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September 2017

John Tresch – Barnum, Bache, and Poe: American Science and the Antebellum Public

September 27, 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 talk will explore how the sharp increase of printed matter and an elitist movement to unify knowledge through centralized institutions in the 1840s influenced Barnum, Bach, and Poe, therefore changing the relations of science and public in this early phase of industrialization.

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C. Richard Johnson, Jr. – Weave Maps and Rollmates: Computational Analysis of European Old Master Canvases and Early Chinese Silk Paintings

September 29, 2017, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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One way of connecting paintings is to establish that they are painted on two pieces of fabric originally from the same roll. Using Thread Count Automation, and the visualization of the results as weave maps, provides evidence of rollmate pairings from the 15th - 19th centuries and may be applied to silk paintings from the 12th – 13th centuries as well.

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Andrew Goldman: Musical Improvisation as a Way of Knowing

September 29, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dodge Hall, Room 622, 2960 Broadway
New York, 10027 United States
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Dodge Hall, Room 622 Speaker: Andrew Goldman, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University Andrew Goldman is a music theorist specializing in music cognition. He completed his PhD in 2015 at the University of Cambridge with Prof. Ian Cross on the cognition of musical improvisation. He is currently a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the music department. His current work focuses on developing theories of improvisation that are compatible with…

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October 2017

Céline Frigau Manning – Silencing the Body: Hypnosis, Music, and Pain in the 19th C.

October 2, 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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Though hypnosis has been the subject of a vast body of clinical investigation and historical scholarship, the history of its relationship to music remains unwritten. This talk will explore various narratives of this interaction in an attempt to understand how experiments involving music and hypnosis influenced both doctors’ and patients’ moral understanding of bodies in pain.

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Stephanie Barral – Banking on Nature: The Market as a New Feature of Environmental Policies

October 5, 2017, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Conservation banks, like carbon offsets, are a new form of economic exchange promoted and facilitated by governments as a means to achieve environmental sustainability for endangered species. The expansion of these banks reflects a new relationship between environmental sciences, markets, financial instruments and public regulations, but questions remain about their benefits and efficacy.

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Michael J. Barany – Invidious Comparisons: International Politics, the Fields Medal, and the Past, Present, and Future of Mathematics, 1936-1966

October 11, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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First presented in 1936, the Fields Medal quickly became one of mathematicians' most prestigious, famous, and in some cases notorious prizes. Because its deliberations are confidential, we know very little about the early Fields Medals. This talk will analyze newly discovered letters from the 1950 and 1958 Fields Medal committees.

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Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco – Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Inventions of the Soul

October 16, 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. In this talk, Jesús R. Velasco will offer an idea of the importance of this science of the soul, its interdisciplinarity, and some of its theoretical issues.

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Music and Meaning – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

October 19, 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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Music taps into cognitive mechanisms that govern our daily interactions with the world, such as expectations and violations of these expectations, and appears to have much in common with language. In addition, music plays social and ethical functions that can be understood from philosophical, historical, and cultural perspectives. Join us for a discussion with three renowned scholars from the humanities and cognitive science who will show how these modes of inquiry bear on each other – and explain what makes music mean.

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Whitney Laemmli – Measured Movements: Weimar Germany, Labanotation, and the Choreography of Corporate Life

October 25, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NYU Gallatin, 1 Washington Place, Room 801
New York, NY 10003
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In 1928, the German choreographer Rudolf Laban announced what he believed to be an explosive development in the history of dance: the creation of an inscription system that could “objectively” record human movement on paper. The technique, known as “Labanotation,” relied upon byzantine combinations of lines, tick marks, and boxes. In this talk, Dr. Laemmli will explore two seemingly distant, but in fact closely-linked, moments from Labanotation’s history: its origins in the anxiety-ridden, vibratory atmosphere of Weimar Germany and its use in the American and British corporate office in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

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South-South II: Materiality and Embodiment in Greater Asia and Africa Conference

October 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017
International Affairs Building, Room 918, 420 W 118th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The conference will be a forum for facilitating interdisciplinary and transregional engagement with global histories of science and the history of and from the Global South.

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