Jerry’s Picks #7: Engineering 150 and much more

Retrospection, introspection, and a Nobelist to boot! Please remember to check links for RSVP information…

November 5
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Committee on Global Thought
Critics and Analytics: Presentation of the Past in the 9/11 Museum
This widely interdisciplinary program, moderated by historian Carol Gluck, includes Jeffrey Alexander, sociologist, author of Narrating TraumaCharles Strozier, historian, psychoanalyst, author of Until the Fires Stop BurningThomas Lutz, author of Topography of TerrorHenry Rousso, historian of French public memory of World War II; Daphna Shohamy, cognitive neuroscientist on learning, memory, and the brain. 918 International Affairs Building.

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Narrative Medicine Rounds
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Filmmaker Kathy Leichter discusses her  film about mental illness, suicide, and family in Here One Day:  Using Film to Reduce Stigma and Raise Awareness About Mental Illness and Suicide Hammer Health Sciences Library / Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library, Room 401.

November 7
12 p.m.
World Leaders Forum
Mo Yan and Chinese Literature
This World Leaders Forum program features an address by Mo Yan, Nobel Laureate in literature, 2012. Introduced by Provost John Coatsworth and moderated by Lydia Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Rotunda, Low Memorial Library.

November 13
7 p.m.
School of the Arts
Richard Howard: A Retrospective Reading
On the occasion of the publication of his new collection, A Progressive Education, Howard, the Pulitzer Prize winning poet and longtime Columbia writing professor, will be reading from his body of work, including poems from his new book about the ideal class of endlessly curious and delightfully observant progressive school sixth graders. The Italian Academy. 1161 Amsterdam Ave (between 116th and 118th Streets).

November 14
2 p.m.
Columbia Engineering
Columbia’s Engineering Renaissance: Foundation for the Future
Marking the School’s sesquicentennial, faculty will address 15 topics in TED-style talks highlighting research “then” and “now.” Includes Venkat Venkatasubramanian on Elmer Gaden in Global Health: Mass Production of Antibiotics (then) and Jingyue Ju, Rubin-Viele on Precision Medicine: Pioneering Genome Technology (now); Upmanu Lall on Herbert Kellog’s championing of environmentally cognizant mining (then), and Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park on carbon sequestration (now); Patricia Culligan will describe Charles Chandler’s 19th century translational innovation in making New York more livable (think indoor plumbing and vaccination) while Sam Sia highlights global health now, including diagnostic systems to detect HIV in low-resource settings in Precision Medicine: Universally Accessible Diagnostics. Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall. A dessert reception will follow from 4-5 p.m. in the Lerner lobby.

November 20
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Columbia Spectator and University Archives
Celebrating the Columbia Spectator’s History
A presentation and reception to celebrate the recent launch of the Columbia Spectator Archive, an online archive of the second-oldest college daily paper in the country. When completed, the archive will include the complete run of the newspaper from 1877 through 2012. Room 522/523 Butler Library.

Highlighted above are general interest campus events across a range of topics of possible interest to alumni, donors, and prospects. This listing is highly selective by design – regrettably, much more is omitted than featured. For ticket availability and other details, follow the links.

As always, I appreciate hearing from you about future events! Best, Jerry

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