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. Thursday is a university holiday, so there are very few lectures scheduled this week. Our recommendations are below and the full list is after the jump.


  • “Book History Colloquium Lecture | Mapping the Bookstore: Retail Cartographies in Antebellum Manhattan” Tuesday March 25, 6:00-8:00 PM Butler Library Room 523. Kristen Highland.
  • “The Politicization of Futurism in Mussolinis Fascist Italy” Wednesday March 26, 6:00-7:30 PM 411 Fayerweather Hall. Emily Braun, Victoria de Grazia, Ernest Ialongo
  • “Oceans, Plastic and Art: National Geographic Film Screening and Panel” Thursday March 27, 7:30-9:00 PM Northwest Corner Room 602. JJ Kelley, Asher Jay.

Tuesday, March 25

  • “Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development.” 12:00-1:00 PM IAB Room 918. Emily Yeh.
  • ” The Clash of Values in the Modern World and Prospects for Eurasian Integration” 12:00-1:00 PM IAB Room 1219. Alexander Lukin.
  • “Breakthrough Innovation and Global Economic Growth” 1:00-2:30 PM IAB Room 1512. Alec Ross.
  • “The Buddhist Puzzle: Inclusionary Doctrines, Exclusionary Politics” 4:00-6:00 PM IAB Room 918. Alfred Stepan and Duncan McCargo.
  • “USP Speaker Series – Tackling Urban Poverty Through Research, Data, and Innovative Design” 6:00-8:00 PM IAB Room 1512. Bernise Ang.
  • “China’s Informal Imperialism in Korea in the 1880s: A Book Talk on In the Service of His Korean Majesty” 6:30-8:00 PM IAB Room 918. Wayne Patterson.
  • “Tow Center Presents An Evening with Twitter’s Simon Rogers” 6:30-8:00 PM Pulitzer Hall Stabile Student Center. Simon Rogers.

Wednesday March 26

  • “Conflict in Crisis: On the Ground in Syria, Burma and Nigeria” 2:15-4:00 PM IAB Room 1512. Frederick Barton.
  • “Book Talk: Democracy Disfigured by Nadia Urbinati” 4:00-6:00 PM Heyman Center Second Floor.
  • “Franz Boas Seminar by Thomas Lamarre, Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University” 4:10-6:00 PM Schermerhorn Extension.
  • “Understanding the Arctic Resource Challenge: Canada and U.S. Perspectives” 6:00-7:30 PM IAB Room 1501. Michael R. Bromwich.
  • “Earth Institute Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership: The Role of Clean Technology in Sustainability” 6:10-7:00 PM Havemeyer Room 209. Alain E. Kaloyeros.
  • “Drones and the Obama Administration” 6:15-8:15 PM Pulitzer Lecture Hall. Steve Coll.

Thursday March 27

  • “Miguel de Serpa Soares” 12:10-1:10 PM, Jerome greene Hall Room 105. Richard Gardener and Michael Doyle and Miguel de Serpa Soares.
  • “Technology of Special and Amphibious Operations” 12:15-2:00 PM, IAB Room 1302. Scott Campbell.
  • “Ecopolitics & Heterotopias: From the Brazilian Ecological Dream to the Sustainable Development Era” 1:00-2:00 PM, IAB Room 802. M. Cecilia Oliveira.
  • “Botanically Queer” 4:30-6:30 PM, Heyman Center Second Floor. Catriona Sandilands.
  • “Photoredox catalysis in Organic Synthesis” 1:30 PM Havemeyer Room 328. David MacMillan.

Friday March 28

  • “Communities in Action: Access to Quality Education for Latino Students” 9:00 AM to Saturday Teachers College.
  • “Electrical Engineering Distinguished Lecture” 11:00-12:30 PM, Shapiro Center Davis Auditorium. Jon Peha.
  • “The Promises and Critiques of Capitalism: Changing Discourses Since the 18th Century” 3:30-6:00 PM, Fayerweather Room 513. Jrgen Kocka.
  • “Aruba’s Vision for Creating Sustainable Prosperity” 4:00-5:00 PM, Presidential Ballroom. Michael Godfried Eman.
  • “From Armenia to New York: Five Short Films: 7:00-9:00 PM, Schermerhorn Room 501. Raffi Asdourian.
  • “Tony Allen: An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afrobeat” 7:30-9:30 PM, Prentis Hall 101. Michael Veal.