This week, leading experts in several fields will arrive on campus to share their professional experiences and academic knowledge with students, from public education in NYC to the future of refugees and ways we can get involved.

Here at Bwog, we do our best to bring your attention to important guest lecturers and special events on campus. If you have a correction or addition, let us know in the comments or email

Student Spotlight:

CORE: Consumer Venture Capital Panel

  • Thursday, November 16, 7:30 pm, Hamilton 717.
  • CORE, Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, will host three top capitalists and founders to discuss the current venture climate and share their experiences in successfully creating a consumer-focused startup. Speakers will include Brett Andersen, Director at Bullish; Sumeet Shah (SEAS ‘08), Founder and Managing Partner at VHS Ventures; and Nicole Krantz, Founder and CEO of Meems.

Community Impact: Community Impact(ED): Panel on Education and Community Engagement

  • Friday, November 17, 6 pm, Earl Hall Auditorium.
  • Community Impact, Columbia’s independent non-profit organization, will launch its speaker series with this panel of education professionals, from public school principals to national educators, to delve into education in NYC, specifically the public school system, and highlight the diversity of voices in the field. Dinner will be provided.
  • Register here.

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A discussion with Gillian Triggs, assistant high commissioner for protection with UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency

  • Monday, November 13, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, International Affairs Building 407, online.
  • Join the Committee on Forced Migration and Columbia School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in this discussion with Gillian Triggs, UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, on how current global developments are impacting the future of refugees. Panelists also include  Kian Tajbakhsh, Senior Advisor for the Committee on Forced Migration, and Daniel Naujoks, Director of International Organization & UN Studies at SIPA.
  • Register here

Ethnicity and Identity in Northern Africa, from 533 to 2023

  • Wednesday, November 15, 5 to 7 pm, the Forum at Columbia 315.
  • This conversation among leading experts in the field will revolve around the ongoing debate on topics like discrimination, exclusion, and identity and ties with ethnic communities in North Africa and Egypt. This event is being hosted by Columbia Global Center Tunis, the Institute of African Studies, and the Middle East Institute, in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Register here.

The Inaugural Richard K. Betts Lecture on War and Peace: War and International Politics with John J. Mearsheimer

  • Thursday, November 16, 4 to 6 pm, Faculty House Garden Room 2.
  • Presented by the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, this talk with John J. Mearsheimer, Political Science Professor at the University of Chicago and expert on security issues and international politics, will focus on how great-power war shapes how policymakers think about international relations.
  • Register here.

“The Rediscovery of America,” Book Talk with Ned Blackhawk

  • Friday, November 17, 4 to 6 pm, International Affairs Building 406.
  • Join the Lehman Center for American History for a discussion with Ned Blackhawk, History and American Studies Professor at Yale University, on his new book The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History. 
  • Register here.

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