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March 2018

Shahid Naeem – From Forager to Farmer in 200,000 Years: An Environmental Sustainability Perspective Lunch Discussion

March 20, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fayerweather Hall Room #513, Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join Professor Shahid Naeem for a lunchtime discussion exploring niche construction through social, humanist, and agro-scientific perspectives to shed light on issues of sustainable food and farming. Open to all Columbia University affiliates.

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Impairment in the Social World: A Graduate Student Conference on Disability

March 22, 9:20 am - March 23, 5:30 pm
Knox Hall Room #509, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, 606 W 122nd St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Believing that disability is a meaningful social category worthy of inquiry, this conference was organized to investigate the role of impairment in shaping the social world and the lives of individuals.

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Music Theory and Music Cognition: A Conference in Honor of Fred Lerdahl

March 23, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Maison Francaise, Columbia University, 515 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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A conference organized in his honor by the Department of Music at Columbia University will present recent work based on and related to the theoretical work of Fred Lerdahl as well as its applicability to various areas of research and musical practice.

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María M. Portuondo – American Convergence: Science and Technology in Colonial Latin America

March 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Room 9207, 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10016 United States
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The essential backdrop of the history of the region we now call Latin America is the centuries-long process of negotiation between the different social, religious, cultural and political registers of the Indigenous, African and European peoples who came to inhabit the area. The resulting American scientific and technological convergence involved the combination and recombination of practices whose exact origins are difficult to trace. This talk proposes a framework for the study of the scientific and technological registers of the American convergence. It recognizes the hybrid, complex and local nature of the convergence and explores these through three kinds of human activities: learning, moving and making.

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April 2018

Alisha Rankin – Testing the Panacea: Antidotes, Alchemy, and the Problem of Proof in Early Modern Europe

April 2, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center Common Room, Columbia University, 74 Morningside Drive
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This talk contrasts the drug testing methods of two sixteenth-century alchemical empirics: Andreas Berthold and Georg Amwald.

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Responsibility, Punishment, and Psychopathy: At the Crossroads of Law, Neurocriminology, and Philosophy – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

April 9, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Three leading experts in neurocriminology, law, and philosophy will discuss recent neuroscientific findings in psychopathy research. The speakers will consider how these findings might contribute to the reconsideration of the responsibility of psychopathic offenders and how criminal justice should optimally respond to individuals suffering from such a controversial disorder.

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Urban Floods: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Conference

April 12, 6:30 pm - April 13, 5:00 pm
2911 Broadway, 2911 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This conference will address major urban floods, past, present and future. The goal is to understand these events in as holistic a way as possible, considering scientific and humanist questions together, and informed by historical context. Our focus will be on weather events in the United States and South Asia.

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Roger Matthew Grant – The Musical Origins of Contemporary Affect Theory

April 23, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center Common Room, Columbia University, 74 Morningside Drive
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 in different stages of health and disease. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.” At stake are the problems of representation and the interpretation of cultural products from the past and present through medical models.

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Christine Goettler – Mount Potosí in Antwerp, 1635: Colonial Imagination and the Power of the Ephemeral

April 24, 10:00 am - April 25, 12:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join the Making and Knowing Project as they welcome Christine Goettler on April 24 for a lecture on colonial imagination and the power of the ephemeral in 17th century Antwerp. On April 25, she will discuss her Materialized Identities project, and answer any student research questions and problems.

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Neuroscience in Action: A Conversation About Early Life Trauma and the Brain

April 24, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research Davis Auditorium, Columbia University, 530 West 120th Street, 4th Fl
New York, NY 10027 United States
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In collaboration with Trauma-Free NYC, this talk takes a closer look at how exposure to psychosocial adversity relates to children's behavioral and neurobiological development. This is the second event in the 2018 Speaker Series.

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