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February 2018

Film Screening – A Dangerous Idea: Genetics, Eugenics and The American Dream

February 27, 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Schermerhorn Hall Room #501, Columbia University, 1190 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024 United States
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The film reveals how genetic determinism and eugenics provided the rationale for state sanctioned crimes against America’s most vulnerable citizens.

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Lynnette Regouby – Threshold: Generations of Change in Botanical Practice at the end of the Ancien Regime

February 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall Room #513, Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This event is part of the New York History of Science Lecture Series and will feature Dr Lynette Regouby.

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March 2018

Evidence and Theory in Neuroscience – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

March 5, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This seminar, organized by Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, will explore the relationship between theory and evidence in the field of neuroscience. The speakers will provide their perspectives from a wide range of fields and disciplines including neurology, psychiatry, philosophy, and economics.

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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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