Bucket List: Black History Month, Paris, and Creative Writing.

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Bucket List represents the unbelievable intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. As always, feel free to mention any events we may have missed in the comments section and we’ll add them. Our recommendations for this week are below and the full list is after the jump.


  • “Black History Month: Why Heritage and Multiculturalism Isn’t Enough.” Thursday February 6, 7:30-9:00 PM, Lerner C555. Professor Gary Okihiro.
  • “Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris.” Tuesday February 4, 6:00-7:00 PM, Buell Hall. Edmund White, Elisabeth Landenson.
  • “Creative Writing Lecture Series: Elif Batuman.” Wednesday February 5, 7:00-9:00 PM, Dodge Hall Room 501.

Monday, February 3

  • “Russia, Europe, and the Gas Revolution: Firms and Geopolitics in the Age of Shale.” 12:00-1:00 PM, IAB Room 1219. Rawi Abdelal
  • “Parallel Evolution of Na, K-ATPase in milkweed herbivores and two predator-prey systems.” 12:00 PM, 601 Fairchild. Dr. Peter Andolfatto.
  • “One Foot in the Door: Institutional Overlap in European Security” 12:15-2:00 PM, IAB Room 1302.Dr. Stephanie Hofmann.
  • “Greek Philosophical Texts in the Court of Mehmed II.” 1:00-2:30 PM, Faculty House. Maria Mavroudi.
  • “Generalizing Galileons, Modified Gravity, and New Field Theories.” 2:10 PM, 705 Pupin hall. Mark Trodden.
  • “Jeffrey Kripal on: Super Sexualities.” 4:00-5:00 PM, Knox Hall.
  • “Physics of Spatial and Temporal Confinement in Biology.” 4:15 PM, 428 Pupin. Ozgur Sahin.
  • “Mapping Arat: Remembering an Imaginary Jewish Homeland” 5:00-7:00 PM, Faculty House Garden Room 1.
  • “Sanctified Sandals: Relics of the Prophet in an Era of Technological Reproduction.” 6:00-8:00 PM, 612 Schermerhorn Hall. Finbarr Barry Flood.
  • “Seven Aztec and Inca Plants that Changed the World: Maize, Tomato, Chocolate, Potato, Coca, Quinoa, Chinchona.” 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, 304 Barnard Hall. Patrick Hunt.
  • “Detective: Advanced Visualization Project.” 6:30 PM, Wood Auditorium. Ali Brivanlou, Lars Dietrich, Eitan Grinspun, Mark Hansen, Scott Klein, Clay Lacefield, Dennis Tenen, Alex Tyrell.

Tuesday, February 4

  • “South Stream Pipeline and its Geographical and Economic Repercussions” 12:00-1:00 PM, IAB Room 1219.Nenand Popovic.
  • “Napalm: An American Biography.” 12:00-1:30 PM< 406 IAB. Robert M. Neer.
  • “Gyarong at the Margins: Politics and Identities on the Sino-Tibetan Border.” 5:30-7:00 PM, IAB Room 918. Tenzin Jinba.
  • “‘From Queens to Cairo’ Screening and Q&A.” 5:30-7:00 PM, Stabile Student Center. Sherif Sadek.
  • “The Chinese in Cuba: From Bondage to Transnational Citizenship.” 6 PM, Sulzberger Parlor 3rd Floor Barnard Hall. Kathleen Lopez.
  • “Poets at the Heyman Center.” 6:15 PM, The Schapiro Center Davis Auditorium. Dorothea Lasky, Tan Lin, Nada Gordon, Bob Perelman, Rowan Ricardo Phillips.
  • “Tow Center Computational Journalism Lecture Series: Jeannette Wing.” 6:30-8:30 PM, Pulitzer Hall 3rd floor lecture hall.

Wednesday, February 5

  • “BOOK TALK- ‘The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World'” 12:15-2:00 PM, IAB Room 1302. Dr. T.V. Paul
  • “Urbanization and Land Ownership Reform in China.” 6:00-7:30 PM, IAB Room 1501. Qiren Zhou.
  • “Renaissance and Baroque Brozes from the Hill Collection.” 6:00-7:00 PM< The Frick. David Ekserdijan.
  • “Earth Institute Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership: The Making of Greener Products.” 6:10-7:00 PM, Northwest Corner Room 501. Dr. Al Iannauzzi.

Thursday, February 6

  • “Bizarre Love Triangles: Multiple Audiences, Credible Commitments, and the Role of Military Assistance in Asymmetric Alignments.” 12:15-2:00 PM, 707 IAB. Keren Yarhi-Milo.
  • “How to Successfully manage risks of fraud and corruption in international development work?” 4:00-6:00 PM, IAB Room 1501. Helge Osttveitten.
  • “Gender and Justice: Premilla Nadasen.” 4:30-6:00 PM, 754 Schermerhorn Ext.
  • “Engineering New Electronic and Optical Materials from Artificial Atoms.” 4:30-5:30 PM, 209 Havemeyer. Christopher Murray.
  • “Communicating about Food, Agriculture and Innovation: An Open Discussion.” 5:30-7:30 PM, Faculty House Garden Room 2. Margie Alsbrook.
  • “Key Challenges of the XXI Century: People and Education- A Lecture by Ruben Vardanyan, Adviser to the Chairman of the Board and CEO, Sberbank.” 6:00-7:00 PM, IAB Room 1512.
  • “The Moral Sociology of the State: Thoughts about the Eurozone Crisis.” 6:00-7:30 PM, Fayerweather Hall, Room 411. Marion Fourcade.
  • “Incipient Globalism? Egypt, India, and the Architecture of Twelth-Century Ethiopia.” 7:00-8:00 PM, 612 Schermerhorn. Finbarr Barry Flood.
  • “Lewis Lapham, Editor-In Chief of Lapham’s Quarterly: A Delacorte Lecture.” 7:30-9:00 PM, World Room.
  • “Finding Their Voice: Mobilizing Immigrant Voters in the 2012 Election.” 7:30-9:30 PM, Faculty House. Heath Brown.

Friday, February 7

  • “Good Neighbors Make Good Tourists: The Rise of Cusco and Machu Picchu Tourism.” 11:00-1:00 PM, IAB Room 802.
  • “It’s Just Like Electricity: High-Speed Internet Access in America.” 11:00 AM, 417 IAB. Susan Crawford.
  • “The Art and Science of Course Design.” 12:00-1:00 PM, Butler Library Room 208. Adrienne Garber, Michael Cennamo.
  • “The New Global Landscape.” 4:00-6:00 PM, Faculty House Skyline Level. Jan Eliasson.
  • “Five Billion Years of Solitude.” 7:00 PM, Pupin Stargazing. Lee Billings.

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