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Bucket List: Gladwell, India, Aung San Suu Kyi

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.


  • “A Few (Un)scientific Thoughts on Backlash” Wednesday, September 19 4:10 pm – 5:00 pm, 614 Schermerhorn Hall, Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, Blink, the Tipping Point, and writer for the New Yorker (Psychology)
  • ”Politics of Change [part of the 2012 Program on Indian Economic Policies Conference]” Thursday, September 20, 7:00 pm – 9:00pm, IAB 1501, India politicians Salman Khurshid (Minister of Law and Justice), N K Singh (Member of Indian Parliament), and Arun Jaitley (Leader of Opposition in the Upper House of Parliament), registration required
  • “World Leaders Forum: A Discussion Featuring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi” Saturday, September 22, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Low Rotunda, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and prominent Burmese political activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, moderated by Ann Curry—Registration will open on September 19 at 10:00 am.

Monday, September 17

  • “The Polish Debate on Dealing With the Past” 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm, IAB 1219, Dariusz Stola (East Central Europe Center)
  • “Food Security: Problems, Prospects, Policies” 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm, IAB 1302, Mr. Jones
  • “What a Strange Idea: To be a Writer in the Arab World” 6:00 pm — 7:30pm, East Gallery Buell Hall, Anouar Benmalek (Middle East)

Tuesday, September 18

  • “Engineering approaches to characterizing G-protein receptor expression in yeast” 4:00pm—5:00pm, 825 Mudd, Anne Skaja Robinson (Chemistry)
  • “Lecture by ‘Voice of Witness’ Authors Sibylla Brodzinsky and Max Schoening; Oral History Master of Arts Program Open House” 6:30 pm — 8:00 pm, Jerome Greene Annex, 410 W. 117th Street, Sibylla Brodzinsky, Max Schoening

Wednesday, September 19

  • “Empire in East Asia I” 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm, IAB 918, Louise Young, Hyun Ok Park (History, Sociology)
  • “A new Record Low in Artcic Sea Ice Extent” 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Alfred Lerner Hall, Satow Room, Speaker not listed (Earth Institute)
  • “Psychology Department Colloquium with Malcolm Gladwell” 4:10 pm – 5:00 pm, 614 Schermerhorn Hall, Malcolm Gladwell (psychology)
  • “Another year, Another Government: Making Sense of Japan’s Political Confusion” 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Faculty House,  Skyline Level (4th Floor) Gerald L. Curtis (Political Science)
  • “Undergraduates: Making the Most of the Fall Career Fair” 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, CCE Conference Room Lower Level, Casual attire, no registration required
  • “Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art” 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, East Gallery, Buell Hall, Phil Watts, Patricia Dailey, James Swenson, Jacques Rancière

Thursday, September 20

  • “Conference—India: Reforms, Economic Transformation and the Socially Disadvantaged” Thursday – Saturday, IAB 1501, registration required for certain panels, events
  • ”Politics of Change (2012 Program on Indian Economic Policies Conference)” 7:00 pm – 9:00pm, IAB 1501, Indian politicians Salman Khurshid (Minister of Law and Justice), N.K. Singh (Member of Indian Parliament), and Arun Jaitley (Leader of Opposition in the Upper House of Parliament), registration required
  • “Addressing Author Misconduct: The Role of Researchers, Journals, and Institutions” 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Faculty House, Seminar Rooms, Liz Williams, Martin Frank, Katja Brose, Naomi Schrag
  • “Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide” 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm, IAB 1302, Joshua Goldstein (SIPA)
  • “Connection between the MJO and Arctic Surface Air Temperature During the Extended Boreal Winter” 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm, 214 Mudd, Changhyun Yoo
  • “What is the ‘K’ in K-Pop?” 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, IAB 914, John Lie (SIPA)

Friday, September 21

  • “Russian–Georgian Relations from Bilateral and Regional Perspectives” 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, IAB 707, full list of panelists here
  • “Cinema and the Legacies of Critical Theory: International Conference in memory of Miriam Hansen” 9:00 am – 5:45 pm, Deutsches Haus, 420 W 116 St

Saturday, September 22

  • “World Leaders Forum: A Discussion Featuring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi” 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Low Rotunda, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, moderated by Ann Curry

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous For “Politics of Change”, it’s N.K. Singh not Sing.

  • Potentially stupid question... says:

    @Potentially stupid question... Do you have to get tickets of some kind for the Malcolm Gladwell event, or can you just show up?

    1. Jed says:

      @Jed I think you can just show up, but you can read the fine print for yourself:

  • confused says:

    @confused Wait–was the Jacques Rancière talk cancelled??

    1. that's says:

      @that's the Aisthesis one on Wednesday, I think Bwog just neglected to mention he will also be there.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Teachers College is having a panel discussion about education policy on Wednesday!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Perhaps I’m not getting it, but there doesn’t seen to be a place where I can register for the Suu Kyi event, and on the events page one entry says 10 am today and another 10 am tomorrow….

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