University Life Forum: Black Lives Matter, Protest and Creating Change

Columbia University is hosting a University Life Forum: Black Lives Matter, Protest and Creating Change today. While this is a bit of a late invite, this event will be recorded and posted to the University Life website. Find more details here: universitylife.columbia.edu/BLM-forum

This virtual Columbia University community gathering will focus on addressing racial injustice in our society and the ways in which we can individually and collectively achieve transformative change. It will feature the following experts from across Columbia University:

  • Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism, Columbia School of Journalism
  • Courtney D. Cogburn, Associate Professor, Columbia School of Social Work
  • Robert Fullilove, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Medical Center, and Associate Dean, Community and Minority Affairs, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Frank Guridy, Associate Professor of History and of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Olatunde C. Johnson, Jerome B. Sherman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Food for Thought Speaker Series

This summer, the Picker Center and the Executive MPA program are launching a new initiative to keep students and prospective applicants attuned to and thinking critically about life after COVID-19. We are in a pivotal moment full of opportunities for policymakers to transform lessons from the crisis into concrete benefits for their communities. While we cannot come together physically to exchange ideas, we believe we can leverage the virtual tools at our disposal to approach the crisis and its aftermath from all the angles the SIPA Faculty has to offer.

The next topic in our ongoing Food for Thought speaker series with the Executive MPA program at SIPA is The Politics of Justice Reform: Thoughts on recent proposals and the politics of adoption and implementation. This reflects a change in the previously published lineup because we feel that it is important to address the recent events surrounding the protests, the BLM movement, and the resulting rapid policy changes. You can view the videos from past events and downloaded the topic papers here.

The Politics of Justice Reform: Thoughts on recent proposals and the politics of adoption and implementation [RSVP here]
Tuesday, June 16 at 11am with Prof. Basil Smikle