The Greater Good. Jerry’s and Carolina’s Picks October 24 – November 7

The doctors who help us see more clearly, along with data specialists, world leaders, chefs and artists, all aiming for the greater goodtake a look!


November 1
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
School of the Arts | Journalism School | SIPA Urban and Social Policy Concentration
What is Democracy?
Coming at a moment of political and social crisis, the film What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Screening followed by a conversation with the director Astra Taylor; Chenjerai Kumanyika, professor of journalism and media at Rutgers University; and Nicholas Lemann, J-School dean emeritus and director of Columbia Global Reports. RSVP here. Lenfest Center for the Arts, The Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room. (Just Societies, Global Solutions)

November 15
4  – 5:30 p.m.
The Division of Social Science in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Black Letters and the Law
Part of the Just Societies Speaker Series, the final talk will be given by Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. RSVP here. Maison Française, Buell Hall. (Just Societies)


October 25: Food and Inequality AND Complex Issues: Gary Shteyngart’s Lake Success
October 26: Art Properties Campus Sculpture Tour
October 29: Evaluating Chronic Pain in Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law  AND Person Place Thing Live Taping with ICAP’s Blanche Pitt


October 24
6 8 p.m.
College of Physicians and Colleges
DocTalks: Vision 20/20
A discussion on the recent developments and avenues of investigation, ranging from our clinics to our laboratories, as we seek better diagnoses and therapies – and ultimately cures and preventions – for a wide spectrum of eye diseases and disorders. RSVP here. Harold Pratt House, 58 East 68th Street at Park Avenue. (Precision Medicine)

October 25
4 5:30 p.m.
The Brown Institute
Opening Up Research for the Greater Good? Ethics, Privacy, and Data
Panelist will discuss the social and ethical responsibilities of gathering, curating, and sharing data from very different perspectives. Includes Manan Ahmed, associate professor in the department of history; Laurie Allen, director for Digital Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries; and Mary Marshall Clark, director of the Columbia University Center for Oral History Research. Followed by a reception. RSVP here. Pulitzer Hall, The Brown Institute. (Data and Society, Just Societies)

October 29
6 7 p.m.
World Leaders Forum
Glass Ceilings and Dirt Floors
Paula-Mae Weekes, president of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, will give a talk followed by a Q&A with the audience. RSVP here. Casa Italiana, Teatro. (Global Solutions, Just Societies)

October 29
11:30 am
Zuckerman Institute
We, Chefs: A Conversation About Haute Cuisine, Entrepreneurship, and Science
João Wengorovius, chef, entrepreneur and food writer, will be in discussion about his book We, Chefs with Rui Costa, Zuckerman Institute associate director. Jerome L. Greene Science Center, Lecture Hall, 9th Floor. (Future of Neuroscience)

November 2
12 1 p.m.
World Leaders Forum | The Harriman Institute
Estonia, the Land of Skype, the Digital Land
President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid will discuss how Estonia has successfully made a wide-scale digital transformation of both its public and private sectors. Estonia has been recognized as a model for other nations looking to modernize their government services and governance. RSVP here. Casa Italiana,Teatro. (Data and Society, Global Solutions)

November 3
1 2 p.m.
Wallach Art Gallery
Wallach Gallery Talks with Denise Murrell, curator of Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today and Ford Foundation postdoctoral research scholar at the Wallach. Lenfest Center for the Arts, Wallach Art Gallery, 6th Floor. (Art and Ideas, Just Societies)

November 7
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Maison Française | School of the Arts
Steps to Liberty (Les Marches de la liberté)
Opening night of the film series Blackness in French and Francophone Film. A screening of the film by French filmmaker and activist Rokhaya Diallo,  followed by a discussion with Fredrick Harris, dean of Social Science; filmmaker Nora Philippe, and Maboula Soumahoro, French scholar. Diallo follows a group of young Americans who come to France to examine the issues of race, diversity, and human rights through meetings with political personalities, expat African Americans, and local community activists. RSVP here. Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall. (Arts and Ideas, Just Societies)

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