Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as students at Columbia. 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 have a correction, please leave them in the comments. World Leaders Forum Events with registration still open are included under Recommended.


  • “The Writing Lives Series An Evening with Novelist Téa Obreht” Buell Hall, Tuesday September 23, 7:00-9:00 PM.
  • “His Excellency Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland” Low Library Rotunda, Wednesday September 24, 10:00-11:00 AM. Register.
  • “To End Poverty, We Need Peace” Low Library Rotunda, Thursday September 25, 1:30-2:15. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway.
  • “Children in the Age of Sustainable Development.” Low Library Rotunda, Friday September 26, 9:00-11:30. Queen Silvia of Sweden, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Helena Thybell, Jeffrey Sachs.

Monday, September 22

  • “The Arab Spring and the Tunisia Initiative on Creating an International Constitutional Court” Low Library Rotunda, 11:00-11:50 AM. Dr. Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, President of Tunisia. Registration closed.
  • “Intellectual Property and Global Warming: Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice” Jerome Greene Hall 107, 12:10-1:00 PM. Matthew Rimmer.
  • “Iraq Update: Destroying Isis.” IAB 1219, 12:15-1:30 PM. David Phillips.
  • “Imprints of the Standard Model in the Sky?” 705 Pupin, 2:10 PM. Daniel Figueroa.
  • “The Small Frontier: Imaging Molecular Functionality” 428 Pupin, 4:15 PM. Klaus Kern.
  • “European Energy Security, Russian Policy, and US LNG Exports” Italian Academy Teatro Room, 5:15-7:15 PM. TimothyFrye, Ron Edward Davey, Teddy Kott, Carlos Pascual, Laszlo Varro.
  • “Gaia Intrudes: A Public Lecture with Bruno Latour” Furnald Lawn, 5:30-7:00 PM.

Tuesday, September 23

  • “The Crisis in Ukraine and Its Implications for International Relations” IAB 1501, 12:00-1:30 PM. Alexander Dynkin, Robert Jervis, Valerii Kuchynskyi, Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney.
  • “No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State. 406 IAB, 12:00-3:00 PM.
  • “How and Why Did Genocide Become a Non-Political Crime” 411 Fayerweather, 4:00-6:00 PM. A. Dirk Moses.
  • “His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines” Low Library Rotunda, 5:30-6:30 PM. Registration is closed.
  • “Book Launch: The Big Ratchet by Ruth DeFries” Italian Academy, 6:00-7:00 PM.
  • “Pogroms, Networks, and Migration: Jewish Migration from the Russian Empire to the United States 1881-1914” Sulzberger Parlor, 6:00-8:00 PM. Yannay Spitzer.
  • “Regina Calcaterra – Etched in Sand author talk & book signing” Lerner Hall, 6:00-7:00 PM.
  • “Women in Politics with Mara Liasson, Katha Pollitt, and Vuslat Dogan Sabanci and moderated by Alondra Nelson” Lerner Hall, 6:00-8:00 PM.
  • “Urban Renewal: A Multimedia Solo” LL200 Diana Center, 7:00 PM. Kyle deCamp.

Wednesday, September 24

  • “Trends and Drivers of Global Energy Investment” Faculty House Presidential Ballroom, 8:30-10:00 AM. Richard Kauffman, Ted Roosevelt IV.
  • “Origins of Environmental Law Lecture Series: The Clean Air Act: Who, What, Why?” IAB 407, 11:00-12:50 PM.
  • “Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change” Roone Arledge Auditorium, 2:00-5:00 PM. Eduardo Brondizio, Lisa Goddard, John Holdren, Pushpam Kumar.
  • “Research Without Borders: Publishing Without a Publisher? Scholars Are Doing It For Themselves” Faculty House, 3:00-5:00 PM.
  • “Li Weidong: Xi Jinpings Coup from the Top: Anti-Corruption and Political Reform” IAB 918, 4:10-6:00 PM.
  • “Free French Africa in World War II” Buell Hall, 6:00-7:30 PM. Eric Jennings.
  • “Armenian Foreign Policy: Challenges and Opportunities” IAB 1501, 6:00-7:00 PM. Serzh Sargsyan.
  • “Nonfiction Dialogues: Joseph Lelyveld.” Dodge 413, 7 PM.

Thursday, September 25

  • “Governpreneurship: Ten Golden Rules to Accelerate Success” IAB 1512, 1:00-2:00 PM. Amr Al-Dabbagh.
  • “Reimagining Asia: A Discussion About a Possible New Asia Wing at the American Museum of Natural History” IAB 918, 5:00-6:30 PM. Laurel Kendall.
  • “Framing the Immigrant Movement as about Rights, Family, or Economics: Which Appeals Resonate and for Whom?” Sulzberger Parlor, 6:00-8:00 PM. Irene Bloemraad.
  • “Ukraine Between East and West” IAB 1512, 6:00-8:00 PM. Lamberto Zannier.
  • “The Willard Asylum Suitcases” 961 Schermerhorn, 6 PM. Jon Crispin.
  • “(Post)Colonial Violence and the Terror of History” Deutsches Haus, 8:00 PM. Dirk Moses.

Friday, September 26

  • “Challenges to Peace and Security in Europe” IAB 1501, 10:00-11:00 AM. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia
  • “The Individual Development Plan: Beyond the Elevator Speech: Understanding the Power of Networking” 501 Northwest Corner, 11:00-12:30 PM. Melanie Sinche.
  • “Department of Astronomy: Public Lecture & Stargazing” Pupin Hall, 8:00-10:00 PM. Summer Ash