What, Me Worry? Jerry’s Picks 16.30 November 21 – December 3

Who says American politics is paranoid? Columbia historian Richard Hofstadter, about 50 years ago, prompted by the Goldwater candidacy! His centennial is marked tonight in a special program. Most Picks this week deal with issues of identity, opportunity, and the global economy.

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November 29: What Would it Mean to Understand Climate Change?


December 13
6 – 8:30 p.m.
New York Genome Center
Are You Your Genome? Exploring Identity Through the Lens of DNA
Panel discussion and Q&A with Joseph Pickrell, core member and assistant investigator; Alondra Nelson, dean of social science and author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome; and Wendy Kramer, director and co-founder of the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR). Moderated by Yaniv Erlich, core member and assistant investigator. Register here. 101 6th Avenue, New York Genome Center. (The Future of Neuroscience)


November 21
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Rare Book and Manuscript Library | Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History
Hofstadter at 100
Panel discussion honoring the 100th anniversary of Richard Hofstadter’s birth with Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia; Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies at Harvard; Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia; and Adrienne Petty, associate professor at the City College of New York. To register e-mail Thai Jones at [email protected]. Journalism Building, Lecture Hall, 3rd floor.

November 30
6:15 p.m.
Columbia Journalism School | Heyman Center for the Humanities
Dan Hoyle’s The Real Americans
Award-winning playwright and performer Dan Hoyle spent 100 days traveling through small town America, meeting union coal miners, rural drug dealers, and anti-war Veterans, among others. Come hear about how Hoyle found himself in the center of our country’s growing economic inequality and polarized politics. Pulitzer Hall, Lecture Hall. (Just Societies)

December 1–2
Columbia European Institute | Heyman Center for the Humanities
Brexit Before and Beyond
This two-day event brings together journalists and scholars from European and American universities to discuss the underlying issues that precipitated the UK’s decision to separate from the EU as well as the ongoing fallout from the “Brexit” vote, especially for those of us working in global universities. Includes John Lanchester, journalist and novelist, Columbia faculty Susan Pedersen, Adam Tooze, Mark Mazower, and others. No registration required. Jerome Greene Annex and Heyman Center, 2nd floor, Common Room. (Global)

December 2
9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Center for American Studies
Democracy and Education
Are American schools educating citizens? How are civic engagement programs reshaping liberal arts education? What are the public responsibilities of colleges and universities?
On the centennial of John Dewey’s classic Democracy and Education, the conference will consider his legacy for twenty-first century civic education. Register here. Faculty House. (Just Societies)

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
SIPA | Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies | Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business
Why is India the Fastest Growing Major Economy in the World?
The second Kotak Family Distinguished Lecture on India will be presented by Dale Jorgensen, Samuel W. Morris University Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Reception at 4 p.m. and lecture at 4:30 p.m. RSVP required here. International Affairs Building. (Global)

December 3
12:30 p.m.
School of the Arts
Young Writers Present
Readings from the students of Columbia Artists/Teachers (CA/T), Double Discovery Center, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, High School of Fashion Industries, Brooklyn High School of the Arts, Bronx Studio School, and Global Tech Prep. Collaborating with local schools and various community organizations in New York, C/AT establishes no-cost arts education programs designed specifically to the needs and goals of the institutions. Free and open to the public. Dodge Hall, Room 501.

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