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Bucket List: You’ve Been Chopped Edition

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 or email


  • Should Governments Pay Ransom?” 6 – 7 PM. Pulitzer Hall, World Room. Joel Simon, Janine di Giovanni and Kyle Pope discuss Simon’s new book, which draws on his decades of experience on the Committee to Protect Journalists and explores the different facets of the problem facing governments when asked to pay ransom to terrorist groups.
  • Two food related events
    • Arts Week Presents: Alex Guarnaschelli.” Tuesday, February 5, 7 – 9 PM. Diana Center Event Oval. In Arts Week Keynote address, Barnard alumna and chef Alex Guarnaschelli talks about her career in the culinary arts. Tickets are sold out, so hopefully you snagged yours!
    • Columbia’s annual Battle of the Dining Halls will take place on Thursday, February 7 from 2 – 3:30 PM in the Lerner auditorium, and features Guarnaschelli as the guest judge. See which dining hall will emerge victorious (though in the past Bwog has doubted that victory is possible).
  • BODILY: The Immigrant Body in the Court of Judgment with Amitava Kumar.” Thursday, February 7, 4 – 5 PM. 754 Schermerhorn Extension. Dr. Amitava Kumar will read and discuss his acclaimed 2018 novel, Immigrant, MontanaRemarks and a conversation with Columbia Professor Bruce Robbins will follow.

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  • Rooted (Respecting Ourselves & Others Through Empathy & Dialogue) hosts Dinner & Dialogue Series: Dissecting the CU Experience, which works to create discussion spaces “dedicated to building solidarity, empathy, and authenticity.” This Thursday, the topic of discussion is “You say you don’t like the Core. What are you doing about it?” and will take place in the Intercultural Resource Center from 6:30 – 8:30.

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Friday, February 8


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