Really Amazing Weeks! Jerry’s and Carolina’s Picks (16:46) March 30 – April 19

April is the fullest month: too much, too varied, too great to be too picky! Take a long look at our long list. Remember to share your story.


April 4: Practices Starting a Biotech: Lessons Learned from Industry Leaders
April 5: Data Science Day 2017
April 6 – 7: The Fourth Annual Harriet Zuckerman Conference at the Mellon Biennial
April 7: Surveillance and the Mosque and Cities and Climate Action: New Orleans, Rio, NYC


April 14th
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Columbia Entrepreneurship
#StartupColumbia 2017 Festival  
Panelist will tackle innovations around truth in the media, ways to save the planet, and the burgeoning life sciences scene in NYC. Includes Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chief of Slate, University Professor Jeffrey Sachs, and closing keynote by, member of the Black Eyed Peas. Complimentary tickets provided for VIP alumni. Please contact Yvette Miller at [email protected] for tickets and more information. Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium.


March 30
6 – 9 p.m.
20th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum
Addresses issues in urban ecosystems including mass incarceration, education, the environment, labor, tourism, immigration, and fiscal crises. Keynote address by John R. Lewis, US Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District. Opening remarks by President Lee C. Bollinger, Dean Merit E. Janow, and David N. Dinkins, professor of professional practice at SIPA and the 106th Mayor of the City of New York. Panelists will discuss Reframing Economic and Political Citizenship. Livestreamed here. Miller Theatre. (Just Societies, Climate Response, Global)

April 3
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Heyman Center for the Humanities | The University Seminars
New Books in Political and Social Thought
Celebrating the recent work by University Seminars and Society of Fellows alumni David Armitage, Civil Wars: A History in Ideas; Jeffrey Barash, Collective Memory and the Historical Past; and Teresa Bejan, Mere Civility Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration. Includes Mark Mazower, director and chair of the Heyman Center. Faculty House, Ivy Room. (Just Societies)

April 5
6 – 8 p.m.
Human Rights, Rule of Law, and the Challenges of Civil Society Activism
A lecture by Navanethem Pillay, former United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights and former president and judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. RSVP here. International Affairs Building, Room 1512. (Global, Just Societies)

6 – 8 p.m.
The Harriman Institute | Graduate School of Journalism
Follow the Money: Offshore Finance, Russia and Beyond
Panel discussion with Irina Malkova, Russian Civil Society fellow and editor-in-chief of the Russian online newspaper Republic; Paul Klebnikov, Russian Civil Society fellow; Giannina Segnini, director of the master of science data concentration program at the Journalism School; Jason Sharman, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relation at the University of Cambridge; and moderated by Alexander Cooley, director of the Harriman Institute. RSVP here. Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Entry floor, East Wing. (Global)

April 5 – 8
Center for Science and Society | Weatherhead East Asian Institute | Department of History
Weaving: Cognition, Technology, and Culture
This conference, demonstration, and workshop will raise questions about the economic, social, and cultural significance of weaving, as well as broader issues about craft as cognition, cognitive change over time, innovation in craft, and the role of “traditional” crafts in the modern era. Panelists include psychologist Daphna Shohamy; Andrew Goldman, presidential scholar in Society and Neuroscience; Pamela H. Smith, Seth Low Professor of History and director of the Center for Science and Society; and more. Registration required here. Faculty House. (Future of Neuroscience)

April 6
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Mailman | HITLAB Seminar Series
Using Big Data to Achieve the Triple Aim
Tina Brown-Stevenson, senior vice president of health systems analytics and decision support at UnitedHealth Group, will be in discussion. Reception to follow. Registration required here by April 5. Livestreamed here. Allan Rosenfield Building, Hess Commons. (Data and Society)

6:30 p.m.
GSAPP | Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture | Orbit Books
New York 2140
A presentation by Kim Stanley Robinson on the release of his latest novel, New York 2140. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. In 2008, Robinson was named a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine. Includes a discussion with Dean Amale Andraos and Reinhold Martin, Buell Center director. Pulitzer Hall, World Room. (Climate Response)

April 7
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Co-sponsors here
Race, Law, and Exception
What is the relationship between race, law, and states of exception? What are the deep historical roots and global configurations of this relationship? This conference brings together scholars and practitioners from across disciplines to reflect on these and other questions. Maison Française, Buell Hall, East Gallery. (Global, Just Societies)

April 10
6 – 9 p.m.
Mailman Office of the Dean | Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion
Medical Apartheid
A lecture by Harriet A. Washington ’13JRN, science writer, ethicist, and fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Washington’s books include Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We “Catch” Mental Illness and Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Experimentation from Colonial Times to the Present. RSVP here. 50 Haven Avenue, Bard Hall, Lounge, 1st floor. (Just Societies)

April 11
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro | Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies
Brazilian Democracy: Challenges and Perspectives
A discussion by Dilma Rousseff, former president of Brazil, on the political and economic challenges facing Brazil. Rousseff will provide her perspective on the current state and future of democracy, progressive politics, and economic growth in Brazil. Introduction by provost John H. Coatsworth and Q&A with the audience moderated by Thomas J. Trebat, director of the Global Center in Rio. Registration for this event is now closed but it will be livestreamed here. Italian Academy. (Global)

April 18
4 – 5 p.m.
Statistical Methods for Linking Big Data with Precision Health
A lecture with DuBois Bowman, chair of biostatistics, whose research spans numerous areas including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, schizophrenia, and cocaine addiction, among others. Reception to follow. Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium, Room 201. (Data and Society, Precision Medicine)

6 p.m.
School of the Arts | Society of Fellows and the Heyman Center for the Humanities | Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Resistance as Music
Vijay Iyer, Grammy-nominated composer-pianist, will be in conversation with students and faculty as part of the Artist at the Center series. Manu Vimalassery, term assistant professor of American studies at Barnard, will lead the discussion and Neferti Tadiar, director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, will moderate. Barnard College, Diana Center, Event Oval. (Arts and Imagination, Just Societies)

April 19
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Department of Epidemiology
The Sociopolitical and Medical Import of “Recreational” Genetics
A Epidemiology Grand Rounds with Alondra Nelson, dean of social science and award-winning author. Nelson’s work explores the intersection of science, medicine, and social inequality. Allan Rosenfield Building, Auditorium, 8th floor. (Just Societies, Precision Medicine)

6 – 7:30 p.m.
General Studies | School of the Arts | International Students and Scholars Office | Columbia College
The Global Poets Series: Sholeh Wolpe and Yuyutsu Sharma
A celebration through poetry of Columbia’s diverse global community. Includes Sholeh Wolpe, an Iranian poet whose verses explore violence, culture, and gender, and Yuyutsu Sharma, distinguished poet, translator, and journalist from Kathmandu, Nepal. Lewisohn Hall, GS Student Lounge. (Global, Arts and Imagination)

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

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