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April 2017

Anthony Lechich – Life at the End of Life

April 2, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Low Memorial Library, Columbia University, Low Memorial Library
New York, NY 10027 United States
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On April 2nd, the Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity will honor Dr. Anthony Lechich in, "Life at the End of Life," a presentation of Columbia's work with Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center

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Ethical Tangles in Neurodegenerative Disease Research: Targeting Participants at Genetic Risk

April 3, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Alumni Auditorium, Neurological Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, 710 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032 United States
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This April 2017 conference will explore how neurodegenerative disorders are dramatic public health problems that will increase with aging of the population.

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Dagmar Schäfer – Dynastic Knowledge and the Knowledge of Dynasties: Politics and the History of Scientific Change in China

April 3, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bettman Lecture Hall (Room 612), Schermerhorn Hall, New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map

From philology to agriculture and mining, the history of changing technologies and sciences in China is told alongside political events. Clearly intellectual, material culture trends, social and political rule are intricately linked. but in this lecture I want to discuss if and in which cases socio-political rupture and changes in ways of knowing (the ways in which people know, how they study and produce knowledge) were actually correlated and in which way historiography (past and present) contributes to such views. I exemplify on the Yuan-Ming (14 c) and Ming-Qing (17 c) transitions and the field of sericulture: the worm, the fibre and the fabric to illustrate when where and how representation and reasoning varied.

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Roger Kneebone – Crossing Boundaries at The New York Academy of Medicine

April 4, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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This lecture explores surgery as a site of performance and craftsmanship as well as the application of scientific knowledge. Based on extended collaborations with musicians, magicians, puppeteers and craftsmen, Roger identifies parallels between apparently unconnected domains of expert practice. Much of Roger’s work uses simulation as a means to communicate what words alone cannot capture. Vivid scenarios invite publics to experience the world of surgery, taking part in operations performed by actual surgeons and their teams. By viewing clinical practice…

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The Business of Handloom Fashion: The Future of Sustainable Dyeing and Weaving Workshops in India and Okinawa

April 4, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918, 420 W 118th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The contrasting fate of handloom workshops in India, Okinawa, and China is rooted in cultural and institutional forces such as government policies and the shape of the market. What does the future look like for workshops in India and Okinawa (and, say, embroidery workshops in China)? What are the sociotechnical keys to sustainability and development? Is it technical innovation? Publicly-funded training programs? Collaboration with fashion designer houses? Direct internet marketing? For a weaving workshop—any craft workshop—to be viable, it has to generate enough sales for its products over a sustained period. In this roundtable, we survey the business approaches that work and ponder strategies for sustainable growth into the future.

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Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture

April 5 - April 8
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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The conference Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Sustainability, to be held April 5-8, 2017 at Columbia University, will raise questions about the economic, social, and cultural significance of weaving, but also broader issues about craft as cognition, cognitive change over time, innovation in craft and the role of “traditional” crafts in the modern era. It will consider the preservation of craft practices and their cultures, as well as issues concerning individual autonomy, sustainability, and dignity in craft-making. The program brings together scholars from history, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and cognitive sciences, experts in textile and craft, textile entrepreneurs, artisans, and artists.

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Data Science Institute – Data Science Day 2017

April 5, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall Join us for demos and lightning talks by Columbia researchers presenting their latest work in data science. The event provides a forum for innovators in academia, industry and government to connect. The keynote speaker is Alfred Spector, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering at Two Sigma, who will speak about "Opportunities and Perils in Data Science." Columbia students are welcome to volunteer for this event. For additional information about the event and volunteer opportunities…

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The Fourth Harriet Zuckerman Conference at the Mellon Biennial

April 6 - April 7
The Jerome Greene Annex, 410 West 117th Street, Room 107
New York, NY United States
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INCITE's Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Program is pleased to announce its Fourth Harriet Zuckerman Conference at the 2017 Mellon Biennial. This conference will take place on April 6 and 7 at the Columbia Law School. Reflecting the intellectual diversity and interdisciplinarity of our Mellon Program, the conference is not about one theme but about several important intellectual, disciplinary, and concrete issues that engage disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, as demonstrated in the panels. Kaiama Glover, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College, will deliver the keynote address.

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Gascia Ouzounian – Powers of Hearing: Acoustic Defense and Technologies of Listening during the First World War

April 6, 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map

Gascia Ouzounian, Associate Professor and Lecturer at Brasenose College University of Oxford, will speak on "Powers of Hearing: Acoustic Defense and Technologies of Listening during the First World War." Open exclusively to Columbia affiliates.

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Mark Waddell – “Trust Me!” The Problem of Insincerity in Early Modern Medicine

April 6, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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In this talk Mark Waddell will examine the strange medical remedy known as the weapon salve, or the powder of sympathy, and use its contentious history to explore how insincerity, credibility, and trust were interwoven at the dawn of modern science and medicine.

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