Jerry’s Picks 16.25 October 19 – 31

October’s calendar brims…we just couldn’t be that picky. So here’s a thinker’s dozen. Feed your head or fuel up for the October 21 fun run with President Bollinger. In corpore sano and all that….

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October 17: Global Perspectives on the U.S. Presidential Election (livestream available here)
October 19: Lessons of Climate Resilience in New York City


October 19
6:30 p.m.
Columbia Journal of Race and Law | Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
Environmental Justice: What’s Race Got to Do With It?
Panelists will discuss a range of issues related to water accessibility and the disproportionate siting of environmental hazards in communities of color across the nation. Includes Edward Lloyd, Evan M. Frankel Clinical Professor in Environmental Law; Steven McSloy, partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP; and Kendall Thomas, director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture. Columbia Law School, Room 103. (Climate Response, Just Societies)

6:30 p.m.
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My City Book Club: A History of Housing in New York City
Richard Plunz, director of the Urban Design Lab, will discuss his landmark study, A History of Housing in New York City. He will be joined in conversation by David Burney (Pratt Institute School of Architecture) and Shola Olatoye (New York City Housing Authority). Reception and book signing to follow. Purchase tickets here. Museum of the City of New York.

October 20
6 – 8 p.m.
Oral History Master of Arts
Intersection | Prospect Heights: Dialogue in the Supermarket
How do we talk about, argue about, and even laugh and cry about gentrification? Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani will discuss her most recent public art and dialogue project in Prospect Heights, in which exhibitions were curated at the supermarket to encourage conversations around gentrification. Knox Hall, Room 509.

October 21
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
College of Physicians and Surgeons
CUMC Eighth Annual Steve Miller Medical Education Day
An annual event promoting medical education and humanism in medicine, paying tribute to the legacy of the late Steve Miller ’80CC, ’84P&S, former director of pediatric emergency medicine and director of pediatric medical student education. Featuring a grand rounds talk by Sheri Fink, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ashley Elich at [email protected]. CUMC Alumni Auditorium, 1st floor.

1 – 2 p.m.
Columbia Data Science Institute | Department of Biomedical Informatics
Paul D. Clayton Lecture: DJ Patil, The White House Chief Data Scientist
DJ Patil, deputy chief technology officer for data policy and chief data scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, will answer questions about President Obama’s Data Science Initiative and its articulation with precision medicine. Roy And Diana Vagelos Education Center, Wu Auditorium. (Data and Society, Precision Medicine)

2 – 5:30 p.m.
The Italian Academy | Office of the Dean of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences | Public Books | Office of the President
The Global Book Review
Editors and critics from around the world will discuss how the Internet has—and has not—created a global readership. Keynote by James Wood, staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker. RSVP here. The Italian Academy. (Global)

1 – 6 p.m.
The Walther Collection | Department of Art History and Archaeology | Wallach Art Gallery
Beyond the Frame: Contemporary Photography from Africa and the Diaspora
International scholars, curators, artists, and cultural producers will be in discussion. View program and speakers here. Followed by a reception at the Wallach Art Gallery, which will be open for viewing The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives in Photographic Portraiture from Africa. Register here. Schermerhorn Hall, Room 501.

8 p.m.
Astronomy Department
Surviving the Age of Misinformation
Marking the the 25th anniversary of the first World Wide Webpage, David J. Helfand will discuss the origin of misinformation and illustrate how to survive in the misinformation age. The lecture includes a Q&A session, astrophotography slideshows, and an observatory tour, followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). Pupin Hall. (Data and Society)

October 25
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mailman | The Paley Center for Media
Calderone Prize in Public Health Lecture
This year’s prize will be awarded to Mary Bassett, commissioner of New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Bassett currently leads a comprehensive strategic plan to address how New York City will contain the global outbreak of the Zika virus. Reception starts at 10:30 a.m. The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street.

October 26
6 – 7:30 p.m.
European Institute | Columbia Journalism School
The U.S. Elections Through Foreign Eyes
What is it like to cover the U.S. presidential race? How do foreign correspondents explain our political system to the rest of the world? A discussion with Dame Babou (African Time Radio), Matthew Bishop, (The Economist); Maria Cristina Ramirez (La Prensa Panama); Weifeng Ni (BBC). International Affairs Building, Room 1512. (Global)

October 27
4 – 5 p.m.
Center for History and Ethics in Public Healthcare
Isidore I. Benrubi Lecture with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Whitehouse will give a lecture entitled Manufacturing Doubt: The Industry Playbook for Undermining Science and Thwarting Regulation. Reception to follow. Register here. CUMC Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168th Street, Black Building. Private dinner at 6 p.m. at the CUMC Faculty Club. RSVP to dinner here [email protected].

October 31
6:30 – 8 p.m.
The Committee on Global Thought
Global Think-in: Populisms Now
A global think-in about populism with John Judis, editor-at-large at Talking Points Memo, on the U.S; Federico Finchelstein, professor of history at the New School, on Latin America; Xiaobo Lü, professor of political science at Barnard College, on China; Nadia Urbinati, professor of political theory, on Europe; and Lawrence Liang, co-founder of Alternate Law Forum. Moderated by Carol Gluck, chair of the Committee on Global Thought. Register here. Columbia Journalism School, Pulitzer Hall, Lecture Hall. (Global)


October 13 – October 28: Filming at the Borders: Migrating to Europe Today (Film Series at Maison Française)
September 7 – December 10: The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives in Photographic Portraiture from Africa (Wallach Gallery)

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