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Current Events at SIPA

Here are just a few of the exciting events that have recently been broadcast to our students.


February 18: Anthony Dowd, chief of staff for former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, will deliver a lecture entitled “The Dukes of Moral Hazard: The Trust Banks, their Bailout, and the Volcker Rule.”

February 25: David Miller, chief investment officer for the U.S. Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) will deliver SIPA’s Investcorp lecture.

February 25: Information Overload? Navigating the Age of Democratized Media, a conference hosted by SIPA’s student-run blog The Morningside Post.

Speakers include: Robert Fishman, Vadim Lavrusik, Emily Bell, Carne Ross, Gabriel Escobar, Anas Qtiesh, Anne Nelson, and more.

March 2: SIPA’s United Nations Studies Program hosts Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women and former president of Chile, at a celebration of International Women’s Day.

Back in the Swing

During the summer the SIPA building is a very quiet place.  The reason for this is that we do not offer summer courses.  Each student that graduates from SIPA will have a minimum of 30 weeks of professional development experience.  15 weeks come through an internship and 15 weeks come through a workshop.

Students are responsible for finding their own internships, but we offer a lot of assistance through Career Services, faculty, alumni, and current students.  We want students to be able to go anywhere in the world to complete their internship and thus we do not offer summer courses so that students can focus full time on professional development and resume building.  Workshops are group projects composed of 5-6 students working for an outside client.  The workshops are set up by faculty and administrators and students pick from a predetermined list.  Workshops take place during the academic year.

Back to the point of this entry . . . the quiet atmosphere of SIPA will cease next Monday as we welcome new students for Orientation and the following week returning students will be back for the start of classes.  Once classes start the building buzzes with activity each and every day.  It is typical for there to be 10-15 events each week featuring amazing speakers.  Here is just a taste of what will be featuring as the semester starts.

We will have Leaders in Global Energy lecture series starting on September 15.  Opening remarks will be given by Nabuo Tanaka of the International Energy Agency.  He will be followed by the Portuguese Prime Minister, Jose Socrates, in late September.

CH Tung, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong and one of SIPA’s Global Fellows will be speaking on US-China Relations on September 17.

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will be speaking at the World Leaders Forum on campus and will likely address SIPA students following the main university event.

We will have updates on the blog regarding events so stay tuned.

SIPA Events

Just thought I would give all of you out there a taste of what is going on at SIPA the next few weeks.  With 20 different institutes and centers our building is always a hive of activity.

Monday, February 22
February 22, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: Indonesia’s Oligarchy in Comparative Perspective, with Jeffrey Winters, Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University.
International Affairs Building, Room 918

February 22, 2010 from 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
SIPA, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
Lecture: The Domestic Challenges and Regional Implications of the Iranian Revolution with Professor David Menashri, Director of the Center for Iranian Studies, Dean of Special Programs and Nazarian Chair for Modern Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University
International Affairs Building, Room 707

February 22, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Harriman Institute
Talk: Temur Yakobashvili, Minister of State for Reintegration of Georgia;  Introduction: Lincoln Mitchell, Columbia University; Discussant: Alexander Cooley, Barnard College, Columbia University
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

February 22, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Institute of Latin American Studies
Information Session: For undergraduate students interested in a major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Speaker: Dr. Natasha Lightfoot. Co-sponsored by the Study of Ethnicity and Race
International Affairs Building; Room 802

Tuesday, February 23
February 23, 2010 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
SIPA, Economic and Political Development Concentration
EPD Speaker Series: ICTs and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a focus on agricultural development
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

February 23, 2010 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Middle East Institute
Conference: Reconstructions of Fiqh Among Indonesian Traditionalist Muslims, with Martin van Bruinessen, Utrecht University
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

February 23, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
SIPA Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion
Discussion: Fatma Gocek, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan and author of Social Constructions of Nationalism in the Middle East (2002) and Rise of the Bourgeoisie, Demise of Empire: Ottoman Westernization and Social Change (1996). Part of the “Religion, Ethnicity and Politics Lecture Series.”
International Affairs Building, Room 801

February 23, 2010 from 4:20 pm to 6:10 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Lecture: Citizen Complaints and Popular Accountability under Authoritarianism: Evidence from Pre-1989 Eastern Europe and Post-1978 China, with Martin K. Dimitrov.
Jerome Greene Hall, Case Lounge (Room 701)

February 23, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
SIPA, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
Lecture::Global Capabilities of the U.S. Army Special Forces.with Major Gen. Michael S. Repass. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University.
International Affairs Building, Room 707

Wednesday, February 24
February 24, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
SIPA Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion
Discussion: “Who Belongs? Religion, National Identity and Immigrant Integration in Denmark and Sweden” –  Part of the “PhD Thesis Series on Religion and Politics” co-sponsored with Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion (CDTR)
International Affairs Building, Room 801

February 24, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Institute of African Studies
Discussion: The Paradox of Post-Abortion Care (PAC): Health Professionals and the Medicalization of a Quasi-Legal Practice in Senegal with Siri Suh, MPH Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University.
Knox Hall, Room 208

February 24, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Harriman Institute
Panel Discussion with: Ambassador Valery Kuchinsky,Former Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, Alexander Motyl, Political Science, Rutgers, Adrian Karatnycky, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Thursday, February 25
February 25, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: Thailand’s Crisis: Who Cares About the Economy? with Duncan McCargo Professor of Southeast Asian Politics, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, part of the series “The Global Financial Crisis: Responses from East and Southeast Asia.” .
International Affairs Building, Room 918

February 25, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Harriman Institute
Talk: Ljiljana Smajlovic, President, Journalists Association of Serbia
International Affairs Building, Room 1510

February 25, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
SIPA International Conflict Resolution Program
Conversation: Alvaro de Soto in conversation with Sir Brian Urquhart
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
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February 25, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Special Lecture: Debating the History of the People’s Republic of China – A 60-Year History or 30-Year History? with Wang Hui, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

The Judith Lee Stronach Center, 820 Schemerhorn Hall

Friday, February 26
From February 26, 2010 through February 27, 2010, All Day Event
Harriman Institute
Conference: Please join the Harriman Institute in association with the Polish Cultural Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, and Austrian Cultural Forum for a conference marking the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe.
Faculty House
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February 26, 2010 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Institute of Latin American Studies
Discussion: ‘“Mashing Ants’: Black Resistance and Survival in Antigua’s Post-1846 Sugar Crisis” with Dr. Natasha Lightfoot; part of the New York City Workshop of Latin American History at the NYC Workshop of Latin American History at NYU.
New York University 53 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012

February 26, 2010 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Institute of Latin American Studies
Lecture: Obama in Latin America with Dr. Robert A. Pastor, Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service at American University and Co-Director of the Center for North American Studies (CNAS) and the Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM)
International Affairs Building, Room 1510

February 26, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
SIPA, UN Studies Program
Discussion: UNSP Working Lunch “Rebuilding Haiti” with Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, the Ambassador of Brazil to the UN
Permanent Mission of Brazil to the UN

Saturday, February 27

Harriman Institute
Conference: 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe.

See Friday, February 26 for details.

February 27, 2010 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm EST
SIPA, The Morningside Post
Conference: Policy Making in the Digital Age
International Affairs Building, 15th floor
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Sunday, February 28
No Events Scheduled

UPCOMING EVENTS
Monday, February 29 – Sunday, March 28

Monday, March 1
From March 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm through March 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm EDT
East Central European Center
Exhibition: A retrospective of 45 years of the turbulent postwar history of a new democracy and U.S. ally. Co-sponsored by the Polish Institute of National Remembrance
International Affairs Building Atrium, Ground Floor

March 1, 2010 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Middle East Institute
Lecture: The U.S., Hamas, and Peace in the Middle East, with Robert Pastor, Professor of International Relations at American University and is Founder and Co-Director of AU’s Center for Democracy and Election Management
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

March 1, 2010 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Lecture: U.S.-Japan Relations in East Asia and Beyond with Kouji Murata, Doshisha University; Christina Davis, Princeton University; Ryo Sahashi, Tokyo University; and Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council.
International Affairs Building, Room 918

Tuesday, March 2
March 2, 2010 from 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
SIPA, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
Book Talk: “Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu that Led America into the Vietnam War.” Ted Morgan will  discuss his recent book on the  Vietnam War.
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

March 2, 2010 from 4:20 pm to 6:10 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Lecture: Speaking Law to Political-Economic Power: China’s Derivative Lawsuit Mechanism and the Limits of Private Law, with Nicholas C. Howson, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School. from the series “Colloquium: Chinese Law and Society”
Jerome Greene Hall, Case Lounge (Room 701)

March 2, 2010 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Lecture: The Hugh Borton and Philip E. Mosely Distinguished Lecture on Eurasia: The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century – China, Russia, and the United States, with Morton H. Halperin, Senior Advisor, Open Society Institute
International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Wednesday, March 3
March 3, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Institute of Latin American Studies
Lecture: The Politics of Japanese Identities in São Paulo with PhD candidate Stephanie Phillips
International Affairs Building; Room 802

Thursday, March 4
March 4, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Institute of Latin American Studies
Lecture: Growth, Technology, and External Constraints in Latin America with José Gabriel Porcile Meirelles, Associate Professor at the Federal University of Parana in the Department of Economics. Co-sponsored with SIPA’s Economic and Political Development concentration.
International Affairs Building; Room 802

March 4, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies
Grand Rounds: Family Homelessness: A Multi-System Dilemma with Cheryl Zlotnick, RN, DrPH.
Room 6602, All-Purpose Room Sixth Floor, Psychiatric Institute Entrance at Kolb Annex, 40 Haven Avenue, 168th Street and Haven Avenue (take inside bridge to sixth floor)

Tuesday, March 9
March 9, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: Resistance in Okinawa to a New U.S. Marine Air Base, and Japan’s “[Un]equal Partnership” with the United States, with Steve Rabson, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies, Brown University.
International Affairs Building, Room 918

March 9, 2010 from 4:20 pm to 6:10 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Lecture: The Opacity of Texts: Reading Qing Judicial Narratives, from the series “Colloquium: Chinese Law and Society.”
Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge, Room 701

March 9, 2010 from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm
Committee on Global Thought
Discussion: A New (dis)Order: Questioning the Self-Regulating Market with Theo Lubke, Senior Vice-President in the Bank Supervision Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Perry Mehrling, Professor of Economics at Barnard College; Gillian Tett, assistant editor of the Financial Times; and Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor of Economics.
International Affairs Building, Kellogg Center
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Wednesday, March 10
March 10, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Harriman Institute
Talk: A Theory of Elitocide and Its Impact on Contemporary Understandings of the Crime of Genocide with Dennis Gratz, Publicist (Sarajevo, BiH and Visiting Scholar at Columbia University)
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Thursday, March 11
March 11, 2010 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Harriman Institute
Performance: The Harriman Institute welcomes the award-winning Washington, DC-based Synetic Theater company to Columbia University’s Miller Theatre for a rare New York performance of its acclaimed production “Host and Guest.”
Miller Theater

Tuesday, March 23
March 23, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Brown Bag Lecture: History Never Dies: Northeast Asia’s Troubled Present, , with Alexis Dudden, Associate Professor, Department of History and Director, Foundations of Humanitarianism Program, University of Connecticut, from the series “North Korea and a Changing Northeast Asia”.
International Affairs Building, Room 918

Thursday Evenings at SIPA

The following was contributed by Kristoffer Tangri, a second-year SIPA student from Germany pursuing a MIA degree with a concentration in International Security Policy.

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Thursdays are popular for events and receptions at SIPA and sometimes it can be difficult to choose. Last Thursday was one of these days.  After having listened to the insights of a respectable guest speaker from the International Peace Institute in my class on “Building Peace after Conflict”, I had a remarkable choice of public events and reception to attend at SIPA. Not always an easy choice.

Downstairs on the 4th floor, the auditorium was filling with students who were interested in hearing Noam Chomsky’s opinions on “The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism”, while in the building next door, Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Planning and Policy Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, was speaking on “The Secretary-General’s Agenda and The Challenges He Faces.”

Meanwhile, on the 15th floor, SIPA’s Energy Association was hosting a panel to discuss “the adaptation of large-scale renewable energy under a proposed cap and trade system” and on the same floor, Columbia’s Dirk Salomons was moderating a panel discussion about the international response to the ongoing crisis of childhood malnutrition with experts from the Doctors Without Borders.

After so much academic input, one feels the need to go out and socialize with fellow students – but where?  Should I go to the UN Studies Christmas Party on the 9th floor, or drop by the Latin American Association’s reception? Maybe I go over to the B-School on Campus for a few hours of free drinks (paid for by the tuition of our wealthy Business School students). Later that evening, the Migration Working Group was having a fundraiser party down in the East Village, too.

One thing you can be sure of at SIPA. You will always have an amazing variety of public lectures and events to attend, both at SIPA and at the many departments around Columbia University and of course New York City itself, with the UN and Wall Street just around the corner. And in case you are worried about the living costs of New York, these events always come with free food and wine.

SIPA Student Blog: The Morningside Post

You already may be aware that there is a blog run by SIPA students – The Morningside Post (TMP).  The TMP will be undergoing some exciting changes in the coming weeks and just like I encourage readers to subscribe to this blog, the same encouragement applies to the TMP.  From a recent entry here are some comments on how the site will change and why:

The last few months there has been some mention on TMP about a redesign. I am proud to say that, after about a year of planning and executing, we have almost reached point B of our redesign.  Things are going to change pretty dramatically around here. But, before they do, it seemed best to give everyone a heads up of what is to come.

So what changes exactly? First, and foremost, TMP is being built on a different online platform, one that will make it much easier for our readers to get at the kind of information they want, and filter out what they don’t want.

It’s going to get a lot easier to read what you want to read. And to know what’s going on at SIPA, you won’t have to go to a bunch of websites, because there will be one place for “one-stop shopping.” Hopefully, this will serve both the SIPA community and those outside of SIPA interested in what SIPA has to offer.

"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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