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March 2017

Neil Safier – Where Entangled Empires and Early Modern Science Intertwine: An Iberoamerican Perspective

March 29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Room C/197, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Arguing that this multi-polar and multi-actor scenario emerged organically from the concerns of Atlantic history, and also moved beyond them in important ways, the talk will highlight several recent examples from the Iberoamerican world, one of the proving grounds of this new approach merging the history of more permeable imperial and colonial spaces with a broader approach to science in what were formerly considered imperial peripheries.

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Rebecca Lemov – The Shadow of Brainwashing: A Short History of Coercive Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror

March 30, 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Rebecca Lemov, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, will speak on "The Shadow of Brainwashing: A Short History of Coercive Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror." Open exclusively to Columbia affiliates.

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Mortality Mansions, a World Premiere Performance

March 30, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Barnard Hall – James Room, Broadway and 117th St., 4th Floor
New York,
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Donald Hall, the 2006 U.S. Poet Laureate, and Grammy award-winning musician Herschel Garfein present Mortality Mansions. This song cycle explores themes of love, sexuality, and bereavement in old age. In this world premiere, renowned tenor Michael Slattery and Metropolitan Opera pianist Dimitri Dover will perform the cycle accompanied by reflections on the work by poets, musicians, and scholars. Mortality Mansions was commissioned by Sparks and Wiry Cries, which funds the creation of new art song collaborations between poets and composers.

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Music and the Body Between Revolutions: Paris, 1789-1848

March 31 - April 1
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This interdisciplinary workshop will examine the interaction between music, science, and medicine in Paris, as they were influenced by the reframing of the self in the aftermath of successive revolutionary upheavals. It will bring together scholars from the fields of musicology, performance studies, literature, and the history of science and medicine in order to explore historical and emerging contemporary perspectives on the body.

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‘Moonlight’ Science Lunch Discussion – Columbia University

March 31, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1332 Pupin Hall, New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map

The Moonlight Lunch will be a different kind of science discussion. Instead of focussing on areas that we are expert in, we'll talk about the most intriguing, puzzling, and exciting pieces of science that we've stumbled across in the preceding days. And we'll find out whether our group brain power can apply itself usefully to elucidate and elaborate on these topics.

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April 2017

Anthony Lechich – Life at the End of Life

April 2, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Low Memorial Library, Columbia University, Low Memorial Library
New York, NY 10027 United States
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On April 2nd, the Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity will honor Dr. Anthony Lechich in, "Life at the End of Life," a presentation of Columbia's work with Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center

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Ethical Tangles in Neurodegenerative Disease Research: Targeting Participants at Genetic Risk

April 3, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Alumni Auditorium, Neurological Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, 710 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032 United States
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This April 2017 conference will explore how neurodegenerative disorders are dramatic public health problems that will increase with aging of the population.

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Dagmar Schäfer – Dynastic Knowledge and the Knowledge of Dynasties: Politics and the History of Scientific Change in China

April 3, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bettman Lecture Hall (Room 612), Schermerhorn Hall, New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map

From philology to agriculture and mining, the history of changing technologies and sciences in China is told alongside political events. Clearly intellectual, material culture trends, social and political rule are intricately linked. but in this lecture I want to discuss if and in which cases socio-political rupture and changes in ways of knowing (the ways in which people know, how they study and produce knowledge) were actually correlated and in which way historiography (past and present) contributes to such views. I exemplify on the Yuan-Ming (14 c) and Ming-Qing (17 c) transitions and the field of sericulture: the worm, the fibre and the fabric to illustrate when where and how representation and reasoning varied.

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The Business of Handloom Fashion: The Future of Sustainable Dyeing and Weaving Workshops in India and Okinawa

April 4, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918, 420 W 118th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The contrasting fate of handloom workshops in India, Okinawa, and China is rooted in cultural and institutional forces such as government policies and the shape of the market. What does the future look like for workshops in India and Okinawa (and, say, embroidery workshops in China)? What are the sociotechnical keys to sustainability and development? Is it technical innovation? Publicly-funded training programs? Collaboration with fashion designer houses? Direct internet marketing? For a weaving workshop—any craft workshop—to be viable, it has to generate enough sales for its products over a sustained period. In this roundtable, we survey the business approaches that work and ponder strategies for sustainable growth into the future.

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Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture

April 5 - April 8
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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The conference Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Sustainability, to be held April 5-8, 2017 at Columbia University, will raise questions about the economic, social, and cultural significance of weaving, but also broader issues about craft as cognition, cognitive change over time, innovation in craft and the role of “traditional” crafts in the modern era. It will consider the preservation of craft practices and their cultures, as well as issues concerning individual autonomy, sustainability, and dignity in craft-making. The program brings together scholars from history, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and cognitive sciences, experts in textile and craft, textile entrepreneurs, artisans, and artists.

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