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Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Speaks About U.S. Strategy and Enhancing Support for Veterans

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, kicked off a year-long series of “Conversations with the Country” at Columbia’s World Leaders Forum on April 18. In his address, he emphasized both the proper strategic role of military power in U.S. foreign policy and the importance of investing in the nation’s military veterans through higher education, career opportunities and support services.

To view videos related to this event, please click here.

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Arianna Huffington: Facing the Fracture: Media and Economic Understanding

On April 6th Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, visited SIPA to addresses the role of the media in covering the ongoing financial crisis. Huffington opened a conference featuring top journalists, scholars and activists, sponsored by SIPA’s International Media, Advocacy and Communications specialization and the Roosevelt Institute.  For the full video click here.

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This Week at SIPA

The Harriman Institute and the Russian American Cultural Center
Fragments from the Past: A Photography Exhibition by Yuri Shalamov, who worked for top Soviet magazines and newspapers for over thirty years.
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
International Affairs Building, 12th Floor

For additional information: www.russianamericanculture.com

Monday, November 9
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: China’s Science and Technology Talent Pool: Competitive Advantage or Critical Problem? with Denis F. Simon, professor, Penn State School of International Affairs and Cong Cao, senior researcher, the Levin Institute, State University of New York (SUNY).
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918

The Middle East Institute and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender
Talk: Palestine and  Israeli Occupation, with Amira Hass.
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Knox Hall, Room 207 (122 St. between Broadway and Claremont Ave.)

The Harriman Institute
Talk: The Potential for Energy Cooperation with Russia–the Future of Natural Resource Development and Management in the Arctic, with Dr. Louis Skyner.
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

The SIPA International Finance and Economic Policy (IFEP) Concentration
Lecture: In the Aftermath of the Global Economic Crisis—Redesigning the WTO for the 21st Century, with Professor Debra Steger, WTO Appellate Body Secretariat with comments by Professor Michael Ewing-Chow, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore; Jennifer Hillman (invited), member, WTO Appellate Body and comments by moderator Professor Merit E. Janow, director, IFEP.
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

The School of International and Public Affairs and SIPA’s South Asia Association and Urban Policy Concentration
SIPA Global Mayor’s Forum: Urban Policy, Global Challenges–A Conversation with Syed Mustafa Kamal, Mayor of Karachi, Pakistan.
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
International Affairs Building, 1501

The Committee on Global Thought
Panel Discussion: A Bretton Woods Moment? with panelists: Benjamin Cohen, Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy, University of California, Santa Barbara; Adam Posen, senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics and Joseph Stiglitz, Professor of Economics, Columbia University. They will be asked to reflect upon the role of governments and central banks in overseeing a new financial architecture, and whether new institutional innovations, such as a new global reserve currency, are required.
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Faculty House, Presidential Room 1

For more information: http://cgt.columbia.edu/events/a_bretton_woods_moment
To register: https://calendar.columbia.edu/sundial/webapi/register.php?eventID=36304

The Harriman Institute and Programs in Comparative and International Education and International Education Development
A comparative analysis of the results from the 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)–Learning Achievement in the CEE/CIS Region, with special guests from UNICEF Geneva Phillipe Testot-Ferry and Erin Tanner. Presentation will be followed by a reception.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Teachers College, Milbank Chapel
For more information: Erin Weeks-Earp at emw2114@columbia.edu

Tuesday, November 10
The Harriman Institute
Talk: The Economic Crisis and Russian Museums: Some Recent Observations by Kristen Regina, chief art librarian at Hillwood Museum & Gardens.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

The International Media, Advocacy and Communications (IMAC) Specialization at SIPA
Talk: How the Liberal Blogs Are Keeping President Obama Honest, with John Aravosis, editor of AMERICAblog.com, one of the most influential Democratic political blogs in Washington, DC, discussing the role of liberal blogs in working with (and fighting against) the Obama administration during the 2008 presidential campaign and other far ranging issues.
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1302

The School of International and Public Affairs
Info Session for the Hertie School of Governance Dual Degree Program in Berlin. For first-year SIPA students, interested in applying for the SIPA/HSoG Dual Degree Program.
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1510

The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy and the Mori Memorial Foundation in Tokyo
Report: Global Cities Power Index, a comprehensive study of 35 global cities, released in October 2009 that ranks cities based on six overall categories: Economy, Research & Development, Cultural Interaction, Livability, Ecology & Natural Environment and Accessibility with 69 individual indicators among them.
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Avery Hall, Wood Auditorium

To register: https://calendar.columbia.edu/sundial/webapi/register.php?eventID=36805

The Harriman Institute
Book Talk: Join us for a literary evening with Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, while she reads from her latest book, “There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Fairy Tales.”
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Barnard College North Tower, Sulzberger Hall

For more information: www.gs-agency.com/author_show_en.php?id=31
To register: https://calendar.columbia.edu/sundial/webapi/register.php?eventID=36425

The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
Lecture: Charles Taylor, professor emeritus of Philosophy at McGill University and winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize and the 2008 Kyoto Prize–Can Human Action Be Explained?
6:15 pm to 8:15 pm
Schapiro Center, Davis Auditorium

The Conflict Resolution Working Group, the Center for International Conflict Resolution and ACCORD
Conflict Resolution Career Panel: Opportunities in the Field.
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 403

Wednesday, November 11
Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL)
Faculty and Instructor Workshop: CourseWorks–Getting Started. This workshop is designed to introduce Columbia University faculty and instructors to the basics of using CourseWorks (from logging in to setting up your course syllabus). This free, hands-on workshop is recommended for beginners.
11:00 am to 12:15 pm
Butler Library, Room 204 (CCNMTL Faculty Support Lab)

To register: https://calendar.columbia.edu/sundial/webapi/register.php?eventID=36741

The Harriman Institute
Talk: Overcoming Warlords and State Failure–Lessons from Post-Soviet Georgia, with Kimberly Marten of Barnard College and Columbia University.
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

The Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
Presentation: Strategy Serving Tactics–Iraq, Afghanistan, and the New Way of American Warfare, with Colonels David Gray and Gian Gentile.
12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1302

The Institute of African Studies
African Architecture & Urbanism Series: Timelines–New Perspectives explores contemporary African cities as unique built environments with Abosede George, assistant professor at Barnard College, specializing in African history, women’s history, urban history of Africa, and the history of childhood in Africa.
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Thursday, November 12
Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL)
Faculty and Instructor Workshop: Podcasting Essentials–Creation and Distribution will provide in-depth information on how audio and video content is being produced for students in higher education, and will explain how podcasting has helped distribute educational media. The second portion of the workshop will provide a step-by-step demonstration on how to create audio and video media that can be used in a podcast or any other Web-based environment. There will also be a brief demonstration on how you can use online platforms such as iTunes U to promote your media materials. This workshop is recommended for beginners.
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Butler Library, CCNMTL Faculty Support Lab (Room 204)
To register: https://calendar.columbia.edu/sundial/webapi/register.php?eventID=36755

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: Japanese Politics from Tanaka to Hatoyama (via Koizumi), with Margarita Estévez-Abe, associate professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse.
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918

The Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
Annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations, with Dr. Robert O. Keohane, professor of International Affairs at Princeton University, on Social Norms and Agency in World Politics.
12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Note: Registration for this event is currently open.
To register: https://calendar.columbia.edu/sundial/webapi/register.php?eventID=35377
If you have difficulty registering, please email hcg2108@columbia.edu.

The Middle East Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: Young Women in Riyadh–Between Transgressions of Islamic Rules and Consumerist Norms, with Amelie Le Renard.
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Knox Hall, Room 208 (122 St. between Broadway and Claremont Ave.)

The Columbia Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies
Grand Rounds: Economic Evaluations of the Housing & Health Intervention Study. Welcome Dr. David Holtgrave, professor and chair, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Medical Center
Psychiatric Institute, Room 6602
Entrance at 40 Haven Ave. and 168 St. (inside bridge goes directly to 6th floor)

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Lecture: Japan and the United States in Afghanistan–A Dialogue, with Sadako Ogata, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and M. Ishaq Nadiri, Jay Gould Professor of Economics, New York University. A reception will follow the lecture.
6:15 pm to 7:45 pm
Faculty House, President’s Room

Reservations are required: https://calendar.columbia.edu/sundial/webapi/register.php?eventID=36521

Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14
The Institute of Latin American Studies
Workshop: Crime, Fear, Insecurity in Mexico–Ethnographic and Policy Approaches brings together scholars from different disciplines to establish dialogue incorporating different perspectives on this critical topic for Mexico and its neighbors.
Friday, Nov 13 from 9:15 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 14 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

SIPA on iTunes

There are many ways to gather information about SIPA. Our Web site, this blog, and a visit to SIPA are just a few of the ways.

iTunes is another avenue you can use to obtain information about opportunities available to our students. When you open iTunes and visit the iTunes store simply type “SIPA” into the search box and you will find a long list of SIPA lectures, forums, and panels available for download. They are all free and we publish events as they happen so repeat the search on a consistent basis for updates.

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Today at SIPA: Back-to-Back Events

At 4:00 P.M. today SIPA students will have the opportunity to hear from an expert in climate change and economics, and shortly thereafter from a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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A conversation with Sir Nicholas Stern, author of The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review and  Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.

4:00 pm
Room 1512, International Affairs Building
Sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs
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A conversation with Martti Ahtisaari, 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former president of Finland
6:00 pm
Kellogg Conference Center, 15th Floor, International Affairs Building
Sponsored by SIPA and the Center for International Conflict Resolution.

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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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