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Good bookkeeping makes for good government—but not for very long—according to this history of accounting in the public sphere. In this talk, historian and MacArthur Fellow Soll surveys public financial record keeping after the invention of double-entry accounting in 13th-century Tuscany, a breakthrough that made systematic analysis of profit and loss possible.

Good bookkeeping makes for good government—but not for very long—according to this history of accounting in the public sphere. In this talk, historian and MacArthur fellow Soll surveys public financial record keeping after the invention of double-entry accounting in 13th-century Tuscany, a breakthrough that made systematic analysis of profit and loss possible.

Despite the continuous interest in psychoanalysis as a modern system of thought and interpretation, the history of the discipline and the study of analysts other than Sigmund Freud are still developing. Full description at event link: bit.ly/1qJt9Mk This recording consists of the final panel discussion of the two-day conference. In this panel, Daniel Pick, Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London interviewed Robert Jay Lifton, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University. The panel was chaired by Eli Zaretsky, Professor of History at The New School. Final comments were provided by the organizer of the conference, Michal Shapira, Senior Lecturer of History and Gender Studies at Tel Aviv University.

William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute, lead a discussion on the idea of development as an authoritarian concept. The commentator for the talk was Gregory Mann, Associate Professor of History at Columbia. Michele Alacevich, Associate Director of Research Activities, Heyman Center for the Humanities and Diplomatische Akademie Wien, chaired the talk.

William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute, will lead a discussion on the idea of development as an authoritarian concept.

Plants have been profoundly queer players in the modern project of describing "life" for ethical and political consideration. From their taxonomic destabilizations of colonial order in the eighteenth century to their current questionings concerning agency in recent posthumanist discourses, plants demand that we think about living, being, and becoming in ways that interrupt anthropocentric and heteronormative figurings of ethics, agency, futurity, and life in general. In this presentation, Catriona Sandilands, an internationally recognized scholar in both queer ecologies and plant studies, will speak about "botanical queerness" with an eye to thinking through the complexity of humans' relations to plants beyond habitual environmentalist modes of address. Plants are not simply objects of human concern; they offer up modes of being. becoming, living, and futurity that have been overlooked in many more animal-centric accounts, and that may serve as the basis of a more critical, queer, and ecological understanding of life in relation to power.

In this presentation, Catriona Sandilands, an internationally recognized scholar in both queer ecologies and plant studies, will speak about "botanical queerness" with an eye to thinking through the complexity of humans' relations to plants beyond habitual environmentalist modes of address. Plants are not simply objects of human concern; they offer up modes of being. becoming, living, and futurity that have been overlooked in many more animal-centric accounts, and that may serve as the basis of a more critical, queer, and ecological understanding of life in relation to power.

Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia Journalism School and reporter for the The New Yorker, will deliver a talk on the Obama administration's use of drones. Coll will be in discussion with Manan Ahmed, Assistant Professor of History at Columbia, and Philip G. Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University. Alston served as the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions from 2004 to 2010. His 2010 report on targeted killings led by CIA drones was a defining critical document against the use of drones in warfare. The talk will be chaired by Mark Mazower, Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities.