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Race Thinking and the Sciences in French Colonial Vietnam

The following post was written by Sawako Sonoyama.  I am constantly amazed by the sheer number of events our students have access to.  We will feature more posts soon from some students that have been working on their capstone projects.

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SIPA offers a variety of activities that help equip students with the skills necessary for a successful career. During your two years here, you can be trained in specialized skills such as Monitoring & Evaluation, Conflict Resolution, and Crowdsourcing from experts in the field, while being deeply embedded with the appropriate professional networks. SIPA, however, is not only about acquiring skills and networking, but has rigorous academic caliber as well.

During your two years away from the professional world, you will have the opportunity to be a student again. This is the time to once again bury your selves under thousands of pages of readings, tackle intellectual debates with your colleagues, and absorb pure knowledge from prominent guest speakers in the field of your academic choice.

For example, I attended a talk titled “Race Thinking and the Sciences in French Colonial Vietnam” by Mitch Aso. Aso is a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin, focusing on environmental change and human health on the rubber plantations of southern Vietnam. His talk focused on how race was created through colonialism via biopolitical mechanisms such as agriculture and medicine. Through rubber production in Vietnam, certain ethnic groups were categorized as being barbaric laborers, even when a mix of ethnicities within Vietnam was conducting the same agricultural practices.

In reaction to the malaria outbreak in Southeast Asia, the colonizers labeled certain ethnicities to be carriers of the disease and attempted to segregate those people. Aso illustrated concrete examples on how the concept of race is extremely complex; it can be created through political and calculative avenues. Racial identity is never concretely defined. The conversation also expanded to the concept of modernity and whether these new agricultural and medical practices actually modernized the indigenous people’s lives. A constant debate amongst anthropologists and philosophers surrounds the exact timing and definition of modernity. Was the western influence that detrimental to revolutionizing the lives of the indigenous communities?

The concept of identity and modernity may be quite abstract and academic to be applied on daily affairs in international relations, however, a solid understanding of such notions are undoubtedly helpful. As an Economic and Political Development concentrator, even though I may never fully understand the philosophy behind how identity shifts when different countries interact with one another, but having some understanding will improve my development practices. In fact, in current development practices, there is still not enough research or analysis being done with regards to the local context or how that will be affected by the development intervention planned. Considering a non-practical and academic mindset may be necessary in thinking about how we conduct these operations.

Going to such talks reminded me of the holistic approach SIPA offers – a combination of rigorous academic research and effective hands-on practice.

Events Galore

Below is some evidence of the choices that SIPA students must sometimes make when it comes to how to spend their time.  There always seems to be something going on at SIPA or on our campus that would be interesting to attend.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Gender-Based Violence in the Congo
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
Gender Policy
Panel Discussion with Dr. Les Roberts, Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Paula Donovan, Co-Founder of AIDS-Free World; Dr. Susan Bartels, Co-Head of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; and Lisa Jackson, Writer and Director of the film “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo.”

Debate: Nuclear Energy and Climate Change
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106
Earth Institute
Debate with Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, former Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy; Peter Bradford, Adjunct Professor, Vermont Law School, former Commissioner, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, former Chair, New York and Maine utility regulatory commissions; Barton Cowan, Visiting Professor, West Virginia University College of Law, of counsel, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Susan Eisenhower, Member, Blue Ribbon Commission for America’s Nuclear Future, Chair Emeritus, Eisenhower Institute; Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Director, Columbia Center for Climate Change Law

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kazakhstan’s Refugee Crisis: Violence, Hunger and the Transformation of Broader Central Asia, 1930-1933
12:00 am – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
Harriman Institute
Lecture with Sarah Cameron , Post-Doctoral Fellow, Yale University

Japan Circa 1959 – The High-Growth Economy and the Social Effects of Television
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture with Yoshikuni Igarashi, Associate Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

Kazakhstan’s Refugee Crisis: Violence, Hunger and the Transformation of Broader Central Asia, 1930-1933
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building
Harriman Institute
Lecture with Sarah Cameron, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Yale

DevInfo Training
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 407
New Media Task Force
Workshop with Christina J. Irene, a representative from the joint UNICEF/DevInfo programme, along with the Fall 2010 DevInfo Interns, will present an introduction to the DevInfo data management system.

Brown Bag with Amb. Paul R. Seger, Permanent Repepresentative of Switzerland to the UN
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 802
International Organization Specialization
Brown Bag Lecture with Ambassador Paul R. Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations

How Not to Help
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 707
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Discussion with Kate Cronin-Furman and Amanda Taub from “Wronging Rights”.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lake Baikal, Siberia: Will Industrial Development Destroy the World’s Largest, Cleanest Lake?
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
Harriman Institute
Lecture

Czech Foreign Policy After the Fall of Communism
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Harriman Institute
Lecture with Jiri Paroubek

Perspectives on Political and Economic Dynamism in Northeast Asia- Challenges of China and North Korea
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Columbia Univerity Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 918
Center for Korean Research
Lecture with Ambassador Young-Mok Kim,Consul General of Republic of Korea to New York. No registration is required.

Leaders in Global Energy: Dr. Fatih Birol: Critical Factors Shaping the Future Global Energy Landscape
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
School of International and Public Affairs and Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy
Lecture with Dr. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency
Register

Tolerance Without Liberalism: Conflict and Coexistence in Twentieth-Century Indonesia
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 801
Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion
Lecture with CDTR Visiting Fellow, Jeremy Menchik

My Perestroika
8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 417
Harriman Institute
Film Screening and Discussion with Robin Hessman. To reserve tickets in advance please follow the link: www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/8563295. Tickets will also be available at the box office in the Lerner Hall Lobby the day of the show.

Concert Series: Italian Harpsichord Music with Andrew Appel
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University
Concert Series with harpsichordist Andrew Appel, violinist Krista Bennion Feeney, and cellist Loretta O’Sullivan, performing the music of Boccherini, Cimarosa, and Clementi

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Conversation with Adolfo Carrion, Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
12:00 pm- 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
Urban and Social Policy Concentration
Conversation with Adolfo Carrion, Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Register

Migrations of Jewish-Hungarian Professionals through Germany to the United States, 1919-1945
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219
East Central European Center
Discussion with Professor Tibor Frank, Eötvös Loránd University, Columbia University, regarding the impulses influencing a uniquely gifted generation of mostly Jewish Hungarian emigrants.

Biological Measures of the Standard of Living North and South of the Border –
4:15 pm – 6:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 802
Institute of Latin American Studies
Lecture: with Prof. Richard Steckel, Distinguished University Professor of Economics, Anthropology and History at Ohio State University.

When China Met Africa and The Colony
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Studio X 180 Varick Street New York, NY 10014
Committee on Global Thought
Film screening / Discussion including two films that examine Chinese investment in Africa
Register

Stories of Stigma, Stories of Strength: Ethnographic Oral History with Sanitation Workers in New York City
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Schermerhorn, Room 754
Oral History Master of Arts Program
Lecture with Robin Nagle. She will present her ethnographic work for her forthcoming book Picking Up.

QMSS Seminar: Sexual Networks and HIV Transmission in a High-Prevalence Setting: Evidence from a Sociocentric Study
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, Room 503
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Seminar with Stephane Helleringer, Mailman School of Public Health

Friday, December 3, 2010

Afghanistan: Prospects for Peace
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Kellogg Center, International Affairs Building, Room 1501
Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
Sixth Annual Arnold A. Saltzman Forum
Register

From a Raindrop to a Stream Pebble to a Delta: Recent Research on Predictive Modeling
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Seeley W. Mudd Building, Room 833
Earth Institute
Lecture with Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Director of the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, University of Minnesota
Register

Asia in Africa: New Connections in Historical Perspective
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center
Committee on Global Thought
Discussion Panel with Howard French, Deborah Brautigam, Abdoulie Janneh, and Wang Hongyi
Register

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The International Criminal Court in Motion – An Analysis of its Seven Years of Activities and Perspectives with Dr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
International Affairs Building Room 1501
Center for International Conflict Resolution
Lecture with Dr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The talk will be followed by a discussion moderated by Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution.
Register

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Toxica Simulation
9:30 am – 6:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
CRWG and LASA
Simulation allowing participants to engage in a negotiation, observed by negotiation practitioners. Space is limited, RSVP required. Please email Toxica2010@gmail.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, December 6, 2010

From Three-Legged to Two-Legged Races – The Emergence of Women’s Competitive Sports in Japan (1910s-20s)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture with Robin Kietlinski, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Baruch College; Visiting Researcher, Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Monday, December 6 – Distinguished Lecturer Series “Southern Buddhism: Tracing Later Buddhist Art in South India”
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Knox Hall, Room 208
Southern Asian Institute
Distinguished Lecturer Series with John Guy, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Innovating for Development: A Thought Leadership Forum from the Journal of International Affairs
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
School of International and Public Affairs
Forum moderated by Steven Cohen, Executive Director, Earth Institute, about how innovation is driving the agenda for sustainable development, climate change, natural resource use and energy policy.
Register

Thursday, December 9, 2010

U.S. Rapprochement with Indonesia – From Problem State to Partner
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture with Ann Marie Murphy, Associate Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University; Adjunct Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict Workshop
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Columbia University, Teachers College Campus, 525 West 120th Street, Grace Dodge Hall, Room 179
Earth Institute
Lecture

Thursday, December 9, 2010

QMSS Seminar: Political Conditions for Diffusion? Anti-Corporate Movements and the Spread of Cooperatives in America Capitalism
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, Room 503
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Lecture with Marc Schneiberg, Queens College Department of Sociology

Monday, December 13, 2010

Post-Cancun Debriefing
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
The Columbia-Paris Alliance Program and the Sustainable Development Doctoral Society
Seminar on the climate change negotiations in Cancun, with Scott Barett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics and Laurence Tubiana, Alliance Visiting Professor at Columbia

From Wednesday, January 12, 2011 through Friday, January 14, 2011

SIPA Students Only: 35th Annual Washington, DC Career Conference
All Day Event
Washington, DC
Office of Career Services, School of International and Public Affairs
35th Annual Washington, DC Career Conference, a three-day event consisting of 20 panels, employer site visits, networking reception and a day of informational interviews. For further information regarding this event, please contact Joe Musso at sipa.dc.conference@columbia.edu.
Register

A New York Minute

You may have heard the expression “New York minute” before.  The long time host of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, once described a New York Minute this way:

“It’s the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn.”

The expression is meant to convey a hectic and busy pace, and you could say that events at SIPA seem to happen almost every minute.  Here is the latest update on current and upcoming events at SIPA.

Monday, April 5 – Sunday, April 11

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

April 6, 2010 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
SIPA, International Media And Communications
Conference: Facing the Fracture: Media & Economic Understanding
with Columbia University professor Joseph E. Stiglitz,
associate editor of the Financial Times Martin Wolf
and many other top journalists, scholars, and activists
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Monday, April 5
April 5, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Modern Tibetan Studies Brown Bag Conversation: Cinema in Tibet with Pema Tseden and Rigden Gyatso, filmmakers
International Affairs Building, Room 918

April 5, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
School of International and Public Affairs, Harriman Institute
Talk: Daniil Andreev: The idea of integration of the global cultural space with Dmitri Ahtyrsky, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University. In Russian.
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

April 5, 2010 from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
Middle East Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: Turkey’s Entente with Israel and Azerbaijan: End of the Dance? with Alexander Murinson, author of “Turkey’s Entente with Israel and Azerbaijan.”
Knox Hall, Room 207 606 West 122nd Street (between Claremont and Broadway Avenues)

April 5, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
SIPA, Economic and Political Development
Brown Bag: With Sienna Baskin, Staff Attorney of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center
International Affairs Building, Rm. 1401

April 5, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm
SIPA, International Economic Policy
IFEP & APEC Study Center Distinguished Speaker Series: China’s Currency and U.S.-China Relations
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

Tuesday, April 6
April 6, 2010 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
SIPA, International Media And Communications
Conference: Facing the Fracture: Media & Economic Understanding with Columbia University professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, associate editor of the Financial Times Martin Wolf and many other top journalists, scholars, and activists
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

April 6, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
School of International and Public Affairs, Harriman Institute
Talk: Kosovo’s Difficult Future: Challenges Ahead with Ilir Deda, Executive Director, Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED)
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

April 6, 2010 from 4:20 pm to 6:10 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Lecture:: The Slippery Matter of Trademarks: Copycat Soap Companies, the Question of Authenticity, and Sino-British Diplomacy in 1930s China.from the series “Colloquium: Chinese Law and Society.” Co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Legal Studies (CCLS) at Columbia Law School.
Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge, Room 701

April 6, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
SIPA, Economic and Political Development
Social Entrepreneurship Lecture Series: Building Partnerships for Social Ventures with Yasmina Zaidman, Director of Communications, Acumen Fund. Reception to follow.
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

April 6, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
SIPA, Student Group
Talk: The Face of the Voiceless: Iraqi Orphan Initiative. Please join us to learn about the sad realities on the ground for Iraqi orphans and learn how you can help. Co-sponsored by the Network of Arab American Professionals of NY (NAAP-NY).
International Affairs Building, Room 410

Wednesday, April 7
April 7, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Harriman Institute
BookTalk: with by Pauline Jones Luong, Brown University.
The discussion will on the author’s new book (written with Erika Weinthal, Duke University) entitled “Oil is Not a Curse: Ownership Structure and Institutions in Soviet Successor States” (forthcoming), This is a meeting of the Comparative Politics Seminar, jointly sponsored by the Harriman Institute and the Department of Political Science.
International Affairs Building, Lindsay Rogers Room (7th Floor)

April 7, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
SIPA, Human Rights Working Group
Panel Discussion: Raise Hope for Congo addresses the conflict in eastern Congo, specifically the scourge of conflict minerals and the epidemic of rape and sexual violence in the region. With John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, Roger Luhiri, a former fistula doctor at Panzi Hospital in DRC and Lisa Jackson, director of the film The Greatest Silence about rape in the Congo.
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Thursday, April 8
April 8, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: Recent Trends in Divorce and Divorce Law in Hong Kong, with Deborah Davis, Professor of Sociology, Yale University.
International Affairs Building, Room 918

April 8, 2010 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Middle East Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: The Lineages of the Neo-Mamluk State with Richard Bulliet, Professor of History at Columbia University
Knox Hall, Room 208 606 W. 122nd St.

April 8, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SIPA, UN Studies Program
UNSP Working Lunch: The Responsibility to Protect: Perspectives from the Non-Aligned Movement with the Ambassadors of Egypt and Cuba
Permanent Mission of Egypt to the UN

April 8, 2010 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies
Grand Rounds: With Dr. Richard Warner, internationally recognized by the mental health care community as a leader in schizophrenia treatment and recovery research and development.
Columbia Medical Center Psychiatric Institute All-Purpose Room, 6th Fl., Rm 6602 168th Street and Haven Avenue

April 8, 2010 from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm
School of International and Public Affairs, Harriman Institute
Lecture: Czech Writers Under Siege and Czech Literary History with Professor Holý, Institute for Czech Literature and Literary Studies at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague. Co-sponsored with Columbia University’s Slavic Department.
International Affairs Building, Room 1510

April 8, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Talk: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics or Did We Ask the Wrong Question with David Monk, NERA Economic Consulting
Hamilton Hall, Room 503

April 8, 2010 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Harriman Institute
Screenings and Commentary: Revisiting Soviet TV with Jonathan Sanders, a consultant on international broadcasting and Russian affairs. Part of the Harriman Core Project 2009-2010: New Modes of Communication in the Post-Soviet World
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Friday, April 9
April 9, 2010 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Earth Institute
New York City Water Summit: With academic, governmental and industrial leaders in the fields of “drinking water” and “waste water”
International Affairs Building, Altschul Auditorium

April 9, 2010 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
School of International and Public Affairs, Harriman Institute
Workshop: Convened by the Harriman Institute and co-sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

April 9, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Earth Institute
Seminar: Tailoring seasonal climate forecasts for hydropower operations in Ethiopia’s upper Blue Nile basin with Paul Block, Associate Research Scientist, Hydroclimatology and Water Resources Management, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Seeley W. Mudd Building, Room 924
Register

April 9, 2010 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Harriman Institute
Freedom and Democracy Twenty Years After – Are we there yet? The Czech Republic in Europe and in the World with a keynote address by Jan Fischer, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
Followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
Light lunch will be served. Online registration is required
International Affairs Building, Kellogg Center, 15th Floor
Register

April 9, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Harriman Institute
Talk:The Paris Peace Conference of 1919-1920 and its Legacy: A Yugoslav Perspective with Dejan Djokic, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary History; Director, Centre for the Study of the Balkans Goldsmiths College, University of London. Co-sponsored by the Njego Endowment for Serbian Language & Culture at Columbia University
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Saturday, April 10
April 10, 2010, All-Day Event
Harriman Institute
Third Annual OASIES Student Conference: Power and Movement Across Asia, presented by the Organizations for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies at Columbia University, New York University, and Yale University
International Affairs Building, Room 707

April 10, 2010 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Harriman Institute
Conference: Georgian Modernism with panels covering Tbilisi Avant-Garde Art and its Cultural Milieu and Georgian Modernism and its Development
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

Sunday, April 11
No Events Scheduled

UPCOMING EVENTS
Monday, April 12 – Sunday, May 2

Monday, April 12
April 12, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
South Asian Institute
Distinguished Lecturer Series: Brahman communities and the making of social critique in western India, c. 1600-1850 by Rosalind O’Hanlon,Oxford University
Knox Hall, Room 208 606 West 122nd Street between Broadway and Claremont Avenue

April 12, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Committee on Global Thought
Discussion:Financial Market Reform with Phil Angelides, Chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission; Gary Gensler, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Arthur Levitt, former Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ; and Joseph Stiglitz, Chairman of the Committee of Global Thought.
Low Library Rotunda
Register

April 12, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
SIPA Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion
Book Signing: with Nicholas D. Kristof. two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist for the New York Times
Journalism Building Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

Tuesday, April 13
April 13, 2010 from 4:20 pm to 6:10 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Lecture: The Exclusionary Rule in a State of Flux: China, Taiwan, and the United States with Margaret K. Lewis. The lecture is a part of the series “Colloquium: Chinese Law and Society”
Jerome Greene Hall, Case Lounge, Room 701

Wednesday, April 14
April 14, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture:The Politics of Presence: Voice, Deity Possession, and Dilemmas of Development Among Tibetans, with Charlene Makley, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Reed College.
International Affairs Building, Room 918

Thursday, April 15
April 15, 2010 from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Modern Tibetan Studies Film Screening: The Silent Holy Stones from the series “Soul-Searching in Tibet – Films by Pema Tseden (Wanma Caidan)”
Asia Society 725 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021

Friday, April 16
April 16, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Earth Institute
Seminar: An Integrated Framework for Analysis of Water Supply in a Developing World City with Veena Srinivasan, Post-doctoral Scholar, Department of Environmental Earth System Science, Stanford University
Seeley W. Mudd Building, Room 924
Register

Monday, April 19
April 19, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: Governance and Local Economic Policymaking: Vietnam and Indonesia, with Alasdair Bowie, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, the George Washington University
International Affairs Building, Room 918

April 19, 2010 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Panel Discussion: Private Lives of Public Women – Disrupting the Figure of the Prostitute in South Korea, with Sealing Cheng, Wellesley College; Elizabeth Bernstein, Barnard College; Mary Marshall Clark, Columbia University; and Carole S. Vance, Columbia University.
International Affairs Building, Room 918

April 19, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: Governance and Local Economic Policymaking: Vietnam and Indonesia, with Alasdair Bowie, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, the George Washington University
International Affairs Building, Room 918

Wednesday, April 21
April 21, 2010 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Harriman Institute
Please join the Harriman Institute in welcoming Jeri Laber, Russian Insitute ’54, Founder of Human Rights Watch
Pupin Laboratories 301

April 21, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
School of International and Public Affairs, Harriman Institute
Talk: The Moscow Kremlin Museum: Who needs this museum? with Svetlana Kostanyan, Kremlin Museum Research Library
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

April 21, 2010 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Harriman Institute
Discussion: Old Print Journalism Meets New Media Theory with Yassen Zassoursky, Dean of the Faculty of Journalism at Moscow State University versus his grandson Ivan Zassoursky, Director of the New Media Department. Part of the Media Dialogues Across Boundaries series (Harriman Core Project 2009-2010: New Modes of Communication in the Post-Soviet World)
Faculty House, Presidential Room 2

Thursday, April 22
April 22, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
SIPA International Conflict Resolution Program
Working Lunch: Environmental Restoration: a Tool for Peace Building in Serbia
The Italian Academy at Columbia University 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (between 116th Street and 118th Street)
Register

Friday, April 23
April 23, 2010, All Day Event

SIPA International Conflict Resolution Program

Environmental Conflict Resolution Series: Environment as a Source of Cooperation in Iraq – Local and Regional Perspectives
The Italian Academy at Columbia University 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (between 116th Street and 118th Street)
Register

April 23, 2010 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Earth Institute

Seminar: With Paolo D’Odorico, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
Seeley W. Mudd Building, Room 924
Register

Monday, April 26
April 26, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
SIPA Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion and South Asian Institute
Annual Mary Keating Das Lecture: No Longer Pakistani, Not Yet Indian — Migration and the Meaning of Citizenship with Niraja Gopal Jayal (Visiting Professor, Princeton University; Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Knox Hall, Room 208

Tuesday, April 27
April 27, 2010 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Harriman Institute
Screenings and Commentary: Soviet TV with Donna Bahry, Department of Political Science, Penn State University. Part of the Harriman Core Project 2009-2010: New Modes of Communication in the Post-Soviet World
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Wednesday, April 28
April 28, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Harriman Institute
Talk: Democratization v. Reconciliation: Post-Nationalist Memories of the Battle of Kosovo with Dr. Anna Di Lellio, commentator and policy analyst on post-war Kosovo, author of “The Battle of Kosovo 1389. An Albanian Epic” (I.B. Tauris 2009) and the editor of “The Case for Kosova. A Passage to Independence” (Anthem Press 2006).
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

April 28, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm a
SIPA Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion and South Asian Institute
Discussion: With Yogendra Yadav, Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) and Co-Director of Lokniti, a research programme on comparative democracy.
Knox Hall, Room 509

Thursday, April 29
April 29, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Harriman Institute
Book Discussion: Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace with Dominic Lieven, Professor of History at the London School of Economics. Co-sponsored by the Dual Master’s Degree Program in International and World History and the European Institute.
International Affairs Building, Lehman Center, Room 406

April 29, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Seminar: With Sanjay Reddy, New School for Social Research
Hamilton Hall, Room 503

Friday, April 30
April 30, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: China in the 21st Century – A Cultural Historian’s Take on Contemporary Events and Contemporary Dilemmas with Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, and the editor of the Journal of Asian Studies.
International Affairs Building, Room 918

April 30, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Earth Institute
Seminar:With Douglas James, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University
Seeley W. Mudd Building, Room 924
Register


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A Typical Day . . .

I don’t know that any day at SIPA is considered “typical” – to me it seems like every day here is a major conference.  Every bill board in the building is plastered several layers deep with fliers promoting panels, events, and discussions of all sorts.  However, Anesa Diaz-Uda, a second-year MPA student, put the following together to describe a recent day in her life as a SIPA student . . .

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I’ve been spending some time on the Message Board, and thought answering, “What’s a typical day like?” might be helpful.  Well, here’e my schedule from a recent Thursday:

8-11: Capstone Project

My team and I went to the Mexican Consulate to meet with the Consulate General’s Chief-of-Staff.  We were welcomed, and then left the Mexican Consulate to visit the Guatemalan and Peruvian Consulates.  At each Consulate, we went over the various processes, services and products delivered, and met with each respective Consulate General.  It was a fast, but great fact finding mission.  Hopefull we can use the information garnered to offer a fuller comparative study for our final product.

12-2:  Lecture at SIPA with Stiglitz, Patnaik, Sundaran and Lin

I’ve seen Stiglitz a few times, but always enjoy another opportunity to hear about his work.  Here’s a blurb from the website about the lecture I attended.

The Continuing Financial Crisis: Perspectives from the North and the South

Thursday, March 25, 2010, 12:00pm – Davis Auditorium, the Schapiro Center

This talk on “Taking Stock of the Financial Crisis” will feature Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laurette and University Professor at Columbia University; Prabhat Patnaik, Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Founder and Chair of International Development Economics Associates and Board member of the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development, Geneva, and Justin Yifu Lin, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank.

The Heyman Center always has great events, and here’s a link to this specific lecture, but will allow to jump to other resources and events.

http://www.heymancenter.org/events.php?id=166

2-4: Management Seminar with Thoman

This course meets once a week, has 16 students and is typically a round table discussion with Professor Rick Thoman (former Executive Officer at American Express, CFO at IBM CFO and most recently CEO of Xerox).  Professor Thoman also holds three graduate degrees from the Fletcher School at Tufts, so is familiar with the international affairs degree.  He offers keen and honest insight and advice, and it’s been a really enjoyable class.  The course is offered at SIPA, and is called “Managing the Global Corporation.”  Specific topics include:

• Why have Global Companies developed?

• What is the creative destruction model and why is it important?

• What different models exist in this development?

• What is corporate culture and why is it important?

• Why is management talent so critical?

• What are the future trends and issues facing global companies?

• What are business models? How are they specified?

4-5:  Consult with Professor Thoman privately about my final class project, and then head home.

5-6: Walk my dog in Central Park.

6-8: Do some schoolwork while cooking dinner, and eat with my boyfriend.

8:30-10:30: Meet some girlfriends from SIPA to get ready for the SIPASA Spring Fling Party.

11-2: SIPASA Spring Fling Party at Cabana at Maritime Hotel.  It was a blast.

Here’s a link to the hotel’s website:

http://www.themaritimehotel.com/cabanas.html

Today at SIPA

The Annual Kenneth Arrow Lecture: “Social Choice and Individual Values”

Friday, December 11, 2009, 4:00pm
Altschul Auditorium, 417 International Affairs Building

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Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University, is the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics, and will speak on “Social Choice and Individual Values.” Kenneth Arrow, recipient of the 1972 Nobel Prize in Economics, and Eric Maskin, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics, will serve as Respondents.  SIPA’s Joseph Stiglitz, recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, will chair.

"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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