Spring 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Renowned anthropologist and philospher Bruno Latour returns to the Heyman Center to discuss "Globalization: Which Globe? Which Politics?"

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will read selected poems, to be followed by a discussion with Columbia's Cóilín Parsons.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Controversial German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk will give a talk entitled "You Must Change Your Life."

Monday, March 2, 2009

One of India's most distinguished economists and political commentators, Prabhat Patnaik, and Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, will discuss "How to Think About the Financial Crisis." Jomo Kwame Sundaram, UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, will chair.

Noted historian and pioneer of microhistory, Carlo Ginzburg returns to the Heyman Center to discuss "The Letter Kills: On Some Implications of 2 Corinthians 3:6." Matthew Jones, Columbia Professor of History, serves as discussant.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Prabhat Patnaik, one of India's most distinguished economists and political commentators, and Duncan Foley, Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, will discuss the question "Is Marxism Relevant Today?"

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Donald Keene, Shincho Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature at Columbia University and recipient of Japan's 2008 Order of Culture, will discuss "Japanese Authors Today." Author Shirley Hazzard, recipient of the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, will serve as chair.

Friday, April 3, 2009 - Saturday, April 4, 2009

A two-day conference on "Wisdom in Ancient Thought."

Monday, April 6, 2009

Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University and winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize and the 2008 Kyoto Prize, will take part in a workshop with other professors to discuss the topic of "The Politics of Recognition."

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

This panel discussion will focus on the connections between the recent attacks in India and radical Islamist ideology, the historic struggle over Kashmir, and the prospects for future relations between India and Pakistan.

Mark Strand, Professor of English at Columbia University, and former U.S. Poet Laureate, will read selected poems. Richard Howard Professor at Columbia School of Arts, Writing Division and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will serve as discussant.

Friday, April 10, 2009

A day-long workshop on "The Cold War and the Social Sciences: Approaches and Arguments."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Danielle Allen, Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and a recipient of the Macarthur "genius" Grant, will give the bi-annual Lionel Trilling Seminar. She will speak on "Plato's Cunning: Philosophy as Political Strategy." Columbia professors Nadia Urbinati and Katja Vogt will be discussants.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Novelist, short story writer, essayist, critic, and former philosophy professor William Gass will speak on "Baroque Prose."

Saturday, April 25, 2009 - Sunday, April 26, 2009

Various speakers from the Film Division, Columbia School of the Arts and elsewhere will assemble to discuss the cinema of Satyajit Ray.

Two of the world's most celebrated poets, Adrienne Rich and Antjie Krog, will read selected poems.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Marxist literary theorist and political commentator Aijaz Ahmad will speak on "Islam, Islamisms, and the West in a Global Context."


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