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The Irish and the Jews Tuesday, April 4, 2017   Pól Ó Dochartaigh, "Representations of Jews in Irish Literature" and Ruth Gilligan, reading from Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan.

New Books in the Arts & Sciences          —panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa by Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Liane Carlson received her PhD in philosophy of religion at Columbia University in 2015, where she received her M.A. (2010) and M.Phil (2012) after graduating summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University (2007). Her research interests include the philosophical and theological history of Critical Theory, with particular emphasis on German Romanticism, the limits of the critical power of history, the problem of evil, and the intersection of religion and literature.

Brexit Before & Beyond: Day 1

December 13, 2016

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.