Ken Burns has mastered the art of the smize.

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.

Note: Columbia’s World Leaders Forum is this week! Find a full schedule and check to see if registration is still available for events here


  • “Behind Every Global Goal: Women Leading the World to 2030” Monday, September 18, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm. Lerner Hall Auditorium.
  • “The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick” Tuesday, September 19, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Low Library Rotunda.
  • “Understanding Charlottesville: White Nationalism and American Society” Tuesday, September 19, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Cinema.
  • “Data, Ethics, and Decision Making: Using Data for Good – What does it mean?” Wednesday, September 20, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Uris Hall, 301.

Monday, September 18

  • “Constitution Day” All-day. Low Library.
  • “His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana” 9:00 am – 10:15 am. Lerner Hall Auditorium.
  • “Her Excellency Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation” 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Low Library Rotunda.
  • “His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic of Colombia” 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm. Lerner Hall Auditorium.
  • “Women Poets at Barnard: Donna Masini, Sharon Olds, and Brittany Perham” 7:00 pm. Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall.

Tuesday, September 19

  • “Her Excellency Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius” 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Low Library Rotunda.
  • “Jazzmobile, Community and the Harlem Soundscape” 6:00 pm. St. Paul’s Chapel.

Wednesday, September 20

  • “His Excellency Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria” 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm. Low Library Rotunda.
  • “Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought World Leaders Forum Workshop with Professor Mara Green” 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm. Fayerweather Hall, Room 513.
  • “His Excellency Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia” 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
  • “His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte D’Ivoire” 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Low Library Rotunda.
  • “Sunset Yoga on Morningside” 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Furnald Hall Lawn.

Thursday, September 21

  • “His Excellency Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of the Republic of Costa Rica” 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Low Library Rotunda.
  • “Political Cycles and Brazil’s Deep Crisis” 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. IAB, Room 802.
  • “Omari Issa: The Learning Generation” 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. IAB, Room 1510.
  • “Right Honourable Sher Bahadur Deuba, Prime Minister of Nepal” 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Low Library Rotunda.

Friday, September 22

  • “His Excellency M. Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia” 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Low Library Rotunda.
  • “A History of Infamy: Crime, Truth, and Justice in Mexico” 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. IAB, Room 802.
  • “Poetry as Pluriverse: Thinking Global Language Justice” 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Italian Academy.
  • “A Fresh Start for the Balkans” 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. IAB, Room 1501.
  • “The Hear and Now: An unorthodox concert experience” 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm. Buell Hall, East Gallery.

Burnin’ up thanks to Kevin Burn’s twitter