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October 2017

Textiles, Dyes and Knowledge Oeconomies in the French Enlightenment

October 27, 2017, 9:15 am - 5:30 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This symposium brings together scholars working on the interlocking histories of science, artisanal production, and commerce in Enlightenment France. Following the circulation of knowledge and materials among various sites, scientific academies, royal administrative bodies, merchant companies, and workshops, the papers will examine the complex relationship between handicrafts, trade, and science in the eighteenth-century.

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Benjamin Breen – Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Three Ways of Looking at an Opium Ball

October 30, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.”

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November 2017

Ted Anton – Planet of Microbes

November 1, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Buell Hall, East Gallery, Columbia University
New York, 10027 United States
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The Center for Science and Society invites you to a book launch for Planet of Microbes (University of Chicago Press), by Ted Anton, science writer and Professor of English at DePaul University. Planet of Microbes is a journey through the curious and wonderful science of the Earth's smallest lifeforms.

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Metaphors and Models: The Neuroscience of Comparison – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

November 20, 2017, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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This event explores the conceptual force of metaphors in neuroscience. How do metaphors shape how we think and communicate? How are they represented in the brain? Featuring perspectives from neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and philosophy, our speakers probe the distinction between metaphors and models that emerge from thinking and reasoning and how these are applied in public discourse about science.

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Monica Azzolini – Saints and Science in Early Modern Italy: Filippo Neri and Francesco Borgia as Patron Saints of Earthquakes

November 29, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This event is part of the New York History of Science Lecture Series and features Monica Azzolini, a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History, University of Edinburgh.

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Gabriela Soto Laveaga – Locating Histories of Science to the South: The Case of Mexican Wheat Seeds in India’s Farmlands

November 30, 2017, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join us for a presentation of a paper that will look at global networks and knowledge distribution in the context of wheat, which was transplanted to Mexico and is now a development project export to India.

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December 2017

Educating the Brain: How the Acquisition of Reading and Mathematics Affects Human Brain Circuits – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

December 4, 2017, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Stanislas Dehaene, Professor and Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology, Collège de France, will discuss how regions of the brain, especially the visual cortex, change as children acquire reading an math skills. Can these findings aid in the better development of educational tools and practices?

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The Success of Failure: Perspectives from the Arts, Sciences, Humanities, Education, and Law

December 7, 2017 - December 8, 2017
Cowin Auditorium, 3040 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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We are all familiar with the platitudes teaching us the value of failure on the path to success, constrained by a view of failure as a means to an end, a necessary obstacle to be overcome. What about the intrinsic value of failure? Failure that contains valuable data, not just an error message? Failure that is a critical part of the process? Can there be such a thing as positive failure? Can failure make progress? Can we use failure to improve creativity, education, or behavior? How do we research and recognize failure? This two-day conference will investigate these and other perspectives on failure across disciplines, searching for commonalities and differences.

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Megan Coyer – James Hogg (1770-1835) and Illness Narratives in a Scottish Context

December 11, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Megan Coyer of the University of Glasgow discusses the interdisciplinary nature of narration and medicine, specifically surrounding James Hogg (1770-1835).

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January 2018

Nadine Burke Harris – The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

January 22, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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A pioneer in the field of medicine, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a leader in the movement to transform how we respond to early childhood adversity and the resulting toxic stress that dramatically impacts our health and longevity. By exploring the science behind childhood adversity, she offers a new way to understand the adverse events that affect all of us throughout our lifetimes.

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