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Legislative Networks in the Ukrainian Parliament: Will Any Key Players Survive After the Elections?

Columbia University, International Affairs - 420 West 118 Street, Room 1219
12 - 1pm, $0

The Development of the United Nations Security System

Columbia University, Greene Hall - 435 West 116 Street, Room 102B
12:10 - 1:10pm, $0

Shifting Borders: Social Inclusion in Urban Europe

The Graduate Center - 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5318
4 - 6pm, $0

Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) Fall 2014 Seminar Presentation with Yuri Kazepov: ‘From Citizenship to Cit(y)zenship. Changing boarders of social inclusion in Urban Europe’Yuri Kazepov teaches Urban Sociology and Compared Welfare Systems at the University of Urbino. He is a founding member of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet) and was the president of RC21, of the International Sociological Association (2010-2014). His fields of interest are urban poverty and governance, citizenship and urban inequalities, social policies in compared and multilevel perspective Continue Reading »

The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil with Christine Bader

Columbia University, Havemeyer Hall - 3000 Broadway, Room 309
5 - 6pm, $0/Rsvp

Claudia La Rocco with Paul Chan: The Best Most Useless Dress

SVA MFA Art Criticism and Writing - 132 West 21 Street, Floor 7
6:30 - 8:30pm, $0

Claudia La Rocco reads from and discusses her new book, The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited, 2014), a collection of selected writings featuring poetry, criticism, and performance texts. How do different types of writing inform and diverge from each other, and what is it to be working in these various modes and disciplines in 2014? She will be joined by Badlands Unlimited publisher Paul Chan—as it turns out, the idea for the book was born at El Quijote, in a conversation with Chan following his visit to a Writing I class La Rocco was teaching. Claudia La Rocco has performed at such places as Danspace Project, San Francisco’s Center for New Music, and Counterpath Press in Denver. She founded thePerformanceClub Continue Reading »

On the Question of the Gods

Columbia University, Casa Italiana - 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, Teatro
6:30 - 8:30pm, $0/Rsvp

Everyone reading the Iliad and the Odyssey wonders what the presence of the gods and the demi-gods might signify - for the ancient Greeks and then for us as post-moderns. How are transcendent or spiritual values conveyed in Homer's texts? How does Bearden translate Homer's gods onto today's scene? Program Participants:Edward Mendelson is Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia and W Continue Reading »

Friday, 24 October

A Long Strange Trip: Latin Americas Global Drugs

Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall - 1190 Amsterdam Avenue, Room 457
12:10 - 2pm, $0

Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton: Women in Clothes

192 Books - 192 10th Avenue at 21 Street
7pm, $0

Screening: Kathy Acker and Alan Sondheim's Blue Tape

Light Industry - 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
7:30pm, $7

Saturday, 25 October

Revolution From Within: Political Prisoners in the 45-year Narrative of U.S. Prisons


Interference Archive - 131 8th St, Brooklyn (Unit #4)
2 - 4pm, $0

Monday, 27 October

Artists at the Institute: Simon Fujiwara

Institute of Fine Arts - 1 East 78 Street
6:30pm, $0/Rsvp

India Beyond Technology and Yoga:
The Power of Literature in a Globalizing World

Columbia University, Miller Theatre - 2960 Broadway
7 - 8:30pm, $0

Modern technology and the Internet have created an easily navigable and fluid global culture, where information is accessible, languages can be translated and deep customs transmitted to other countries via smartphones and other devices. Yet authors who write in languages other than English oftentimes find themselves as isolated from the mainstream as they ever were. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in India where some 700 languages are spoken and 86 different scripts are used. Yet more than ever, Indian literature and its authors are playing an impactful role in the representation of India and its image around the world Continue Reading »

Tuesday, 28 October

Is Health a Human Right?: The European Perspective

Columbia University, The Heyman Center - 2960 Broadway, Floor 2 (Common Room)
6:15 - 8:15pm, $0

How’s the Revolution Going?
Rethinking Architectural Education from ‘68 to Today

Grimshaw Architects - 637 W 27th St, New York, NY
6:30 - 8pm, $4/Rsvp

As the social movements and protests swept the country in the 1960s, architecture students played their part, and demanded that the walls of the academy be broken down to let the city in. In June of 1968, the National Institute of Architectural Education hosted an event asking how architects and architecture schools should respond to the urgent problems of the cities around them, and how to reform both architectural practice and architectural education. The issues they raise seem familiar to us today: Open storefront schools to engage neighbors, focus on multi-disciplinary approaches to social and ecological challenges, and use design thinking to address problems of every scale. Were the changes they fought for enough? What are the relevant issues architectural education needs to focus on today? Moderator: Anne Guiney, Director of Research, Van Alen Institute Participants: Peggy Deamer, Yale University and The Architecture Lobby; Quilian Riano, DSGN AGNC; Ron Shiffman, Pratt Institute; Kazys Varnelis, Columbia University GSAPP and AUDC This event is presented as part of Celebrating 120 Years of Design at Van Alen, a series of public events based on the people, movements, and ideas that make up the rich and varied history of Van Alen Institute Continue Reading »

Current Work: O’Donnell and Tuomey

Cooper Union, Foundation Building - 7 East 7 Street, The Great Hall
7pm, $15

Jace Clayton: Nonlinear Time, Contemporary Space, Digital Faith

Cooper Union, Foundation Building - 7 East 7 Street, The Great Hall
7pm, $0

Wednesday, 29 October

The Cultural War on Terror: Race, Art and America Public Diplomacy

Columbia University, International Affairs - 420 West 118 Street, Room 1501
12:15 - 2pm, $0

History's Ghosts: Raqs Media Collective

Barnard Center for Research on Women - 3009 Broadway, Diana Center
6:30 - 8pm, $0

Barnard International Artists Series is proud to welcome the Delhi-based trio Raqs Media Collective, world-renowned artists whose work intersects contemporary art, historical enquiry, and philosophical speculation. In part, their work responds to historys ghosts, restlessness, and todays India. In the words of The Guardian: They make videos, high-tech objects, installations, and online projects exploring a world reshaped by globalisation. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the artists discuss their work and the ideas that inspire them Continue Reading »

Historys Ghosts: Raqs Media Collective

Barnard College, Diana Center - 3009 Broadway, Event Oval
6:30 - 8pm, $0

Barnard International Artists Series is proud to welcome the Delhi-based trio Raqs Media Collective, world-renowned artists whose work intersects contemporary art, historical enquiry, and philosophical speculation. In part, their work responds to historys ghosts, restlessness, and todays India. In the words of The Guardian: They make videos, high-tech objects, installations, and online projects exploring a world reshaped by globalisation. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the artists discuss their work and the ideas that inspire them Continue Reading »

Thursday, 30 October

Arts in the Cuban Diaspora

Barnard University, Barnard Hall - 3009 Broadway, Floor 3 (Sulzberger Parlor)
6 - 8pm, $0

Bosnia's 2014 General Elections: New Possibilities
and Challenges Going Forward

Columbia University, International Affairs - 420 West 118 Street, Room 1219
6 - 8pm, $0

Why American Restraint Makes Sense in a World Going to Hell

Columbia University, International Affairs - 420 West 118 Street
6 - 8pm, $0

Barry R. Posen is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program (http://web.mit.edu/ssp/), and serves on the Executive Committee of Seminar XXI (http://semxxi Continue Reading »

The Changing World of Contemporary International Art Today

Barnard University, Barnard Hall - 3009 Broadway, Room 304
6:30 - 8pm, $0

The Space Between: Redefining Public and Personal in Smartphone Photography

New School, Lang Community Center - 55 West 13 Street, Arnhold Hall, Floor Two
6:30 - 8pm, $0

Join visual strategist Stephen Mayes and photographers Henry Jacobson, Kerry Payne, Mark Peterson, and Danny Ghitis of Echo/Sight for a panel discussion on the public and personal in smartphone photography. With more than one billion images uploaded every day, we live in a truly visual world, where the smartphone has opened the door to visual creativity for nearly half the world's population. Images flow as freely as words, and everyone is part of the visual conversation. But what are we saying, and what does it mean when the smartphone knows more about your pictures than you do—when the instrument joins the conversation as cocreator and publisher? Technology and psychology commingle as we venture into a world of unknown opportunity and risk Continue Reading »

Artists After Occupy: Chris Kraus with Thomas Gokey and Yates McKee

Artists Space, Books and Talks - 55 Walker Street
7pm, $5

In her recent essay “Lost Properties,” Chris Kraus profiles a number of artists who have found creative engagement in contexts far afield from the dominant institutions of the art world. There are art school graduates who operate a brewery to support a small gallery, and a group of artists who are organizing against the debt system. “Being an artist [today],” Kraus writes, “doesn’t necessarily mean making drawings or paintings or sculpture or even installations or videos. The desire to pursue a life in ‘fine art’ simply means a desire to respond creatively to the present, just as the disciplines of ‘poetry’ or ‘rock & roll’ were ciphers for countercultural lifestyles in other eras Continue Reading »

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