Unfinished Business. Jerry’s and Carolina’s Picks October 3 – 19

From slavery’s legacy to American exceptionalism, climate science to humanistic medicine to reimagined borders, these Picks take on the urgent unfinished issues of our time.


October 13
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
LDEO Open House
Tour a lab, participate in hands-on earth science demonstrations, and learn from world-renowned researchers about their latest discoveries. This event is free (suggested donation here) and open to the public. Register here. 61 Route 9W, Palisades. (Climate Response)

October 17
8:30 a.m. 1 p.m.
College of Physicians and Surgeons
The Steven Z. Miller Lecture On Humanism In Medicine
Lecture by Paul Edward Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. CUIMC, William Black Medical Research Building, Alumni Auditorium.


October 3: Panel and Book Launch: Climate, Food Systems, and Nutrition
October 4: Distinguished Lecture in Precision Medicine: Alondra Nelson
October 5: Data for Good
October 6: What Does Justice Look Like? A Celebration of the Arts and Social Justice


October 3
6   8 p.m.
The Earth Institute
Book Launch – A New Foreign Policy
University Professor Jeffrey Sachs will discuss his newest book, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism. Followed by a Q&A. Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr., 2nd Floor. (Global Solutions, Just Societies, Climate Response)

October 4
4   5:30 p.m.
The Division of Social Science in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Repair: Slavery’s Unfinished Business
Part of the Just Societies Speaker Series, a talk by Katherine Franke, Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. RSVP here. Pulitzer Hall, World Room. (Just Societies)

October 15
4 p.m.
Center for Science and Society | Society of Fellows | Heyman Center for the Humanities
Embodied Cognition and Prosthetics: Are Our Tools Part of Our Bodies and Minds?
Tools can be understood as extensions of the body, and in some cases as becoming part of the body. Does our mind extend to our tools? How does this change our world? How should we understand this relationship? A talk by Andrew Goldman, presidential scholar in Society and Neuroscience. (Future of Neuroscience, Data and Society)

October 15
6 9:30 p.m.
School of Social Work
Film Screening and Panel Discussion: A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream
A Dangerous Idea brings to light how false scientific claims have rolled back long-fought-for gains in equality, and how powerful interests are poised once again to use the gene myth to unravel the American Dream. Panel includes Mary Morgan ’91SW, psychotherapist and executive producer; Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety; Robert E. Pollack, professor of biological sciences; and Patricia J. Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law. RSVP here. Social Work Building, Room 311/312. (Just Societies, Precision Medicine)

October 18
12 2 p.m.
Committee on Global Thought
Image and Counter-Image: Dreaming Borders, Unthinking Migration
Anthropologist Stefania Pandolfo and film director Leila Kilani reflect on borders, sovereignty, and dreams. They will be in conversation with Rosalind Morris, professor of anthropology and member of the Committee on Global Thought. RSVP here. Knox Hall, Room 208. (Global Solutions, Arts and Ideas, Just Societies)

October 18 19  
Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Inaugural Ambedkar Lectures
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar is known worldwide as the architect of the Indian Constitution and as a lifelong champion of civil rights for the “untouchable” dalit caste as well as women and workers. He received his PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 1927 and an honorary degree in 1952. The Ambedkar Lectures recognize Ambedkar’s continuing relevance for social justice activism and democratic thought in a global frame: October 18 Global Ambedkar and October 19 Ambedkar Now. See speakers, event details, and locations here. (Just Societies, Global Solutions)

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