Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for the week are below, followed by a full calendar of events. 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.

We need more conferences and symposiums.


  • “Narrative in the Natural Sciences and Humanities.” Wednesday, February 27 6 – 8:30 PM at CAVEAT, 21 A Clinton Street; Thursday, February 28 8:30 AM – 7 PM at Faculty House; Friday, March 1 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at Faculty House, Columbia University. A symposium on the centrality of narratives (“storytelling”) featuring speakers from a wide variety of disciplines. While narratives are closely associated with the humanities and social sciences, this conference also brings journalism, law, the natural sciences, and medicine into the discussion. Speakers include artists, rappers, radio hosts, authors, professors across the disciplines, and more. Registration is required but the Eventbrite is not working; email Project Manager Roshana Nabi (rn2019@columbia.edu) if interested. Full lineup here.


  • “Queer Disruptions III.” Wednesday, February 27 – Friday, March 1, 2019 at The Forum at Columbia University, 605 W. 125th St. Hosted by the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Council at Columbia, Queer Disruptions III is a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, while critically reflecting on the Black Nations/Queer Nations conference in 1995. Full conference schedule here. Register here.


  • “Legacies of Leftism in Film and Media Theory: East Asia and Beyond.” Roundtable Discussion, Thursday, February 28 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Faculty House, Columbia University; Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 7 AM – 6 PM, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room (2nd Floor); Evening screenings: Treasures from Asian Film Archives 7:30 – 10:30 PM. An international symposium focusing on how Leftism’s influence on film and media theory is not unique to Europe and North America, but has had consequences for East Asia and beyond. It features a variety of speakers; Full list here.


  • “Richard Axel and Sarah Sze: Neuroscience, Art, and the Construction of Reality.” Thursday, February 28 6:30 PM at Lenfest Center for the Arts, Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room (2nd Floor). Columbia’s Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Richard Axel and contemporary multimedia artist Sarah Sze reach across the disciplines to discuss the construction of reality. Moderated by Carol Becker and Rui Costa. Check-in begins at 5:30 PM, and seating is first come first served.

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  • Columbia University Chinese Students Club (CSC) is hosting their annual gala for Lunar New Year and celebrating the rise of Asian and Asian American culture. Rising will take place Sunday, March 3 from 7 – 10 PM in Roone Arledge Auditorium, and will feature performances by CU Generation, Columbia Pops, Columbia University Lion Dance, Columbia Taiko, and cehryl. Buy tickets here.

Monday, February 25

  • “Overcoming Section 377: The Decriminalization of Homosexuality and the Indian Supreme Court.” 4:15 – 5:45 PM. Knox Hall, Room 208. Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju.
  • “From Hope to Hate: The Rise of Conservative Subjectivity in Brazil.” 6 – 7:30 PM. International Affairs Building, Room 802. Rosana Pinheiro Machado. 
  • “We Will Have Been Living Otherwise: Archiving in the Future Perfect Tense.” 6:30 PM. James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall. Avery Gordon.

Tuesday, February 26

  • “Can Energy-Eddies of 100 Meters Size Be Understood from Eddies of 1 Meter Size?” 2:45 – 3:45 PM. Pupin Hall, Room 214. Adrián Lozano-Durán.
  • “Why is it so Difficult to Talk about Islamophobia in France?” 6 – 7:30 PM. Buell Hall, East Gallery at  515 W. 116 St. Abdellali Hajjat and Marwan Mohammed. Moderated by Emmanuelle Saada. Note: Discussion is in French.
  • “Celebrating Recent Work by Adam Reich and Peter Bearman.” 6:15 PM. A critical discussion on their new book, “Working for Respect: Community and Conflict at Walmart.” The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room. Suresh Naidu, Shamus Khan, and Catherine Turco. 
  • “Bill Kristol and the Future of the GOP.” 8 – 9 PM. Schermerhorn Hall, Room 614. Hosted by Columbia University College Republicans, featuring Bill Kristol. 

Wednesday, February 27

  • “Awakening our Democracy: One Nation Under Guns?” 12 – 1:30 PM. Pulitzer Hall, Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, Room 300. Moderated by Tiffany Hsu, breaking news reporter for The New York Times and featuring Nick Suplina, Everytown for Gun Safety; Cabot Phillips, Fox News Contributor; Sonali Rajan, Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium member and Teachers College assistant professor; and Robert Fullilove, Mailman School of Public Health professor of sociomedical sciences. Register here. Lunch provided.
  • “Permanent Occupation? Human Rights in Israel/Palestine in the Trump/Netanyahu Era.” 4:30 – 6 PM. Knox Hall, Room 208. Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director, Human Rights Watch. 
  • “Colonizing Language: Cultural Production and Language Politics in Modern Japan and Korea.” 6 – 7:30 PM. Kent Hall, Room 403. Christina Yi.
  • “China’s Approach(es) to International Order(s).” 4:30 – 8:30 PM. International Affairs Building, Room 918. Iain Johnston, CWP Co-Director at Harvard University.
  • “Nonfiction Dialogues: Nicholson Baker.” 7 PM. Dodge Hall, Room 501. Nicholson Baker, American Novelist. In Conversation with Lis Harris. Doors open to the general public at 6:45 PM.

Thursday, February 28

  • “World Leaders Forum: European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani.” 12 – 1 PM. Casa Italiana. Antonio Tajani. Moderated by Jan Svejnar and Introduction by Lee Bollinger. Event is currently full, but you can register for the waitlist here.
  • What is the Structure of Top Management Succession for Sustainable Growth?” 12:30 – 1:45 PM. Uris Hall, Room 303. Shinichi Matsuda, Senior Management Consultant, Nomura Research Institute. Ltd. Register here.
  • “Rethinking Gender Justice: For a Feminism for the 99%.” 4 – 5:30 PM. Maison Française, East Gallery. Nancy Fraser. Register here.
  • “How will technology impact tomorrow’s athlete?” 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Dodge Fitness Center, Lou Gehrig Lounge (3rd Floor). Brent Walker and Houtan Fanisalek.

Friday, February 29 March 1

  • “Failing Upward: The Open Secret of Progress in Science with Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie and Maiken Scott.” 2 PM – 3:30 PM. Teachers College, Milbank Chapel. Martin Chalfie and Maiken Scott. 
  • “Fast Radio Bursts: Alien Life or Distant Neutron Stars?” As part of Columbia Astronomy Outreach’s Stargazing & Lecture Series. 7 PM. Pupin Hall. Aliya Babul.

Saturday, March 2

  • TEDxColumbiaUniversity 2019. 4 – 7 PM. Earl Hall. This year’s theme, “Action Potential,” was chosen in order to “discover and interrogate aspects of our world related to possibilities, prospects, and attitudes of change.” CU/BC discounted tickets are currently sold out, but general admission tickets can be purchased here.

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