SIPA Events – April

Sorry, I just cannot help it.  I know these event lists are overwhelming, but that’s actually why I cannot help myself.  SIPA is much like New York City – there is always SO MUCH going on.  Not only do you get a great education and classes, you have all of the extra events on top to add to the fun.  Dive in . . .

Monday, April 11, 2011

Wendy Freedman The 36th Bampton Lectures in America
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 through Thursday, April 14, 2011
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Columbia University
Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion
Lecture Series by Wendy Freedman, Director of the Carnegie Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Since the completion of the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project, Freedman has studied the behavior of supernovae to better determine the nature of the mysterious cosmic phenomenon known as dark energy, which appears to play an essential role in the rate at which the universe is expanding. Freedman has also further refined the Hubble constant and is spearheading the effort to construct the 25-meter class Giant Magellan Telescope.

Locating Tolerance: The Conflict over the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
International Affairs Building Room 1501
Middle East Institute
Conference with Wendy Brown, Heller Professor of Political Science, Berkeley; David T Goldberg, Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute; Rashid Khalidi, Co-Director Center for Palestine Studies and Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University; Saree Makdisi, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UCLA; Eyal Weizman, Director of Centre of Research Architecture at Goldsmiths.
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The Australian Miracle: Abandoning and Overtaking the U.S. as It Joins the China Club
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture with Robert Gregory, Professor of Economics, Research School of the Social Sciences, The Australian National University.

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Demography
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Institute for African Studies
Lecture. Sub-Saharan Africa has shifted from having a low population density and no population growth in the 19th century to an extremely high population growth today.

14th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum: Crisis in State Budgets
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, (Between West 116th and West 118th Streets)
School of International and Public Affairs
Public Policy Forum with keynote address by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, followed by two panel discussions moderated by Ester Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science and Dorian Warren, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science. Registration required and seating is limited.
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India’s Economic Growth and Food Crisis
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1401
SIPA South Asian Association
Talk with Prabhat Patnaik, Vice-Chairman of the Planning Board of the Indian state of Kerala. Pizza will be served.

Haiti One Year On: Benchmarks and Expectations
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
The United Nations Studies Program Working Group and the Humanitarian Affairs Working Group
Discussion Panel featuring Patrick Hein, UN DPKO Political Affairs Officer, Europe & Latin America Division; Shonta Collins, Founder/President, Explorers Sans Frontieres; and Alex Fischer, Associate Director, Earth Institute Haiti Task Force. Moderated by Professor Elisabeth Lindenmayer, Director, UN Studies Program. Seating is first come, first served. Reception to follow.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Raul Prebisch Lecture featuring José Antonio Ocampo
11:00 am – 1:00 pm (10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT)
The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Society, Santiago Chile
Economic Political Development Concentration
Raul Prebish Lecture presented by Professor José Antonio Ocampo, Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration at SIPA. For more information, please contact Melissa Giblock, mg2944@columbia.edu.

United Russia and Russian Politics: How Russia’s Ruling Party Works and Why It Matters
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
Harriman Institute
Talk by John Reuter, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Harriman Institute.

Eboo Patel in Conversation
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Journalism Building, 3rd Floor, World Room
Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion
Conversation with Eboo Patel, the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, an international nonprofit that aims to promote interfaith cooperation. He is a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Communism and the Origins of Industrialized Housing Production in Postwar Czechoslovakia
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Avery Hall, Ware Lounge
Harriman Institute
Talk with Kimberly Elman Zarecor, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Iowa State University.

Is It Possible to Prevent Ethnic Conflict? Case Studies from the Work of the Project on Ethnic Relations
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 902
Center for International Conflict Resolution
CICR Lunchtime series event with Livia Plaks, President of the Project on Ethnic Relations (PER).
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A Discussion with Tendai Biti, Zimbabwean Minister of Finance, and Journalist Peter Godwin
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Davis Auditorium, Shaprio Center
Committee on Global Thought
Discussion with Tendai Biti, the current Minister of Finance of Zimbabwe and Secretary-General for the Movement for Democratic Change political party, and Peter Godwin, an award-winning foreign correspondent, author, documentary-maker, and screenwriter. Peter Godwin’s most recent book, The Fear, provides a first-hand account of the teetering of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe surrounding the 2008 elections in the nation.
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The Greek Financial Crisis and International Responses
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Faculty House, Garden Room 1
Harriman Institute
Round-table discussion

Native Peoples of Taiwan in Present-day Society
2:10 pm – 4:00 pm
Columbia University Schermerhorn Hall, Room 963
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Lecture with Scott Simon, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Ottawa.

The Fourth Annual Arrow Lecture: “Persons and Time in the Welfare Economics of Climate Change”
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Rotunda, Low Memorial Library
Committee on Global Thought and The Earth Institute
Fourth Annual Kenneth Arrow Lecture presented by Economist Sir Partha Dasgupta with discussants Geoffrey Heal, Garrett Professor of Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University and Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs and The Earth Institute. This event also features Nobel laureates Kenneth Arrow and Joseph Stiglitz.
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Financial Regulation and Monetary Policy Panel Discussion
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Faculty House, Presidential Room I
Program in Economic Policy Management
Discussion Panel with Andrés Velasco, Chilean Minister of Finance, 2006-2010, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Alan Taylor, Professor of Economics, University of California, Davis; Gill Hammond, Director, Centre for Central Banking Studies, Bank of England; Andrew Blake, Senior Adviser, Centre for Central Banking Studies, Bank of England. Chaired by Guillermo Calvo, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Reception to follow. Seating is limited. Register by April 7th.
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Debating Poverty Reduction II
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Studio-X New York 180 Varick Street New York, NY 10013
Institute of Latin American Studies
Discussion Panel with Andre Herzog, Senior Urban Specialist at the World Bank Institute, Ricardo Pereira and Domingo Pires, from the Secretary of Housing of Sao Paulo, and Paola Siclari from the Chilean Ministry of Housing and Planning.

Living in the Crossfire: Favela Residents, Drug Dealers, and Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Lindsay Rogers Room (707)
Center for Sustainable Urban Development, the Institute of Latin American Studies, the Latin American Students Association and the Economic and Political Development Concentration
Book Launch with Maria Helena Moreira Alves, retired Professor from the University of the State of Rio de Janiero.

The 36th Bampton Lectures in America: A Runaway Universe
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium at Schapiro Hall
Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion
Lecture with Wendy Freedman, Director of the Carnegie Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Surprising observations have shown that not only is the universe expanding, but it is speeding up with time. The “dark energy” that is driving this acceleration dominates the overall density of mass and energy of the universe. Consistent with a prediction of Albert Einstein’s, Einstein nonetheless rejected it. But he may have been right after all.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Approaches to Professionalism in the Face of Mismanagement or Corruption in Developing Countries
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 409
Economic and Political Development Concentration
Brown Bag Lecture with Jonathan Richmond. Refreshments will be provided.

The Crisis in the Middle East: Uprising and Trends
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
UN Studies Program
Discussion with H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations; H.E.Mr. Abdullah M.Alsadi, Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Yemen to the United Nations Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute. Moderated by: Professor Elisabeth Lindenmayer, Director, UN Studies Program. Registration Required.
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Monuments, Urbanism, and Modernity in Post Colonial Mali
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Horace Mann Hall, Teachers College, Room 138, 525 West 120th Street New York, NY 10025
Institute for African Studies
Lecture with Mary Jo Arnoldi, Curator of African Ethnology and Arts, Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Carmen M. Reinhart: A Decade of Debt
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Shapiro Hall, Davis Auditorium, Room 412
Program in Economic Policy Management
Lecture with Carmen M. Reinhart, chaired by Guillermo Calvo, Columbia Professor of International and Public Affairs and Director of PEPM. Free and open to the public. Registration is required.
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Data Quality Assurance in Developing Country Contexts
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Columbia University Teachers College Russell Hall, Room 305
The Monitoring and Evaluation Student Society
Talk with Tsegahun Tessema, Director of JaRco Consulting.

QMSS Seminar: Mass Media, Politics, and Evolution: The Psychophysiology of Negative News
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 403
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Lecture with Stuart Soroka, Dept of Political Science, McGill University.

The 36th Bampton Lectures in America: Giant Telescopes of the 21st Century
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Davis Auditorium at Schapiro Hall
Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion
Lecture with Wendy Freedman, Director of the Carnegie Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Telescopes are our window to the universe. Exciting new astronomical discoveries are enabled by new technology — larger telescopes and more sensitive detectors. From the time that Galileo first turned his telescope to the sky over 400 hundred years ago to the present, we have continued to change our perception of the universe we live in. Dr. Freedman will describe this history, and ambitious giant telescopes now in the planning stages.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Freedom and Constraints: Switzerland, Neutrality and the Middle East
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 418
Center for International Conflict Resolution
Conference with Ambassadors Jean-Daniel Ruch and Francois Barras, Switzerland.
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Côte d’Ivoire: The Test for Collective Security and Democratic Identity in West Africa
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 701
Institute of African Studies
Panel organized to expose the multifaceted aspects of the Ivorian crisis and to highlight the political, humanitarian, economic and democratic risks that could lead to a larger conflagration beyond the immediate Mano River Union Countries.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture with Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University.

Egypt’s Transition to Democracy: Political and Economic Challenges
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103
Committee on Global Thought
Panel Discussion focusing on the critical political and economic challenges faced by Egypt in its transition to democratic governance.
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SAI Film Screening and Discussion
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Knox Hall, Room 208
South Asian Institute
Film Screening and Discussion featuring Tanvir Ka Safarnama (2008), followed by a discussion with director Ranjan Kamath and Shayoni Mitra, Barnard College.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

From Vulnerability to Originality: How the Mechanical Typewriter Inspired New Typography in South Korea
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture with Tae-Ho Kim, D. Kim Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, Center for Korean Research; Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Recent Fatwas from the Ulema Council of Afghanistan: the Role of Islamic Jurisprudence in Afghanistan in the Post-9/11 Era
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
Harriman Institute
Talk with Dr. Emily Jane O’Dell, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University.

Brownbag with Kim Barker
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1302
International Media, Advocacy and Communications Specialization
Brownbag with Kim Barker, author of The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pizza will be served.

Popular Culture (Seminar on Modern Taiwan)
2:10 pm – 4:00 pm
Schermerhorn Hall, Room 963
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Lecture with Marc Moskowitz, Director of the USC Visual Anthropology Credential Program, University of South Carolina.

IEPA: Towards Sustainable Development: An Interactive Forum on Rio +20
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
The International Environmental Policy Association
Interactive Forum with Brice Lalonde, former French Minister of the Environment and Executive Coordinator for the Rio+20 Conference.
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Development Policy in the Wake of the Global Crisis: The Challenge of Financial Inclusion
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Economic and Political Development Concentration
Lecture with Roy Culpeper, former President of The North-South Institute.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cradling Ethnos: The Lullaby as Mode of Ethnicity Formation
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
Harriman Institute
Talk with Irina Karabulatova.

The Golden Cage: A Conversation with Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Prize Winner
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
School of International and Public Affairs, Middle East Institute
Lecture with Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, lawyer, judge, and founder of the Center for the Defense of Human Rights in Iran, will deliver the latest Gabriel Silver Memorial Lecture at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Humanitarianism at the Edge of Empires: Refugee Aid and Civil Society along the Croatian-Bosnian Border, 1875-1878
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
Harriman Institute
Talk with Jared Manasek, Department of History, Columbia University.

Housing First for People Who Are Homeless and Using Substances
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Room 6602, All-Purpose Room Sixth Floor, Psychiatric Institute, Kolb Annex, 40 Haven Avenue (168th Street) or 1051 Riverside Drive
Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies
Lecture with Emily Raphael-Greenfield, Assistant Professor, Columbia University Programs in Occupational Therapy.

SAI Barbara Stoler Miller Lecture: A Talk by Ayesha Jalal
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Knox Hall, Room 208
South Asian Institute
Talk by Ayesha Jalal, Tufts University

Negotiating the Line: Managing Challenges in a Multicultural World
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 411
Office of Career Services, Economic and Political Development Concentration, Gender Policy Working Group and Women in Leadership
Interactive Workshop providing SIPA students with strategies and resources to deal with difficult situations they could encounter in summer internships or job placements after graduation. An expert facilitator will guide the discussion based on real situations that SIPA students have faced in the past.

More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Uris Hall, Room 301
School of International and Public Affairs
Lecture with Yale professor of economics Dean Karlan and Columbia University alum Jacob Appel ’06 CC who combine behavioral economics with worldwide field research in a new and ground-breaking approach to economic development – one that is realistic in its claims yet optimistic on what we can accomplish through development assistance.

QMSS Seminar
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 403
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Seminar with Donald DeLuca.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Columbia Water Center Seminar: Distributive Impacts of Dams and Governmental Responses at County-level in China
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Seeley W. Mudd Building, Room 924
Earth Institute
Lecture with Xiaojia Bao, PhD Student in Sustainable Development, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Towards a New Architecture for Politico-Military Security in Europe: The Role of the OSCE
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
Harriman Institute
Talk by Petros Efthymiou, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), member of the Greek Parliament, and Former Minister of Education of the Hellenic Republic.

Nothing’s Sacred: A Conversation with Lewis Black
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Rennert Hall at the Kraft Center for Jewish Life 606 West 115th Street
Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion
Conversation with comedian Lewis Black, a two-time Grammy Award-winner for his comedy albums The Carnegie Hall Performance (2006) and Stark Raving Black (2010). He regularly appears on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and was host of the Comedy Central series Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Power and Pressure: The Media in Africa
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Kellogg Center, International Affairs Building, 15th Floor
Committee on Global Thought
Half-Day Conference looking at the state of the media in Africa, as well as how the media is covering two of the most pressing issues currently facing the continent: the growing role of the extractive sector in the region’s economy and the elections taking place this year. Speakers include reporters from African newspapers, bloggers, representatives from NGOs – including Human Rights Watch, Internews and Revenue Watch Institute – and professors from Columbia University.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Workshop in Development Practice – Final Presentations
Thursday, April 28, 2011; 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday, April 29, 2011; 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Economic and Political Development Concentration
Day One: Presentations for SIPA’s Workshop in Development Practice. Student teams have been working this year with clients in more than 20 countries on innovative projects involving food security, clean technologies, health and education, governance, humanitarian response, peacebuilding, gender mainstreaming, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and private sector development. Workshop teams will present their findings and recommendations at SIPA during this two-day event.

Strategic Security and Political and Military Threats in the Black Sea Region
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
Harriman Institute
Talk with General Constantin Degeratu, Former National Security and Defense Advisor to the President of Romania.

The Climate Crisis as a Health Crisis: Disease, Disasters, and a Path to Resilience
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Faculty House, Skyline Level (4th Floor)
Earth Institute
Lecture with Dan Ferber, award-winning journalist and author.
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QMSS Seminar
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 403
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Seminar with Chad Millman, ESPN.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Workshop in Development Practice – Final Presentations
Thursday, April 28, 2011; 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday, April 29, 2011; 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Economic and Political Development Concentration
Day Two: Presentations for SIPA’s Workshop in Development Practice. Student teams have been working this year with clients in more than 20 countries on innovative projects involving food security, clean technologies, health and education, governance, humanitarian response, peacebuilding, gender mainstreaming, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and private sector development. Workshop teams will present their findings and recommendations at SIPA during this two-day event.

Columbia Water Center/Earth and Environmental Engineering Seminar: Water – Generating More Reserves from Available Resources
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Seeley W. Mudd Building, Room 924
Earth Institute
Lecture with Ray Farinato, Cytec Industries Inc.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fear, Memory, and Mobilization: Croatian Serbs & the Serbian Democratic Party
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
Harriman Institute
Talk with John Schiemann, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Florham Laboratory for Experimental Social Science (FLESS), Chair of the Department of Social Sciences & History, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Art of Citizenship in African Cities
8:30 am – 6:15 pm
Avery Hall, Wood Auditorium
Committee on Global Thought
Conference bringing together some of the leading established scholars with promising new academic voices in the study of African urbanisms and presenting fresh, innovative research into emergent expressions of citizenship in diverse African cities across the continent.
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