Bucket List: Calligraphy, Ethnomedicine, and Russian Elections

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The Bucket List represents the unbelievable intellectual privilege and luxury we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus that will hopefully make you realize how lucky we are to be here. We’ll even lecturehop a few. Our recommendations are below and the full list is after the jump.

Recommended Events

Tuesday, September 13th

  • “Inventing the Future From India: An Update on Microsoft” 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, 750 Schapiro, P. Anandan
  • “Multiscale Simulation for Biomolecular Engineering: Protein Allostery and Cellulose Deconstruction” 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, 826 Mudd, Jhin-Wei Chu
  • “Studies of Dominican Ethnomedicine in New York City and the Dominican Republic: Applications for Education and Conservation” 4:00 pm, 1015 Schermerhorn Extension, Ina Vanebroek
  • “The Mirror of Aristophanes” 4:10pm – 5:30pm, 616 Hamilton, Jeffrey Rusten
  • “Sustainability Management” 4:20 pm – 6:10 pm, 602 Jerome Greene Hall, Steven Cohen, RSVP required
  • “Using Bayesian Inference to Learn Rates and States” 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, 328 Havemeyer, Jan-Willem van de Meent
  • “Jews From/In The Former Soviet Union: Migration, Demography and Identity” 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall, Sergio DellaPergolla
  • “Following the War Home: The Interaction of Interviewing and Fiction” 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 801 IAB, Helen Benedict

Wednesday, September 14th

  • “Model Risk: Modeling, Analysis, Control and Numerics” 9:00 am, 903 School of Social Work, Denis Talay
  • “Waves of War: Nation-state formation and ethnic politics across the world, 1816-2005” 12:00 pm, 509 Knox Hall, Andreas Wimmer
  • “Global Mayors Forum: Making Hyderabad India’s Best Governed City” 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, 1501 IAB, Sameer Sharma, registration required
  • “The Origins of Prosococial Behavior” 4:10 pm, 614 Schermerhorn, Jason Mitchell
  • “Emissions Policies: Quantifying Impacts & Analyzing Strategies” 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Satow Room, Lerner Hall, Scott Barrett, Mary-Elena Carr, Mark Fulton, and Michael Gerrard, registration required
  • “A Conversation with Robert Jay Lifton” 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Journalism School, Robert Jay Lifton and Bruce Shapiro
  • “Nuremberg, from ‘Atrocities’ to ‘Genocide’: History on Trial and Film” 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Buell Hall, Christian Delage
  • “Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty” 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, 301 Uris, Jeffrey Sachs, Esther Duflo, and Abhijit Banerjee, registration required
  • “Xu Bing: Square Word Calligraphy Classroom” 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, 612 Schermerhorn, Xu Bing
  • “From Closed Doors to Open Roads: A Journalist’s Journey” 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall, Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Thursday, September 15th

  • “Model Risk: Modeling, Analysis, Control and Numerics” 9:00 am, 507 Math, Denis Talay
  • “Ireland 1920: Journalism and the Morality of Great Powers” 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, 607B Journalism, Maurice Walsh
  • “The Linear Algebra of Atmospheric Convection” 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm, 214 Mudd, Brian Mapes
  • “Vignettes on Crowding: Cells and Gels and Glasses” 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, 209 Havemeyer, Laura Kaufman
  • “Laws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Modern Public Life in Brazil” 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 802 IAB, Amy Chazkel, Betsy Blackmar, and Barbara Weinstein
  • “Energy and Sustainability” 6:10 pm – 8:40 pm, 1015 Schermerhorn Extension, Kathleen Callahan
  • “The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Peer Imitation and Financial Success in an Art World” 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 503 Hamilton, Jennifer Lena

Friday, September 16th

  • “Dissipation Of Geostrophic Eddies And Mixing In The Southern Ocean” 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Building, Lamont-Doherty, Maxim Nikurashin
  • “What Can a Career in Sustainable Development Look Like?” 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Schapiro Room, Alumni Center, Oluseyi Fayanju, registration required
  • “Russian Elections 2011-12: Is There a Chance For Political Opposition?” 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Skyline Room, Faculty House, Boris Nemtsov, Evgeniya Chirikova, Andranik Migranyan, and Timothy Frye



  1. hey bwog  

    has P.E. started yet?

  2. Bwog staff please answer  

    Hi. Is there any way you could make the bucket list a bit more readable? Preferably in a table, with a column where you say which dept/school/institute/thing is hosting the event? That way we can skim the list to see the lectures we like. Is this doable? even color-coding would help!

    • Claire  (Bwog Staff)  

      Hi. Thanks for the suggestion. We definitely agree that the current format is not pretty and not that readable. We've been thinking about alternative ways to present it, and a table is definitely on the table. Feel free to get in touch via [email protected] with any further ideas.

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