A Tribute to John Berger

March 30, 2017–March 31, 2017
All Day
Columbia University
116th Street and Broadway
New York, New York
A Tribute to John Berger

Join Public Books for a two-day symposium celebrating the life of John Berger.


Schedule of Events



Location: Brown Institute, Pulitzer Hall, Journalism School, ground floor


6:15PM Keynote Lecture: Teju Cole

Introduction: Sharon Marcus, Dean of the Humanities, Columbia University, and Co-Editor, Public Books



Location: Pupin 428 (one floor down from campus level)


9:15 Opening Remarks

Bruce Robbins, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University


9:30 Panel: A Thinker of Our Time

Moderator: Anne Higonnet, Art History and Public Books


Jonathan Crary, Art History

Jane Gaines, School of the Arts

Siddhartha Deb, The New School


11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Roundtable: New Ways of Seeing

Moderator: Bruce Robbins


Johanna Gosse, post-doc, Art History

Ratik Asokan, MA student, English, and The Baffler

Annie Wyman, Writer

Barnaby Raine, PhD student, History


12:30 Lunch


2:00 Film Screening

Screening of The Seasons at Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, dir. Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe, Bartek Dziadosz, and Christopher Roth (2016)

Discussant: Laura Kipnis


4:00 Coffee Break


4:30 Final Keynote: Geoff Dyer

Introduction: Matthew Hart, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University


6:00 Public House

Join us for drinks and conversation at Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor SoHa (1135 Amsterdam Ave)!


Sponsored by Public Books and Columbia University’s Office of the President; Office of the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences; School of the Arts; Department of Art History and Archaeology; and the 20/21 Colloquium in the Department of English and Comparative Literature.