Happy almost October! Highlighted below are general interest campus events across a range of topics of possible interest to alumni, donors, and prospects. This is a headline listing only and highly selective — regrettably, much more is omitted than featured. For ticket availability and other details, follow the links.
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Narrative Medicine Rounds with D.T. Max
New Yorker writer D.T. Max’s most recent book, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (2012, Viking Penguin), was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery. Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center.
October 2 – Double-header
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Composer Portraits: Chou Wen-chung at Miller Theatre
CAA Arts Access reception with the composer, a GSAS alumnus, longtime Columbia music professor and mentor to generations of students, as well as Fred Lerdahl, the Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition. 6 p.m. reception at Columbia Alumni Center and 8 p.m. performance at Miller Theatre.
Liberalism and its Critics with Fred Siegel, Eric Foner, Ira Katznelson, Anne Kornhauser, and Judith Stein
In his recent book The Revolt Against the Masses, Fred Siegel indicts modern American liberalism for elitism toward ordinary Americans, their values and culture, and blames liberals for many of the problems plaguing American society today. The panelists will respond to his critique, discuss liberalism’s history, and evaluate its future prospects. The Heyman Center.
Zuckerman Institute Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture, “We Are What We Remember: The Biology of Memory & Age-Related Memory Disorders” featuring Dr. Eric R. Kandel. Join the Nobelist and Zuckerman Institute co-director for this public lecture at Miller Theatre.
October 8 – Another two-fer
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Committee on Global Thought Global Think-In, “Rethinking Knowledge: Global Governance” with historian Mark Mazower, political theorist and historian Partha Chatterjee, and law professor Katharina Pistor. Heyman Center.
School of the Arts
Creative Writing Lecture Series with fiction writer Karen Russell (’06SOA). Dodge Hall.
Café Columbia “Cameras, Lights, … Income!” with Xavier Sala-i-Martin, Professor of Economic Development
In the Welcome Center’s own Café Columbia, hear a dynamic economics professor discuss research on non-R&D innovation and measuring the income of poor families in emerging economies. Columbia Alumni Center
If you know of great general interest events on any of our campuses, please pass along to me at [email protected]. Wishing you all the best for stimulating weeks ahead! Jerry