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The exhibition of Romare Bearden's collages based on Homer will be presented on campus from November 15, 2014 - March 14, 2015 at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. Accompanying this Smithsonian exhibition will be a yearlong series of symposia, concerts, and readings to explore the Harlem-based artist's translation of the ancient epic into a fiercely modern tale. What does it mean for all of us, as global citizens, to seek our way back home?

Please see below for a listing of fall programs. Online registration is required and seating is limited. Please visit for details, the most up-to-date schedule, and information regarding how to register to attend programs.

Fall 2014 Schedule of Campus Events

September 20--27
Morningside Lights: Odysseus on the A Train
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway

September 26, 3:00 pm
The Sirens' Song: Women and Gender in Bearden and Homer
A discussion with Marcellus Blount, Rachael DeLue, Helene Foley, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Brooke Holmes, and moderated by Anjuli Raza Kolb
East Gallery, Buell Hall, 515 West 116th Street

October 22, 5:00 pm
Excavation of Homer: A Poetry Reading by Alice Oswald
Introduced by Mary Gordon
Judith Lee Stronach Center, 8th floor, Schermerhorn Hall, 1190 Amsterdam Avenue

October 23, 6:30 pm
On the Question of the Gods
A discussion with Edward Mendelson, Richard Sacks, and Andrew Szegedy-Maszak
The Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue

November 20, 6:30 pm
Acting Homer: A Staged Reading of the Odyssey
Actors include Richard Habersham, Ty Jones, and Devyn Tyler
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, 8th floor, Schermerhorn Hall, 1190 Amsterdam Avenue

November 21, 6:30 pm
Inspired by the Classics: A Poetry Reading by Rosanna Warren
Introduced by Mary Gordon
The Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue

December 2, 10:00 am
Improvisation in the Arts: A Symposium
With John Akomfrah, J. Kameron Carter, Danielle Goldman, Fred Moten, NourbeSe Philip, and Matana Roberts
Faculty Room, Low Memorial Library, 535 West 116th Street

December 2, 8:00 pm
A Recital for Terry Adkins (2014)
George Lewis with Ensemble Pamplemousse
St. Paul's Chapel, 1160 Amsterdam Avenue
Cosponsored by Music at St. Paul's

December 4, 6:30 pm
From Chios to 125th Street: Toward a Black Odysseus
A film screening and conversation with Krin Gabbard
East Gallery, Buell Hall, 515 West 116th Street

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in cooperation with the Romare Bearden Foundation and Estate and DC Moore Gallery.

The exhibition and its related educational resources are supported by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Art © Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

Image: Poseidon, The Sea God, Collage, 1977, Courtesy Thompson Collection, Indianapolis, Indiana

If you require disability accommodations, please contact Disability Services (DS) once you receive email confirmation of your event registration.  They can be reached at or 212-854-2388.