Monthly Archives: January 2018

Jerry’s and Carolina’s Picks Jan 30 – Feb 15

Was Einstein wrong? Was Baldwin right? How do we make our cities more just, and our futures more sustainable? Find out the answers at this week’s Picks. If you prefer, view on the Picks blog here.








February 12
4:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Zuckerman Institute | Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience
Presidential Scholars Research Symposium
Presidential Scholars and their mentors demonstrate what interdisciplinary research looks like in practice.hey will discuss their current cross-disciplinary research and findings. The symposium includes neuroscientist-graphic novelist Matteo Farinella (see Columbia News feature here) and other Presidential Scholars. Moderated by Pamela Smith, Seth Low Professor of History and director of the Center for Science and Society. Jerome L. Greene Science Center, 9th floor, Lecture Hall. (Future of Neuroscience)


February 1: Building a Better Biotech: The Story of Regeneron
February 7: Narrative Medicine Rounds: Optimistic Perspectives on Alzheimer’s Disease AND How the Brain Decides, Thinks, and Creates
February 8: Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change
February 10: Saturday Science: From Disease to Discovery


January 30
6:30 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Baldwin, Miles, and Me: Quincy Troupe in Conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin
Live From the Archive is a series of conversations with scholars, artists, and community activists whose work is at the intersection of the archive. Quincy Troupe is an awarding-winning poet, editor, biographer, journalist, performance artist, and professor emeritus. He will discuss his vast archive reflective of his close friendships with luminary figures. Troupe will be joined in  conversation by Farah Jasmine Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies. 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, 135th St and Malcolm X Blvd. (Arts and Ideas, Just Societies)

February 8
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Center on Global Energy Policy
Where Next on Climate? Energy Access, Development and Climate Change: Implications for Policy
A panel discussion on climate, energy, and development including Morgan Bazilian, executive director of the Payne Institute and research professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines; Ellen Morris, adjunct professor of international and public affairs; Kathleen Auth, deputy energy office director of Power Africa at USAID; and Philippe Benoit, senior associate for the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. registration is required here. Livestream available here and a podcast on the website (more information here). Morningside Faculty House, Presidential Room 2. (Climate Response)                  

7 p.m.
Nevis Laboratories
Gravity: A Status Report
The unexpected discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe has compelled us to question our current theory of gravity—Einstein’s general relativity. In this talk, physicist Rachel Rosen will review the basic principles behind general relativity and discuss modifications of these principles that could alter the evolution of our universe. RSVP here.

February 12
6 – 9 p.m.
SIPA Entrepreneurship and Policy Initiative | Sidewalk Labs | Civic Hall
How Do Cities Spur Civic Tech?
To what extent can technology empower every-day citizens to have more power in their governance? How can city governments use technology to make them more responsive to constituents? These and other questions will be explored by Shaina Doar, head of city operations at Sidewalk Labs; Bruce Lincoln, co-founder of Silicon Harlem; José Serrano-McClain, NYC Office of Technology and Innovation; and moderated by Hollie Russon-Gilman, lecturer and post-doctoral fellow in Technology and Policy. RSVP here. International Affairs Building, Room 1512. (Data and Society)

February 13
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Barnard College
Being the First: The Pulitzer Prize Edition
Dana Canedy is the first woman, the first person of color, and the youngest person to lead the Pulitzer Prizes. Canedy discusses her career in journalism, her new appointment, gender, diversity, and the future of journalism with Julie Zeilinger ’15BC, founder of the FBomb, an online platform for teenage feminists. Barnard Hall, Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor. (Just Societies)
February 15
4 – 5:30 p.m.
The Office of the Division of Social Science
Just Societies Speaker Series: Cathy Cohen
The series is a new initiative of Fredrick Harris, dean of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, to spotlight the work of peers—here at Columbia and from institutions around the world—who are working in a range of important areas, specifically wealth inequality, criminal justice, immigration, LGBTQ rights, and climate change. Cathy Cohen, professor of political science at the University of Chicago, will give the inaugural lecture on the politics of minority youth in the US. Journalism School, World Room. RSVP here. (Just Societies)

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

Jerry’s and Carolina’s Picks Jan 22 – Feb 10 (16:66)

Explore genomes, Russia intrigue, narrative medicine, Arthur Mitchell and other great leaps in our first Picks of 2018. 








January 27
1 – 1:30 p.m.
Wallach Art Gallery
About the Arthur Mitchell Archive
Learn more about Harlem’s ballet trailblazer Arthur Mitchell and his personal archive, which he donated to Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 2014. The talk includes Lynn Garafola, exhibition curator and Professor Emerita of Dance at Barnard College. Lenfest Center for the Arts, Wallach Art Gallery lobby, 6th floor. (Arts and Ideas)


January 22
4 – 6 p.m.
Precision Medicine and Society | Center for the Study of Social Difference
The Genomic Revolution, Genetic Counselors, and “Doing Ethics”
A lecture with Susan Markens, deputy chair of the department of sociology at Lehman College.
Schermerhorn Extension, Room 754. (Precision Medicine)

January 23
6 –  8 p.m.
Harriman Institute | Columbia Journalism School
When Are Journalists Foreign Agents?
In November 2017, the US forced RT, a Russian-financed international news outlet, to register as a foreign agent. Within weeks, Russia responded by labeling US-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty foreign agents. A discussion with Chris Hedges, host of RT America’s ‘On Contact’ interview show; Trevor Timm, executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation; Jeffrey Trimble, deputy director of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors; and moderated by Steve Coll, dean of Columbia Journalism School. Pulitzer Hall, World Room. (Just Societies)

6 – 8:30 p.m.
Columbia Libraries
Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America
John McMillian, associate professor of history at Georgia State University, examines the role of the underground press in the 1960s, with a focus on coverage of the Columbia student protests of 1968. Butler Library, Room 203.

February 1
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Building a Better Biotech: The Story of Regeneron
An Innovation in Biological and Medical Sciences Distinguished Lecture with George Yancopoulos, president and chief scientific officer of Regeneron. Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Room 201. Reception to follow. (Precision Medicine)

February 7
5 – 7 p.m.
School of Professional Studies
Narrative Medicine Rounds: Optimistic Perspectives on Alzheimer’s Disease
Gayatri Devi, director of the New York Memory and Healthy Aging Services, a neurologist and graduate of the Narrative Medicine program, will speak about her book The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. Faculty Club of CUMC, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 4th Floor. (The Future of Neuroscience)

February 7
6:30 pm
Zuckerman Institute
How the Brain Decides, Thinks, and Creates
With Michael N. Shadlen, professor of neuroscience and principal investigator at the Zuckerman Institute. Morningside Faculty House, Presidential Ballroom, 3rd Floor. (Future of Neuroscience)

February 8
6:30 p.m.
School of the Arts
Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change
LaToya Ruby Frazier, artist and professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss how she has used photography to fight injustice—poverty, healthcare and gender inequality, environmental contamination, racism and more—and create a more representative self-portrait. Frazier’s solo exhibition is on display now through February 25 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. RSVP here. Lenfest Center for the Arts, The Katharina Otto-Bernstein. Screening Room. (Arts and Ideas, Just Societies)

February 10
1 p.m.
Zuckerman Institute
Saturday Science: From Disease to Discovery
Students, families, and community groups are invited to explore the workings of the brain through hands-on activities and demonstrations with scientists. RSVP here. 605 West 129th Street, Greene Science Center. (Future of Neuroscience)

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