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Feb

18

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An astronaut is coming to our school?

Bucket List represents the 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. Our recommendations for this sparsely populated reading week are below, with no specifically recommended events. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended:

  • The Eighth Annual N.T. Wang Distinguished Lecture: Growing Pains in the Chinese Social Security System’, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Schapiro CEPSR, Tuesday
  • Student Townhall With The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Faculty House, Wednesday
  • “Can America and China Avoid a Collision?” George Ball Lecture with Kishore Mahbubani, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Faculty House, Wednesday
  • Engineering: Astronaut Appearance, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Butler Library, Thursday

Monday, Feb 19:

  • The Right to Difference: French Universalism and the Jews, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Buell Hall

Tuesday, Feb 20:

  • Whatever Happened to the Class Struggle? Comintern, France and Spain: the Front Populaire and the Frente Popular May-July 1936, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM. International Affairs Building
  • The Eighth Annual N.T. Wang Distinguished Lecture: Growing Pains in the Chinese Social Security System’, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Schapiro CEPSR

Wednesday, Feb 21:

  • Talk: “Why Arctic Security Matters”, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Student Townhall With The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Faculty House
  • “Can America and China Avoid a Collision?” George Ball Lecture with Kishore Mahbubani, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Faculty House
  • Events in African Philosophy with Bruce Janz (University of Central Florida), 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Knox Hall
  • Brexit: A Leap in the Dark?, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM, Low Library

Thursday, Feb 22:

  • Extreme Engineering: Astronaut Appearance, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Butler Library

Friday, Feb 23:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Governance & Public Policy, 2:00 PM – 4:00PM, International Affairs Building

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Feb

11

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Add these events to your week to spice it up!

Bucket List represents the 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. Our recommendations for this sparsely populated reading week are below, with no specifically recommended events. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended:

  • Transparency in Postwar France, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Buell Hall, Monday
  • Promoting Democracy and Tolerance in the Former Soviet Space: Experience from the Front Lines, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, International Affairs Building, Tuesday
  • Being the First: The Pulitzer Prize Edition, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Barnard Hall, Tuesday
  • CCS Grantee Event: Harlem Chamber Players 10th Annual Black History Month Celebration, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Off Campus (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), Friday
  • Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones: Protecting the Past for the Future, 2:30 PM -6:30 PM, Italian Academy, Friday

Monday, Feb 12:

  • Transparency in Postwar France, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Buell Hall
  • Rivigo Founder Deepak Garg on the Relay Economy and Technology, 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM, International Affairs Building

Tuesday, Feb 13:

  • Promoting Democracy and Tolerance in the Former Soviet Space: Experience from the Front Lines, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Being the First: The Pulitzer Prize Edition, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Barnard Hall

Thursday, Feb 15:

  • Breastfeeding Basics: For Home and Work/School, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Low Library
  • Get Out – Film Screening and Discussion, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Millers Library
  • Susanne Reber: The Changing Landscape of Radio, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Pulitzer Hall
  • Faces Places (Visages Villages), 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Buell Hall

Friday, Feb 16:

  • CCS Grantee Event: Harlem Chamber Players 10th Annual Black History Month Celebration, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Off Campus (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture)
  • Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones: Protecting the Past for the Future, 2:30 PM -6:30 PM, Italian Academy
  • Subverting Surveillance: Strategies to End State Violence, 4:00 PM, The Diana Center

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Feb

4

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Russia’s presidential candidate is visiting Columbia!

Bucket List represents the 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. Our recommendations for this sparsely populated reading week are below, with no specifically recommended events. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended:

  • “Director of Experiments: The Science Behind Democracy and Political Campaigns”, 1 – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building, Monday
  • Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Freedoms: Implementing the UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Faculty House, Tuesday
  • Spaces and Geographies of Concentration Camps: How to Preserve the Memory of Discrimination, 5 – 7:30 PM, Casa Italiana, Thursday
  • A Conversation with Russian Presidential Candidate Ksenia Sobchak, 6 – 8:00 PM, Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, Thursday
  • #MeToo and the National Security Space: A Panel Discussion and Dialogue, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM, International Affairs Building, Friday

Monday, Feb 5th:

  • “Director of Experiments: The Science Behind Democracy and Political Campaigns”, 1 – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building

Tuesday, Feb 6th:

  • Data, Algorithms, and their Consequences for Society, 2:00 AM, Schapiro CEPSR
  • Book Talk. Ukraine’s Quest For Identity: Embracing Cultural Hybridity In Literary Imagination, 1991–2011, By Maria Rewakowicz, 12 – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Clifford Tabin seminar: Genetic underpinning of evolving to unique environments: From limb morphology to metabolism, 4 – 5:00 PM, Schermerhorn Extension
  • Frank Bidart and Eleanor Chai, 7 – 8:30 PM, Barnard Hall
  • Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Freedoms: Implementing the UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Faculty House

Wednesday, Feb 7th:

  • The Trump Administration’s Policy Toward East Asia, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Molière’s Don Juan: Textual Mobilities, Textual Genealogy, and Material Text, a Case Study, 6 – 8:30 PM, Butler Library

Thursday, Feb 8th:

  • Book Talk. Property Rights In Post-Soviet Russia: Violence, Corruption, And The Demand For Law, By Jordan Gans-Morse, 12 – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Spaces and Geographies of Concentration Camps: How to Preserve the Memory of Discrimination, 5 – 7:30 PM, Casa Italiana
  • A Conversation with Russian Presidential Candidate Ksenia Sobchak, 6 – 8:00 PM, Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier, Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change, 6:30 PM, Lenfest Center for the Arts

Friday, Feb 9th:

  • #MeToo and the National Security Space: A Panel Discussion and Dialogue, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM, International Affairs Building

Saturday, Feb 10th:

  • Yugoslav Experimental Film Symposium, 9 – 5:30 PM, International Affairs Building

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Jan

28

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Go to these events, and feel productive!

Bucket List represents the 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. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.

Recommended :

  • The 40th Bampton Lecture in America, 5 – 6:30 PM, Low Library
  • Democratic Entropy and the Tools for Democratic Regulation, 6 – 7:30 PM, Buell Hall
  • Establishing and Retaining Legal Control Over Important Life Decisions. 1 – 1:00 PM, Hammer Health Sciences Center
  • Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top, 6 – 7:00 PM, Low Library
  • “Transformative Change in the Camden City School District” A talk by Paymon Rouhanifard, Superintendent of Camden, New Jersey, 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104
  • Housing Crisis in Global Cities, 2 – 4:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Russia Hosts The World Cup: Sports And Politics In 2018, 5 – 7:00 PM, Low Library
  • A Workshop on “La semaine sanglante” by Manfred Posani Lowenstein (Columbia University; The University of Montreal) moderated by Bernard E. Harcourt, 12:10 – 1:40 PM, Jerome Greene Annex

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Jan

21

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Plan a week full of events, and pretend it is still syllabus week!

Bucket List represents the 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. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Tibeto-Mongol Relations and the Role of the Lama Zanabazar” Tuesday, 2:30 – 4:00 PM, International Affairs Building.
  • “When Are Journalists Foreign Agents?” Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Pulitzer Hall.
  • “Sixties Underground Press & the Rise of Alternative Media in America” Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, Butler Library.
  • “How FemTech, Genetics & Consumers are Driving Change” Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, Cooley LLP, The Grace Building.
  • Reset (Relève: Histoire d’une création), Thursday, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, Buell Hall.

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May

7

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Happening in the world: French voters are choosing their presidents today! By 12:00 local time, only 28.2% has voted. While the vote will not end until 19:00, the turn-out rate by far is said to be lower than previous elections, which might hurt the chances of the liberal centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron. (BBC)

Happening in the nation: Under attack for making trans-phobia comments in the past, Donald Trump’s pick for Army Secretary, Mark Green, withdrew his nomination, saying that his “life of public service and … Christian beliefs have been mischaracterized…” (BBC)

Happening in NYC: The Metropolitan Museum of Art filed a petition to the city to charge non-New Yorkers mandatory admission fee. (NBC NYC)

Happening on campus: On Wednesday, President of Ezidi Relief Fund, Lucy Usoyan, Head of Office of United Nations University, James Cockayne and other human rights specialists will come to IAB from 12 pm to 1:30 pm to discuss “Human Slavery and Trafficking in Conflict Zone“.

This video of a baby struggling to walk on ice is probably a fitting depiction of many of us: 

 

Apr

30

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As finals season slowly creeps in, it’s difficult to keep track of anything. Exactly how much did you sleep yesterday? Have you eaten at all? How many friends do you still have left? While we have been imparting priceless wisdom to the hopeless masses of Morningside Heights, you would think Bwog has its shit together…but we have our personal vices, too. Yes, we teach you all the necessary skills to survive college or recreationally pseudo-reproduce, but we, too, are subject to mundane affairs of the masses. If you are so inclined to find out who exactly still has the time to write for Bwog, or if you personally want to be the person who courageously writes for Bwog during finals week, come to Lerner 505, at 7 pm today. We will reward you with a Fuck Spec sticker.

 

Apr

30

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Happening in the world: As a result of the failed coup last year, Turkish government sacks about 4000 government officials, including “1000 justice ministry workers, a similar number of army staff and more than 100 air force pilots.” (BBC)

Happening in the nation: After spending more than two years in detention, an American businesswoman, Sandy Phan-Gillis, who was convicted of spying by China, and sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Tuesday is not back in the US. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Trump revealed in a Fox News interview that he has not returned to New York City because “going back is very expensive” and that he feels “guilty”. (NYPost)

Happening on Campus: Yuhong Li, a filmmaker of a documentary project “Family Album: 100 Chinese Family Stories Uncovered”, started by students of the University in Hong Kong will be at Columbia on May 1 to screen four films, the description of which can be found in here.

Feeling down because of finals? Here is a baby sloth to cheer you up.

 

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Apr

27

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How do dictatorships and secret police connect?

Bwog Staffer and a Taiwanese student who can not wait to get the heck back to his country, Timmy Wu, shares his experience at a talk at Weatherhead Asian Institute, on the topic of dictatorship and secret police of authoritarian regimes in Taiwan and the Philippines.

Taiwan has not always been a democratic boba tea fairyland under the constant pressure of a giant authoritarian neighbor. While it has been portrayed in the medias as the first Asian “country” (if I may call it so), to ever democratized (and in a month from now, perhaps to legalize same-sex marriage), it was not without incidents of massacres, bloodshed and shady disappearances of pro-democracy activists that it finally came to be what it is today, a country more free than the land of the free. In fact, I have always considered it quite a miracle, how within the time span of thirty years, Taiwan would be able to transform from a society that was infiltrated by probably the highest density of intelligence personals from an authoritarian regime of Chiang Kai-shek, to a full-fledged democracy. In the talk today with Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Missouri, on her book: Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence, I was able to get a fresh take on how such drastic transition from authoritarianism to democracy might have gone down.

And just how did the transition go down?

Apr

23

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Another semester has passed. Half of your 70000$ tuition is down the drain. You have been going every financial/investment banking/consulting events, but you still don’t know if you really want to go down that path. Maybe you are unsatisfied with your majors. Maybe you still don’t know what you want to study. Maybe you don’t know when you will finally gather up the will power to do your laundry. But everything is fine, you know that Bwog will always be at Lerner 505 at 7 pm on these glorious Sundays, waiting for you. You know there will be groceries, sweets that will make everything less painful.

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Apr

23

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Bwog staff writer and daily editor, Timmy Wu, reflects on his first year of College life, and presents to you a rare, indecisive reflection on Columbia.

Today had to have been the six-thousandth time that I saw campus tour guides herding prospective students and their parents into Furnald, pointing out the woodwork of the lobby and the top-notch facilities. They filed into the abnormally large model room. There was no laundry from three weeks ago, no hidden bottles of whiskey and wine, no hair intertwined in the polyester fibers on the carpet. In the prospective students’ pamphlet, there are statistics, polished ones that don’t necessary translate into what you experience in Columbia. There are resources for the unquenchable, ever-expanding young minds, it wrote. There are spaces where you could talk about the things you cared about. There are gazillion clubs where you will find people who share your interests, with whom you will build a relationship that lasts forever after bouts and bouts of social anxieties, feeling of isolation and loneliness.

Like traveling through a tunnel, looking at the bright light yonder, you dived into Columbia, accepted the admission offer with naive ecstasy, without knowing that, shit, you have to get through these hours of very very nasty feelings. So here is a fluffy Bwoglove to those classmates with whom you suffered in First Year Arabic class, friends whom you immediately called after you woke up from a night of debauchery, and finally, clubs that somehow (mistakenly) did not reject you. Hold on to them. Tell them you thank them for getting through this rugged year by your side, tell them that you are willing to go to Ferris if they are feeling extra adventurous today.

Apr

23

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Happening in the world: Amid high tension in the Korean peninsula, after the US warns North Korea that its “strategic patience” is over, North Korea detained Kim Dong-chul, a 62-year-old naturalized US citizen born in South Korea. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Us actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in sitcom Happy Days in the 1970’s has died at age 56. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: NYC celebrated Earth Day by clearing Broadway of traffic from 10 am to 4 pm, here are some photos of the events. (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Matthew Casey wil be at Sulzberger Hall 3rd Floor Parlor, presenting his new book Empire’s Guest Worker, that discusses the “on-the-ground experiences of Haitian migrants in Cuba” and how their actions shaped “larger processes of US imperialism, economic penetration, race-making and shifts in global migration policies”.

Want to know how to write hit songs like The Chainsmoker, here is a tutorial:

 

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Apr

16

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In this glorious holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, when you run around hunting for Jesus-blood stained Easter eggs that actually (and disturbingly) symbolized empty tombs, you may feel like: on this slow crawl to the eventual death and finals, maybe you could use a resurrection too! Well, Bwog is here to help! Come to Lerner 505 at 7 pm today so you can receive a “Fuck Spec” sticker to finalize your resurrection and if you have something to preach, we will even broadcast it to the masses for you!

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Apr

16

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A random missile

Happening in the world: US Pacific Command and South Korean defense ministry confirmed that North Korea had launched a failed ballistic missile test which soon detonated after. (BBC)

Happening in the nation: Protests took place in over 150 locations in the United States to demand Donald Trump to release his tax returns. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: April the Giraffe finally gave birth, with one million people watching her calf coming into the world on a  livestream.  (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Yang Su, associate professor of sociology at UC Irvine will visit Columbia on Tuesday, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and take us back in time to revisit the Tiananmen movement.

Here is a “playful fish that enjoys being handled and thrown” to remind you of yourself and the imminent final season. (Please exercise self-care):

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Apr

9

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Wondering what that bitter, metallic taste in your mouth is? A mix of regret and shame, a lot of alcohol and probably a small portion of leftover vomit hiding in the deep crevices of your eating hole! After a day of excessive drinking, Bwog is here to help you ease the hangover, so you can hide your pain, hide your vices and put on a big, winner smile for those admitted student class of 2021. Show them the side of Columbia that they would not see if they decided to come!

Bwog will be holding a detox session tonight at 7 pm, so we can all talk about campus news, gossips and resuscitate our livers. Students from Days of Campus are welcomed to join us! Bring your friends, last night hookups, and your pitches. We will meet you at Lerner 505, 7 pm.

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