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Bucket List: Presidential Motorcade Edition

Bucket List brings to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. If you notice any events excluded from the list or have a correction, let us know in the comments or email


  • The UN is convening in New York and that means it’s time for the World Leaders Forum to convene at Columbia. Throughout the week, leaders countries around the world will come to the Low Library Rotunda (and some other campus hot spots) to talk about the biggest issues facing their countries and the world. Some highlights include a panel on Global Health Security on Tuesday, President Salih of Iraq and President Kagame of Rwanda on Thursday and more! Check out the World Leaders Forum website for more information and to register for events (many are full, but all have a waitlist!)
  • To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in Jamestown, VA, Columbia will be hosting a symposium entitled “1619 and Its Legacies” from Wednesday, September 25 to Friday, September 27. Some highlights include a panel on the Columbia Slavery Project on Thursday from 11:15 am – 12:45 pm, and a poetry reading by Tongo Eisen-Martin from 7:15 – 8 pm. All events will take place in Faculty House unless otherwise indicated; look here for a full list of panels and speakers.
  • Sports and Politics in a Time of Political Polarization.” Monday, Septemeber 23, 6 – 7 pm. Fayerweather Hall, Room 411. Professor Frank Guidry places today’s progressive fights for political equity in the sports arena in context and conversation with “the 1960s and early ’70s, another era when sports emerged as a site of contestation, especially for the Black Freedom and Second-Wave Feminist movements in the United States.” Register here.
  •  “Ancient Graffiti in Context.” Monday, September 23, 11:30 am – 1 pm. Hamilton Hall, Room 618. Join experts in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek graffiti to discuss this ancient graffiti in its historical and archeological contexts. Pizza will be served.

Monday, September 23

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Friday, September 27


A real life presidential motorcade via Wikimedia Commons

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