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Events 10/13 - 10/19

Events 10/13 - 10/19


Monday, October 13th

Perspectives of Global Development 2014: Boosting Productivity to Meet the Middle Income Challenge

10:00am - 12:30pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Carl Dahlman is Head of the Thematic Division and Head of Global Development Research at the OECD's Development Centre. Prior to joining the OECD in September 2013, he was an Associate Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and held various positions at the World Bank. Mr. Dahlman is the author of a number of publications and books. His most recent work is The World under Pressure: How China and India are Influencing the Global Economy and Environment.

This event is sponsored by the Program in Economic Policy Management, A continental breakfast will be provided before the event starts.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Christine Francis by sending email to

Discussion of "The Lost Khrushchev" with Author Nina Khrushcheva and Professor Jeffrey Sachs

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Faculty House, Presidential Room 1

Please join the Harriman Institute for a discussion of The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind (Tate Publishing, 2014) by Nina Khrushcheva, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the New School, with Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, and author of To Move the World: JFKs Quest for Peace (Random House, 2013), moderated by Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College.

The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey Into the Gulag of the Russian Mind is the result of Nina Khrushchevas determination to unravel accusations that Nikita Khrushchevs oldest son Leonidthe authors grandfatherwas a traitor to Russia during World War II, accusations that, she finds, are greatly wrapped up in political criticisms against her great-grandfather Nikita. The book is a window into Leonids nonconformist life and battlefield death at age 25, when his fighter plane was shot down in 1943. It also contributes to the larger narrative of modern Russia, of a people still too easily swayed by the sirens song of strongmen, be it Joseph Stalin or Vladimir Putin, Stalins ideological successor.

The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Nikita Khrushchevs October 14th, 1964 ouster from the Kremlin.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Ilke Denizli by sending email to .

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Academic Lecture with Alain Dieckhoff

1:00pm - 2:00pm

513 Fayerweather Hall

Alliance and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies warmly invite you to this academic lecture with Alain Dieckhoff. RSVPs are appreciated, as a kosher lunch will be served. About the Speaker: Alain Dieckhoff is Head of The Political Science Department of Sciences Po. He holds degrees from the University of Paris X-Nanterre, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP) and a Ph.D. in political sociology from the University of Paris X-Nanterre. He is a member of the editorial boards of Politique et socits, Maghreb-Machrek, Questions internationales and Israel Studies. In addition to his main research areas, which focus on politics, contemporary society and transformations of the state in Israel, he also works on the transformation of contemporary nationalism. His latest book is titled the "Routledge Handbook of Modern Israel" (2013).

For further information regarding this event, please contact Annela Levitov by sending email to

How Fragile is Europe?

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Buell Hall (Maison Francaise), East Gallery

The last few years have been rocky ones for Europe. The deep financial crisis has contributed to widespread skepticism among Europeans on the future of the integration process and its scope. As the new European Commission is installed, Europes economic recovery seems to be stagnating and its relation with Russia represents a source of continuing unrest. These issues and more will be introduced and discussed by the panelists.

Speakers: Alexander Rinnooy-Kan, University Professor of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam, and Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor, Columbia University Paul Schnabel, University Professor of Sociology, Utrecht University, and Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor, Columbia University

Discussants: Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University Wim Blockmans, Professor Emeritus, University of Leiden and Emeritus Rector, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study Victoria de Grazia, Professor of History, Columbia University

For further information regarding this event, please contact Samantha Amazan by sending email to or by calling 44618.

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The Shifts and the Shocks: What We've Learned--and Have Still to Learn--from the Financial Crisis

6:00pm - 7:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Join Dean Merit E. Janow for the SIPA Investcorp Lecture with Martin Wolf, CBE, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator for The Financial Times.

Mr. Wolf will give a talk on his new book, a look at the financial crisis of 2008 and the ongoing challenges to recovery, which Joseph Stiglitz called the book to shake us out of our stupor.

The talk will be followed by a discussion with Peter R. Fisher, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Business and Government at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he is also a Senior Lecturer; Senior Director of the BlackRock Investment Institute; a member of the Board of Directors of AIG, Inc.; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

For further information regarding this event, please contact JoAnn Crawford by sending email to .

Tuesday, October 14th

La Crisis de Mexico

12:00pm - 1:30pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Talk with Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador. Part of the Leaders of Mexico Forum. Columbia Center for Mexican Studies. Talk will be in Spanish.

For further information regarding this event, please contact David Luna by sending email to .

All-Class Lecture: How to Investigate a Closed Corporation with Steve Coll

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Pulitzer Hall, Journalism School Lecture Hall (3rd Floor)

The first annual Lorana Sullivan Lecture, part of the All-Class Lecture Series, will feature Dean Steve Coll, speaking on how to investigate a closed corporation. Dean Coll will discuss the strategies that are likely to succeed when you are covering a company that doesn't want to be covered and is putting up "no comment" blocks in your reporting. #CJSACL Lecture at 6 p.m. with reception to follow at 7 p.m.*

*RSVP is required please email

The Lorana Sullivan Foundation was established as twin charities in New York and in Britain with an endowment from Lorana Sullivans will, to enhance the role of women in business and financial reporting and generally to improve the quality of investigative journalism. Lorana Sullivan graduated from the Columbia Journalism School in 1964. She subsequently set the gold standard for financial investigations.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Lauren Schaefer by sending email to .

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East Asian Historical Thought in Comparative Perspective: What History Is, Knows, Does: JAPAN

6:00pm - 8:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 918

Part of the semester-long series: East Asian Historical Thought in Comparative Perspective: What History Is, Knows, Does. Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Department of History, and Japan Study Student Association (JASSA).

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

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Wednesday, October 15th

Changing Borders in the Enlarged Black Sea Area: Romania's Quest for Freedom and Solidarity

11:00am - 12:30pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1219

His Excellency Iulian Buga, Ambassador of Romania to the United States of America, will discuss foreign policy and standing of Romania in the light of recent geopolitical developments in Europe and the challenges facing international peace and security today. Ambassador Buga will elaborate on Romanias diplomatic opportunities but also will reflect on potential threats and risks facing his increasingly influential country.

The event is sponsored by the Harriman Institute and East Central European Center.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Filip Tucek by sending email to or by calling 9294218583.

Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series: The Federal Water Pollution Control Act: Who, What, Why?

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 political setting before the introduction of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972? Billings and Jorling will discuss the nature of pollution politics, the structure of the Act, and the role of the Council on Environmental Quality. They will also discuss the influence of federal funds for waste treatment, and look at who the important political actors were during this time period. More generally, they will look at the relationship between funding and regulation, and the role that negotiation played in developing a national water quality standard.

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.

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For further information regarding this event, please contact Hayley Martinez by sending email .


Argentina: Debt Default and its Consequences

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Faculty House; Garden Room 1

Speaker Dr. Miguel Kiguel will be discussing Argentina's most recent default, its consequences for the nation, and its ramifications for the rest of the world. Dr. Kiguel is currently Director of Econviews, an economic and financial advisor to major corporations and financial institutions in Argentina and abroad, a consultant with Latin American Governments, and multilateral institutions, including the IMF, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development bank and the BIS.  He teaches at Universidad Di Tella, and is an Academic Advisor at FIEL.  He was president of Banco Hipotecario S.A (2001-03), Undersecretary of Finance and Chief Advisor to the Minister of the Economy of Argentina (1996-99), Deputy General Manager for Economics and Finance at the Central Bank of Argentina(1994-96), Principal Economist at the World Bank (1987-94), and was an Associate at the Institute for International Economics in Washington DC(1983-85).

Lunch will be provided beforehand. Co-sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Christine Francis by sending email to

Putins Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? A Discussion with the Author

12:30pm - 2:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Please join the Harriman Institute for a book talk on Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by author Karen Dawisha. She will discuss the main conclusions of her seven-year research on the origins and basis of the kleptocratic system in Russia, the people who own the country's vast wealth, and the structure of political power in Russia.  Putin's Kleptocracy, labeled a "damning account of Vladimir Putin's rise to power" by Kirkus Review, "penetrates a deep moral darkness, revealing something ugly-and dangerous." The discussion will be moderated by Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science and Deputy Director for Development at the Harriman Institute. Karen Dawisha is the Walter Havighurst Professor of Political Science and Director of the Havighurst Center at Miami University.  She is the author of five books; 14 edited books and over 100 articles on Soviet and Russian politics and foreign policy.  She has served as an advisor on Soviet policy to the British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and to a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. State Department.  She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Politics.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Ilke Denizli by sending email to .

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Sexual Violence Response Open House

4:00pm - 7:00pm

Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 700

In 1991, the Rape Crisis Center was created as a safe resource on the Columbia campus for survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault. Today, the Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center continues to expand and evolve with the needs of the campus community. The current phase in the evolution of Sexual Violence Response is the relocation to a new office in Alfred Lerner Hall, encompassing our dedication to advocacy, prevention, and outreach. Please join us in our new space to mark this pivotal milestone on:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 4:00 7:00 p.m. Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 700

Youll have an opportunity to take a tour of our new offices, meet SVR advocates, prevention and outreach staff, and learn more about the services we provide.

Refreshments will be served.

If you are interested in attending the open house, please email by Friday, October 10.

Disability Accommodations

The Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center is wheelchair accessible. Columbia Health makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require other disability accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, to attend this event, please contact Disability Services at (212) 854-2388 at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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Franz Boas Seminar by Miriam Ticktin, The New School for Social Research

4:10pm - 6:00pm

963 Schermerhorn Extension

Talk Title: The Politics of Planetary Care: Going Beyond the Social

For further information regarding this event, please contact Marilyn Astwood by sending email to .

Mexico-USA: Immigration, Drugs, and Prosperity

6:00pm - 7:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Join Dean Merit E. Janow for SIPAs George Ball Lecture with Jorge Castaeda. Jorge Castaeda, the George Ball Adjunct Professor for Fall 2014, served as foreign minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003. In 2006 he attempted to run for Mexicos presidency as an independent candidate, but the Mexican Supreme Court ruled against his eligibility. Castaeda is a renowned public intellectual, political scientist, and prolific writer with an interest in Mexican and Latin American politics, comparative politics, and U.S.-Mexican and U.S.-Latin American relations.

He taught for more than 25 years at Mexicos National Autonomous University and has also taught at Princeton, Berkeley, and NYU, where he remains a Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Castaeda holds a PhD in economic history from the University of Paris-I (Pantheon-Sorbonne). At SIPA he is leading a seminar on the changing nature of the political left in Latin America.

For further information regarding this event, please contact JoAnn Crawford by sending email to .


What We Talk About When We Talk About Food

6:00pm - 7:30pm

East Gallery, Buell Hall

Please register for this event below.

Why do we talk about food so much? Priscilla Ferguson's new book, Word of Mouth, explores the ways food allows us to come to terms with and make our place in the ever-shifting food world of the 21st century, reconciling pain and pleasure, tradition and innovation, routine and creativity, individual desire and collective responsibility.

Priscilla Ferguson has a PhD from the Department of French at Columbia, and is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Columbia. Her previous books include Paris as Revolution: Reading the 19th-Century City and Accounting for Taste: The Triumph of French Cuisine.

Partial support provided by Air France

For further information regarding this event, please contact Maison Events by sending email .

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The Justice Forum: Reimaging Justice: Narratives of Inclusion

6:15pm - 8:15pm

The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

How do we change the current criminal justice system, one defined by mass incarceration, a paradigm of punishment, and racial discrimination? Changing how we achieve justice through policing, courts, jails, prisons and reentry must include changing the public narrative about people who become involved with the criminal justice system. We must move away from the current narratives that pathologize people and their behavior and provides little consideration for the current and historic marginalization of low income communities and communities of color.

This immense undertaking involves examining current and historical narratives about justice, crime, safety, punishment, race, class, and gender among others. This roundtable discussion will bring together a diverse group of thinkers to examine the current prevailing narratives, as well as explore opportunities for how these narratives might be transformed towards a more inclusive framework. The roundtable will include discussants from a variety of backgrounds and experiences including psychology, journalism, history, law and those who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration and the prevailing narratives.

About The Justice Forum Issues of mass incarceration and justice are complex and cut across many systems, structures, cultures and communities. As such, the efforts and dialogues around changing the current criminal justice system must also cross disciplines, structures, cultures and communities. The Justice Forum provides a space for leading thinkers in justice work from a variety of disciplines and experiences to collectively examine some of the most critical justice issues today. The Forum seeks to create a space for cross pollination of ideas and perspectives and contribute towards the efforts to rethink our current policies and practices in criminal justice.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Nicholas Obourn by sending email to .

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Thursday, October 16th

What Do Voters in Ukraine Want? A Survey Experiment on Candidate Ethnicity, Language, and Policy Orientation

12:00pm - 1:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by Dr. Timothy Frye on the reasons behind vote choice in Ukraine. Language, ethnicity, and policy orientation toward Europe are key cleavages in Ukrainian politics, but there is much debate about their relative importance. To isolate the impact of candidate ethnicity, candidate native language, and candidate policy orientation on a hypothetical vote choice, he conducted a survey experiment of 1,000 residents of Ukraine in June 2014 that manipulated three features of a fictional candidate running for parliament: 1) ethnicity as revealed by either a Russian or Ukrainian name 2) native language of Russian or Ukrainian and 3) support for closer economic ties with Russia or with Europe.

Most striking is that among both native speakers of Russian and native speakers of Ukrainian, a candidates ethnicity and language had little impact on reported vote choice, whereas economic policy orientation toward Europe or Russia was strongly associated with vote preference. In sum, while respondent language and ethnicity shaped vote choice, candidate ethnicity and language did not. Despite the intense politicization of both ethnicity and language and the violence in eastern Ukraine, vote choice has not been reduced to an ethnic or linguistic census.  In contrast, voters place a premium on a candidates support for economic ties with either Europe or Russia. Professor Frye is the Director of the Harriman Institute and the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy at Columbia University.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Ilke Denizli by sending email to .

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Global Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) in Brazil 2000-2009: A Multisectoral Analysis

1:00pm - 2:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 802

Talk with Professor Thiago Miguez. Part of the Brazil Brown Bag Seminar Series.

For further information regarding this event, please contact David Luna by sending email to

Europe's Crisis: Economic and Political Perspectives

2:00pm - 3:30pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1501

Europe successfully escaped a debt crisis in 2012, but still faces myriad challenges. Youth unemployment is at an all-time high, growth is stagnating and we are facing the prospect of a lost decade (or more). Political challenges are also mounting calling into question the viability of the union. This panel discussion will consider both the economic and political challenges facing Europe today and the prospects for Europe going forward. A public reception will follow the event.

Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times with Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History; Director, Blinken European Institute Jan Svejnar, James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy; Director, Center on Global Economic Governance Moderated by Merit Janow, Dean, Columbia SIPA; Professor of Professional Practice, International Economic Law & International Affairs

For further information regarding this event, please contact Center on Global Economic Governance by sending email to .

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U.S. Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) and the National Energy Policymaking Process

2:30pm - 3:45pm

Faculty House, Seminar Room

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a discussion and update on the U.S. Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) with Melanie Kenderdine, Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, and Energy Counselor to the Secretary. President Obama launched the QER in January 2014, an interagency effort aimed at understanding how the U.S. can meet the goal of affordable, clean, and secure energy and energy services.

The first QER focuses on energy infrastructure and will identify the threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security against the backdrop of: - The transformation of energy supplies, markets, and patterns of end-use; - Issues of aging and capacity; - Cyber and physical threats; and, - Vulnerabilities related to the growing interdependence of energy systems with water, telecommunications, transportation, and emergency response system.

Ms. Kenderdine will provide an update on the QER and discuss how the QER can address these challenges and enable the U.S. government to translate policy goals into a set of integrated actions at the local, state, regional and federal levels. Center Director Jason Bordoff will moderate the discussion following the presentation. Registration is required. This event is open to press. It will also be livestreamed at: For more information contact:

For further information regarding this event, please contact Ke Wei by sending email to .

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Cracking Down on Corruption: Lessons from International Experience

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Jerome Greene Hall Room

In the second installment of CAPIs Perspectives on Public Integrity Speaker Series, Australian National University Professor Adam Graycar will present at Columbia Law School on October 16, 2014.

With an extensive background in Australian Government and as director of the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption, Graycar has unparalleled expertise on taking anti-corruption efforts from theory to practice. In this talk, Graycar will discuss the advantages and pitfalls of anti-corruption agencies in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and other jurisdictions.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Jacob Watkins by sending email to or by calling 212-854-7419.

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The Experience of "House" and "Home" in Colonial Korea

5:00pm - 6:30pm

International Affairs Building, Room 918

Colloquium Series on Korean Cultural Studies

The Experience of "House" and "Home" in Colonial Korea Hyaeweol Choi, Professor of Korean Studies and Director of Korea Institute The Australian National University 918 International Affairs Building No registration required. Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Institute for Research on Women and Gender

For further information regarding this event, please contact Jooyeon Kim by sending email to or by calling 212-854-1728.

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BOOK TALK --- Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention

6:00pm - 8:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1501

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University presents:

Peaceland suggests a new explanation for why international peace interventions often fail to reach their full potential. Based on several years of ethnographic research in conflict zones around the world, it demonstrates that everyday elements such as the expatriates social habits and usual approaches to understanding their areas of operation strongly influence peace-building effectiveness.

Individuals from all over the world and all walks of life share numerous practices, habits, and narratives when they serve as interveners in conflict zones. These common attitudes and actions enable foreign peace-builders to function in the field, but they also result in unintended consequences that thwart international efforts. Certain expatriates follow alternative modes of thinking and doing, often with notable results, but they remain in the minority. Through an in-depth analysis of the interveners everyday life and work, this book proposes innovative ways to better help host populations build a sustainable peace.

Professor Autesserre is an authority on international intervention, conflict resolution, aid, and local violence. She has particular expertise on the African Great Lakes region, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is the 2012 winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. For more information on Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention, visit


"In this book, Sverine Autesserre makes another superb contribution to the study of peacebuilding, this time by exposing and analyzing the subculture of expatriates who participate in peacebuilding efforts on behalf of a diverse array of international and nongovernmental organizations. Many of the persistent dysfunctions of peacebuilding missions, she suggests, can be traced back to the routine practices, habits, and narratives within this subculture. It is a fascinating argument, of importance to both students and practitioners of peacebuilding." Roland Paris, University Research Chair in International Security and Governance, University of Ottawa

"Scholars and practitioners have needed an ethnography of peacebuilding for quite some time - and Autesserre is one of the very few equipped to provide it. Having spent years in different conflict zones, as both an aid worker and a scholar, she knows the terrain like few others. She expertly re-creates how peacebuilders live and practice their craft; how these practices contribute to failures on the ground; and why peacebuilders, who should and do know better, seem to be incapable of changing their ways. In showing how the culture of this transnational community constructs and acts on the local scale, she does for peacebuilding what James Fergusons The Anti-Politics Machine did for development studies. Peaceland is a pathbreaking contribution to our understanding of the contemporary practice of peacebuilding - and global politics." Michael Barnett, University Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

"Essential reading for practitioners, policy makers, and donors involved in international interventions in conflict areas. Drawing on her worldwide field experience, Professor Autesserres comprehensive research offers new perspectives on how and why interveners should develop a thorough understanding of the local history, culture, and customs of populations in conflict zones. Much can be learned from her critical insights as we endeavor to assist those populations in danger." Catherine Dumait-Harper, Former MSF Mdecins Sans Frontires/Doctors Without Borders Representative to the United Nations

For further information regarding this event, please contact Maggie Li by sending email to or by calling 212-854-7879.


False Stillbirths and the State in Meiji Japan

6:00pm - 7:30pm

403 Kent Hall

On Japans road to becoming a modern society, 1884 has the makings of a small milestone. Beginning in that year, the state required that a report be filed for every stillborn child, seemingly expanding its power into the wombs of its women subjects. Yet the resulting stillbirth statistics were unlike those of any other country at the turn of the century. In individual districts, every other baby was reported stillborn, when elsewhere in the world, one in twenty was considered a high stillbirth rate. In this talk, I will suggest two reasons for this puzzling phenomenon. For one, in certain areas of Japan, an older reproductive culture persisted, in which infanticide remained part and parcel of resp! onsible parenthood. The culture of the Tokugawa period lingered into the early twentieth century in a second sense.

As late as the 1920s, state-society relations still reflected the old understanding that in some circumstances, the performance of obedience was an acceptable substitute for actually abiding by the laws of the realm. Abortion was a crime and infanticide a felony, but the old distinction between omote and naibun allowed subjects to assert their reproductive autonomy while hiding the traces of their unwanted children in the plain sight of a wonderfully precise, yet monumentally inaccurate statistical system.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Yoshiko Niiya by sending email to or by calling 212-854-5036.

Film Screening and Discussion: The Majority Starts Here (2013)

7:40pm - 10:00pm

Schermerhorn Hall, Room 501

Join the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and the Harriman Institute for the screening of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network's documentary following six young people as they travel through ex-Yugoslavia, where they witness the legacy of the conflicts of the 1990s.

Panel Participants: Elazar Barkan, Professor of International and Public Affairs; Director of Human Rights Concentration, School of International and Public Affairs; Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University Tanya Domi, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs Raba Gjoshi, Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellow, Columbia University Refik Hodzic, Director of Communications, International Center for Transitional Justice Petar Subotin, Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellow, Columbia University

Consular representatives from Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia are expected to join, as well as the permanent representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the UN.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Ilke Denizli by sending email to .

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Friday, October 17th

Global Muckraking Conference

10:00am - 6:00pm

International and Public Affairs, Room 1512

To celebrate the publication of Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World (New Press, 2014), journalists, scholars and activists will gather to consider, in todays context, some of the subjects that have galvanized the media and NGOs over the last hundred years.

We will discuss the current state of cross border investigations, the impact of technology, and the connections between the human rights and activist community and the media. How does journalism bring about social change? What can we learn from the past? How has coverage evolved and what new tools make a difference? How should we conceptualize the links between advocacy and journalism?  There will be panels on covering oil and gas, the nature of advocacy, women in the media and investigative reporting, among other topics.

Speakers are flying in from India, London, Istanbul, South Africa and New Zealand, among other places. The audience will include people from BBC Media Action, Ford Foundation, Human Rights Watch, Open Society Foundation, Oxfam, many parts of the United Nations, Witness. Speakers include Prue Clarke, Avi Chomsky, Michael Massing, Michael Schudson, Sheila Coronel, Ken Silverstein and many others.  Famed development journalist P.Sainath is giving the lunchtime keynote address. SIPA students - please wear your name tags! This is a wonderful opportunity to network. (Coffee and registration at 9:30 a.m.)

For further information regarding this event, please contact Annette Kathryn Konoske-Graf by sending email to

A Foot in Each World: South Asian Diaspora Communities in the United States and their Interactions with their Homeland

2:00pm - 5:00pm

International Affairs Building, Room 417 Altschul Auditorium

As part of the Global Diaspora Week, the Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI), New Delhi, the Diaspora Studies journal, in collaboration with the Economic and Political Development Concentration at Columbia Universitys School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) organize a panel discussion on South Asian diaspora communities in the United States and their economic, social, and political interactions in their countries and communities of origin.

Specifically, the program focuses on the interlinkages between economic integration of communities in the host context, the United States, and their potential to contribute to causes and development in their communities of origin. The discussions will also highlight the role of public policies in the receiving and the sending context, as well as differences among regional groups, individual and collective actions, as well as the role of socio-economic status and gender of migrants.

Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Consul General of India in New York, and Ms. Nisha Agarwal,New York City Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs will open the event, which also features distinguished experts from Columbia University, Delhi University, The New School, New York University, Princeton University, City University of New York, Rutgers University, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and United Nations Development Programme.

Please RSVP by October 13, 2014 at the registration link ( or

For programme updates please see the ODI Event page

Welcome Daniel Naujoks, Research Coordinator, ODI International, Principal Investigator, United Nations Development Programme Kavita Sharma, Chairperson of Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI) International, Director, India International Centre, New Delhi, former Principal, Hindu College, Delhi University (Skype)

Chair Amb. Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Consul General of India in New York

Chief Guest Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner of the New York City Mayors Office of Immigrant Affairs

Panelists Sanjay Reddy, Associate Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research Faisal Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Princeton University Muzaffar Chishti, Director, Migration Policy Institute's office at New York University School of Law Namita Manohar, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Brooklyn College, City University of New York Krishnan Sharma, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Financing for Development Office, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Milly Sil, Researcher/Lecturer, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University

Links Organisation for Diaspora Initiatives (ODI), New Delhi: Diaspora Studies journal (Routledge): School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University: Global Diaspora Week:

For further information regarding this event, please contact Daniel Naujoks by sending email to

A Celebration of the Life of William E. Harkins

3:00pm - 5:00pm

International Affairs Building, Harriman Atrium (12th floor)

Please join the Harriman Institute in celebrating the life of William E. Harkins (1921-2014), former Director of the Russian Institute and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Slavic Languages, who died on May 17, 2014 at the age of 92.

Among Slavists, Bill Harkins was a true renaissance man: he was an expert on Russian prose, a specialist in Slavic folklore, one of the first American scholars to do serious work in Czech literature, the author of multiple works including a monograph on Czech writer Karel Čapek and a Czech language textbook, the author of the Dictionary of Russian Literature, and a promoter of regional studies. Generations of Columbia students remember him fondly for his contributions to their training on these fronts, as well as his good will, attention to their development as writers, and mainstreaming of the interplay of word and image in Slavic culture. In 2000, his students and colleagues in the field honored him with a Festschrift volume entitledDepictions: Slavic Studies in the Narrative and Visual Arts (edited by Douglas M. Greenfield). His colleagues were profoundly grateful to him for his generous service to the Slavic Department, the Russian Institute, the University, and the Slavic field at large. He played an important role in making Columbia an important center for Slavic studies.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Ilke Denizli by sending email to .

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University Senate: Revisiting The Rules Of University Conduct -- a Town Hall

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Havemeyer, Room 309

The Rules of University Conduct Committee has jurisdiction to review and revise Columbia's rules governing political rallies and demonstrations, as well as the means by which they are enforced.  The Rules set boundaries for the exercise of free speech and free expression on campus.  Their purpose is to provide maximum freedom of expression consistent with the rights of all members of our community.

Our committee, for the first time in many years, has voted to engage with the Rules as they are currently written in order to determine if they are fulfilling their original purpose, as well as protecting the due process rights of those charged with violating them.

Location: Havemeyer 309

For further information regarding this event, please contact Senate staff by sending email to or by calling 2128542023.


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