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Bucket List: Let’s Get Creative

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Bucket List represents the 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. 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 if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.


  • “Creative Writing Lecture: Maggie Nelson” Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Schapiro Hall Auditorium. Maggie Nelson.
  • “How to Laugh: The Role of Comedy in Social Justice and Sustainable Peace” Thursday, March 23, 4:00 – 5:15 pm. IAB. Wajahat Ali, Jenny Yang, Dr. Nancy Goldman, Azhar Usman.
  • “Struggling to Keep the Lights on: Understanding Why ‘Energy Insecurity’ Matters for Health and Equity in the US” Thursday, March 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Pulitzer Hall World Room. Dr. Diana Hernandez, Dana Bourland, Dana Harmon.

Monday, March 20

  • “Talk. The Kremlin Turns Ideological” 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB. Maria Lipman.
  • “The Return of Strongmen: India, Turkey, and the U.S.” 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Pulitzer World Room. Steven Coll, Basharat Peer, David Phillips.
  • “Whose Justice? – Reframing the ICC’s Trial of Dominic Ongwen – Session II: Victimhood, Criminality, and Positionality in International Justice” 6:00 – 9:00 pm. IAB. Alex Whiting, Mark Drumbl, Opiyo Oloya.
  • “Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership: Infrastructure as a Sustainability Driver, with Susanne DesRoches, Deputy Director, Infrastructure Policy, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency” 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Pupin 428. Susanne DesRoches.
  • “New York Sea Level Rise Projections: Implications for Law, Land Use, Buildings and Infrastructure” 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Jerome Green Hall. Kate Orff, Mark Lowery, Pippa Brashear, Thaddeus Pawlowski.

Tuesday, March 21

  • Book Talk: “Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia” 12:00 – 2:00 pm. IAB. Alexander Cooley, John Heathershaw.
  • “Marvelous Thieves: Secret Authors of The Arabian Nights” 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Buell Hall, East Gallery. Paulo Lemos Horta.

Wednesday, March 22

  • “Trump’s Asia Policy: The View from DC” 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB. Michael Auslin.
  • “Deconstructing the Culture of Post-Truth Under Slobodan Milošević: Milica Mićić Dimovska, Her Novel MRENA, and Its New Translation as THE CATARACT” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. IAB. Jasmina Lukić, Sibelan Forrester.

Thursday, March 23

  • “Peace Forum Session 1: Peace, Mountains, and Borders (Panel)” 1:00 – 2:15 pm. IAB. Judith Matloff, Paul Gillingham, Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Aldo Civico.
  • “Have You Had a Colorectal Cancer Screening? A free educational talk on colorectal health” 3:00 – 4:30 pm. 390 Ft. Washington Avenue. Andria Reyes.
  • “The Politics of Religion in Postwar Japanese Public School Education” 4:00 – 5:30 pm. IAB. Jolyon Thomas.
  • “Visual Analytics: Helping to Obtain the Energy Required by Brandolini’s Law” 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Allan Rosenfield Building. Mark Rothe.
  • Panel: “Soviet Photomontage: From Photo-Poetry to Propaganda” 6:00 – 8:30 pm. EC Common Room. Jindrich Toman, Serguei Oushakine, Maria Ratanova, Aleksandar Bošković.
  • “Nietzsche 13/13: Jacques Derrida” 6:15 – 8:45 pm. Jerome Greene Annex. Bruno Bosteels, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Danielle Cohen-Levinas.
  • “Global Implications of the Refugee Crisis” 6:15 – 7:30 pm. IAB. Alexander Aleinikoff, Aine Fay, Adrienne Fricke, Anne-Marie Grey, Lara Setrakian.

Friday, March 24

  • “The Business of Climate Change: Adaptation Finance in Vietnam and Bangladesh” 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB. Kimberly Thomas.
  • “Race and Cuba in Transition Symposium” 3:00 – 8:00 pm. Buell Hall. Alejandro de la Fuente, Devyn Spence Benson, Roberto Zurbano Torres, Frank Guridy.
  • Book Talk: “Beyond the Secular West” 3:00 – 4:30 pm. IAB. Akeel Bilgrami, Prasenjit Duara, Sudipta Kaviraj.
  • Talk: “Black Sea History, 19th Century: Research and Writing” 4:00 – 6:00 pm. IAB. Gelina Harlaftis.
  • “The Program in World Philology” 5:00 – 7:00 pm. EC Common Room. Stephen Chrisomalis.

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