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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 was chaired by Mark Mazower, Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Internationally acclaimed writer and director Sulayman Al Bassam in conversation with his collaborator Georgina Van Welie on making theatre across the cultural divide. Political by definition, performed in both English and Arabic with actors and a creative team from across the Arab world and the West, their projects have revisited Western texts from an Arab perspective and challenged Western perceptions of the Arab world. They will discuss their ten year Arab Shakespeare project, a recent production for The Comedie Francaise in Paris and Sulayman’s new play The Petrol Station. The new play follows the lives of a pair of half-brothers as they vie for the loyalty and favors of their aging father, all against the backdrop of a vicious civil war of a neighboring country.

Poets talk about the scholarly resources that inspire them, including poetry anthologies, rhyming dictionaries, standard dictionaries, handbooks of poetic forms, and other resources, such as the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (the latest edition of which was published in 2013). Participants include --Dorothea Lasky, Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts at Columbia University --Tan Lin, Associate Professor of Creative Writing at New Jersey City University --Nada Gordon, Instructor of English at Pratt Institute --Bob Perelman, Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania --Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Associate Professor of English at State University of New York, Stony Brook. Co-sponsored by Public Books. www.publicbooks.org

Poets talk about the scholarly resources that inspire them, including poetry anthologies, rhyming dictionaries, standard dictionaries, handbooks of poetic forms, and other resources, such as the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (the latest edition of which was published in 2013). Participants include --Dorothea Lasky, Assistant Professor in the School of the Arts at Columbia University --Tan Lin, Associate Professor of Creative Writing at New Jersey City University --Nada Gordon, Instructor of English at Pratt Institute --Bob Perelman, Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania --Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Associate Professor of English at State University of New York, Stony Brook. Co-sponsored by Public Books. publicbooks.org

As part of The Disciplines Series: Evaluation, Value, and Evidence, authors Alison Piepmeier, George Estreich, and Rachel Adams take up many of the questions raised in our November 2013 event on "Genes, Children, and Ethics" (featuring Michael Berube, Faye Ginsberg, and Rayna Rapp) in their discussion of "Parenting, Narrative, and Our Genetic Futures." Elizabeth Emens chairs.

As part of The Disciplines Series: Evaluation, Value, and Evidence, authors Alison Piepmeier, George Estreich, and Rachel Adams take up many of the questions raised in our November 2013 event on "Genes, Children, and Ethics" (featuring Michael Berube, Faye Ginsberg, and Rayna Rapp) in their discussion of "Parenting, Narrative, and Our Genetic Futures." Elizabeth Emens chairs.

Rayna Rapp, Faye Ginsberg, and Michael Bérubé discuss innovations in special education in NYC and genetic expression of Down syndrome. Rachel Adams chairs the talk.

Rayna Rapp, Faye Ginsberg, and Michael Bérubé discuss innovations in special education in NYC and genetic expression of Down syndrome. Rachel Adams chairs the talk.