*Updated* Events: 9/16 - 9/21

The following list is drawn from the Columbia University Events Calendar, available here: http://www.columbia.edu/events/today.html

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Justice in the Home: Domestic Work Past, Present, and Future

All Week

Barnard College Event Oval, The Diana Center

Research about domestic
 work, domestic workers, and domestic-worker organizing 
is an abundant and growing field. The attention garnered
 by domestic workers
 organizing, both nationally and internationally, spurs exchanges between scholars and organizers that have the potential to enrich the work of both groups, providing theoretical, historical, and empirical context to the work of organizers, and providing scholars with an understanding of the priority issues that domestic workers address. This conference assess the current state of this burgeoning field highlighting scholarly accomplishments, areas of debate, and under-explored issues and proposes next steps for this historic interchange.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Lindsay Stuffle by sending email to lstuffle@barnard.edu or by calling 212-854-2037.

Abenomics, TPP, and the Future of Japans Agriculture


International Affairs Building, Room 918

The talk includes a discussion on recent reforms in Japans agricultural organizations in the context of Abenomics and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (a proposed free trade agreement between the US, Japan, and several other countries).

Today, Japan Agriculture (JA), a nationwide agricultural cooperative which has long supported the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, faces numerous challenges, including many of the issues facing Japanese society as a whole including the aging of farmers, labor shortages, conflicts over land and property rights, perceived gaiatsu from the US via the TPP, and concerns over food safety and security. Thus, this panel will use the lens of JA and agriculture to examine broader issues facing Japans economy, politics, and society.

Panelists include: Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science; Director, Toyota Research Program, Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Senior Research Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation; Richard Katz, Editor-in-Chief, The Oriental Economist; Patricia Maclachlan, Associate Professor, Department of Government & Department, University of Texas at Austin; and Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japanese Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Moderated by Kay Shimizu, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University. www.columbia.edu/weai

For further information regarding this event, please contact Lauren Mack by sending email to lem2111@columbia.edu .


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice

8:00am - Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 5:00pm

Alfred Lerner Hall

The Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with theSustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Second Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP) on September 17-18, 2014 at Columbia University, New York.

Learn more and register today. For further information regarding this event, please contact Lucia Rodriguez by sending email to ICSDP@globalmdp.org

Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series: The Partisan, Geographic and Economic Political Context of Environmental Policy

11:00am - 12:50pm

International Affairs Building, Room 407

The Earth Institute presents "Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series Description: Introduction to Early Environmental Legislation, Pre-1969."

This seminar is part of a semester-long lecture series entitled The Origins of Environmental Law: Regulation and Evolution. Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling are the two senior staff members who led the Senate environment subcommittee which originated and developed major environmental legislation in the 1970s, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act. Over the course of a single decade, Congress enacted a series of environmental laws that defined the direction and character of environmental policy in the US and globally. Learn about the process that led to these seminal laws from the writers of the legislation themselves.

What was the impact of politics on the development of the National Environmental Policy Act? What role did Edmund Muskies vice presidential candidacy and Presidential candidacy play in environmental policy? This lecture will discuss these questions and others to look at how partisanship, geography, and economics factor into environmental decision-making. It will specifically examine the Water Quality Improvement Act and the role of the House Public Works Committee in providing expertise.

RSVP is required for this event. Please note this lecture is part of a regularly scheduled course. Guests will join registered students in the class for the lecture and discussion.

For more information about the Earth Institute education programs and certificates, please click EARTH ED. For more information on the Earth Institute, please click earth.columbia.edu. For further information regarding this event, please contact Hayley Martinez by sending email to hmartinez@ei.columbia.edu .

ISHR Fall Reception

5:00pm - 7:00pm

International Affairs Building, 6th Floor Cafe

As faculty and students return to campus, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights welcomes the 2014 Advocates in the Human Rights Advocates Program, Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellows, Visiting Scholars, incoming HRSMA students, and all others engaged in its programs, with a wine and hors d'oeuvre reception. Please join us!

The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required

Sponsor: Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Co-sponsor: the Human Rights Working Group at SIPA. For further information regarding this event, please contact Randi Aho by sending email to rla2129@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-2479.

Counterfactuals and Literary History: Racine, Sainte-Beuve and the Question of Tragedy

6:00pm - 7:30pm

East Gallery, Buell Hall

What if Racine had not withdrawn from the public theatre after the failure of Phdre? Is this type of question simply futile, or does it open a perspective in which, under controlled conditions, literary history can be thought and written in a grammar consisting of multiple tenses of the imagination, including crucially the might-have-beens of history?

Christopher Prendergast is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. His latest publication is Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic (Princeton UP).

For further information regarding this event, please contact Maison Events by sending email toll2787@columbia.edu .

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A Conversation with Robert Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

6:00pm - 8:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1512

The United Nations Studies track of the International Organization and United Nations Studies Specialization at SIPA invites Columbia students and faculty to an off-the-record discussion with Robert Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

Mr. Serry will share his reflections on recent events in the Middle East and consequences for the region. The director of United Nations Studies, Professor Elisabeth Lindenmayer, will moderate the discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow. CUID is required. Co-sponsored by the International Conflict Resolution specialization.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Ryan Berger by sending email torb2963@columbia.edu .

Democracy, Capitalism and the European Public Sphere in the 21st Century: Etienne Balibar and Nancy Fraser in Conversation

6:00pm - 7:30pm

The Heyman Center, 2nd floor Common Room


Etienne Balibar, Visiting Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, Professor Emeritus of Moral and Political Philosophy at Universit de Paris X Nanterre, and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. Balibar will speak on European Public Sphere in the Making and the Types of Democracy

Nancy Fraser, Professor of Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research. Fraser will speak on Political Contradictions of Financialized Capitalism

Co-sponsored by Blinken Institute and the Heyman Center for the Humanities. For further information regarding this event, please contact Samantha Amazan by sending email tosa3268@columbia.edu .

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Gender Pay Gap: Going, Going...But Not Gone

 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Barnard College, 405 Milbank Hall

After decades of remaining at about 60%, the gender pay 
ratio started to rise in the late 1970s. The earnings of women working full time are now 82% 
of mens on average. Francine Blau addresses these questions: What factors help to explain this increase in the gender pay ratio? Why does a considerable gap remain? What policies might be useful in reducing the gender pay gap?

Francine Blau, Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and professor of economics at Cornell University, has served as vice president of the American Economic Association (AEA), and chair of the AEA committee on the status of women in the economics profession. In 2010, she became the first woman to receive the prestigious IZA Prize for outstanding academic achievement in the field of labor economics. Blau has written extensively on gender issues, wage inequality, immigration, and international comparisons of labor-market outcomes.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Lindsay Stuffle by sending email to lstuffle@barnard.edu or by calling 212-854-2037.

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The Political Landscape of Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in New York

7:00pm - 8:15pm

Faculty House, Garden Room 2

The Earth Institute presents The Political Landscape of Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in New York. This seminar will present results from a study funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that has explored the landscape of the politics of shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing in New York, Colorado and Texas.

Open to the public. Registration is required.

For more information on the Earth Institute, click earth.columbia.edu. For further information regarding this event, please contact Hayley Martinez by sending email to hmartinez@ei.columbia.edu

In Proportion: A Conversation on the Laws of War and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Schermerhorn, Room 501

With Moshe Halbertal, Gruss Professor at NYU Law School and Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at Hebrew University and Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. Moderated by Jordan Hirsch, Visiting Fellow, The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies

For further information regarding this event, please contact Sheridan Gayer by sending email to sjg41@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-2593.

Friday, September 19, 2014

War on Gaza: Military Strategy and Historical Horizons

 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Schermerhorn Hall, Room 501

A talk by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University; and Noura Erakat, Assistant Professor, George Mason University. Moderated by Nadia Abu El-Haj, Associate Professor, Barnard College Sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies and the Middle East Institute

For further information regarding this event, please contact Mirlyne Pauljajoute by sending email to mp2584@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-2584.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS) presents the 43 RD Annual Conference "The Concept of Authority in Muslim Societies: Political, Religious, Social and Literary"

9:00am - 5:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Based on a strict dictionary definition, authority is the power or right to control, judge, or prohibit the actions of others. Since the colonial era, political, economic, social and familial authority has been in flux, constituting some of the foundational crises of Muslims in the contemporary era. Social movements, womens rights organizations, and Islamic family law reforms have challenged the authority of established forms of power in Muslim-majority nations from Morocco to Egypt over the past few decades.

The rise of Islamist parties in the aftermath of the Arab Spring has brought new attention to the issue of Sharia and its relevance to governance. What formal structure legitimizes the concept of authority in fiqh-based knowledge? What is the difference between Quranic or sharia-based maqasid (objectives). The role of religion in governance has become a focal point in regimes that have emerged post Arab Spring. How is social and political authority determined in Muslim-majority nations like Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria where authority is either in question or fluctuating?

How is authority determined in Muslim-minority communities in the West? By studying the many manifestations of authority, this conference seeks to understand how and when it is exercised for good or for ill.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Mirlyne Pauljajoute by sending email to mp2584@columbia.edu or by calling 212-854-2584.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

People's Climate March 

9:30 AM

From the Facebook page of "Columbia Goes to the People's Climate March":

"In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

We will be meeting on College Walk at 9AM. At that time, there will be a bagel breakfast sponsored by Hillel (on the Sundial)! We will be traveling to our downtown location (72nd Street and Central Park) via subway in shifts. Please arrive no later than 9:30AM and bring your own subway fare.
Contact us with any questions or concerns at: ColumbiaPCM@gmail.com."


Also, here's the official website of the march:  http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

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