Spring 2009

Globalization: Which Globe? Which Politics?

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.

You Must Change Your Life

Thursday, February 19, 2009

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

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.

Is Marxism Relevant Today?

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?"

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.

Wisdom in Ancient Thought—a two-day conference

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

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

The Politics of Recognition

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."

Mumbai, Terror, and Islamism

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.

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

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.

Baroque Prose

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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

The Cinema of Satyajit Ray

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.  

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


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