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May 2017

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 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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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 University
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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Material and Institutional Aspects of Field and Discipline Formation

September 25 - September 26
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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How do fields, disciplines, and larger formations such as “the sciences” or “the humanities” come into being? What roles do objects, institutions, and materialized concepts play in these processes? These are some of the questions addressed by this two-day exploratory workshop on September 25-26, 2017.

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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 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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Anne-Lise François – Fire, Water, Moon: Supplemental Seasons in a Time without Season

September 26, 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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If the Anthropocene names the geological epoch defined by the radically destabilizing effects of human activity on geophysical processes, this talk asks about the continued relevance of other, relatively unchanged seasonal cycles and patterns of fluctuating intensities and regulated dearth and abundance (both cultural and geophysical).

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

September 27, 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, 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, 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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