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Manhattanville Course Auditing and Lifelong Learners Program for Community Members

Columbia University 535 W 116th St, New York

The Columbia University School of Professional Studies Manhattanville Course Auditing and Lifelong Learners Program provides adult community members not currently enrolled in college with the opportunity to attend selected courses from the University’s offerings in the Arts and Sciences during the academic year free of charge. This community benefit is available to the residents of the Manhattanville and Grant Houses, and the local Manhattanville community in the following qualifying zip codes in Upper Manhattan: 10025, 10026, 10027, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035 (including Randall's Island), 10037, 10039, 10040. The following zip codes in the South Bronx are also eligible: 10451, 10454, 10455, 10474. Auditors are silent participants in class and may join in discussions only at the discretion of the instructor. Auditors are encouraged to attend class and to keep up with the reading. No examinations or papers are required, no grade is assigned, and no credit is granted for course completion.   Course [...]

Sacred Music at Columbia: Organ Meditations

Columbia University - St. Paul's Chapel 2960 Broadway, New York

Free and open to the public; all are welcome. Julian Bennett Holmes and guests perform one-hour organ meditations, perfect for prayer, meditation, quiet reflection, or relaxation in St. Paul’s Chapel. Event Contact Information: Julian Bennett Holmes

What are the main drivers of Brazilian income distribution changes in the new millennium?

International Affairs Building (Columbia University) 420 West 118th Street, New York

After three decades of persistently high-income inequality, from 2001 Brazil experienced a downward inequality trend followed by rising mean income growth. Both movements lasted until 2014 according to household surveys. This work describes Brazilian income distribution trends and their close determinants using a vast array of data sets and empirical methodologies to fill gaps found in the literature (including an update). It attempts to provide a more comprehensive picture looking jointly at inequality, mean, and social welfare growth rates. Overall, most of the distributive gains were driven by labor earnings, a channel dominated by firm-specific effects according to matched employer-employees datasets (RAIS). Rising schooling and falling returns also played a key role, especially if parents’ educational background is taken into account (special supplement PNAD). Missing income values did not affect inequality or mean income trends (PNAD) while replacing top incomes with personal income tax (PIT) data reduced income inequality fall but increased mean income growth, suggesting [...]

The House of Yan: A Family at the Heart of a Century in Chinese History

International Affairs Building (Columbia University) 420 West 118th Street, New York

Please join SIPA and The Weatherhead East Asian Institute on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 from 1:00pm-2:00pm for a book talk with Yan Lan, Managing Director and Head of Greater China Investment Banking for Lazard China in discussion with Dean Merit E. Janow, Dean of Columbia SIPA and Professor of Professional Practice International Economic Law and International Affairs. The history of the Yan family is inseparable from the history of China over the last century. One of the most influential businesswomen of China today, Yan Lan grew up in the company of the country's powerful elite, including Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and other top leaders. Her grandfather, Yan Baohang, originally a nationalist and close to Chiang Kai-shek and his wife, Soong May-ling, later joined the communists and worked as a secret agent for Zhou Enlai during World War II. Lan's parents were diplomats, and her father, Yan Mingfu, was Mao's personal Russian translator. Inspite of their elevated [...]

How Does a Neuron Decide When and Where to Make a Synapse?

Columbia University - Jerome L. Greene Science Center 605 W. 129th St., New York

Featuring P. Robin Hiesinger, PhD, Professor and Head of Neurobiology Division, Institute for Biology, Free University Berlin, Germany This seminar will be held in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center on Columbia's Manhattanville campus (9th floor lecture hall). Columbia University's Intercampus Shuttle Service is the best way to travel between campuses. For those unable to attend in person, this seminar will be livestreamed. The quest for molecular mechanisms of brain wiring is sturdily guided by the notion of key-and-lock molecules. Yet, most neurons readily form synapses with incorrect partners when given the opportunity. How does this apparent contradiction give rise to the remarkable precision of brain wiring? Brain wiring is a developmental growth process that it not only characterized by precision, but also flexibility and robustness. As in any other growth process, cellular interactions are restricted in space and time. Correspondingly, surface molecular interactions are restricted to those that 'get to see' each other during development. This seminar will explore the question how neurons decide when and where to make synapses [...]

Teen Time: Inventing With Circuits, Part 6 – RGB Color Mixer

Morningside Branch Library 2900 Broadway at West 113th Street, New York

Ever wanted to create a light show of your own? Well now you can with this RGB color mixer circuit that you can make yourself. All you need is some conductive thread and tape, a battery, and a 3-color LED. More Info Audience: Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years)

Wandering Jews or Jewish Migrants? The Scholarship about Jewish Migrations and the Origins of Migration Studies

Barnard Hall - Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor 3009 Broadway, New York

Tobias Brinkmann uses two books published in 1948 by Jewish émigré scholars in New York, both of whom had escaped Nazi persecution at a great personal cost, to explore the ongoing debate about the nature of Jewish migration.  Were these movements distinctively driven by a continual history of persecution and violence, embodied in the image of the wandering Jew? Or did they substantially resemble the migrations of other ethnic groups?  These questions provide an intriguing perspective on the origins of refugee and migration studies and the rise of the ethnic paradigm in American Jewish history.

Celebrating Recent Work by Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer

Columbia University - Heyman Center for the Humanities 74 Morningside Dr, New York

New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Marianne Hirsch School Photos in Liquid Time: Reframing Difference By: Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer From clandestine images of Jewish children isolated in Nazi ghettos and Japanese American children incarcerated in camps to images of Native children removed to North American boarding schools, classroom photographs of schoolchildren are pervasive even in repressive historical and political contexts. School Photos in Liquid Time offers a closer look at this genre of vernacular photography, tracing how photography advances ideologies of social assimilation as well as those of hierarchy and exclusion. In Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer’s deft analysis, school photographs reveal connections between the histories of persecuted subjects in different national and imperial centers. Exploring what this ubiquitous and mundane but understudied genre tells us about domination as well as resistance, the authors examine school photos as documents of social life and agents of transformation. They place them [...]

In the Salon of Madame Brillon: Concert and Conversation with Rebecca Cypess and the Raritan Players

Buell Hall (Columbia University) 515 W. 116th St., New York

The Raritan Players, led by Rebecca Cypess, invite listeners into the musical world of Anne-Louise Brillon de Jouy (1744-1824), a French composer and keyboardist whose reputation extended throughout Europe and across the Atlantic. Her salon was one of the most fashionable and glittering in Paris. Benjamin Franklin was a regular guest and one of Brillon's most intimate friends throughout his years in diplomatic service, and her salon was a destination for leading professional musicians including Luigi Boccherini, Johann Schobert, and Charles Burney. In the centuries since her death, Madame Brillon—like so many women—has been all but erased from musical history. Using her manuscripts at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, as well as works dedicated to her by some of Europe's leading composers, this program explores Brillon's tastes and the music that she created and inspired. For this concert and discussion, Rebecca Cypess draws on her book-in-progress about Women and Musical Salons in the Enlightenment. Event [...]

Cybersecurity Training for Students and Young Activists

Barnard College - Diana Center 3015 Broadway Barnard College (between 116th St & West 116th St) , New York

Student activists and their allies at Barnard and Columbia are invited to an interactive cybersecurity training to learn how to protect themselves from and respond to cyberharassment. The training will address the technical, legal, and emotional aspects of cyberharassment. Laptops encouraged. Contact Jared at with questions. Visit for more information about the Computational Science Center. This event will take place on Tuesday, January 28 from 6:30-7:30 pm in Diana 203.

Great Organ: Kent Tritle

Cathedral of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at W. 112th Street, New York

Director of Music Kent Tritle, organist of the New York Philharmonic, will perform a concert of works by Bach, Bruhns, and Vierne. PROGRAM Praeludium in E Minor Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697) Trio Sonata V in C, BWV 529 - Adagio J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Pièce d’Orgue, BWV 572 J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Trois Pièces (1878) - Cantabile - Pièce Héroïque César Franck (1822-1890) Symphonie III, Op.28 - II. Cantilène - IV. Adagio - V. Final Louis Vierne (1870-1937) Complimentary tickets are available to students by showing a student ID at the Visitor Center on the night of the concert. TICKETS

Sihan Zhang, piano

Miller Recital Hall

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Jiawen Zhang, piano

Greenfield Hall

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Dario Barrera, guitar

Mikowsky Hall

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