Monthly Archives: February 2016

Jerry’s Picks 16.8 March 1 – 12

The calendar springs forward with events—too many to be too picky! Write event stories here.

March 1: Countdown to the Election: Health Policy 2016, Pirates of the Caribbean: Roberto Clemente and the Black Sporting Diaspora
March 3: Tony Tripodi Lecture Series on International Social Work: Social Service in a Pluralistic World
March 7: Columbia Women Dean’s Colloquium: Women and Leadership in the 21st Century University


March 1
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wallach Art Gallery | Miller Theatre | Art History and Archaeology
Liquid Highway Revisited: Hispañola in Perspective
Artists Firelei Báez, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, and Scherezade Garcia will explore the connections between the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and contemporary art. This event is held in conjunction with this year’s site-specific mural by Garcia in the lobby of Miller Theatre, In Transit/Liquid Highway. Remarks by Deborah Cullen, director and chief curator of the Wallach Art Gallery. Schermerhorn Hall, Room 612. (Just Societies, Public Square)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
SIPA | Earth Institute
What are Columbia’s Economic, Legal, and Moral Responsibilities to Act on Climate Change?
An opportunity to hear about the sustainability efforts across Columbia’s campuses and throughout its programs. Featuring Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; Todd Gitlin, professor of Journalism; Jessica Prata, assistant vice president of environmental stewardship at Columbia; Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute; and Bruce Usher, director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. Moderated by Lisa Sachs, director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. Followed by a Q&A. Jerome L. Greene Hall, Room 104. (Climate Change)
March 2
9 – 11 a.m.
Columbia Journalism School
The Dark Web and Its Secrets
Christopher White, principal researcher at Microsoft, will discuss the dark web and the ways journalists can use open source software to investigate crimes. White was recently a program manager at DARPA developing advanced technologies for data science, where he created DARPA’s leading programs XDATA, Memex, and the Open Catalog as part of the President’s Big Data Initiative. Pulitzer Hall, World Room. (Data and Society)

March 3
6 – 8 p.m.
Oral History Master of Arts Program | Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics
Reckoning with 100 Years of Violence on the U.S. and Mexico Border: Methods for Developing a Public Dialogue
Oral histories provide access to vernacular histories that shed light on the long histories of state sanctioned violence. What are the best methods for making these oral histories available and accessible to the public and shifting popular understandings of the past? Discussion by Monica M. Martinez, assistant professor of American students at Brown University. Knox Hall, Room 509. (Just Societies, Public Square)
8 p.m.
Barnard College Department of Theatre | South Asian Institute | Asian Cultural Council
Opening Night: Chokher Bali (Sand in My Eye)
The first English performance of Rabindranath Tagore’s classic Bengali novel. Play and translation by Partha Chatterjee, professor of anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; directed by Mahesh Dattani, Ahuja Distinguished Fellow for Spring 2016; and dramaturged by Shayoni Mitra, assistant professor of theatre. Performance followed by a talkback and reception. See schedule of performances here and purchase tickets here. Barnard Campus, Milbank Hall, Room 118.

March 8
1 – 2 p.m.​
New York, Global City: Recovery and Transformation Since the Great Recession
Rosemary Scanlon, former New York State Deputy Comptroller and divisional dean of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, will discuss the diversification of New York City’s economy after the Great Recession.  Register here. International Affairs Building, Room 1510.

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race | Center for Ethnomusicology | Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program | Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Jon Jang: The Sounds of Struggle
Music from the 1960’s Black Liberation Movement to the 1980’s Asian American Movement with Jon Jang, jazz composer and pianist. Part of the Transnational Asian American speaker series. Dodge Hall, 701C. (Just Societies, Public Square)

March 9 – 12
School of the Arts
Undrown’d: Seeking Asylum
A play about immigration, imagination, and survival inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, contemporary news media, and accounts from refugees. Directed by Benita de Wit ’16SOA. Free with a valid CUID, purchase tickets here for general admission. The Connelly Theatre, 220 East 4th Street. (Public Square)
For RSVP, ticket availability, and other details, follow the links. We always appreciate hearing from you about future events!

Jerry’s Picks 16.7 Feb. 23 – March 9

Cuba, Russia, Istanbul, museums, and Puerto Rican baseball—plus a conversation with Columbia’s women deans—and the Neiman Center for Print Studies. What’s in the Columbia world? What isn’t?

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Miller Theatre celebrates the music of Romania with a series of two Pop-Up Concerts on March 1 and March 3, with a Composer Portrait featuring Iancu Dumitrescu on March 5.


February 23: One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York, Free Expression in the Age of Security Threats: A View from the Catbird Seat, and Income Inequality, the Media, and the 2016 Presidential Election
February 26: Real Women, Real Voices and Opening Reception of New Prints with Kiki Smith
March 1: Countdown to the Election: Health Policy 2016
March 3: Tony Tripodi Lecture Series on International Social Work: Social Service in a Pluralistic World


February 23
6 p.m.
Columbia University Club Foundation
A Conversation: Cuban Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez and Provost John H. Coatsworth
Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez is the ambassador and permanent representative of Cuba to the United Nations. A reception will follow. Purchase tickets here. Columbia University Club, 15 West 43rd Street. (Global)

February 24
4 – 7:30 p.m.
Harriman Institute | Overseas Press Club of America
Russia Hands Reunion: Covering Moscow Under Communism, Yeltsin, and Putin
A conference featuring journalists who covered Russia and the USSR. Welcoming remarks by Charles Wallace, governor of Overseas Press Club of America, and Alexander Cooley, director of the Harriman Institute. Moderated by Robert Kaiser, former managing editor of the Washington Post and Moscow correspondent. Full list of speakers and schedule here. Register here. International Affairs Building, Kellogg Center, Room 1501. (Global, Public Square)

February 24
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Columbia Global Centers
Open Museums: Thelma Golden, Paulo Herkenhoff, and Vasif Kortun
How is the role of the museum changing in today’s global art capitals? How are curators around the world reimagining the relationship between museums and the public? Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem; Paulo Herkenhoff, former director of Museu de Arte in Rio de Janeiro; and Vasif Kortun, director of research and programs at SALT in Istanbul/Ankara, will be in discussion. Anne Higonnet, professor of art history, will moderate. Simone Douglas, associate professor of photography at Parsons, and Sharon Marcus, dean of humanities at Columbia, will introduce the event. RSVP here. Parsons School of Design and the New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, University Center, Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102. (Global, Public Square)

February 26
12:30 p.m.
GSAPP | Institute for Research in African-American Studies | Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
Critical Dialogues on Race and Modern Architecture
Race has been integral in shaping architectural discourse. Panelists will explore how race has been deployed to organize and conceptualize the spaces of modernity, from the building, to the city, to the nation, to the planet. Discussion includes Mabel O. Wilson, associate professor of architecture, planning, and preservation, and Saidiya Hartman, professor of English and comparative literature. GSAPP, Wood Auditorium. (Just Societies)

February 27
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
Leap into Contemporary Art: the Wallach Art Gallery’s Community Day
Tours of the exhibition Open This End – with the artwork of Andy Warhol, Paul McCarthy, Kehinde Wiley, and many more contemporary artists – and workshops on sculpture and other art-making activities. RSVP required here. Schermerhorn Hall, Wallach Art Gallery, 8th floor.

March 1
6 p.m.
Barnard College | Barnard Forum on Migration
Pirates of the Caribbean: Roberto Clemente and the Black Sporting Diaspora
What can the study of sport offer migration and diaspora studies? Frank Guridy, visiting associate professor in history, examines the career of Roberto Clemente, the legendary Afro-Puerto Rican baseball player of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clemente’s migratory experiences illustrate the links between the vibrant sporting cultures of the Caribbean and the racialized political economy of professional baseball in the United States. Barnard Hall, Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd floor. (Just Societies, Global)

March 7
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Virginia Kneeland Frantz Society for Women Faculty
Women and Leadership in the 21st Century University
A colloquium of women deans at Columbia University, includes Amale Andraos (GSAPP), Bobbie Berkowitz (Nursing), Mary C. Boyce (Engineering), Linda Fried (Mailman), Merit E. Janow (SIPA), Alondra Nelson (Social Science), Jeanette Takamura (Social Work). Moderated by Lee Goldman, executive vice president and dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine chief executive of CUMC. Reception to follow. RSVP here. Alumni Auditorium, P&S, 630 West 168th St. (Public Square)

March 9
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
Open This End: Art, Ethics and Philanthropy Roundtable
A discussion featuring art collector Blake Byrne ’61MBA and moderated by Bruce Kogut, Sanford C. Bernstein & and Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. Registration required here. Special exhibition viewing from 5 to 6 p.m. RSVP here. Uris Hall, Room 301. (Public Square)

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

Jerry’s Picks 16.6 Feb. 17 – March 3

From outer space to cyberspace, March is coming in like a (Columbia) lion.

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February 12: BRICS 2.0: Challenges of Global Governance and Growth
February 18: Richard L. Kauffman: Reforming the Energy Vision
February 19: The Future of Racial Morality After Black Love and Black Rage
February 23: One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York


February 17
8 p.m.
Columbia Engineering | Columbia Space Initiative
Extreme Engineering Presents: Inside the Helment
A talk with NASA geologist Dean Eppler. Part of a weeklong series of talks with NASA astronauts and engineers.  Northwest Corner Building, Room 501.

February 22
6 – 7:30 p.m.
SIPA | Columbia Entrepreneurship | Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center
A Fireside Chat with Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker
Neil Blumenthal and Warby Parker are leading the way for socially conscious businesses. Blumenthal will be joined in conversation by Seisei Tatebe-Goddu ’13SIPA director of operations and marketing at Dumbo Dorm Productions. Followed by a Social Innovation Happy Hour. RSVP here. SIPA, Room 1501.

February 23
5 – 7:30 p.m.
Harriman Institute
Free Expression in the Age of Security Threats: a View from the Catbird Seat
Dunja Mijatović, representative on freedom of the media at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), addresses the major issues affecting free media in the OSCE region including journalists’ safety, Internet freedom, and propaganda as a tool for war and hatred. Pulitzer Hall, 3rd floor. (Global)

6 – 8 p.m.
Income Inequality, the Media, and the 2016 Presidential Election
A panel discussion with Patricia Cohen, reporter at the New York Times; Michael Massing, author and contributor to the New York Review of Books; and Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor and co-founder of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. Moderated by Anya Schiffrin, director of the International Media, Advocacy, and Communications specialization. RSVP here. International Affairs Building, Room 1512. (Just Societies)

February 26
4 – 7 p.m.
Public Humanities Initiative
Real Women, Real Voices
Features currently and formerly incarcerated women discussing the impact of incarceration on their lives, and the lives of their children and families, as well as the need for changes to policy as it relates to women and incarceration. This is a pre-launch event in advance of the 2016 Beyond the Bars Conference. Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103. (Just Societies)

5 – 7 p.m.
School of the Arts
Opening Reception of New Prints with Kiki Smith
An exhibition of new prints published by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, featuring David Altmejd ’01SOA; Ernesto Caivano ’01SOA; Mark Dion, visual arts mentor; Edward Mapplethorpe; and Kiki Smith, adjunct faculty. Dodge Hall, LeRoy Neiman Gallery.

March 1
4 p.m.
Columbia Nursing | Mailman School
Countdown to the Election: Health Policy 2016
A panel discussion with healthcare and health policy leaders to discuss health policy and impending leadership changes in 2016 at the federal, state, and local level. RSVP here. CUMC Faculty Club, Physicians and Surgeons Building, 4th floor.

March 3
6 – 7:30 p.m.
School of Social Work
Tony Tripodi Lecture Series on International Social Work: Social Service in a Pluralistic World
Columbia President Emeritus George E. Rupp will consider the profession of social service in all of its expressions, both domestically and internationally, as an interesting instance of the crosscurrents between our society’s emphasis on individualism and the need for taking collective action on behalf of, and responsibility for, the rights and freedoms of those who lack the power or ability to advocate for themselves. RSVP here. Faculty House, President’s Room 1. (Global)

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


Jerry’s Picks 16.5 Feb. 8 – Feb. 23

February, Black History Month, brings programs focusing on race and society, as well as the usual Big Idea smorgasbord. Write event stories here


February 8 – March 25
Rare Book and Manuscript Library | Institute for Research in African American Studies
On view now, an exhibit on the late Manning Marable, an author, activist, scholar, and the founding director of Columbia’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies. View hours here. Mark your calendars: exhibit, panel discussion, and reception on March 11. Butler Library, 6th floor, Chang Octagon.


February 9: Human Rights Connectivity and the Future of the Human Rights System, A Diverse Nation: the French Model of Integration, and Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus
February 10: 99 Homes
February 11: World Leaders Forum and Embodied Cognition Workshop: Music and Neuroscience
February 13: Albert Murray—An American Original


February 8 
6 – 8 p.m.
Mailman School
Negotiating Humanitarian Space: Experiences from the Field 
A round-table discussion about humanitarian space in conflict zones. Speakers from Doctors Without Borders will share their experiences. RSVP here. 722 West 168th St, Allan Rosenfield Building, Hess Commons. (Global)

February 10
6 – 7 p.m.
Columbia Global Reports | Committee on Global Thought
Planes, Trains, and Root Canals: The New World of Medical Tourism
Sasha Issenberg, Bloomberg Politics contributor and author of Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism; Michael Doyle, director of Columbia Global Policy Initiative and member of the Committee on Global Thought; and Nicholas Lemann, director of Columbia Global Reports and journalism dean emeritus, will discuss Issenberg’s book, medical tourism, and global healthcare. Register . Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105. (Global)

February 12
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
SIPA | Center on Global Economic Governance
BRICS 2.0: Challenges of Global Governance and Growth
This BRICLab conference will bring together academics, policymakers, and business leaders to examine how Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa are continuing to build new global governance platforms and the impact on the global political economy. Moderated by David Fergusson, CEO of the M&A Advisor and opening remarks by Jan Svejnar, director of the Center on Global Economic Governance. Registration is required here. Low Library Rotunda. (Global)

​February 18​
6 7:15 p.m.
​Center on Global Energy Policy
Richard L. Kauffman, chairman of energy and finance for New York in the office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, will discuss the strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient, and affordable energy system in New York. David Sandalow, inaugural fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy, will moderate. Registration is required . Faculty House, Presidential Room 2/3. (Climate Change, Global)

February 19
12:15 – 2 p.m.
Center for Race, Philosophy, and Social Justice
The Future of Racial Morality After Black Love and Black Rage
Christopher Lebron, assistant professor of African American studies and philosophy at Yale University, will talk as part of the speaker series. Lebron has been active in public forums discussing race, social justice, and democratic ethics – most recently he has written for the Boston Review and the New York Times. (Just Societies)

February 23
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Rare Book and Manuscript Library | Lehman Center for American History
As part of the Live from Columbia Archives series, a discussion with Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Arthur Browne. Butler Library 523. (Just Societies)

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


What’s with February 18? Jerry’s Picks 16.4 Feb. 9 – 21

Columbia Universe-ity! Current picks include one of those banner campus days: a Wallach Gallery opening, films at SoA and Barnard, and talks on the promise of precision medicine, oral history and social justice, fetal alcohol syndrome and public health, and more — all on February 18 alone. Write event stories here


February 18
5:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Center for Science and Society | Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience
Speakers will highlight some big questions surrounding precision medicine—ethical, social, economic, and legal implications of advancing this research. With David Goldstein, director of Columbia’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, and Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University. Moderated by Alondra Nelson, dean of Social Science. A full list of respondents is available here. Register here. Low Library Rotunda. (Precision Medicine)


February 1: Robin Bell on Antarctica
February 2: Socioeconomic Disparities, Children and Brain Development
February 3: Founders Series with Jamie Hodari ’04CC
February 5: Innovation and the Value of Privacy

February 9
6 – 7 p.m.
University Lecture
Human Rights, Connectivity, and the Future of the Human Rights System
A lecture hosted by President Lee C. Bollinger and Provost John H. Coatsworth with Sarah H. Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights and faculty co-director of the Human Rights Institute. Registration required here. Low Library Rotunda. (Just Societies, Global)

February 11
10 – 11 a.m.
World Leaders Forum
The Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, speaks on “Leadership in the Age of Change: Managing Current Developments in the Mediterranean and Throughout Europe.” Introduced by President Lee C. Bollinger and moderated by economics professor Alessandra Casella. Register here. Low Library Rotunda. (Global)

February 13
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Center for Jazz Studies
Albert Murray—An American Original
On the occasion of the Albert Murray Centennial, panel discussions on the Harlemite Albert Murray, jazz critic, novelist, and thinker. A full schedule and list of speakers is available here. Opening remarks by Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English. Followed by a jazz performance by the Michael Carvin Experience. RSVP to [email protected] (Public Square)

February 17
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Mailman School
The Urban Landscape and Public Health
Join Dean Linda P. Fried for a Dean’s Grand Rounds with Jonathan F.P. Rose, president of Jonathan Rose Companies, and Mitchell J. Silver, commissioner of the New York City department of parks and recreation. For more information, please contact Kim Milian at [email protected] CUMC Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168th Street, 1st floor.

February 18—One of those Columbia days!
4 – 6 p.m.
Wallach Art Gallery
Open This End: Artists in Conversation
Joseph R. Wolin, independent curator and art critic, will lead a panel discussion featuring several of the artists included in Open This End. Register here.  Schermerhorn Hall, 8th floor.
6 p.m.
Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library
Message in a Bottle: The Making of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Spectrum Disorder
Janet Golden, professor of history at Rutgers University, ​will trace the disorder’s discovery, public health, medical, and legal ramifications, as well as its portrayal in the media in terms of race, class, and gender. Augustus C. Long Health Sciences, Hammer Building, Conference Room 103 A.

6:30 p.m.
School of the Arts
Chapter and Verse
Interdisciplinary conversation on race, justice, and the carceral continuum following a screening of Jamal Joseph’s Chapter and Verse. Speakers include Jamal Joseph, professor of professional practice; Kathy Boudin, director of the Criminal Justice Initiative; Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Correctional Association of New York; Carl Hart, professor of psychology; and Samuel Roberts, director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. Moderated by Kendall Thomas, director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture. Miller Theatre. (Just Societies)

6 – 8 p.m.
Columbia Center for Oral History Research | Oral History Master of Arts Program
Performance into Policy: Doing Justice by Oral Histories of Place and Displacement
Hudson Vaughan, deputy director and a co-founder of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, and Della Pollock, executive director, will discuss the process of moving from oral history as performance towards policy intervention. Knox Hall, Room 509. (Just Societies)
February 18 – 21
Barnard | Athena Center for Leadership Studies
6th Annual Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership
A weekend of feature films, documentaries, and shorts that highlight women’s leadership both in real life and the fictional world. Includes panel discussions with directors and workshops. View the full program schedule here and venue locations here. Purchase tickets here. (Public Square)

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