School’s In. Jerry’s and Carolina’s Picks September 12 – 28

School’s in session, and so are our Picks. From fracking to black holes, MLK’s last years to social change today, art at Miller to economics under Trump, the Columbia kaleidoscope is awhirl!

This year we are inaugurating your “Picks Pics” as part of the Your Event Stories section on the Picks blog. If you attend an event and are inspired to share your story in pictures, email Carolina at [email protected].








September 13
6:30 p.m.
Institute for Research in African-American Studies | Columbia Journalism School
Complex Issues: King in the Wilderness
A screening of King in the Wilderness, chronicling the final chapters of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, and discussion with executive producer and SOA film professor Trey Ellis and Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism. Lenfest Center for the Arts, Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room. (Just Societies, Arts and Ideas)


September 28
9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Center for the Study of Social Difference
What We Can Do When There’s Nothing To Be Done: Strategies For Change
How can we imagine justice, practice solidarity, and create change across barriers of social difference in today’s political landscape? An all-day symposium to celebrate 10 years of the Center for the Study of Social Difference and 5 years of Women Creating Change. Speakers include Carol Becker, arts dean; Farah Jasmine Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies; and Bernard Harcourt, director of the Center for Contemporary Critical Thought. RSVP here. Manhattanville, The Forum. (Just Societies)


September 12
5 6:30 p.m.
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The Rise of the Rest” – Entrepreneurship Across America
What conditions give rise to successful businesses? How can digital technologies support entrepreneurship? What challenges have we seen, and how can they be addressed at the local, state, and federal level? A fireside chat with Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution; Jacob J. Lew, former U.S. Treasury Secretary and SIPA visiting professor; and moderated by SIPA dean Merit E. Janow. Low Library, Rotunda. (Data and Society)

6 7 p.m.
Columbia Global Reports
Fracking and the New Age of Oil, Money and Power
A book launch of business journalist Bethany McLean’s new book Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World. Including a conversation between McLean;
Jim Chanos, founder and managing partner of Kynikos Associates LP; and Joe Nocera, Bloomberg Opinion columnist. RSVP here. Graduate School of Journalism, Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, 3rd floor. (Climate Response, Global Solutions)

September 13
7 p.m.
Nevis Laboratories
Hunting for Black Holes in the Center of the Milky Way
Astrophysicist Chuck Hailey will discuss how a Columbia-led team recently discovered evidence for some 10,000 black holes orbiting around the supermassive black hole residing at the center of the Milky Way. Science Center at Columbia’s Nevis Laboratories, 136 S. Broadway,
Irvington, New York.

September 17
9:30 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
The Center on Capitalism and Society
The Economic Consequences of Mr. Trump: Jobs, Wages, Trade, Growth, Health and Satisfaction with Edmund Phelps, 2006 Nobel Prize winner in Economics and director of the Center on Capitalism and Society; Glenn Hubbard, Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics; Jan Svejnar, director of the Center on Global Economic Governance; Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute; and among others.
RSVP here. Italian Academy.

September 20
5 p.m.
Miller Theatre | Wallach Art Gallery | Columbia University Arts Initiative
Artist Talk and Reception with Joiri Minaya
This year’s site-specific mural in the lobby of Miller Theatre is Dominican-American artist Joiri Minaya’s Redecode II: La Dorada from her series Tropical Surfaces. Deborah Cullen, director and chief curator at the Wallach Art Gallery, will join Minaya to discuss her work. Redecode II: La Dorada will be on display from September 4 to June 28. Miller Theatre Lobby.

September 22
1 – 4 p.m.
Zuckerman Institute
Saturday Science: Hello Brain
Students, families, and community groups explore the workings of the brain through hands-on activities and demonstrations with scientists. RSVP here. 605 West 129th Street, Greene Science Center, Education Lab.

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

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