The Shock of Attention? Jerry’s and Carolina’s Picks (16:48) April 20 – May 1

Everything under the warming sun! Enjoy and remember to share your story.


April 18: Opening Reception Invisible Cities: Moda Curates 2017
April 19: The Cyber Threat to our National Security and Privacy
April 20: Precision Medicine and Popular Media
April 21–22: Evidence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Knowing and Certainty
April 22: Public Opening and Reception: 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition


May 11
7 – 8 p.m.
Nevis Science Center
Space, Time, and Reality
One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of space and time. Research in our era has pushed this further, even hinting at the quantum threads that may stitch the spacetime fabric together. Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics and director of the Columbia Center for Theoretical Physics, will discuss these ideas and visualize them. Reception to follow. RSVP here. Science Center at Nevis Laboratories, Irvington, New York, 136 S. Broadway.


April 20
4 – 6 p.m.
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Despair is Not a Political Strategy: Leading Advocates Discuss Current Policy Campaigns to Protect New York’s Most Vulnerable
Community organizers focus on specific legislative targets that could buffer the impact of the new administration’s agenda. Featuring Katharine Bodde, policy counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union;  Charlene Gossett Navarro, regional outreach manager at the New York Immigration Coalition; Yul San Liem, co-director of the Justice Committee; Jose Schiffino, Long Island popular education coordinator at the Rural and Migrant Ministry; and Pete Sikora, New York Communities for Change. Jerome Greene Annex. (Just Societies)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
SEAS | Extreme Engineering
Space Medicine: Terrestrial Applications for Human Health, Performance, and Longevity
A talk by Smith L. Johnston, NASA’s aerospace doctor known as the “sleep doctor” for his work on identifying how to manage sleep in an effective way in spaceflight. Teachers College, Cowin Auditorium.

April 21
3 – 5 p.m.
Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
Trump’s Emerging Strategy for Defeating ISIS and Al-Qaeda Across the Middle East
A talk on the emerging policy of the Trump administration toward the Middle East, with a particular focus on Trump’s approach to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Al-Qaeda, the war in Syria, Iran, and Yemen. Discussion with Colin H. Kahl, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University, moderated by Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics and member of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. International Affairs Building, Room 1302. (Global, Just Societies)

April 26
5:30 p.m.
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Precision Medicine Forum: Harnessing the Power of the Genome to Meet Medicine’s Greatest Challenges
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of  P&S leading Columbia scientists and clinicians present. Panelists includes Geneticist David Goldstein, director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine (IGM), and Tom Maniatis, director of IGM’s Precision Medicine Initiative. Moderated by Max Gomez, award-winning broadcast journalist.104 Haven Avenue, Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Wu Auditorium, 2nd floor. Registration required here. (Precision Medicine)

April 27
4:30 p.m.
The Shock of Attention: Art, Science, Creativity, and Doubt
Rita Charon, founder and executive director of the program in narrative medicine and professor of medicine, will present the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities. 650 West 168th Street, P&S Alumni Auditorium, 1st floor. (Arts and Imagination)

6 – 7:30 p.m.
Columbia Global Reports
The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century
What will 21st century fiction look like? In The Global Novel, acclaimed literary critic Adam Kirsch examines some of our most beloved writers, including Haruki Murakami, Elena Ferrante, Roberto Bolaño, and Margaret Atwood to better understand literature in the age of globalization. 1313 Madison Avenue, The Corner Bookstore. (Global, Arts and Imagination)

April 28
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative
Advances in Precision Medicine: Genetics
An inaugural conference bringing together fundamental and clinical researchers to discuss how changes in genetics and genomics are driving precision medicine. Speakers include David Goldstein, director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine (IGM); George Yancopoulos, president and chief scientific officer at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; and others. Reception to follow. RSVP here. Alumni Auditorium, Physicians & Surgeons, 630 West 168th St. (Precision Medicine)

6 – 7 p.m.
Graduate School of Journalism
Melissa Bell: We Broke the News, Now Let’s Fix It
This year’s Hearst Digital Media Lecturer and publisher of Vox Media, Melissa Bell, will discuss the current media landscape. Reception to follow. RSVP is required at [email protected]. Pulitzer Hall, World Room.

May 1
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Knight First Amendment Institute | Tow Center for Digital Journalism
Disrupted: Speech and Democracy in the Digital Age
Free speech, the free press, and essential questions about democracy in the digital age. Welcome by President Lee C. Bollinger and Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation. Speakers include Nicholas Lemann, dean emeritus of Columbia Journalism School; Michael Oreskes, senior vice president for news and editorial director at NPR; Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute; Beth Simone Noveck, director of the Governance Lab; and keynote by Aryeh Neier, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. RSVP here. Italian Academy. (Just Societies, Data and Society)

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