This week’s “Every Event On Campus” is full of inaugurations. From the opening event of the new series “Culture on the Corner” at The Forum to the investiture ceremony of President Shafik, don’t miss out on the chance to celebrate these many firsts! 

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Student Spotlight: 

Escaping a Massacre: Dr. Faraz Harsini 

  • Wednesday, October 4, 6 pm to 7 pm, Lerner Hall 569.
  • Two student organizations, Columbia Vegan Society and Allied Scholars for Animal Protection at Columbia, are collaborating to host a discussion with guest speaker Dr. Faraz Harsini, a senior bioprocessing scientist at the Good Food Institute who emigrated from Iran after protesting the regime there. 
  • Reserve your seat and dinner here.  

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Women’s Rights: Reflecting on 75 Years Since the UN Declaration

  • Monday, October 2, 12:10 pm to 1:10 pm, Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall 107. 
  • Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, Dorothy Estrada-Tanick, Chair of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls, and Ana Pelaez Narvaez, Chair of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, will join for a discussion on the “achievements and obstacles faced in the past 75 years in the global pursuit of gender equality and women’s rights.”
  • Register here

Inaugural Summit of the Institute of Global Politics 

  • Tuesday, October 3, 11:30 am to 4:00 pm, livestream.
  • This event will celebrate the inauguration of the Institute of Global Politics (IGP) at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). It will include a number of interesting panels with distinguished speakers, from Governor Katy Hochul to Columbia President Minouche Shafick.
  • Register for the livestream here

McDonald’s and the Opening and Closing of Russia

  • Tuesday, October 3, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, International Affairs Building 1219.
  • The Harriman Institute will hold a discussion with historian Kristy Ironside on McDonald’s powerful symbolic presence in Russia, from the opening of its first store in 1990 to the closing of all in 2022 a few months after its full-scale attack on Ukraine.
  • Register here

The Investiture Ceremony of President Minouche Shafik

  • Wednesday, October 4, 11 am to 1 pm, Low Plaza.
  • Join the entire Columbia community to officially inaugurate and celebrate the start of the term of the University’s 20th president, Minouche Shafik. You can watch the ceremony from the lawns, one of the watch party locations, or be seated as part of the public. Everyone is welcome to continue the celebration in the evening, from 7 pm to 9 pm, with live performances in Lerner Hall from Columbia student dance groups, a DJ party around the Rotunda, and a closing show on Low Plaza. 
  • Register here to reserve a seat at the ceremony. 

Argentina’s 2023 Presidential Election

  • Thursday, October 5, 5 pm to 6 pm, International Affairs Building 802.
  • Hosted by the Institute of Latin American Studies, this roundtable with experts on the field will discuss the conditions behind the three-way race and the political, social, and economic consequences of Argentina’s 2023 Presidential Election happening this October 22. 
  • Register here

Culture on the Corner: Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem

  • Thursday, October 5, 6 pm to 8 pm, The Forum (125th St.), Atrium West Room. 
  • As part of the new series at The Forum Culture on the Corner, this event led by author Eric K. Washington will allow participants to learn more about Manhattanville and its history and culture. At the end, each participant will take home their own map of the neighborhood to use for their own exploration journeys!
  • Register here

President Minouche Shafik via Bwarchives