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April 2017

Reembodied Sound: A Symposium & Festival of Transducer-based Music and Sonic Art

April 7 - April 9
Computer Music Center, Prentis Hall, 632 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Reembodied Sound is an interdisciplinary symposium focusing on the increasing use of transducers in music and sonic art, a subject which has received scant attention as a unified practice.

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History of Visualization / Visualization in History Workshop

April 8

This workshop brings together historians, sociologists and anthropologists studying practices of data visualization with historians and social scientists using many of those practices in the pursuit of history. The goal is a more reflective critical practice of visualizations within the social sciences and a less anachronistic technical history of data visualization practices, by bringing together the methodological sophistication of science and technology studies, digital humanities, and media theory.

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The Human Sense of Smell – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

April 13, 4:15 pm - 7:00 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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How does our brain make sense of scents and flavors? To explore the human sense of smell in its perceptual, neural, and cultural dimensions, the panel brings together cross-disciplinary perspectives from neuroscience, philosophy, and perfumery.

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Two Cultures Reading Group – CP Snow and the Atomic Bomb

April 13, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The inaugural meeting of our reading group will take place on April 13 at 5 pm in 513 Fayerweather. We will be discussing "The New Men" (1954), a novel that centers around the British atomic bomb project in the 1940s. Together with "The Masters" it was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1954 but fell out of fashion only a few years later.

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Evidence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Knowing and Certainty

April 21 - April 22
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103, Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The conference will bring together academic scholars, public policy makers, non-governmental advocates, and media experts to discuss the state of “evidence” today. Our goal is to examine the use of evidence – from massive data sets to individual case studies – within and across the disciplines.

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Fabian Krämer – A Centaur in London: Observation and Reading in the Early Modern Study of Nature

April 21, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Student Lounge 4116 Comparative Literature Department, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave
New York, NY United States
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Fabian Krämer, Visiting Scholar of the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University, speaks on Observation and Reading in the Early Modern Study of Nature.

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Annie Duke – The Paradox of Evidence: Lessons from the Poker Table – EVIDENCE Keynote

April 21, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103, Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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World Poker Champion Annie Duke will give the Keynote Address for EVIDENCE - An Interdisciplinary Conversation About Knowing and Certainty, a conference co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Society and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia University.

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Biodiversity and Its Histories Exhibition

April 22 - May 19
Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library, 1000 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY United States
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An historical exhibition celebrating biodiversity will open Earth Day, April 22, 2017, and last through May 19, 2017. The exhibition is designed and produced by students of Barnard College and Columbia University.

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Biodiversity and Its Histories Workshop

April 24, 9:00 am - April 25, 6:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States
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This workshop will further explore several of the principal themes discussed in The New York Botanical Garden’s March 9th Symposium Threshold: Biodiversity, Climate, and Humanity at a Crossroads, through a further historical examination of the concept of biodiversity. Experts from around the world will travel to the Garden in order to participate in a collective endeavor to reconstruct the complex past as well as the competing measures and conflicting prescriptions for the preservation of biodiversity, from the eighteenth century to the present. In doing so, Biodiversity and its Histories aims to provide a forum for the discussion of one of the most contentious and pressing issues in the academy today.

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Eric R. Kandel – Reductionism in Art and Brain Science

April 24, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
501 Northwest Corner Building, 550 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel will discuss his latest book, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science, in a free, public lecture at Columbia University. In this new book, Kandel, whose remarkable scientific career and deep interest in art give him a unique perspective, demonstrates how science can inform the way we experience a work of art and seek to understand its meaning.

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