Oct
18
to Oct 19

Bi-Annual Ambedkar Lecture

B.R. Ambedkar is arguably one of Columbia University’s most illustrious alumni, whose ideas and activism has shaped the world’s largest democracy, India. The Ambedkar Lectures explore his continued relevance for discussions of social justice, affirmative action, and democratic thinking in a global frame.

Global Ambedkar 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 6:30PM- 8:30PM

Venue: James Room, Barnard Hall

Etienne Balibar (Anniversary Chair Professor, CRMEP and Columbia University)

Nahum Chandler (UC-Irvine)

Gopal Guru (JNU, Editor, Economic and Political Weekly)

Gayatri Spivak (University Professor, Columbia)

Moderated by Anupama Rao (Barnard, Columbia)

Welcome and introductions by David Madigan, Sarah Cole, and Anupama Rao.


Ambedkar Now

Friday, October 19, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:30PM

Venue: Davis Auditorium

Sudipto Mondal (Investigative journalist, Hindustan Times)

Gaiutra Bahadur (Author of Coolie Women)

Closing remarks by Ira Katznelson

Please contact Josue David Chavez, jdc2196@columbia.edu for further details.

The Ambedkar Lectures are hosted by Institute for Comparative Literature and Society with additional support by: Office of the EVP (Columbia); Dean of Humanities (Columbia); Office of the Provost (Barnard); Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought; Institute for Research in African-American Studies; The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; South Asia Institute; the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

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Oct
20
4:30 PM16:30

FOR THE DAUGHTERS OF HARLEM: WORKING IN SOUND RECEPTION AND SHOWCASE

Center for the Study of Social Difference – Women Creating Change co-sponsors For the Daughters of Harlem: Working in Sound, a two-day music workshop for young women of color from New York public high schools. The workshop will culminate in a reception and showcase of students’ musical work, produced under the guidance of workshop leaders Sondra Woodruff, Rachel Devorah, Seth Cluett, and Kamari Carter. As part of the event, musicologist Matthew D. Morrison will engage in conversation with award-winning producer Ebonie Smith about her advocacy for more inclusive spaces in music production and technology.

Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer and singer songwriter, as well as founder and president of Gender Amplified, a nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports women and girls in music production. Smith is an alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University, and New York University.

Matthew D. Morrison is Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and 2018-2019 Hutchins Fellow, W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Harvard University. His research explores race and performance, and is working on a book titled Blacksound: Making Race and Identity in American Popular Music. Morrison received a PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University.

The project is supported by an Action Grant from Humanities New York and a Public Outreach Grant from Columbia University’s Center for Science and Society. Additional funds from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Ethnomusicology, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, the Computer Music Center, the Department of Music, and the Center for the Study of Social Difference – Women Creating Change at Columbia University, as well as the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Barnard College make the event possible. 

The Daughters initiative is directed by Lucie Vágnerová, Core Lecturer in Music, and Ellie Hisama, Professor of Music.


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Oct
25
4:00 PM16:00

Epigenetics, Precision Medicine, and Responsibility Towards Children. What Can We Learn From Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

CSSD working group Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture presents "Epigenetics, Precision Medicine, and Responsibility Towards Children. What Can We Learn From Neurodevelopmental Disorders?" a talk by Dr. Kristian Hen

Abstract:

In the second half of the twentieth century, there was a prevailing hope that the increasing knowledge of genomics would lead to major breakthroughs in drug development and personalized medicine. Since the beginning of the 21stcentury, however, it has become apparent that many of these expectations were based on a naïve view on what genes actually do. Recent discoveries in the field of epigenetics suggest a more dynamic concept of human nature and human diseases and disorders. In this talk I will first analyze the ethical consequences of these new findings. What does it mean, if anything, that environmental and psychosocial factors resonate on a molecular level and may be passed on to future generations? Second, I will discuss what this implies for individual and collective responsibility towards children. Finally, I will use my own research on neurodevelopmental disorders to demonstrate that the additional complexity yielded by these new findings also opens up opportunities for a nuanced view on children’s health and wellbeing.

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Reimagining Money workshop and Caribbean Syllabus launch
Oct
10
4:00 PM16:00

Reimagining Money workshop and Caribbean Syllabus launch

CSSD working group Unpayable Debt: Capital, Violence, and the New Global Economy presents:

Caribbean Syllabus: Second Edition

and

Max Haiven's Art After Money, Money After Art Book Launch

with: Tao Goffe, Monica Jiménez, Sarah Muir, Frances Negron-Muntaner, and Jason Wozniak

About Max Haiven:

Max Haiven is assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media, and Social Justice at Lakehead University and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab.  

About Caribbean Syllabus:

In May of 2018, the Unpayable Debt working group, a project of the Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, released the first edition of Caribbean SyllabusLife and Debt in the Caribbean. The most comprehensive available public resource on the topic, the syllabus stimulated considerable conversation among scholars, journalists, artists, activists and others in the Caribbean and across the world.

As a result of those discussions, the Unpayable Debt working group created a second edition of Caribbean Syllabus with three new sections created by innovative young scholars, on indenture, law, and education. In an effort to widen the conversation, the present edition also contains translations of key syllabus sections to other important languages in the Caribbean, including Spanish, French and Dutch.

Caribbean Syllabus is the second in a series of three syllabi that the Unpayable Debt Working Group is producing. The first was the Puerto Rico Syllabus, published in 2017 and focusing on the Puerto Rican debt crisis. The last syllabus will consider debt regimes in a global context and will be released in 2019.

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: Envisioning Change
Apr
23
12:00 PM12:00

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Envisioning Change

  • Pulitzer Hall, World Room, 3rd Floor (map)
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In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, CSSD working group Reframing Gendered Violence co-sponsors an interactive panel exploring lessons learned from the past 40 years in the field of sexual violence, examine the current landscape, and identify key strategies for the future.

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DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING AND COLLABORATIVE PRACTICES: A conversation with photographers Nina Berman and Susan Meiselas
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING AND COLLABORATIVE PRACTICES: A conversation with photographers Nina Berman and Susan Meiselas

  • Joseph Jamail Lecture Hall, Columbia Journalism School (map)
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CSSD working group Reframing Gendered Violence co-sponsors DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING AND COLLABORATIVE PRACTICES: A conversation with photographers Nina Berman, An Autobiography of Miss Wish, and Susan Meiselas, A Room of Their Own.

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Interrogating Culture-Based Explanations for Violence Against Women
Jan
25
4:30 PM16:30

Interrogating Culture-Based Explanations for Violence Against Women

  • Case Lounge, Jerome Greene Hall 7th Floor, Columbia Law School (map)
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The Reframing Gendered Violence project at CSSD presents a panel discussion with Fiona Hukula (PNG National Research Institute), Mary Fairio (PNG National Research Institute), and Melissa Demian (University of St. Andrews).

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