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Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture

April 5, 2017 - April 8, 2017
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, NY 10027 United States

The conference Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture will raise questions about the economic, social, and cultural significance of weaving, but also broader issues about craft as cognition, cognitive change over time, innovation in craft and the role of “traditional” crafts in the modern era. It will consider the preservation of craft practices and their cultures, as well as issues concerning individual autonomy, sustainability, and dignity in craft-making. The program brings together scholars from history, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and cognitive sciences, experts in textile and craft, textile entrepreneurs, artisans, and artists.

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The Fourth Harriet Zuckerman Conference at the Mellon Biennial

April 6, 2017 - April 7, 2017
Jerome Greene Annex Room #107, Columbia University, 410 West 117th Street
New York, NY United States

INCITE's Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Program is pleased to announce its Fourth Harriet Zuckerman Conference at the 2017 Mellon Biennial. This conference will take place on April 6 and 7 at the Columbia Law School. Reflecting the intellectual diversity and interdisciplinarity of our Mellon Program, the conference is not about one theme but about several important intellectual, disciplinary, and concrete issues that engage disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, as demonstrated in the panels. Kaiama Glover, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College, will deliver the keynote address.

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12:15 pm

Gascia Ouzounian – Powers of Hearing: Acoustic Defense and Technologies of Listening during the First World War

April 6, 2017, 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Heyman Center Common Room, Columbia University, 74 Morningside Drive
New York, NY 10027 United States

Gascia Ouzounian, Associate Professor and Lecturer at Brasenose College University of Oxford, will speak on "Powers of Hearing: Acoustic Defense and Technologies of Listening during the First World War." Open exclusively to Columbia affiliates.

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6:00 pm

Mark Waddell – “Trust Me!” The Problem of Insincerity in Early Modern Medicine

April 6, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States

In this talk Mark Waddell will examine the strange medical remedy known as the weapon salve, or the powder of sympathy, and use its contentious history to explore how insincerity, credibility, and trust were interwoven at the dawn of modern science and medicine.

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Ben Hayden – Neuronal Foundations of Economic Value

April 6, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Uris Hall Room #301, Columbia University, 3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States

Value is a central concept in economic theory and in neuroeconomics. Nonetheless, we have only recently begun to understand how the brain evaluates options and compares values to make beneficial choices. These processes appear to involve the coordinated action of multiple prefrontal and striatal regions acting together. Our work suggests that value is an emergent process that depends on the coordinated action of component processes, including memory, executive control, and action selection.

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