed to promote individual excellence in the arts by assisting rising artists who have yet to achieve their full potential. Held every two years, the program supports this new talent across an array of artistic disciplines, providing these gifted individuals with a rare opportunity to develop their art under the watchful eye of a recognized master in their field. For more information about the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, see http://www.rolexmentorprotege.com/.
About the World Leaders Forum at Columbia University
Launched in 2003, Columbia University's World Leaders Forum is an annual University-wide initiative that reflects President Lee C. Bollinger's vision of the University as a center for public debate on critical global issues. This year the focus is on global development.
The Forum convenes international leaders—from heads of state to leading economic, cultural and religious figures—to examine global challenges and explore cultural perspectives. Throughout the yearlong series of events, Columbia's students, faculty and alumni, along with influential members of the wider New York City community, gather to hear from, and engage in, an open dialogue with the distinguished world leaders. Further information is available at http://www.worldleaders.columbia.edu.
About the Columbia University Arts Initiative
The Columbia University Arts Initiative, directed by Gregory Mosher, was launched by President Lee C. Bollinger in February 2004. It aims to enliven the arts on campus; l ink the University to the artistic diversity of New York City; connect the arts and other ways of understanding the world; provide support for art that would not otherwise thrive; and help prepare a new generation of artists. Further information is available at www.CUArts.com.
About Rolex SA
Rolex of Geneva is one of the world's foremost watchmakers, with an unrivalled reputation for quality craftsmanship. Since its inception in 1905, the privately owned company has introduced a series of revolutionary innovations, starting with the first truly waterproof watch, the Oyster, in 1926 and the first self-winding watch in 1931. To ensure the precision of the more than 170 Oyster models, each Rolex chronometer undergoes a year-long production process supported by rigorous quality-control procedures. Some 4,000 watchmakers -- at Rolex headquarters in Geneva, at more than 20 international subsidiaries and at authorised Rolex dealers around the world -- comprise an unparalleled after-sales service network, ensuring continued technical excellence. Chief Executive Officer Patrick Heiniger, the company's third CEO since its creation a century ago, guides Rolex's nearly 6,000 employees worldwide.