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Extracurricular Events

One of the cool things about living in New York City is that there is always something going on.  Yes, it’s true, it is the city that never sleeps.  I can attest to this because I live on an avenue and the noise never ceases outside my window.  For those of you not familiar with New York City, for the most part avenues are larger and run north/south while streets are smaller and run east/west.  This applies to most of the Island above Canal Street – below Canal all bets are off.  So if you are looking for a place to live, I would recommend street addresses because you are likely to deal with less noise, but there are always exceptions to the rule.  But I digress . . .

In terms activities, SIPA and Columbia are much like New York City – there always seems to be something going on for our students to take advantage of.  I thought I would take an entry to provide a glimpse into some of the extracurricular programming going on in the coming weeks.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Net Delusion: A Brownbag with Author Evgeny Morozov
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1302
International Media and Communications
Brownbag with blogger and social commentator Evgeny Morozov, a rising star in Internet politics.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Information Effects and Human Rights Data: Is the Good News about Increased Human Rights Information Bad News for Human Rights Measures?
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1302
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Talk with Ann Marie Clark and Kathryn Sikkink, in which they will discuss changes in the quality and availability of human rights information over time and the implications for scholarly use of comparative data based on contemporaneous sources, including the widely used data sets based on annual Amnesty International and U.S. State Department reports.

Center for Korean Research Colloquium Series
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 907
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Center for Korean Research Colloquium with Joel Wit, former State Department official.

Faith Misplaced
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
International Affairs Building, 1512
Middle East Institute
Lecture with Ussama Makdisi, Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, speaking on his new book Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promises of U.S.-Arab Relations: 1820-2001.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

QMSS Seminar: Gary Langer
6:10 pm – 8:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 403
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Lecture with Gary Langer, Langer Research Associates.

Urban Aging from New York to Beijing
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
WEAI Brown Bag Lecture with Michael Gusmano, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health and Ada C. Mui, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work.

eHealth – A Paradigm Shift in Delivery of Healthcare
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Economic and Political Development Concentration
Brown Bag with Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed, President and CEO of Healthcare Paradigm. Discussant: Dr. Patricia Mechael, Director of Strategic Application of Mobile Technology for Public Health and Development at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Pizza will be provided.

HOME: A Film Screening and Panel Discussion
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Cinema
Earth Institute
Lecture with David Berreby, journalist and author (moderator); Sabine Marx, Managing Director, Columbia Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED); Shama Perveen, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center; Gavin A. Schmidt, climatologist and climate modeler, NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS); Peter Seligmann, Chairman & CEO, Conservation International; Maria Uriarte, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Japanese Youth in Transition: Work, Marriage, and Inequality in Contemporary Japan
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
WEAI Brown Bag Lecture with Hiroshi Ishida, Professor of Sociology, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo; Visiting Fellow, Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course, Yale University.

Taiwan in Imperial China
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Schermerhorn Hall, Room 963
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
WEAI Lecture with Douglas Fix, Professor of History and Humanities Modern China and Japan, Reed College.

SAI Distinguished Lecture Series: A Talk by 2009 Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
South Asian Institute and The Earth Institute
Talk by 2009 Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Indiana University in Bloomington

“Racially Inferior”: Roma, Sinti and Other Holocaust victims
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia University
The Italian Academy
Lecture exploring issues of discrimination and crimes against humanity.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Grzegorz W. Kolodko on Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World
6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Faculty House, Presidential Room 1
Committee on Global Thought
Talk with Grzegorz W. Kolodko, one of the world’s leading authorities on economics and development policy and former Minister of Finance of Poland. He will discuss his new book, Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World, to be released on February 8th, 2011. Registration for this event is required.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development (Human Development Report 2010 – 20th Anniversary Edition)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
Economic and Political Development
Talk with Francisco Rodriguez, Head of the Research Team, UNDP Human Development Report. Moderated by Jose Antonio Ocampo. Discussants, Eugenia McGill and Eric Verhoogen. Reception to follow.

Film Screening and Discussion: Promised Land
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
W&J Warren Hall, Room 209 Morningside Campus
Committee on Global Thought
Film Screening and Discussion featuring “Promised Land,” a film that gives viewers an inside look at the critical story of land reform and racial reconciliation in the new South Africa.

QMSS Seminar
6:10 pm – 9:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 403
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Lecture with Sandra Garcia, Universidad de los Andes.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
Middle East Institute
Film Screening/Lecture/Book Talk with Professor Christopher Stone, speaking on his newest book Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation, in conjunction with a screening of “We Loved Each Other So Much.”

The Shah with Abbas Milani
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Middle East Institute
Book Talk with Abbas MilaniHamid and Christina Moghadam, Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, speaking on his new book, The Shah, a biography which offers in-depth understanding of one of the most significant actors in the creation of the modern Islamic republic.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Columbia Water Center/Earth and Environmental Engineering Seminar: Hydrological Applications of NASA’s GRACE Satellite Mission
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Seeley W. Mudd Building, Room 833
Earth Institute
Lecture with Matt Rodell, Hydrologist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

The BEST of Columbia University

One of the great things about being a SIPA student is that while students have access to the wonderful resources SIPA offers, students also have access to the resources of a world class university comprised of 21 different schools and affiliated institutions.  The following entry highlights some of the benefits.  The entry was written by SIPA student Carrie Dorn.


Gaining admission to the School of International and Public Affairs not only opens up your access to SIPA’s institutes, events and student groups— it also allows you to access to the rest of Columbia University.  Once you learn your way around the International Affairs building and find your favorite seat in Lehman library, students can get so wrapped up in SIPA life that they don’t venture out to explore the rest of campus.  Here’s a cheat sheet of resources to take advantage of during your time at Columbia.

Feed Your Brain: CLASSES

Did you hope to enhance your academic repertoire by learning about health literacy, media culture in China or land use law?  With SIPA’s flat rate tuition, you can cross register at other graduate schools and may be able to count relevant classes towards your concentration and specialization.

Cozy Up With Your Textbook: LIBRARIES

While SIPA’s Lehman Library has everything you need, why not vary your study environment?  Your CU ID gives you access to swipe into libraries all around campus.  Many students like Teachers College library, around the corner from SIPA on 120th St., which provides a relaxing environment for students to comfortably do group work.   Others enjoy the Social Work Library, located 3 blocks up from SIPA, where windows overlooking Amsterdam Avenue and 121st Street offer direct sunlight and some good people-watching.  Night owls may prefer to spend late paper-writing nights uptown in the Health Sciences Library at 168th St., which is bustling with medical students at all hours.   With some exploration you can find the perfect study environment for you.

Explore NYC’s Creative Side: CUarts

Even Columbia knows that you didn’t move to New York City to spend all of your time in the library!  That’s why the Arts Initiative at Columbia University works to make art and cultural events accessible and affordable for students.  Your student ID allows you free admission into more than 30 NYC museums and can get you discounted tickets to movies, restaurants and Broadway shows.

Refuel Your Day: GOOD EATS

Wherever you find yourself on campus, there is no shortage of places to pick up a snack.  SIPA students are lucky to have a café on the 6th floor to grab lunch and coffee in between classes.  Brad’s, located in the School of Journalism, is a great place to buy coffee, salads or baked goods to help get through your day.  You can also watch the buzz around the Morningside campus in their semi-open seating on warm days.   In the winter, a better option may be Lenfest Café in the Law school—accessible through the south hallway at SIPA—which offers a variety of sandwiches, sushi and other prepared foods.  On Thursdays and Sundays you can find locally produced cheeses, organic veggies and freshly baked bread at the Farmer’s Market while strolling down Broadway (between 114th and 115th Streets).

Relax Underground: MUSIC SPOT

Under the beautiful St. Paul’s Chapel, located right on campus between Avery and Buell Hall, the Postcrypt Coffehouse offers acoustic music every Friday and Saturday night during the school year.  In an intimate setting, you can unwind at the end of a busy week while listening to the tunes of local talent.


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"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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