A spring bouquet. Jerry’s and Carolina’s Picks (16:47) April 11 – 25

The sense of smell is in the air this week, of course, and other Picks include Congressman Schiff on cybersecurity, two Wallach Gallery openings, programs on knowing, proving, and seeing, the neuroscience of movement and the dynamics of race and health  Enjoy and remember to share your story.


April 11: The New York Premiere Film Screening of Light and Brazilian Democracy: Challenges and Perspectives (livestreamed here)
April 13: The Human Sense of Smell and Neutrinos are Us!
April 14: #StartupColumbia 2017 Festival  


April 22
3 – 6 p.m.
School of the Arts | Wallach Art Gallery
Public Opening and Reception: 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition
The first exhibition in the Lenfest Center for the Arts, the new home of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, will showcase the work of 29 student artists. Curated by Wallach director Deborah Cullen. Exhibition runs April 23 to May 21. 615 West 129th Street in Manhattanville.


April 11 – 12
Columbia University Libraries
The Art of Data Visualization: Art or Knowledge?
Is data visualization art? Is it knowledge? Or is it some combination of the two (and more)? This two-day conference will explore these questions and showcase work from a range of data visualization practitioners. A keynote entitled Data Humanism will be given by Giorgia Lupi, author of Dear Data. Other topics include Conflict Urbanism: Visualizing Conflict Data Through Mapping and Spatial Analysis and Visualizing Social Interactions in Social Networks. Register here. For workshop locations and program visit here. (Data and Society)

April 13
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Mailman School of Public Health
Race, Racism, and Health in the Trump Era: Realities and Evidence-Based Projections
A seminar by David R. Williams, Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and professor of African and African American studies and sociology at Harvard. Williams developed the Everyday Discrimination Scale, one of the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies. RSVP here. 722 West 168th St. 532, Allan Rosenfield Building. (Just Societies)

April 18
6 – 8 p.m.
Wallach Art Gallery | Critical and Curatorial Studies in Art History and Archaeology
Opening Reception Invisible Cities: Moda Curates 2017
An exhibition taking viewers on a journey through various media—photography, film, and digital—as it examines the “relationship between representation and mediation” in works expressing “the imagined dreams, the hidden anxieties, and the real desires of contemporary culture.” Curated by Page Benkowski ’17GSAS, Taylor Fisch ’17GSAS, and Georgia Horn ’17GSAS. Exhibition runs April 18 to May 20 at the Morningside Campus location of the Wallach Art Gallery. Schermerhorn Hall, 8th floor. Tour with curators on April 27.

April 19
4 – 5:15 p.m.
Columbia Law | Center on Global Governance | Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security
The Cyber Threat to our National Security and Privacy
A discussion with congressman Adam Schiff, US representative for California’s 28th district and ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Reception to follow. Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103. (Data and Society, Just Societies)

April 20
5 – 7 p.m.
Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative
Precision Medicine and Popular Media
Precision Medicine—an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person—raises a myriad of cultural, political, and historical questions that the humanities are uniquely positioned to address. Discussion with Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, senior research scholar and medical anthropologist at Stanford school of medicine, as part of the Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative series, Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture. Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Case Lounge, Room 701. (Precision Medicine)

April 21 – 22
Center for Science and Society | Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Evidence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Knowing and Certainty
With leading Columbia faculty, academic scholars, public policy makers, non-governmental advocates, and media experts. Panelists will examine the use of evidence—from massive data sets to individual case studies. Registration required here. Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall. (Data and Society)

April 25
6:30 –  8 p.m.
Zuckerman Institute
The Neuroscience of Movement
Thomas M. Jessell, co-director of Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute and Claire Tow Professor of Motor Neuron Disorders, discusses the factors that regulate neuronal diversity and their clinical implications. Jessell will also provide examples of the way in which manipulation of the activity of neurons permits insight into the design of circuits involved in motor control. RSVP here. Faculty House. (Future of Neuroscience)

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

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