Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. Welcome to our first Bucket List of the Spring Semester! 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 a correction, please leave them in the comments.


  • “Black Odysseys: Artists in Conversation” Low Library. Wednesday January 28, 6:30-8:30 PM. Elizabeth Alexander, Marilyn Nelson, Rowan Ricardo Philips. Registration Required.
  • “The Nonfiction Dialogues: Wayne Koestenbaum” Room 501 Dodge. Wednesday January 28, 7:00 PM.
  • “Exhibit Opening: The Dreamer from the Northern Lights” IAB Harriman Atrium. Thursday January 29, 6:00-8:00 PM. Andrey Bartenev, Natasha Sharymova.
  • “The Cultural Politics of French Hip-Hop” Buell Hall East Gallery. Thursday January 29, 6:00-7:30 PM. Felicia McCarren, Barbara Browning, Madeleine Dobie.

Monday, January 26

  • “What’s Next? The Ukraine Crisis in the Global Context.” IAB 1501, 5:00-7:00 PM. Alexander Cooley, Valery Kuchinsky, Kimberly Marten, Jack Snyder.
  • “The Politics of Russian and Western Responses to Refugee Displacement from Eastern Ukraine” Sulzberger Parlor, 6 PM. Raphi Rechitsky.
  • “Whose Modernism? El Greco and Art’s History.” 612 Schermerhorn, 6:00-8:00 PM. Charles Barber.
  • “Film Screening: The Unvanquished.” IAB 1219. 7:30-9:30 PM.

Tuesday, January 27

  • “How to Run for an Office: the Art of Campaigning.” IAB 1201, 1:15-2:30 PM. Anna Matukova.
  • “Front Propagation in Population Dynamics and Combustion” Applied Mathematics Colloquium. Mudd 214, 2:45-3:45 PM. Christopher Henderson.
  • “Book Talk: Whither the World: the Political Economy of the Future.” IAB 1512, 5:00-6:30 PM. Grezegorz Kolodko.
  • “M.S. in Sustainability Management Information Session.” Faculty House, 6:30-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, January 28

  • “The method of polarized traces: How to solve the High Frequency Helmholtz equation in sublinear runtime” Applied Math Colloquium. Mudd 210, 9:00-10:00 AM. Leonardo Andres Zepeda Nunez.
  • “Post-Soviet Sexual Citizenship.” IAB 1219, 12:00-1:00 PM. Alexander Kondakov.
  • “A Discussion of Race and Policy with Patricia Williams.” IAB 1501, 1:00-2:00 PM.
  • “Between Media and Humanitarianism: the WFP Experience.” IAB 802, 1:00-2:00 PM. Emilia Casella.
  • “Ten Lessons from a Lifetime of Science” Havemeyer 209, 4:30-5:30 PM. Madeleine Jacobs.
  • “Earth Institute Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership: Business Strategies for Sustainability” Kent Hall 413, 6:10-7:00 PM. Bill Barry.
  • “Architecture as Image: a Case Study, S. Maria in Trastevere.” 612 Schermerhorn, 6:30-8:30 PM. Dale Kinney.

Thursday, January 29

  • “Building Correlated Quantum Materials by the Design of Interfaces” Mudd 214, 10:30-11:30 AM. Jian Liu.
  • “Will Demons of the Past Threaten the European East?” IAB 1219, 12:00-1:30 PM. Tonino Picula, ALojz Peterle
  • “Applied Mathematics Colloquium” Mudd Room 214, 2:45-3:45 PM. Vincent Quenneville-Belair.
  • “Discrete Differential Geometry – From Geometry to Computation” 750 CEPSR. 5:00-6:00 PM. Peter Schroeder.
  • “‘Islamic’ Art: Disrupting Unity and Discerning Ruptures.” 612 Schermerhorn, 6:00-8:00 PM. Esra Akcan.

Friday, January 30

  • “History, Politics, and Vergil’s Aeneid.” Italian Academy Level 5, 11:00-12:00 PM. Stephen Harrison.
  • “Materials Science and Engineering Colloquium.” Mudd Room 214, 11:00-12:00 PM. Alessandra Lanzara.