Global fiction, Nollywood, neuroscience, the failures of statistics, the precariousness of truth, the cost of healthcare, the future of cities–which of these essential Columbia conversations will you join? Enjoy and share your story.
6 – 7 p.m.
Columbia Global Reports
What Will 21st-Century Fiction Look Like?
Adam Kirsch, acclaimed literary critic, will be in conversation with Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize-winning writer, about his latest book, The Global Novel: Writing for the World in The 21st Century, which aims to better understand literature in the age of globalization. Q&A followed by a book signing. RSVP required here. Graduate School of Journalism, Jamail Lecture Hall, Room 301. (Arts and Ideas, Global Solutions)
October 31: 15th Annual Conference: The Age of the Individual: 500 Years Ago Today
November 1: A. Data Science Institute Annual Town Hall B. The Opioid Epidemic C. Where Next on Climate? The Future of the International Climate Negotiations D. Surviving the New Climate Communication Climate: Andrew Revkin
November 2: A. Building a Defensible Cyberspace: NY Cyber Task Force B. Complex Issues: M. Butterfly
November 4: 4th Annual: Family Fun Day
Does Neuroscience Need Behavior to Understand Brain-Behavior Relationships?
A discussion by John Krakauer, director of the Brain, Learning, Animation, and Movement Lab at Johns Hopkins University; György Buzsáki, Biggs Professor of Neuroscience at NYU School of Medicine; Rafael Yuste, professor of biological sciences and neuroscience at Columbia; and Roozbeh Kiani, assistant professor of neural science at the Institute for the Study of Decision Making at NYU. Roy And Diana Vagelos Education Center, Auditorium. (Future of Neuroscience)
5 – 7 p.m.
Narrative Medicine Program
The Cost of Healthcare
A Narrative Medicine Rounds with Elisabeth Rosenthal, Harvard-trained medical doctor and editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News. Rosenthal will discuss her book An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. P&S Building, CUMC Faculty Club, 4th Floor.
5:30 – 9 p.m.
School of Professional Studies
Film Screening: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
By acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Tell Them We Are Rising examines the impact historically black colleges and universities have had on American history, culture, and national identity. Space is limited; RSVP here by Wednesday, November 1. Low Library, Faculty Room. (Arts and Ideas, Just Societies)
6 – 7 p.m.
Columbia Global Reports
Nollywood: The Making of a Film Empire
How did Nigeria create the second largest movie industry in the world? A panel discussion with Emily Witt, author of Nollywood: The Making of a Film Empire; Brian Larkin, director of the Institute of African Studies; and Daniel Oriahi, director of the Nollywood film Taxi Driver (2015). See Taxi Driver film screening on November 9 here. RSVP for the talk here. Graduate School of Journalism. (Arts and Ideas)
5 – 7 p.m.
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy | Society of Fellows | Heyman Center for the Humanities
Professional Journalism, Polarization, Post-Truth, and Post-Trump
A discussion with Michael Schudson, professor of Journalism; Leonard Downie Jr., Weil Family Professor of Journalism at Arizona State University; and Bill Keller, editor-in-chief at The Marshall Project. Barnard Hall, James Room. (Arts and Ideas, Just Societies)
10 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Heyman Center for the Humanities | Society of Fellows | Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Politics of the Present: Factions, Fears, and Fake News
Panel discussion on the current political climate. Topics include Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Democratic Futures and Religion, Capitalism, and the Rural White Working Class. The Heyman Center, Common Room. (Just Societies)
6 – 7 p.m.
University Events and Programs
University Lecture Featuring Professor Andrew Gelman
President Lee C. Bollinger and Provost John H. Coatsworth host the University Lecture with University Professor Andrew Gelman. Gelman will discuss ways in which statistical methods have failed, leading to a replication crisis in much of science, as well as directions for improvements through statistical methods that make use of more information. Followed by a Q&A with the audience and a reception. Registration is required and will open here on Tuesday, October 31 at 10 a.m. Low Library, Rotunda. (Data and Society)
7 – 8 p.m.
The Earth Institute | SIPA
Book Talk: The Sustainable City
Steven Cohen, executive director of the Earth Institute, will discuss his new book with Ester Fuchs, director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at SIPA. RSVP here. 536 W 112th, Book Culture. (Climate Response)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
University Program and Events | Columbia Global Centers
The State of Human Rights in the World Today
This World Leaders Forum features an address by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Zeid will discuss a number of contemporary trends and the challenges facing human rights protection, both within societies and between them. Followed by a Q&A with the audience. Moderated by Safwan Masri, EVP of Global Centers and Global Development. RSVP here. Casa Italiana, Teatro. (Just Societies, Global Solutions)
4:15 – 6:15 p.m.
The Center for Science and Society | The Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
Metaphors and Models: The Neuroscience of Comparison
How do metaphors shape how we think and communicate? How are they represented in the brain? A discussion by Dedre Genter (psychology, Northwestern University), Stephen J. Flusberg (psychology, Purchase College, SUNY), Alexander Rapp (psychiatry and psychotherapy, University of Tuebingen), and Stephen Casper (history, Clarkson University). RSVP required here. Morningside Faculty House.
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