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March 2017

U.S.-Taiwan Relations Under the Trump Administration

March 27 @ 12:00 pm

U.S.-Taiwan Relations Under the Trump Administration Monday, March 27, 2017 12:00–1:30 PM International Affairs Building, Room 918 Speaker: Ambassador Raymond Burghardt, Former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan Moderator: Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science Ambassador Burghardt will engage students in a frank discussion of U.S.-Taiwan Relations, and how that relationship is effected by the new Trump Administration. No registration required. Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

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Lunchtime Talk: God Behind Bars: The Rise of Faith-based prison ministries in the age of mass incarceration

March 27 @ 12:10 pm

Monday, March 27, 2017 Columbia Law School 435 West 116th Street Jerome Greene Hall – Room 646 12:10 pm In prisons throughout the United States, punitive incarceration and religious revitalization are occurring simultaneously. Faith-based prison ministries operate under the logic that religious conversion and redemption will transform prisoners into new human beings. Cash-strapped and overcrowded state and federal prisons increasingly relying on ministries to provide educational and mental health services and to help maintain order. These religious organizations are overwhelmingly…

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Insights Into Gender, Land, and Corruption in Africa

March 27 @ 1:00 pm

Speakers: Annette Jaitner, People Engagement Coordinator, Transparency International, and Michael Okai, National Project Coordinator, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Transparency International Annette joined Transparency International (TI) in September 2009 to coordinate the multi-country project Poverty and Corruption in Africa. Before joining TI, she worked with various civil society and UN organisations in Africa for over ten years, mainly on participatory approaches to socio-economic development and civil society capacity building. Annette holds degrees in Agricultural Economics, Humanitarian Assistance, and Environmental Management from the…

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SEAS Colloquium in Climate Science (SCiCS)

March 27 @ 2:45 pm

Blaz Gasparini, from the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH, will present a talk on “Cirrus cloud formation mechanisms and geoengineering potential – could cirrus seeding limit part of the global warming?” Host: Gabriel Chiodo

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Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership: Community-based Social Marketing for Sustainability, with Michelle Vigen, Senior Energy Planner, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

March 27 @ 6:10 pm - 8:00 pm

This lecture will offer an introduction to community-based social marketing as a technique for changing people’s behaviors and cultivating sustainability in communities. Speaker: Michelle Vigen, Senior Energy Planner, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Michelle Vigen leads the planning, development, and implementation of a wide variety of energy initiatives within the County, including the implementation of the county’s energy benchmarking law, and advising the development of the county’s Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program and Green Bank legislation. Prior to…

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Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and the Limits of American Policy in East Asia

March 28 @ 4:00 pm

Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and the Limits of American Policy in East Asia Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4:00-5:30 PM International Affairs Building 918 Speaker: Paul Heer, Professorial Lecturer in International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia (2007-2015) Moderator: Liz Wishnick, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Professor of Political Science, Montclair State University US diplomat George F. Kennan (1904-2005) was widely known as the premier…

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Selling the Future: A Book Talk with Ariel Colonomos

March 28 @ 4:00 pm

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents: “Selling the Future: A book talk with Ariel Colonomos” Book Talk: Ariel Colonomos Moderated by Jack Snyder Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 707 International Affairs Ariel Colonomos latest book, Selling the Future, investigates the modern marketplace of ideas where those who can predict revolution or state failure are highly sought, provides a cautionary investigation of the global futures business – political risk, investment funding, think…

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Book Launch and Discussion: Making Sense of Science

March 28 @ 6:00 pm

Cornelia Dean, former editor of the New York Times/Science Times talks about her recently published Harvard University Press book, Making Sense of Science. The book, Ms. Dean’s third, “seeks to equip nonscientists with a set of critical tools to evaluate the scientific claims and controversies that shape our lives.” This is a regular session of Professor Claudia Dreifus’ Sustainability Management workshop, “Writing About Global Science for the International Media” that has been opened to the entire Columbia Community and to…

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“Modernism in the Streets” The Radical Urbanism of Marshall Berman

March 28 @ 7:00 pm

An evening panel discussion of the legacy and future of the work of Marshall Berman, featuring: Moderator: Todd Gitlin, Columbia Journalism School Panelists: Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, and former editor of Dissent magazine Andrea Simon, Documentary filmmaker Bob Christgau, Music and cultural critic Marta Gutman, Architecture and urban historian, City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. Co-sponsored by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American…

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The Future of Nuclear Energy

March 29 @ 9:30 am

Perhaps no source of energy sparks as much debate as nuclear power. Heralded in the 1950s and 1960s as the way of the future—only to face growing concern in the 1970s and 1980s around ties to nuclear weapons proliferation, safety, and waste—interest in nuclear power plants has chilled. Questions about the future of the industry have been raised, enlivened by Japan’s nuclear crisis at Fukushima and the now paramount issues relating to energy security and climate change. Building on forthcoming…

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Socio-Economic Rights in (Times of) Crisis

March 29 @ 4:00 pm

Are crises becoming the new normal? Economic and financial crises have prompted austerity measures that have had disastrous impacts on the enjoyment of human rights including health, education, water and housing, with the rights of the most marginalized consistently hit the hardest. Some crises such as the Flint water crisis are making headlines, while others remain invisible. There is growing global concern about economic inequalities. At the same time, xenophobia, islamophobia and racism are on the rise, with populist politics…

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Talk. Joseph Brodsky the Graphic Artist

March 29 @ 4:15 pm

Please join us for a talk with Yuri Leving (Dalhousie University, Canada). Joseph Brodsky was a lucky man: among the glut of talents given him was the gift of visual art as well. The Nobel Laureate never had lessons in drawing, but his sketches are distinguished by the sparseness of the malleable line, their sharp composition, and the ability to convey a mood. Professor Yuri Leving presents on his research, based on over a 300 unpublished drawings by Brodsky from different…

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Transforming Organizations with Sustainability Management

March 29 @ 6:00 pm

This event, hosted by the Earth Institute and M.S. in Sustainability Management program, will feature a panel discussion on the way that sustainability is used as an agent of change in 21st century organizations. The panel will discuss the importance of sustainability to investors, to production processes, to supply chains and in marketing. Sustainability is no longer simply an add-on, or a transparent PR strategy to make an organization look good, but an integral element of effective management. The physical…

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On Translating Clarice Lispector with Katrina Dodson

March 29 @ 7:00 pm

The monumental Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector in Katrina Dodson’s much-lauded translation exploded on the U.S. literary scene in 2015. Dodson will speak about the Lispector phenomenon and the joys and challenges of translating her work in conversation with Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) Director Susan Bernofsky, Writing.

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Documenting the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada

March 30 @ 12:00 pm

Join documentary photographer Daniella Zalcman who will discuss Signs of Your Identity, a series of composite portraits she created to document the legacy of Canada’s Indian residential schools. “These portraits are my attempt to get to the root of historical trauma. Each of these double exposures layers a former residential school student with something related to his or her experience: the sites where schools once stood, the cemeteries where over 6,000 indigenous children are buried, the documents that enforced strategic…

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Silent Matinees: American Slapstick

March 30 @ 12:00 pm

Professor Vito Adriaensens presents a five-part silent cinema matinee series with live music by Belgian jazz musician Adriaan Campo and friends. The fourth part is dedicated to the pitfalls and pratfalls of four of America’s best silver screen comedians. Buster Keaton outdoes Mary Pickford by performing not one but all roles in The Play House. Harold Lloyd conquers skyscrapers and death in Never Weaken. Charley Chase and his wife cheat on each other with each other in Mighty Like a…

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Development Workshop: Andrew Zeitlin

March 30 @ 4:15 pm

As part of Columbia University’s Spring 2017 Development Workshop, Andrew Zeitlin will present at the Development Seminar.

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America in a Time of War: City, Economy, and Politics in World War I and After

March 30 @ 5:30 pm

A conference with keynote speaker Paul Kennedy. Faculty House. Sponsored by the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History, University Seminars, Seminar on the City, and Columbia University Libraries

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Capitalism and the Family in the Atlantic World: A roundtable discussion with Pierre Force, Paul Cheney, Emmanuelle Saada and Carl Wennerlind, moderated by Christopher L. Brown

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pierre Force talks about his new book, Wealth and Disaster: Atlantic Migrations from a Pyrenean Town in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which follows two families who emigrate from the same Pyrenean Town to Saint-Domingue, tracing their descendants in an epic saga that spans three generations. Paul Cheney discusses his new book, Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue (University of Chicago Press, 2017), a micro-history of one plantation in France’s richest…

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May 2017

The Bremen Town Band

May 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Grimm fairytale of the town musicians of Bremen tells of a ragtag band of four farm animals, nearing the end of their useful lives as beasts of burden and longing for an encore career as performers. The quartet—a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster—sets out on the road to Bremen, and we join their journey in this brand new work of puppet theater, featuring an original score by Courtney Bryan. Equally at home with jazz and classical…

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The Bremen Town Band

May 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Grimm fairytale of the town musicians of Bremen tells of a ragtag band of four farm animals, nearing the end of their useful lives as beasts of burden and longing for an encore career as performers. The quartet—a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster—sets out on the road to Bremen, and we join their journey in this brand new work of puppet theater, featuring an original score by Courtney Bryan. Equally at home with jazz and classical…

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