Jerry’s Picks 15.27

Brains, noses, rivers, and all that jazz! Be sure to share your event stories!


October 19: The Negotiator: A Conversation with Senator George Mitchell
October 20: George Rupp: “The Power – and Limitations – of Individualism”


October 27
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Maison Française
The Bishnois, Ecologists Since the 15th Century
Screening of a documentary by award-winning French photographer and environmental activist Franck Vogel on the lives of the Bishnoi community of Rajasthan in India, who have made wildlife conservation and environmental protection their life’s work. Followed by a Q&A with Vogel, joined in conversation by Ruth DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development. Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall. (Global)

October 29
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Earth Institute | Maison Française
Transboundary Rivers
Another evening with photographer Franck Vogel. Vogel’s series has focused on global transboundary water tensions around seven key rivers: the Nile, the Brahmaputra, the Colorado, the Mekong, the Jordan, the Amazon, and the Ganges. Vogel will present his work-in-progress through photography. Also with Upmanu Lall, the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering and director of the Columbia Water Center. Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall. (Global)

November 4
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Zuckerman Institute
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lectures
Scents and Sensibility: Representations of the Olfactory World in the Brain featuring Dr. Richard Axel
How does the brain know what the nose is smelling? Richard Axel, Nobel laureate and co-director of the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, has the answers. RSVP here. Miller Theatre. (Zuckerman Institute and the Future of Neuroscience)

7 p.m.
Center for Jazz Studies
Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth
John Szwed, director of the Center for Jazz Studies, will discuss his book Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth. Introduction by Farah Jasmine Griffin, the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies, with a performance by jazz vocalist Catherine Russell and her trio. Teatro, Casa Italiana, Morningside Campus.

November 12, 7 p.m.
Fishing for Neutrinos at the South Pole
Act now: these programs tend to fill up quickly! Nevis Labs, Columbia’s science facility in the Westchester river town of Irvington, has begun to welcome the public through a Science-on-Hudson lecture series. This one features Professor Michael Shaevitz describing the IceCube project and the particle detector designed to observe the cosmos from deep within the South Pole ice. RSVP here. Science Center at Nevis Laboratories, 136 South Broadway. Irvington, New York.

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