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September 2018

Food, Farming, and Sustainability Conference

September 13, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
International Affairs Building, Kellogg Center, 420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 United States
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International Affairs Building, Kellogg Center (Room 1513), Columbia University 420 West 118th Street, New York The Environmental Sciences and Humanities Research Cluster at the Center for Science and Society invites you to "Food, Farming, and Sustainability." With approximately 815 million people around the world currently undernourished and the global population expected to grow by 2 billion by 2050, two of the most pressing issues that humanity will face over the next 30 years is 1) the trend towards global hunger and…

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Exploring the Poetical Sciences: The Story of Edward and Orra White Hitchcock

September 17, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square
New York, NY 10023 United States
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"Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863)" on display at the American Folk Art Museum features work from Cluster Leader Robert Pollack as it explores confluence of art, love, science, and religion in the art of Orra White Hitchcock, one of America’s first female scientific illustrators.

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October 2018

The Gift and Weight of Genomic Knowledge: In Search of the Good Biocitizen

October 4, 8:15 am - October 5, 5:00 pm
Feil Hall, Forchelli Conference Center, 22nd Floor, 205 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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A conference explores the meaning of a good biocitizen.

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Laura Spinney – The Spanish Flu of 1918 Book Discussion and Signing

October 12, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Columbia University Bookstore, 2922 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Laura Spinney will be discussing her new book, The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World, followed by a book signing. This gripping narrative history traces the overlooked pandemic to reveal how the virus traveled across the globe, exposing mankind’s vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test.

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Embodied Cognition and Prosthetics: Are Our Tools Part of Our Bodies and Minds?

October 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Heyman Center Common Room, Columbia University, 74 Morningside Drive
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Embodied cognition theorists emphasize the role of the body and the environment during mental processes. By examining how our brains interact with the rest of our bodies and how bodies interact with the environment, we can learn about behavior and mind. Tools can be an extension of the body or become part of the body.

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Evaluating Chronic Pain in Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

October 29, 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 will bring together experts from different domains to discuss scientific, ethical, philosophical, and legal issues related to pain neuroimaging research. 

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February 2019

The Role of Narrative in the Natural Sciences and Humanities

February 28, 2019 - March 1, 2019

While all disciplines employ narrative in their work to summarize and communicate their theories, methods, and results, the realm of narrating (more colloquially known as storytelling) has traditionally been considered a literary or historical endeavor under the purview of the humanities and social sciences. This is no longer the case. As evidenced by the burgeoning fields of narrative medicine and science communication, narratives and narrating are also important tools for the natural sciences. Neuroscientists have even recently proposed that “narrative”…

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