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April 2017

Biodiversity and Its Histories Student Exhibit – Opening Event

April 27, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library, 1000 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY United States
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A public exhibition celebrating biodiversity will open Earth Day, April 22, 2017, and last through May 19, 2017 at the Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library, with an opening day event April 27 at 4pm. The exhibition is designed and produced by students of Barnard College and Columbia University. Contributors include: Arielle Alterwaite, Stephanie Barral, Tristan Brown, Gabrielle Bruno, Lyra Cooper, Robert Corban, Rosalind Donald, Linda Gordon, Sara Heiny, Maggie Israel, Petros Krommidas, Lila Livingston, Laura McLean, Anna McNulty, Julie Moon, Melissa Morris, Camila Puig Ibarra, Claire Sabel, Zhuoxuan Tian, Daniel West, Adrien Zakar, Mollie Zanger, Wenrui Zhao, Professor Deborah Coen.

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Knowledge Production in Twentieth Century China and Beyond

April 28 - April 29
International Affairs Building, Room 918, 420 W 118th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This workshop examines the variegated forms of knowledge production that occurred from the end of the Qing until the PRC period. This period has long been characterized as a period of chaos and transition.

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May 2017

Sound Studies and Auditory Neuroscience: New Perspectives on Listening – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

May 1, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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This seminar features leading scholars from auditory neuroscience, sound studies, and music cognition discussing scientific and humanistic perspectives on the role of acoustic conditions and cultural exposure on the formation of the sense of hearing itself.

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The Engine of Modernity: Construing Science as the Driving Force of History in the Twentieth Century

May 2 - May 3
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This workshop will explore the central role that science came to occupy in thinking about modernity and modernization in the first half of the twentieth century. The workshop examines the emergence of academic disciplines devoted to studying this role – history, philosophy and sociology of science – as well as the rise of policies of science and modernization. It compares ideas and practices in various places around the globe as well as in international organizations such as UNESCO.

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Art & Science in Archaeological Illustration Exhibit and Reception

May 9, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
963 Schermerhorn Extension, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027 United States
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An exhibition and reception celebrating art and science in archaeological illustration will be held next Tuesday, May 11, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Contributors include Augusta Chapman, Lauren Conway, Kristine Dunn, Yisel Garcia, Jiayan Lu, Eileen Townsend, and Alaina Wibberly. Free and open to the public.

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The Two Cultures Reading Group – C.P. Snow and Scientific Fraud

May 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The second meeting of the reading group will take place on May 11 at 4 pm in 513 Fayerweather. We will be discussing "The Affair" (1960), a novel that centers around a case of scientific fraud. Newcomers are most welcome!

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August 2017

Explorations in the Medical Humanities: The Whiteness of Bones

August 18, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
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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September 2017

Anita Guerrini – The Whiteness of Bones: the Emergence of the Human Skeleton as a Commodity, 1500-1800

September 11, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room Speaker: Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History, Oregon Statue University Respondent: Pamela H. Smith, Seth Low Professor of History, Columbia University This event is part of the series, Explorations in the Medical Humanities. Additional details coming soon. Please visit the Heyman Center website for updates. About the Series: As a set of disciplines, the humanities face the challenge of how to write about embodied experiences that resist easy verbal categorization…

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The Two Cultures Reading Group – C.P Snow and “Corridors of Power”

September 14, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The Center for Science and Society Fayerweather 513 Columbia University Fabian Kramer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, History and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Science and Society Have you ever wondered what the inventor of the phrase "two cultures", Charles Percey Snow, was really up to? Today, C.P. Snow is mostly remembered, if at all, for his 1959 Rede lecture "The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution" and the intense debate that ensued about the rightful status of "scientific culture" as opposed…

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Pierce Salguero – Chanting as Literature: Contemporary Buddhist Medicine

September 25, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
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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