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Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Ethics and Religion

Union Theological Seminary 3041 Broadway, New York

“Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Ethics and Religion” is an exciting one-day conference to be held on January 30, 2020, at Union Theological Seminary (UTS) in New York, in conjunction with the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), the Riverside Church and the Greater Good Initiative. REGISTER New technologies are transforming our world every day, and the pace of change is only accelerating.  In coming years, human beings will create machines capable of out-thinking us and potentially taking on such uniquely-human traits as empathy, ethical reasoning, perhaps even consciousness.  This will have profound implications for virtually every human activity, as well as the meaning we impart to life and creation themselves.  This conference will provide an introduction for non-specialists to Artificial Intelligence (AI):  What is it?  What can it do and be used for?  And what will be its implications for choice and free will; economics and worklife; surveillance economies and surveillance states; the changing nature of facts and truth; [...]

Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War

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

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the Institute for African Studies present Book Talk: Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press: 2018) Dr. Jana Kraus, Author Senior Lecturer in Security/Conflict Department of Political Science University of Amsterdam Moderated by Séverine Autesserre Senior Research Scholar, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; Professor of Political Science, Barnard College Abstract In Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Jana Krause analyzes civilian agency in communal conflicts and mobilization for violence and non-violence ‘from below’. The book explains the causal role of civilian agency in conflict escalation to communal wars and in the emergence of nonviolent communities and social resilience. Her analysis draws on extensive fieldwork in ethno-religious conflicts in eastern Indonesia (Ambon, Maluku province) and in central Nigeria (Jos, Plateau State). Resilient Communities won the 2019 Lee Ann Fujii Award [...]

Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War

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

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the Institute for African Studies present Book Talk: Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press: 2018) Dr. Jana Kraus, Author Senior Lecturer in Security/Conflict Department of Political Science University of Amsterdam Moderated by Séverine Autesserre Senior Research Scholar, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; Professor of Political Science, Barnard College Abstract In Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Jana Krause analyzes civilian agency in communal conflicts and mobilization for violence and non-violence ‘from below’. The book explains the causal role of civilian agency in conflict escalation to communal wars and in the emergence of nonviolent communities and social resilience. Her analysis draws on extensive fieldwork in ethno-religious conflicts in eastern Indonesia (Ambon, Maluku province) and in central Nigeria (Jos, Plateau State). Resilient Communities won the 2019 Lee Ann Fujii Award [...]

Sacred Music at Columbia: Organ Meditation

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 jbh2170@columbia.edu

Understanding Institutional Weakness Book Presentation – Power and Design in Latin American Institutions

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

Whereas people often turn to institutions – the rules that structure human interactions – to understand outcomes, and to effect policy changes, both analysts and policymakers often decry the failure of weak institutions to accomplish their purpose in Latin America. In this book, we offer a conceptual framework for studying weak institutions, and a typology of institutional weakness that helps to clarify the political puzzles posed by institutions that do not accomplish their ostensible purpose. Institutions can be weak, we say, because they are unstable, because they do not command compliance, or because they do not actually change any outcomes even if they are complied with. We discuss the reasons behind the adoption of these institutions and the conditions that explain their prevalence in Latin America. Event Contact Information: ILAS 212-854-4643 Ilas-info@columbia.edu

‘LOVE 2020: Perfect Vision’ Opening Reception

Dodge Hall (Columbia University) 2960 Broadway, New York

Exhibition: Monday, January 20–Friday, February 14 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 30, 5–7 pm Curated by Rachel Stern ’16 Event Contact Information: Samantha Rippner samantha.rippner@columbia.edu

Insurance and Bonding Workshop

SPS Career Design Lab 729 7th Ave, 3rd Floor, New York

Please join the Construction Administration M.S. program for an Insurance & Bonding Workshop hosted by the Minority & Women Contractors & Developers Association. Being adequately insured and bonded is a critically important part of the process of securing contracts in the construction industry. Experts from Consigli Construction, Levitt-Fuirst Associates, Ltd., and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York will share their insights and advice. Topics insurance policies currently on the market common issues M/WBE contractors encounter insurance and bonding coverage necessary to qualify for DASNY projects RSVP All attendees are required to rsvp by emailing info@mwcda.org. Flyer Download the flyer to learn more.

The Cold War Origins of Human Rights in the Americas

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

Ideas of human rights in the Americas have been rooted in humanitarian, as well as geopolitical, concerns since the early twentieth century. This talk examines the repercussions of the foundational declarations of the Organization of American States (OAS) on human rights in 1948, and the projection of US Cold War concerns of containing socialist regimes into the OAS and the Inter-American System. The talk will focus on the emergence of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC), created in 1959, and the final exclusion of Cuba from the OAS in 1962. It will argue that both the IAHRC and the OAS in their early stages of progressive institutionalization were informed by US-led Cold War geopolitical and humanitarian concerns that contributed to shaping their present form. Juan Pablo Scarfi is currently a Fullbright Fellow at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, [...]

Power of Color Artist Talk with Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

POWER OF COLOR ARTIST TALK WITH EDGARDO MIRANDA-RODRIGUEZ CREATOR OF THE POPULAR COMIC BOOK CHARACTER LA BORINQUEÑA January 30 | 6pm-8pm Join CCCADI for our monthly exhibition program on January 30th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, where we will delve into the world of Black comics to explore the depths and nuances of this famed genre. On this occasion, Color of Power exhibition curator and creator of famed comic book character La Borinqueña, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez of Somos Arte, will be talking about the fascinating process of creating this much needed Afro-Boricua SuperShero. Make sure to bring your La Borinqueña comics because the talk will be followed by a signing. ADMISSION: $5 suggested donation. WHERE: CCCADI | 120 E. 125th Street New York, NY 10035

Things to come (L’Avenir) Mia Hansen-Løve, 2016, 100 min.

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

What happens when the life you've worked so hard to build suddenly crumbles? In Things to Come, Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert, in "a career-best performance" (Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair), portrays Nathalie, a philosophy teacher whose life is defined by ideas rather than circumstance, a woman of substance – intellectual, emotional, financial – who faces unexpected constraints and freedoms when her husband of 25 years announces he is leaving her. Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. Director Hansen-Løve serves up unapologetic discussions of Rousseau, radicalism and revolution, but there is such rich life in Nathalie’s character that the weight of these ideas often turns to levity and laughter. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival. Event Contact Information: Shanny Peer 212 854 4482 sp2865@columbia.edu

Free

Jack Lew and Raghuram Rajan on Politics and Public Institutions

Columbia University - Pulitzer Hall 2950 Broadway, New York

Columbia World Projects will host a public conversation between Secretary Jack Lew, the 76th Secretary of the Treasury, and Dr. Raghuram Rajan, the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. In an era of democratic crisis, political interests are weakening political institutions by changing the rules that govern them, bolstering efforts to undermine them, and disregarding longstanding practices and norms. In response to these instances of institutional weakening, Secretary Lew and Dr. Rajan will offer their reflections on the role of independent monetary institutions in liberal democracies, the increasing pressures to which these institutions and their administrators are subject and potential avenues to strengthening them. Their discussion and Q&A session that follows it will be moderated by Shailagh Murray, current Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Columbia University and former Senior Advisor to President Obama. Register with Eventbrite to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jack-lew-and-raghuram-rajan-on-politics-and-public-institutions-tickets-86701609849 Check-in will begin 45 minutes prior to start time. Doors will open one [...]

The John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Senior Recital

Jewish Theological Seminary 3080 Broadway, at 121st Street, New York

H. L. MILLER CANTORIAL SCHOOL OF JTS PRESENTS THE JOHN LEOPOLD AND MARTHA DELLHEIM SENIOR RECITAL Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm Join Jacob Agar, Arielle Green, and Jacob Greenberg for an exciting evening of music and spirit as they share their talents and their vision for the 21st-century cantorate. The recital will feature a wide range of great Jewish music—hazzanut and other synagogue music, traditional folk music, choral works and contemporary a cappella—in Hebrew, English, Yiddish, and Ladino. Joyce Rosenzweig, adjunct instructor at JTS, is the pianist for this concert, which will also feature the H. L. Miller Cantorial School Chorus, conducted by Hazzan Natasha Hirschhorn. JTS 3080 Broadway (at 122nd) New York City REGISTER ABOUT THE PERFORMERS Jacob Agar, lyric tenor, is a fifth-year student at the H.L Miller Cantorial School, where was a recipient of the Richard Briskin Cantorial Award.  He studied opera performance and linguistics at SUNY Purchase College. Following his conservatory degree, he [...]

Les Miserables – France’s Oscar Entry

Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Ave Between 27th and 128th Sts, New York, NY

Uptown Flicks is proud to show an exclusive screening of Ladj Ly’s ambitious debut feature, Les Miserables, on January 30 at 7pm at the Maysles Cinema. Inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris with a nod to Victor Hugo’s famous novel, the film is a gripping look at social injustice today. Adapted from his Cesar-nominated short film, the feature, which is a critical & box office hit in France (more than 1 million admissions after 2 weeks), won  the Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and represents France at the 2020 Oscars. Trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=YFfdlLW9Rwg&feature=emb_logo “We may be more than two centuries past Hugo’s story, but for Ly the revolution is just as nigh.“ — The Hollywood Reporter LES MISERABLES Dir. Ladj Ly, 2019. 102 min. Color. DCP With Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga, Issa Perica In French with English subtitles Les Miserables follows Stephane (Damien Bonnard), a recent transplant to the impoverished [...]

$14 – $20

Film Screening. Aferim!

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

Please join the East Central European Center at the Harriman Instiute for a special screening of the Romanian film "Aferim!" (2015), introduced by Professor Mona Momescu and followed by a discussion. Described by Sheri Linden in the Los Angles Times as “a wickedly droll ride into Romania’s feudal past,” Aferim! goes beyond the mere Western perception of a remote time in the history of a forlorn country. Equally, it is not a product made for the expectations of the Western audience, as they are imagined by Romanian filmmakers of the last two decades. The film is directed by Radu Jude with cinematography by Marius Panduru. A local warden-turned-bounty-hunter takes his young son on an expedition to catch a runaway Roma slave who allegedly had an affair with his master’s wife. The runaway is caught, and as the three men travel back to where the slave will be subjected to capital punishment by his dishonored master, a [...]

Yunjung Ko, violin and Jinyu Xiong, violin

Myers Recital Hall

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Vatche Jambazian, piano

Miller Recital Hall

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Shijie Ma, cello & Siqing Shen, cello

Pforzheimer Hall

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Changhyun Cha, trumpet

Greenfield Hall

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Bach from the Piano: Bach Sonatas

Miller Theatre (Columbia University) 2960 Broadway, New York

C.P.E. Bach called his father’s six sonatas with harpsichord (BWV 1014–1019) among his finest compositions, possibly due to the juxtaposition of a through-composed keyboard part against the ‘solo’ instrument, which was novel at the time. Each of the pieces on this program exemplify this fresh approach, featuring both instruments as equal partners with exhilarating results. Performers Christina Jennings flute Rebecca Fischer violin Alexis Pia Gerlach cello Simone Dinnerstein piano Repertoire Sonata in B minor for flute and piano, BWV 1030 (c. 1736) Sonata in E-flat major for flute and piano, BWV 1031 (1730–34) Sonata No. 2 in D major for cello and piano, BVW 1028 (1727-29) Sonata No. 4 in C minor for violin and piano, BWV 1017 (before 1725) Additional Information Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

$7 – $50