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!


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