Picks 15.2 Jan. 28 – Feb. 12

Digital technology and health, kinesthetics and physics, New Yorker editor David Remnick on magazines, nursing experts on the future of health, scholars on music and the Holocaust–barely longer days bring much busier calendars as Columbia’s new semester kicks in.

January 28
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Mailman School of Public Health
The Role of Digital Health in Population Health, with Dennis Schmuland, chief health strategy officer, Microsoft.
What does it take to ensure population health? This year’s Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health series addresses that question as renowned public health voices in technology, urban health, philanthropy, government, and more challenge our thinking on global challenges and help set the stage for the future of public health. Join Dean Linda P. Fried and Dennis Schmuland in considering and discussing what we must do as a society for the broadest possible manifestation of population health. Alumni Auditorium, 650 W. 168th Street. (Reminder)

February 3
7 p.m.
School of the Arts | Heyman Center for the Humanities
The Embodied Cognition Workshop: Dance and Physics
The intersection between kinesthetic imagination and scientific ideas is explored in this presentation by Yale University professors Emily Coates (dance) and Sarah Demers (physics). The presentation will include several outcomes of their collaborative venture, including excerpts of “Incarnations: Sketches for a Longer Work,” which Coates is currently developing for Dancespace’s Platform 2015, and a screening of their co-created short science-art film, “Three Views of the Higgs and Dance.” Michael Tuts, professor of physics at Columbia University, and Carrie Noland, professor of French and comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine and author of Agency and Embodiment: Performing Gestures/Producing Culture, will offer remarks in response to the presentation, followed by a conversation among the participants. Austin Quigley Black Box Theater in Lerner Hall. Please register for this event.

February 5
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Italian Academy
Music, Fascism, and the Holocaust with Michael Beckerman (NYU) and Harvey Sachs (Curtis Institute of Music). Europe and the United Nations commemorate the victims of the Holocaust each winter on the date of Auschwitz’s liberation in 1945. The Italian Academy presents an annual academic event exploring issues of discrimination and crimes against humanity. This year’s program includes a prominent author and a distinguished music professor. The Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave.

February 10
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Center for Health Policy | School of Nursing Alumni Association
Leading Change: How Nursing Can Shape Health Care Policy moderated by Darlene Curley, executive director of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. Panelists include Sheila Burke, adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and senior public policy advisor at Baker Donelson in Washington DC; Sally Dreslin, an alumna of the Columbia School of Nursing and executive deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Health; and Stephen Ferrara, associate dean of clinical affairs at the Columbia School of Nursing. A reception will follow with alumni, students, and faculty. Faculty Club, College of Physicians & Surgeons, 630 W. 168th Street. RSVP here.

February 12
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Asian American Studies | Department of History
President Lee C. Bollinger and Provost John H. Coatsworth host the
University Lecture with Mae M. Ngai “The Chinese Question and Global Politics in the Nineteenth Century”
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, some dozen countries passed laws excluding Chinese immigrants from their shores. This lecture considers local politics in the gold-mining regions of the United States, Australia, and South Africa, where Euro-Americans first encountered large-scale Chinese immigration, the differences in politics among them, and the dynamics that brought them together into an idea with global force and reach. The talk will consider the question, “[What] explains the emergence of Chinese exclusion in global politics and perceptions of the ‘Chinese Question’ as a global race problem?” The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience and a reception. Rotunda, Low Memorial Library. RSVP is required.

February 12
6 p.m.
Graduate School of Journalism
The Delacorte Lectures: David Remnick, Editor of The New Yorker
David Remnick speaks as part of the spring 2015 Delacorte Lecture Series. The Delacorte Lectures examine aspects of magazine journalism by a leader in the field of magazine publishing. Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and under his direction the magazine has garnered a 149 nominations for National Magazine Awards and has won 37. In 2001 and again in 2005, the magazine won an unprecedented five National Magazine Awards; in 2014, the magazine won four awards. In addition, in 2000 Remnick was named Advertising Age’s Editor of the Year. The Delacorte Lectures is headed by Victor Navasky, the George T. Delacorte Professor in Magazine Journalism and director of the Delacorte Center. Pulitzer Hall, 3rd floor, World Room. Refreshments will be served.

Highlighted above are general interest campus or NYC events of possible high interest to alumni, donors, and prospects. This listing is highly selective by design — regrettably, much more is omitted than featured. For RSVP, ticket availability, and other details, follow the links. As always, I appreciate hearing from you about future events!

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