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June 2017

Moral Institutions, Genetics, and the Behavioral Sciences

June 27, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Moral Institutions, Genetics, and the Behavioral Sciences will take place on June 27, 2017 at Columbia University. Free and open to the public, registration required. Please email kct2121@columbia.edu to register.

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August 2017

Marieke Van Delft – Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717): Her Botanical Art and Research

August 4, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States
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In 1705 the remarkable work Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) was published in Amsterdam, the first illustrated overview of the plants and insects of Surinam. In this lecture, held in conjunction with the republication of her masterpiece, Merian will be introduced as an independent woman who traveled from Germany to the Netherlands and Surinam, producing groundbreaking work as an entomologist.

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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 Unviersity
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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Get Me Out: Childbirth in Early 20th Century NYC

August 22, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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Who Controls Women’s Health?: A Century of Struggle is a free, three-part talk series that examines key battles over women’s ability to control their bodies, health choices, and fertility. It is developed in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York and supported by a grant from the Humanities New York.

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September 2017

Carmontelle’s Jardin De Monceau: Celebrating the Unique Garden Culture of 18th-Century France

September 7, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States
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This Colloquium marks the starting point of an important project: the publication of a facsimile edition in English of the richly illustrated Le Jardin de Monceau (1779) by Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle (1717-1806). Designed by Carmontelle for the Duc de Chartres, the garden still survives as the much-frequented Parc Monceau in the heart of Paris. The original layout of the garden, with its rich architectural and sculptural features, formed an ideal setting for the social life of the fashionable elite shortly before the French Revolution. The Jardin de Monceau by Carmontelle is a key cultural monument in the history of European garden design.

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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 Unviersity
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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$250 - $290

Embroidering Medicine Workshop

September 14, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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This four-week workshop explores The New York Academy of Medicine Library’s historical collections, examining relationships between medicine, needlework, and gender.

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Allison Werner-Lin – How Parents Understand and Act on Uncertain Prenatal Genetic Test Results

September 18, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rm. 405A and B, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research 10th Floor, Presbyterian Hospital (PH) Building 622 W. 168th Street Speaker: Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, LCSW Prenatal genome-wide testing, such as chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA), increases the possibility of identifying uncertain results associated with variable or unpredictable phenotypes, including the possibility of neurocognitive impairment. How do prospective parents prepare for the birth of a child after learning these results? How do they approach parenting? What supports do they need to cope with distress? …

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Jeannette Wing – Using Data for Good: What does it mean?

September 20, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Uris Hall, 301, New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map

The Data, Ethics, and Decision-making Speaker Series presents Dr. Jeannette Wing, the new director of Columbia’s Data Science Institute, on "Using Data for Good: What does it mean?"

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James Costa – Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory

September 22, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States
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Charles Darwin is an iconic figure in evolutionary biology, but behind the icon is a naturalist with a twinkle in his eye and a passion for “fool’s experiments.” Sometimes quirky, often amusing, and always illuminating, Darwin’s amazing array of hands-on experiments were an ever-present part of his home life. His inventive experiments yielded universal truths about nature, and evidence for his revolutionary arguments in On the Origin of Species and other watershed works. After the lecture, James Costa will sign books in the Mertz Library.

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