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March 2017

Biodiversity and its Histories, Cambridge

March 24 - March 25
University of Cambridge, Allison Richard Building, 7 West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DT United Kingdom
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This conference will bring together scholars and researchers in ecology, politics, geography, anthropology, cultural history, and history and philosophy of science to explore how aesthetic, economic, and moral value came to be attached to the diversity of life on earth. We will draw on a rich body of research on hybridity and exchange, habitat and distribution, civilization and extinction from the eighteenth century onwards, bringing renewed attention to a powerful contemporary concept whose historical and disciplinary breadth has yet to be critically examined. This is especially important at a moment when political debates threaten to eliminate the rich valences and values attached to biological diversity by substituting instrumental calculations and impoverished notions such as ‘ecosystem services’.

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Indian Point – A Film Screening and Q&A With Director Ivy Meeropol

March 27, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Allan Rosenfield Building, Hess Commons, 722 West 168th St., 10th Fl
New York, NY United States
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Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol had unprecedented access to the plant at the center of the most contentious relicensing process in the history of the industry. In the brewing fight for clean energy, INDIAN POINT presents a nuanced argument about the issues surrounding nuclear energy and offers a startling reality check for our uncertain nuclear future. This film premiered in Spring of 2015 at The Tribeca Film Festival and in 2017 it was announced that a pending deal between NY State and Entergy Corp. could see Indian Point Energy Center close by 2021. Following the screening of Indian Point, join Director/Producer Ivy Meeropol and film subjects, activist Marilyn Elie and environmental journalist Roger Witherspoon, for a Q& A and discussion of Indian Point's future. With comments from Professor Diana Hernandez, Sociomedical Sciences.

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Anke te Heesen – Getting Art and Science Together in the 1970s and 1980s: An Exhibition History

March 28, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Anke te Heesen will be presenting at the Seminar in Cultural History on Tuesday, March 28 from 6 to 7:30 pm, at Bard Graduate Center in New York City. Her talk is entitled "Getting Art and Science Together in the 1970s and 1980s: An Exhibition History."

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Anke te Heesen – Earwitness Thomas Kuhn: The Interview in Historical Research

March 29, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Anke te Heesen will be giving a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on Wednesday, March 29 from 12:15 to 1:15 pm, at Bard Graduate Center in New York City. Her talk is entitled “Earwitness Thomas Kuhn: The Interview in Historical Research.”

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

March 29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Room C/127, 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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Noam Andrews – What’s the Matter with Johannes Kepler?

March 30, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Noam Andrews will be giving a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on Thursday, March 30 from 12:15 to 1:15 pm, at Bard Graduate Center in New York City. His talk is entitled “What’s the Matter with Johannes Kepler?"

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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, New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map

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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Rosamond Purcell – Double Identity: Anomaly and the Imagination

March 30, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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Acclaimed photographer Rosamond Purcell has been interested in fantastical imagery from early modern books for much of her career. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Holland's spectacular cabinets of curiosity-- collections of natural and manmade wonders of the world--featured doubles: placing a two-headed kitten next to a double carrot, conjoined twins, or an apple with two heads. Similar anomalies are found across the kingdoms of life. This talk will cover ideas about hybrid beings, the illusion of the monstrous and the fluidity of natural forms.

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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, New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map

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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