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October 2017

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

October 25, 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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Columbia Design Challenge: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

October 26, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research (CEPSR), 530 West 120th Street, 4th Fl
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Columbia Engineering is pleased to announce the Columbia Design Challenge: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic. Student teams could address production, prescription/ dispensing, policy and lobbying, and many other fundamental challenges, all of which would benefit from cross-disciplinary solutions.

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

October 27 - October 28
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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Textiles, Dyes and Knowledge Oeconomies in the French Enlightenment

October 27, 9:15 am - 5:30 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This symposium brings together scholars working on the interlocking histories of science, artisanal production, and commerce in Enlightenment France. Following the circulation of knowledge and materials among various sites, scientific academies, royal administrative bodies, merchant companies, and workshops, the papers will examine the complex relationship between handicrafts, trade, and science in the eighteenth-century.

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Benjamin Breen – Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Three Ways of Looking at an Opium Ball

October 30, 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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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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The Age of the Individual: 500 Years Ago Today Conference

October 31, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Low Memorial Library, Columbia University, Low Memorial Library
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The Age of the Individual: 500 Years Ago Today is The Center on Capitalism and Society's 15th annual conference. Join leading scholars in economics, philosophy and sociology as they explore themes of individualism, emancipation and self-actualization that trace their roots to the day Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg on October 31st, 1517.

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November 2017

Yasmine Ergas – Reassembling Motherhood: Procreation and Care in a Globalized World

November 1, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
School of International and Public Affairs, Room 1512, 420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Book talk and panel for Reassembling Motherhood: Procreation and Care in a Globalized World, with Yasmine Ergas, Director of the Gender and Public Policy Specialization at SIPA and Editor of Reassembling Motherhood.

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Ted Anton – Planet of Microbes

November 1, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Buell Hall, East Gallery, Columbia University
New York, 10027 United States
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The Center for Science and Society invites you to a book launch for Planet of Microbes (University of Chicago Press), by Ted Anton, science writer and Professor of English at DePaul University. Planet of Microbes is a journey through the curious and wonderful science of the Earth's smallest lifeforms.

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Rava Azeredo da Silveira – Various Approaches to Online Inference: Human Behavior and Theoretical Models

November 9, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Uris Hall, Room 326, Columbia University
New York, 10027 United States
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This talk will explore such ‘mental models’ in the context of idealized tasks that can be carried out in the laboratory and modeled quantitatively.

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Gender and the Technologies of State Violence: Innocence, Disposability, Resilience

November 16, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Case Lounge (Room 701), 435 W 116th
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Reframing Gendered Violence opens up a critical global conversation among scholars and practitioners that recasts the problem of violence against women as it is currently discussed in a wide range of fields, both academic and policy-oriented, including human rights, public health, journalism, law, feminist studies, literature, sociology, religious studies, anthropology, and history.

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