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On June 23, 2016 a slim majority of the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union by national referendum. The reasons that led to this historic vote, ending forty-three years of UK membership in the EU, are still being widely debated, as are the potential ramifications. Columbia University organized a two-day event (December 1 - 2, 2016) which brought together journalists and scholars from European and American universities to discuss both the underlying issues that precipitated the UK’s decision to separate from the EU as well as the ongoing fallout from the “Brexit” vote, especially for those of us working in global universities. This video is a recording of a conversation between John Lanchester, journalist and novelist, and Susan Pederson, Adam Tooze, and Sam Wetherell, Professors at Columbia University, on the first day of the conference Brexit Before & Beyond.

Docile Individuals? Privacy, Community, & State Friday, October 14, 2016 - Saturday, October 15, 2016 Columbia University Keynote speech: “Tyranny and the Fate of Democratic Individuality” George Kateb (Princeton University) In conditions of shrinking private liberty and growing public apathy and personal anomie, what is meaningful individuality? How is individual freedom to be thought fruitfully in the face of the threat of surveillance, by the state as well as private actors? What are origins of individual docility, and possible sources of resistance? This conference brings together scholars from various fields to examine in an interdisciplinary discussion the meaning of individuality and individual liberty in today’s society.   

Site Specificity Without Borders: A Research Symposium Friday, 11 November 2016 Roundtable: What is Living & What is Dead in Site Specificity? David J. Alworth (Harvard), Maggie Cao (UNC – Chapel Hill), and Irene Small (Princeton)  

Isaac Held (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, NOAA) Philip Kitcher (Philosophy, Columbia) Jonathan Weiner (Journalism, Columbia) Efforts abound to “understand” climate change. But what kind of understanding is needed? Does “understanding” mean the same thing to concerned citizens as it does to scientists, humanities scholars, or policy makers? At this public event, climate scientist Isaac Held, philosopher of science Philip Kitcher, and science journalist Jonathan Weiner will compare the work of understanding undertaken by different communities engaged with climate change, and address the question of what remains to be understood.

Panel 3: Post-Brexit International Relations Heidi Tworek (Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, German Marshall Fund, Washington DC, 2016-17, and Assistant Professor in International History at the University of British Columbia), “Brexit and the English-speaking World” Stefan Froehlich (Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy and a Professor for International Politics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg), “Strategic Implications of the Brexit” Moderator: Nadia Urbinati

Brexit Before and Beyond Panel 1: Brexit and Higher Education Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dublin), “What does Brexit mean for Ireland?” Gina Del Tito (British Council), “British Council, civil society and what happens next” Rick Rylance (University of London), “‘In-out; in-out; shake it all about: UK research after Brexit” Respondent: John Lanchester

Brexit Before and Beyond Panel 1: Brexit and Higher Education Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dublin), “What does Brexit mean for Ireland?” Gina Del Tito (British Council), “British Council, civil society and what happens next” Rick Rylance (University of London), “‘In-out; in-out; shake it all about: UK research after Brexit” Respondent: John Lanchester