Monthly Archives: January 2016

Git It in Your Soul: Jerry’s Picks 16.3

Calvin Trillin! Antarctic Glaciers! 99 Homes! Charles Mingus! Two brain events! Startups, data privacy, and diversity in France! Can we even find enough exclamation points? Write event stories here!!! 

January 25:  What We Can Learn from the Asylum: A Documentary Quest
January 27: A Public Health Lens on Violence
January 29: The Latino Vote: Myth vs. Reality
January 30: Brentano String Quartet and Gabriel Calatrava: Bach’s Art of the Fugue


January 28
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Columbia Journalism School
Calvin Trillin – author of Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign In Verse and numerous other books, also, a regular contributor to The New Yorker who is known for his commentary on the American scene – will speak as part of the Delacorte Lecture series. Followed by a Q&A and moderated by Eric Bates, veteran magazine editor. Pulitzer Hall, World Room. (Public Square)

February 1
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Earth Institute
Robin Bell on Antarctica
Renowned glaciologist Robin Bell, researcher at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will speak about her team’s discoveries during their recent expedition to the ice-covered Gamburtsev Mountains, the last unknown mountain range on Earth. Purchase tickets here or e-mail [email protected]. Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street. (Climate Change)

February 2
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Zuckerman Institute
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture: Socioeconomic Disparities, Children and Brain Development
As part of a team of social scientists and neuroscientists, Kimberly Noble and her colleagues are planning the first-ever controlled trial of the effects of poverty reduction by providing a random group of low-income mothers a monthly income supplement for the first three years of their children’s lives. The team will estimate the impact on children’s cognitive, emotional, and brain development, as well as the effects on family functioning. Register here. Graduate School of Journalism, Lecture Hall. (Zuckerman Institute and the Future of Neuroscience, Just Societies)

February 3
5:30 p.m.
Columbia Entrepreneurship | Columbia Startup Lab
Founders Series with Jamie Hodari ’04CC
Jamie Hodari ’04CC, co-founder and co-CEO of Industrious, will provide first-hand knowledge of what it takes to make it in the startup world. Prior to Industrious, Hodari was the co-founder and CEO of Kepler, a rapidly growing experimental university that Scientific American called a “daring global experiment” to bring “top-tier instruction to the neediest parts of the planet.” Register here. Columbia Startup Lab, 69 Charlton Street.

February 5
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Data Sciences Institute | Center for Leadership and Ethics
Innovation and the Value of Privacy
How can we use data to improve privacy for individuals? Can we tell how companies are using our data and which ones are offering better protection? Speakers include Kate Crawford, principal researcher at Microsoft, Abhay Edlabadkar ’07BUS, founder of RedMorph; Roxana Geambasu, assistant professor of computer science; Arvind Narayanan, computer scientist at Princeton; Deirdre Mulligan, professor of information at UC Berkeley; and Claudia Perlich, chief data scientist at Dstillery. Purchase tickets here. Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research, Davis Auditorium. (Data and Society)

February 9
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.    
Maison Française | Alliance Program
A Diverse Nation: The French Model of Integration
Patrick Simon, director of research at INED at Sciences Po Paris; Andreas Wimmer, Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy; and Riva Kastoryano, sociologist at Sciences Po will discuss how the French model of integration is responding to the growing diversity within French society. Moderated by Alexander Stille, San Paolo Professor of International Journalism. Pulitzer Hall, Lecture Room. (Global, Just Societies)

7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Center for Jazz Studies
Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus
A book with author Krin Gabbard, jazz studies faculty, about the life of Charles Mingus, renowned jazz composer. Gabbard will be joined by Boris Koslov, bassist, composer, and arranger; Alex Foster, member of the Mingus Big Band; and Freddie Bryant, member of the Mingus Orchestra. Followed by a Jazz performance by the Boris Koslov Trio. RSVP at [email protected]. Buell Hall.  

February 10
6:30 p.m.
School of the Arts | Office of University Life
99 Homes
A film screening of 99 Homes about a businessman who repossess homes and swindles the real estate market, Wall Street banks, and the government. Followed by a talk with the director Ramin Bahrani ’96CC, School of the Arts film studies faculty, and Nobel Prize-winning economist and University Professor Joseph Stiglitz. Miller Theatre.

February 11
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Center for Science and Society | The Heyman Center for the Humanities
Embodied Cognition Workshop: Music and Neuroscience
The relationship between music, embodiment, and cognition will be discussed by Luc Nijs, Ghent University and by Mariusz Kozak, assistant professor of music. Followed by a panel discussion with Carmel Raz, postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities; Andrew Goldman, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience; and moderated by Jenny Boulboullé, lecturer in History. The Heyman Center, Common Room. (Zuckerman Institute and the Future of Neuroscience)

For RSVP, ticket availability, and other details, follow the links. We always appreciate hearing from you about future events!

Note to Self: Jerry’s Picks 16.2

Note to Self: Attend events! Write event stories here


January 25:  What We Can Learn from the Asylum: A Documentary Quest
January 27: A Public Health Lens on Violence
January 30: Stefon Harris & Sonic Creed

SNEAK PEEK (RSVP now: Nevis programs fill up quickly.)

February 11
7 p.m.
Nevis Science Center
Science-on-Hudson: A Brief History of Chemistry in the Cosmos
A public talk with Daniel Wolf Savi, senior research scientist at Nevis Laboratories. Learn about the cosmic chemical pathway from the Big Bang, to the formation of stars and life as we know it. Followed by stargazing with astronomers from the Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach Program (weather permitting). Science Center at Nevis Laboratories, Irvington, New York, 136 South Broadway.


January 20
7 p.m.
Zuckerman Institute
WNYC Live: Note to Self
The launch of “Infomagical” – a podcast series that explores information overload on our brains, our relationships, and our ability to generate new ideas. Participants will experiment with ways to regulate their information diet, find focus, and discover the magic of clearer thinking. Manoush Zomorodi will host and be joined in conversation by Daphna Shohamy, associate professor of psychology, and Adam Cardone, magician escape artist. Purchase tickets here. The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street. (Data and Society, Public Square, Zuckerman Institute and the Future of Neuroscience)

January 20
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Office of Government and Community Affairs
Mental Health: Advances in Science to Improve Care in the 21st Century
A community forum to learn about research and mental health advances at Columbia. RSVP at [email protected]. Columbia University Medical Campus, Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, Conference Room 2.

January 21 – 22
Department of History | History in Action Program
High-Stakes History: The Many Conversations of the Historian
Historical research and skills play roles in such varied fields as policy making, scientific research, entertainment, educating the public via primary sources, and popular history. This conference will reflect on the ways history participates in and shapes thinking and action beyond its disciplinary boundaries. Opening remarks by Alondra Nelson, dean of social science, with a keynote address by Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard. Full list of speakers and program here. RSVP here. Maison Française, Buell Hall, East Gallery. (Public Square)

January 29
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Graduate School of Journalism | Telemundo Network
The Latino Vote: Myth vs. Reality
Political experts will discuss the diverse demographics of Latino communities, how journalists can fact-check candidates and their positions, and understand election poll results. Panelists will comment on strategies the major parties will use in the coming elections. Full list of speakers . Moderated by Telemundo News co-anchors José Díaz-Belart and María Celeste Arrarás. Remarks by Luis Carlos Vélez, vice president of Telemundo Network, and Dean Steve Coll. RSVP here. Columbia Journalism School, Lecture Hall. (Public Square)

January 30
8 p.m.
CAA Arts Access
Brentano String Quartet and Gabriel Calatrava: Bach’s Art of the Fugue
A performance installation created by the Brentano Quartet, engineer Gabriel Calatrava, and choreographer John-Mario Sevilla. Featuring Nina Lee, cellist from Columbia’s department of music. Using instruments ranging from the quartet’s old Italian violins, to Calatrava’s 3D printer, this performance aims to bring a new approach to Bach’s Art of the Fugue. Purchase tickets here. 1395 Lexington Avenue, Kaufmann Concert Hall.

For RSVP, ticket availability, and other details, follow the links. We always appreciate hearing from you about future events!

Picky New Year! Jerry’s Picks 16.1

Welcome back! Along with climate change, Jamaica’s Queen Nanny, mental institutions, and public health, we have contemporary art at the Wallach and jazzman Stefon Harris’s good vibes at Miller Theatre. And a New Year’s resolution: attend at least one Columbia event this season and become a Jerry’s Picks event story contributor here! Still picky after all these years….

January 19
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
The Earth Institute | Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
What Effect Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Have on Domestic and International Climate Change Action?
The historic mega-treaty includes provisions related to fossil fuel exports, environmental standards, investor protections, and technology. What are the implications for climate change policy? Discussion panel will include Lise Johnson, head of investment law and policy, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment; Ben Beachy, senior policy advisor, Sierra Club; Claire E. Reade, senior counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP; and Norine Kennedy, vice president of strategic international engagement, energy, and environment, US Council for International Business. RSVP required here. Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104. (Climate Change)

January 22
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.    
School of the Arts | Office of Community Outreach and Education
Opening Reception of Renée Cox’s Exhibit: Revisiting the Queen Nanny Series
Renée Cox’s photographic series restages scenes from the life of Nanny, or Queen Nanny, the spiritual and political leader of the Maroon outpost Nanny Town, a fugitive community of previously enslaved Africans in Jamaica in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. On view January 22 to April 14. Russ Berrie Pavilion. (Public Square, Global)

January 25
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Global Mental Health Program
What We Can Learn from the Asylum: A Documentary Quest
The film Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution asks, “How do our past decisions regarding the treatment of people with mental health conditions influence and shape mental health care policy and practice today and into the future?” Filmmaker Lucy Winer will speak about her experiences at an institution that once held her captive and share highlights from her award-winning documentary. 1051 Riverside Drive, Room 6601, New York State Psychiatric Institute.

January 26
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Mailman School | Program on Forced Migration and Health
Successes and Challenges of Leading a Presidential Initiative: PMI and the Fight Against Malaria
Barack Obama’s President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), has contributed to sustained progress in decreasing malaria-related mortality in 19 focus countries and the Greater Mekong Sub-Region including Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer shares his experiences in managing the president’s global initiative. 722 West 168th St, Allan Rosenfield Building, Auditorium. (Global)

January 27
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wallach Art Gallery | The Skylark Foundation
Exhibition Reception – Open this End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne
Features both iconic and lesser-known works from some of the most significant artists of the last 50 years. The title, from a 1962 Warhol painting included in the show, suggests that the exhibition is a present to be unwrapped and shows us some of the ways we might unpack contemporary art, and how we might begin to understand these works as engaged in a series of exchanges that span genres, mediums, historical periods, and artistic styles. Curated by Joseph R. Wolin ’92GSAS, independent curator and art critic in New York. On view January 20 to March 12. Wallach Art Gallery.

January 27
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Mailman School
A Public Health Lens on Violence
Join Dean Linda P. Fried for a Dean’s Grand Rounds with Rodrigo Guerrero, the mayor of Cali, Colombia, and a Harvard-trained epidemiologist. For more information, please contact Kim Milian at [email protected]. CUMC Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168th Street, 1st floor. (Just Societies)

January 30
8 p.m.
Miller Theatre
Stefon Harris & Sonic Creed
Miller does jazz! Armed with marimbas, vibes, and an electrifying stage presence, Stefon Harris offers “a high-gloss, dizzyingly virtuosic blend of postbop and funk- and R&B-informed groove” (Time Out New York).  His new group, Sonic Creed, is packed with talent, including the rising-star Elena Pinderhughes, praised by the New York Times for throwing “her flute, body, and soul into Latin jazz”—at age ten. Since then, she’s flourished, bringing her bold sound on vocals and flute. Purchase tickets here. Miller Theatre.

For RSVP, ticket availability, and other details, follow the links. We always appreciate hearing from you about future events!