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December 2017

It’s All Forms of Life: One Idea is Enough

December 6, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Department of Sociology, 509 Knox Hall, 606 W 122nd St., Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join Harry M. Collins, Director of the Center for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science, and Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff University, for a seminar that will look at the connection between his research on: tacit knowledge, gravitational wave physics and other sciences, the problem of replication, artificial intelligence, expertise, imitation games, how science and sociology of knowledge bears on democracy, and sociological methodology.

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What is Life: Is Life Inevitable?

December 6, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Caveat, 21 A Clinton St
New York, NY 10002 United States
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The question “What is life?” takes just three words. But it is one of the hardest questions in science, attracting researchers from a huge range of disciplines, from molecular biology to astronomy to philosophy. This fall, science writer Carl Zimmer delves into this question by talking to eight experts over four nights to understand what the newest research tells us about life.

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The Success of Failure: Perspectives from the Arts, Sciences, Humanities, Education, and Law

December 7, 2017 - December 8, 2017
Cowin Auditorium, 3040 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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We are all familiar with the platitudes teaching us the value of failure on the path to success, constrained by a view of failure as a means to an end, a necessary obstacle to be overcome. What about the intrinsic value of failure? Failure that contains valuable data, not just an error message? Failure that is a critical part of the process? Can there be such a thing as positive failure? Can failure make progress? Can we use failure to improve creativity, education, or behavior? How do we research and recognize failure? This two-day conference will investigate these and other perspectives on failure across disciplines, searching for commonalities and differences.

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Megan Todd – The Biology of Disadvantage: The Immune System and Social Inequality

December 7, 2017, 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
602 Lewisohn Hall, Ward H. Dennis Room, New York, NY United States + Google Map

Megan Todd, postdoctoral scholar at the Columbia Aging Center, discusses The Biology of Disadvantage: The Immune System and Social Inequality.

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Daphne C. Watkins – From Angry Black Men to #BlackBoyJoy: The Evolution of Mental Health and Manhood Among Young Black Men

December 7, 2017, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Columbia School of Social Work – Room C05, New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map

In “From Angry Black Men to #BlackBoyJoy: The Evolution of Mental Health and Manhood Among Young Black Men,” Prof Watkins will discuss the origin and successful implementation of the Young, Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health (YBMen) project, an intervention created to address the unique pressures and needs of young black men, especially issues related to their masculinity and mental health.

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Megan Coyer – James Hogg (1770-1835) and Illness Narratives in a Scottish Context

December 11, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
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. Megan Coyer of the University of Glasgow discusses the interdisciplinary nature of narration and medicine, specifically surrounding James Hogg (1770-1835).

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Marcella Walker – Parathyroid Hormone: A Novel, Modifiable Risk Factor for Age-Related Cognitive Decline?

December 12, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Allan Rosenfield Building, Room 440, 722 West 168th Street, 722 West 168th Street
New York, NY United States
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Marcella Walker, MD -- a Columbia Aging Center Faculty Research Fellow -- will present findings in her seminar "Parathyroid Hormone – A Novel, Modifiable Risk Factor for Age-Related Cognitive Decline?"

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Pablo Alvarez – The Art and Science of Healing: A Curator’s Dream

December 12, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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Last February the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Library hosted a major exhibition, “The Art and Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance.” The display explored various themes such as the role of religion and magic in healing the soul and body, the influence of Greco-Roman methods of diagnosis and treatment in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and the multilingual transmission of medical knowledge in both manuscript and printed form. This talk will be a behind-the-scenes look at the different stages of a multidisciplinary adventure that culminated with the publication of an exhibit catalog.

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CANCELLED: Jimena Canales – How Far Can Facts Take Us? Einstein and Bergson, Ghosts and Demons

December 13, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event has been cancelled.

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CANCELLED: Lena Struwe – The Love and Hate of Dandelions and Their Symbolism in Today’s Society

December 15, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
LuEsther T. Mertz Library – New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States
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This event has been cancelled.

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