This Week at SIPA

As is typical, it is a busy week at SIPA.  The following events are all taking place this week.  Kind of makes you wonder when students have time to go to class.

Monday, October 26

The Harriman Institute

Conference: Brussels and the Western Balkans: Next Steps for the EU Integration Process. Join us as we address the following: Since the EU committed to enlarge the Western Balkans at its 2003 Thessaloniki Summit, the countries of the region have made little progress in their efforts to join the European Union.
All Day Event
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
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The South Asia Institute

Distinguished Lecturer Series presents Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Knox Hall, Room 202 (122 St. between Broadway and Claremont Ave)

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Lecture: The Great Crash of 2008 and China, with former Australian Ambassador to China Ross Garnaut, professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne.
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918

The UN Studies Program Working Group, the SIPA Pan-African Network (SPAN), the Arab Student Association, the Gender Policy Working Group

Panel Discussion: Female Circumcision: A Multilevel Discussion on a Multidimensional Issue. This panel explores the complexity of female circumcision by bringing together practitioners, scholars and activists with different views on the issue.
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Lindsay Rogers Room 707

Tuesday, October 27

The Alliance Program and the European Legal Studies Center

Discussion: Trade and … Problems: What’s New at the WTO? with Hélène Ruiz-Fabri, professor of International Law, Universite Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne on how trade liberalization accentuates problems of management in other areas, such as environment or health, which is related to the problem of the fragmentation of international law and the logic of competing norms.

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
W & J Warren Hall, Room 600

The Microfinance Working Group, Microfinance Club of New York, Microlumbia and NYU Microfinance

Mixer: Microfinance Happy Hour. You are invited to mingle at the mixer and meet other NYC practitioners and students in the microfinance field.
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Slate Plus
54 W. 21 St.
New York, NY 10011

Wednesday, October 28

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Brown Bag Lecture: Hong Kong’s Sinking and Shrinking Middle Class in a Rising Asia, with Helen Siu, professor of Anthropology, Yale University.
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918

The Center for the Study of Human Rights

Presentation: The Trail of Blood—The Search for an Intercommunal National System in Lebanon and Iraq, with Visiting Scholar Hanna Ziadeh, who will introduce his research, a comparative analysis of nation-building processes in Lebanon and Iraq.
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 801

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Lecture: Is Chinese Science Really an Exotic Subject? with Nathan Sivin, University of Pennsylvania.
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Kent Hall, Room 403

The Center for International Conflict Resolution

Conversation with Ambassador Alvaro de Soto and Mr. Martin Griffiths on International Conflict Resolution in the New Millennium, the third encounter of the Conversations with Alvaro de Soto lecture series.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Jerome Greene, Room 101
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The UN Studies Program

Panel: Protection of Civilians in UN Peace Operations—What does it mean, what does it take? Including the following panelists H.E. Augustine P. Mahiga, permanent representative of Tanzania to UN and David Haeri, chief, Best Practices Section, UN Department of Peacekeeping  Operations and moderator Prof. Elisabeth Lindenmayer, director, UN Studies Program.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

The Earth Institute’s Columbia Water Center and Scientists and Engineers for a Better Society

Film Screening: “A Civil Action,” with speakers: Patricia Culligan, professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University; and Upmanu Lall, Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University; Director, Columbia Water Center, The Earth Institute, Columbia University.
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 569
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Registration is requested but not required:

The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life

Conversation with Jon Meacham, the editor of “Newsweek” magazine and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” as well as “American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation,” and moderator Randall Balmer, professor.
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Journalism Building, Lecture Hall (3rd Floor)

The Middle East Institute

Book Talk: A Country Called Amreeka,” with author Alia Malek.
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Lindsay Rogers Room (707)

Thursday, October 29

The Harriman Institute and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Brown Bag Lecture: China and Energy Security in Central Asia, with Pan Guang, director and Professor of the Shanghai Center for International Studies and the academic director of the Institute of Eurasian Studies at the Shanghai Academy of Social Science.
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

The Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia University, the Jornal do Brasil and Casa Brasil

Conference: Brazil and the Future. Brings together leaders of various sectors of Brazil’s economy and industry to analyze its emerging role as a global power.
1:45 pm to 5:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

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The Institute of Latin American Studies

Screening of the documentary “Los Demonios del Eden,” a film based on the work of Mexican activist and writer Lydia Cacho. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 413

The Harriman Institute and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

ScreeningVanished Empire,” a new Russian film.
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Hamilton Hall, Room 703

Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30

The Harriman Institute and the Davis Center, Harvard University
Forum: A Globalizing Russia? Join us for The Second Annual Russia/Eurasia Forum on how Globalization affects a myriad of sectors including culture, business and energy, the environment and public health, security, telecommunications and the internet, human rights, and migration.
All Day Event
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1

The Arab Student Association at SIPA, the Russian Cultural Association of Columbia University and USPolyResearch

Conference: Sustainable Development of Hot Deserts. Will present a novel interdisciplinary approach to the problem of desertification and the development of sustainable settlements in hot deserts. Keynote speakers include: Dr. Nikhil Chandavarkar, Secretary, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Ms. Florence D. Hudson, IBM Corporation, Mr. Sydney W. Kitson, Kitson & Partners – Developer of Babcock Ranch, Florida.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lerner Hall, Roone Arlidge Auditorium
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