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October 2017

Paul Krugman – Does Equality have a Future in America?

October 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Vagelos Education Center, 104 Haven Avenue
New York, NY 10032 United States
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This event is the 10th Annual Isidore I. Benrubi Lecture in the History and Ethics of Public Health, and features a Keynote lecture by Paul Krugman, Economist and Columnist for The New York Times.

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Stephanie Barral – Banking on Nature: The Market as a New Feature of Environmental Policies

October 5, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Oct 5. Conservation banks, like carbon offsets, are a new form of economic exchange promoted and facilitated by governments as a means to achieve environmental sustainability for endangered species. The expansion of these banks reflects a new relationship between environmental sciences, markets, financial instruments and public regulations, but questions remain about their benefits and efficacy.

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Michael Barany – Invidious Comparisons: International politics, the Fields Medal, and the past, present, and future of mathematics, 1936-1966

October 11, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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First presented in 1936, the Fields Medal quickly became one of mathematicians' most prestigious, famous, and in some cases notorious prizes. Because its deliberations are confidential, we know very little about the early Fields Medals. This talk will analyze newly discovered letters from the 1950 and 1958 Fields Medal committees.

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Imagine Science Film Festival at The New School

October 13 - October 20
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 65 West 11th Street, Wollman Hall
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF) was created in the hybridization of art and science and mixing subjects, genres, and even fact and fiction. Taking place at The New School from October 13 to 20, 2017.

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Science+Art+Design Workshop-GMO: Creating Hybrids

October 14, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The New School – University Center, 618, 63 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY United States
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We will discuss the theory, techniques, and ethics of genetic modification and examine how artists use man's manipulation of nature to create hybrid organisms and provocative artworks that urge us to consider practices and policies surrounding GMOs.

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Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco – Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Inventions of the Soul

October 16, 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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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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Music and Meaning – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

October 19, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Music taps into cognitive mechanisms that govern our daily interactions with the world, such as expectations and violations of these expectations, and appears to have much in common with language. In addition, music plays social and ethical functions that can be understood from philosophical, historical, and cultural perspectives. Join us for a discussion with three renowned scholars from the humanities and cognitive science who will show how these modes of inquiry bear on each other – and explain what makes music mean.

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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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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 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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November 2017

Ted Anton – Planet of Microbes

November 1, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 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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