Events 05/04-05/08


Monday, May 4th

EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Low Library Faculty Room

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a presentation and discussion with Adam Sieminski, Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, of EIA's Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2015. The AEO 2015 presents long-term projections of U.S. energy supply, demand, and prices through 2040. EIAs Reference case, which assumes current laws and regulations remain unchanged, provides the basis for examination and discussion of alternative price, economic, and resource scenarios - and often serves as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in energy policies.

After the presentation by Administrator Sieminski, Center Founding Director Jason Bordoff will moderate a discussion.

Registration is required for in-person attendance. This event is open to press. It will also be livestreamed at: (no registration is required to view the livestream).A podcast of this event (in addition to other past Center events) will be available ~3 to 5 days after the date of the event through iTunes or via our website.

For more information contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact CGEP by sending email .

Tuesday, May 5th

Influence of the Latino Vote

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Much has been said in the last decade about the importance of the Latino vote, yet the strength in numbers has not necessarily translated into political influence. Issues ranging from legal and institutional hurdles, cultural and socioeconomic factors may be driving Latinos to undermine their influence in national issues.The panel includes Rodolfo de la Garza, Professor of International and Public Affairs Columbia University, SIPA; Maria Eugenia Alcn, Journalist and Producer, NBC News; and Tomas Lopez, Duke 06, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice. It will be moderated by Moderated by: Norma Padron, Duke MA08, Research Scientist, Center for Health Innovation, The New York Academy of Medicine and Professor of Health Economics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. This event is convened by Paul Lagunes, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University SIPA. Program: 6:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors doeuvres 7:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks 7:10 p.m. Panel Introduction & Discussion 8:00 p.m. Q & A Co-sponsored by the SIPA Urban and Social Policy Concentration, the Duke University Hispanic/Latino Alumni Association and the Mexican Society of Columbia University (MexCU).
For further information regarding this event, please contact Kevin Gully by sending email to or by calling 212-851-0264.

"The Humanitarian Emergency from South to North: Migration and Social Justice"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Barnard College, Altschul Hall 202, Lehman Auditorium
 Lecture will be in Spanish Bishop Ral Vera is a Mexican Catholic friar of the Dominican Order, and current Bishop of Saltillo, Coahuila, ordained by Pope John Paul II in 1999. 2012 Nobel Prize Nominee, he is recognized for his work in the fight for migrants human rights and social justice in Mexico. Bishop Vera founded the social center Monseor Juan Navarro Ramirez, to care for the poor in Guerrero. In Chiapas worked in the peace process after the Zapatista struggle for the rights of indigenous people. In its current pastoral work in Coahuila, Bishop Vera founded the Centro Diocesano para los Derechos Humanos Fray Juan de Larios, which provides legal support and a platform organization for families of forcedly disappeared persons. Bishop Vera has won numerous awards for his work in human rights and peace, including the award of the Rafto Foundation in Norway in 2010, the merit medal of Mexicos Ecclesiastical Observatory and the National Network of Human Rights in 2007, and Mexicos National Human Rights Award Don Sergio Mendez Arceo in 2000. Bishop Vera first graduated as a chemical engineer at UNAM, and then began his religious education in Guanajuato. He continued his theological studies at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome, obtaining a summa cum laude distinction. He was ordained in 1975 by Pope Paul VI, and Bishop of Altamirano, Guerrero in 1987. Priest Alejandro Solalinde is a Mexican Catholic priest in charge of the Pastoral of Human Mobility, in the South Pacific Mexican Episcopacy, and one of the most notorious figures of human rights defending migrants. He is the Director of the migrants shelter Hermanos en el Camino in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, which assists migrants from Central and South America on their way to the United States, offering food, accommodation, and psychological, medical and legal support. Priest Solalindes has publicly condemned the abuses of murder, robbery, kidnapping, assault, extortion, and rape committed against undocumented migrants, both in Mexico and the United States. He was jailed in 2008 along with 17 migrants in the city of Ixtepec, and in 2012 was exiled for two months out of the country after death threats. Priest Solalinde received unanimously in 2012 the National Human Rights Award by President Enrique Pea Nieto, the awards Peace and Democracy, Pags Llergo for Democracy and Human Rights, and the medal Emilio Krieger. Priest Solalinde was ordained priest by the Bishop of Toluca Arturo Vlez, and obtained undergraduate degrees in History and Psychology, and a Masters in Family Therapy.
For further information regarding this event, please contact ILAS RSVP by sending email .

Wednesday, May 6th

China-US Relations An Unsustainable Codependency

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Faculty House
The US and Chinese economies are locked in an uncomfortable embrace: Both have become overly reliant on the other in driving their respective growth models.  As is the case in the psychology of human relationships, economic codependency leads to frictions, imbalances, and  the ultimate break-up.  Drawing on his new book, Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China,* Roach will argue that both the United States and China are now exhibiting classic symptoms of an unsustainable codependency.  The challenge for the two countries is to address this shared pathology through a fundamental rebalancing of their economic growth models.  There is enormous opportunity if they pull it off.  There is great risk if they don't. *Copies of Dr. Roach's book will be available for sale and signing at the event.
This lecture is part of the Sir Gordon Wu Distinguished Speaker Forum series.
For further information regarding this event, please contact The Chazen Institute by sending email to or by calling 212-854-4750.

Thursday, May 7th

Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Developmental Trajectories

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 8:30am - 2:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus School of International and Public Affairs, Room 1512
Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC) will hold a Child Youth and Families mini-conference on Thursday, May 7th at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). The mini-conference will focus on "Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Developmental Trajectories" and will include a keynote by Frances Champagne followed by three panels featuring research on early adversities, children, and adolescents and young adults, concluding with a working lunch discussion. Preliminary agenda is attached and also available to view online.Please register by Tuesday, May 5th by sending your contact information to Breakfast and lunch will be provided for conference participants. The updated conference agenda is attached.
For further information regarding this event, please contact Columbia Population Research Center by sending email to

Future of Planning Forum: Bureaucracy

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Avery Hall, Room 600
Finn Williams is an architect-turned-planner based in London. He worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture, General Public Agency, and Croydon Councils Placemaking team before joining the Greater London Authority, where he is Regeneration Area Manager for North West and Central London. Finn is the founder of public sector thinktank NOVUS, and Common Office, a platform for independent research on planning, politics and the public. He also teaches at the Royal College of Art, Bartlett School of Architecture and Central Saint Martins. He is currently developing a new social enterprise to embed talented yo! ung designers within public authorities.
For further information regarding this event, please contact Charlotte Egerton by sending email to .

Violence at Latin American Urban Margins

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
International Affairs Building, Room 802
Urban violence is arguably one of the most pressing problems besieging Latin American democracies. Poor peoples movements in response to this violence are among the least studied and understood forms of collective action in the region. Those occupying the urban margins have not responded passively to the growing levels of violence in their communities. Drawing on three years of collective ethnographic research in a violence-plagued community in metropolitan Buenos Aires, the presentation presents a typology of poor peoples responses to urban violence.
For further information regarding this event, please contact ILAS by sending email .