Events 03/09-03/13


Monday, Mar 9th

What's Next? The Ukraine Crisis in the Global Context

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Faculty House Garden Room 2
Join the Harriman Institute for a round table discussion about the international implications of the Ukraine Crisis.
Panelists: Alexander Cooley, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College.Valery Kuchinsky, Former Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations; Adjunct Professor of International Relations, Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College. Jack Snyder, Robert and Rene Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University. Moderated by Timothy M. Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Profesosr of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy; Director, Harriman Institute.

Putin and Europe's Periphery: Great Power Politics in Transition and Milosevic Deja Vu

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Talk on how Putin is gaming the West, the ripple effect sanctions will have on the foreign policy of Russo-friendly authoritarian countries, and the fluid roles of the Bretton Woods system, ISIS, Crimea, Ukraine, Moldova, Balkans, Middle East, Iran, China, Greece, and Turkey in Europe's "near abroad."

Dr. James Lyon has studied the Balkans for over thirty-four years. He received a Ph.D. in Modern Balkan History at the University of California, Los Angeles (dissertation: The Forgotten Ally: Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914), an M.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University (thesis: Yugoslavias Post-World War Two Economic Development), and a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Brigham Young University.

Dr. Lyon directed Balkan projects for the International Crisis Group for 10 years: an accomplished analyst, he has written three books, many scholarly articles, dozens of published reports, numerous Op/Eds, and has testified before the US Congress and parliamentary panels of EU member states. He has 20 years of experience in conflict/post-conflict areas of the Balkans, worked on EU and USAID projects and with the Office of the High Representative, as well as in the private sector. He is founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of Historical Heritage, which is devoted to digitizing archives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Senior Associate advising the Democratization Policy Center.

Dr. Lyon is the author of the upcoming book, "Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914: The Outbreak of the Great War (Bloomsbury, 2015), and the historical novel Kiss of the Butterfly."


Tuesday, Mar 10th

A Forgotten Peace, A Forgotten War, and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1917-1918

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Mark von Hagen is professor of history in the Arizona State University School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. In 2008 von Hagen was elected President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (recently renamed to Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies).

He is the author of Soldiers in the Proletarian Dictatorship: The Red Army and the Soviet Socialist State, 1917-1930 (Cornell, 1990); co-edited (with Catherine Evtuhov, Boris Gasparov, and Alexander Ospovat) Kazan, Moscow, St. Petersburg: Multiple Faces of the Russian Empire (Moscow, 1997); co-edited (with Karen Barkey) After Empire: Multiethnic Societies and Nation-Building: The Soviet Union and the Russian, Ottoman and Habsburg Empire (Westview, 1997); co-edited (with Andreas Kappeler, Zenon Kohut and Frank Sysyn) Culture, Nation, Identity: the Ukrainian-Russian Encounter (1600-1945) (Toronto, 2003); and is coediting (with Jane Burbank) Russian Empire: Space, People, Power, 1700-1930   (Indiana, 2007); War in a European Borderlands: Occupations and Occupation Plans in Galicia and Ukraine, 1914-1918 (University of Washington Press, 2007).  He has also written articles and essays on topics in historiography, civil-military relations, nationality politics and minority history, and cultural history.

The Nobel Peace Prize: An Insider's View

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Buell Hall (Maison Francaise), East Gallery

Speaker: Geir Lundestad, Former Secretary, Norwegian Nobel Committee

Discussant: George Rupp, Columbia University President Emeritus

Moderator: Victoria de Grazia, Professor of History, Columbia University

Geir Lundestad will reflect on his 25-year experience as Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a position he just left at the end of 2014. The discussion will focus on the role played by the Nobel Peace Prize in helping to promote international peace and security and in shaping the perceptions of conflict situations or of security challenges.

Geir Lundestad is Adjunct Professor of International History at the University of Oslo, and the author of numerous articles and books, including The United States and Western Europe since 1945: from Empire by Invitation to Transatlantic Drift (2003), and The Rise and Decline of the American Empire. Power and its Limits in Comparative Perspective (2012).

George Rupp is a distinguished visiting scholar at Columbias Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life and an adjunct professor of religion, public health, and international affairs. He served as President of the International Rescue Committee from 2002 to 2013, and as President of Columbia University from 1993 to 2002. He is the author of Globalization Challenged: Conviction, Conflict, Community (2006).


Wednesday, Mar 11th

State of the Media in South Eastern Europe: From Crisis to Corruption

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1512
A media symposium featuring journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia, with a keynote address by Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. Please see event website for conference program.

No Simple Past: The Many Meanings of Cultural Heritage in Post-Soviet Societies

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1219
A talk by Anastasia Felcher, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca.

Democratic Renewal and the Mutual Aid Legacy of US Mexicans

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Barnard College Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Julie Leininger Pycior, professor of history at Manhattan College, discusses how communities comprised of and surrounding Mexican immigrants helped spark the mass demonstrations that put immigration reform on the national agenda. Moreover, barrios where these mutual aid associations flourished a century ago now constitute centers of democratic community organizing that serve as templates for all organized people who must confront the financial juggernaut of the American political system. With Latinos in the US the majority of whom are Mexican having moved from the periphery of the national discussion to its center, now is the time for this story of democratic renewal to be told.

Professor Pycior is the author of the award-winning LBJ and Mexican Americans: The Paradox of Power. Editor of Bill Moyers best-selling Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times, she is a historical advisor to public television and to blogs for the Huffington Post.

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Thursday, Mar 12th

Modalities of the Fiscal State in Imperial China

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Kent Hall, Room 403

Brown Bag Lecture with Richard von Glahn, Professor of History, University of California at Los Angeles. Moderated by Madeleine Zelin, Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies; Professor of History, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Department of History, Columbia University.

No registration required.

Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Politics in a Grey Zone: Connivance Militancy in Malaysia and Tunisia

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 918

Lecture with Sophie Lemiere, European University Institute. Moderated by Amy L. Freedman, Associate Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Department Chair, Political Science and International Studies Program, Long Island University. No registration required.

Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Southeast Asia Student Initiative (SEASI) and The New York Southeast Asia Network.


Social Enterprise and Cross Cultural Management with Brazil

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 802

Since my time at SIPA studying social enterprise and international affairs, the new tools that have been most valuable to me have been models and practices of cross-cultural management. Using examples from Sparks work in Brazil and the US, well discuss various tools and academic frameworks of Cross-cultural management, and how theyve played out in our work.

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Beijing + 20: Achieving Gender Equality in a Post-2015 World

Thursday, March 12 from 4pm-5pm

IRWGS Seminar Room, 754 Schermerhorn Extension
Speaker: Patti O'Neill, OECD Deputy Head of Policy Coordination  Patti O'Neill, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Deputy Head for Policy Coordination, will give a talk on her experience at the 1995 Beijing Women's Conference where she represented New Zealand. Central to her discussion will be the challenge of producing the Beijing Platform for Action as well as the document's relevancy to the progress of gender equality as it stands today. The OECD is a unique forum where the governments of 34 democracies with market economies work with each other, as well as with more than 70 non-member economies to promote economic growth, prospertiy, and sustainable development.
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The Internet and European Integration: A Public Sphere Perspective

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 707

Speaker: Hans-Jrg Trenz, Professor of Modern European Studies and Deputy Director of the Centre for Modern European Studies, University of Copenhagen

The politicized and mass-mediated aspects of European Union (EU) politics have only recently started to receive scholarly attention. In a politicized EU, decision-making procedures are increasingly exposed to public and media attention. This lecture sheds light on the impact of media attention in shaping the public debate regarding the legitimacy of the EU. To what extent do the media act as an amplifier of conflicts over European integration? Do the media constrain or facilitate the political efforts to further integrate Europe?


Friday, Mar 13th

Friday Synthesis Symposium

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Columbia University Morningside Campus Havemeyer, Room 209

"Block Copolymer Templates for Functional Nanostructured Materials"

Presented by Helen Tran (Campos Group)

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 4:00pm

Room 209 Havemeyer