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Environmental Justice Movements From Mahad to Today

  • Friday, March 22 from 10 am to 12 pm
  • Online over Zoom. Registration required.
  • “In March 1927, the town of Mahad in western India made history when Columbia University alum and a founding father of modern India, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar (1891–1956) led his followers to drink water from a tank previously reserved for the so-called “upper” castes. Almost 100 years later, clean water is at the heart of the climate crisis and access to it remains a metaphor for the struggles of marginalized communities everywhere, including in the United States.” More information

Center on Global Energy Policy: Student Roundtable and Lunch with Roberto Azevêdo

  • Wednesday, March 20 from 1 to 2 pm
  • In-person at the Center on Global Energy Policy, First Floor. Registration required.
  • “Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA for a student-only lunch and roundtable discussion with Roberto Azevêdo, founding partner at YvY Capital, and former Director General of the World Trade Organization. Mr. Azevêdo will be discussing the global trading system and the green energy transition, including the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), and whether more of these trading schemes will emerge. The event will be moderated by Dr. Luisa Palacios, senior research scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA. Lunch will be provided.” More information

Archeologies of Race, Women, and Rights Work at the Phyllis Wheatley Home For Girls, Chicago: Dr. Anna Agbe-Davies

  • Wednesday, March 20 from 2:10 to 4 pm
  • In-person in 963 Schermerhorn Extension
  • Dr. Anna Agbe-Davies will give a Boas lecture on: “Archeologies of Race, Women, and Rights Work at the Phyllis Wheatley Home For Girls, Chicago.” A light reception will follow in 465 Schermerhorn Extension. More information

“Good COP, Bad COP?”: The Future of Climate Negotiations

  • March 21 from 6 to 7 pm
  • In-person at Lerner Hall, Room 568. Registration is appreciated but not required.
  • “Has COP accomplished its goals? Is COP complicit in a lack of climate progress? Have frontline communities been given a voice? Join climate scientist Isatis Cintron Rodriguez, and community advocate AJ Hudson CC’13  to discuss climate justice and inclusion of frontline communities in the international fora.” More information

19th Annual Columbia Energy Symposium

  • Friday, March 22 from 9:30 am to 5 pm
  • In-person at Pulitzer Hall. Registration required.
  • “The Columbia University Energy Symposium is one of the largest student-run energy event in New York City, bringing together energy professionals, students, faculty, leaders, and executives representing industry, government, and society, to explore and advance our insights into today’s challenging energy questions.” More information

Public Astronomy Night: “Black Hole Paleontology” with Dr. Floor Broekgaarden

  • Friday, March 22 from 7 to 8 pm (lecture) and 8:10 to 9:10 pm (stargazing)
  • In-person at Pupin Hall 301 (lecture) and College Walk (stargazing). Registration required.
  • “The main speaker next Friday will be Columbia astrophysicist Dr. Floor Broekgaarden, who will be talking to us about “Black Hole Paleontology”: […] Like paleontologists, who study the bones of dinosaurs to understand how they lived, we will journey through the lives of massive stars by studying their fossils: black holes. ” […] Outdoor observing/stargazing will take place on College Walk, the portion of 116th street crossing through Columbia’s main campus; we will walk down to College Walk as a group following the lecture and Q&A. Telescopes and binoculars will be provided by Columbia Astronomy (but you are absolutely welcome to bring your own observing equipment).” More information

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