Return of The Picks! Jan. 26 — Feb. 9

With great neuroscience, journalism, cultural history, and saxophone, the Picks are back, and going bi-weekly! See you every two weeks, and remember to check out the University events calendar.


January 26
2 p.m.
Wallach Art Gallery
Bordeaux, Forgotten Black Metropolis
Bordeaux may be known for its red wine and its historic architecture but before there was Black Paris there was Black Bordeaux. Beginning in the 18th century, Bordeaux was a site of migration, artisanal labor, and industrial expansion using enslaved and free black labor. A discussion with Lorelle Semley, historian at the College of the Holy Cross. Be sure to check out the accompanying exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today. Registration is required here. Lenfest Center for the Arts, The Lantern. (Arts and Ideas, Just Societies)



Present – February 10: Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today


January 29
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tow Center for Digital Journalism  | Knight First Amendment Institute
Data Journalism and the Law
Panelists will explore the ways in which the current legal environment may be hampering essential journalistic work. Featuring Victoria Baranetsky, general counsel at The Center for Investigative Reporting and author of the Tow Center’s recent report Data Journalism and the Law; Jason Leopold, senior Investigative Reporter Buzzfeed News; and others. RSVP here. Pulitzer Hall, The Brown Institute for Media Innovation.  (Data and Society, Just Societies)

February 5
5:30 p.m.
The Italian Academy
Antisemitism, Hate Speech, and Social Media
An annual event marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. Speakers include Susan McGregor,
assistant director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism; Michel Rosenfeld, University Professor of Law and Comparative Democracy and Justice; and welcome remarks by
Barbara Faedda, associate director of the Italian Academy. RSVP here. The Italian Academy. (Just Societies)

6 — 7 p.m.
Columbia Global Reports
Book Talk: We Want To Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom
Should governments pay ransom to terrorists? A conversation with Joel Simon, author and executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists; Kyle Pope, editor in chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review; Janine di Giovanni, current Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Graduate School of Journalism, The World Room. (Global Solutions, Just Societies)

February 7
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Zuckerman Institute
Finding the Bar Codes in Our Brains: Using Genetics to Identify the Brain’s 100 Billion Neurons
Tom Maniatis, the Isidore S. Edelman Professor of Biochemistry and principal investigator at the Zuckerman Institute, will discuss brain wiring. RSVP required here. The Forum, Auditorium. (Future of Neuroscience)

February 9
8 p.m.
Miller Theatre
Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition
JazzTimes’s “Best Alto Saxophonist” and Village Voice’s “Best Jazz Artist” winner Rudresh Mahanthappa returns to Miller with guitarist Rez Abbasi and percussionist Dan Weiss. Purchase tickets here. Miller Theatre. (Arts and Ideas)

For RSVP, ticket availability, and other details, follow the links.

The Picks are brought to you by Carolina Castro, content producer, and Jerry Kisslinger ’79CC ’82GSAS, DVP for Strategic Communications, at the Office of Alumni and Development.To submit your events or event stories, please email Carolina at [email protected]. We always appreciate hearing from you about future events.  View on the Picks blog here.

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