CGT Lunchtime Seminars

The CGT Lunchtime Seminars are a forum for Columbia University faculty and visiting scholars to present current research characterizing and assessing issues of global importance. The seminar takes place on Thursdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall Room 411, unless otherwise noted. Check back for updates to the schedule.

Click on the titles below for more information and suggested readings for the seminars.

Spring 2018 Schedule

Below is the schedule for Spring 2018. The seminars take place on Thursdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall, Room 411 unless otherwise noted. Please check back for updates to the schedule.

February 22

Akeel Bilgrami, “Some Philosophical Reflections on Our Political Ideals”

March 8

Esteban Calvo, “From Cells to Society: Rethinking Public Policy in a Changing World”

March 29

Peter Marcotullio, “Climate Change and Urban Heat: Exploring Patterns and Factors of Future Global Vulnerability”

April 5

Ursula Staudinger, “As You Sow, So Shall You Reap: Gender-Role Attitudes and Late-Life Cognition”

April 19

Yasmine Ergas, “Markets in Mothers and Markets in Children”


Past Lunchtime Seminars

What Is To Be Done? After the Illusions, a Critical Practice for the Twenty-First Century

Dec. 7, 2017 with Professor Bernard Harcourt


How Much Inequality is Fair? Mathematical Principles of a Moral, Optimal, and Stable Capitalist Society

Nov. 9, 2017 with Professor Venkat Venkatasubramanian


The Rise of the Bolsheviks: Uncovering a Family View

Oct. 12, 2017 with Professor Mark Mazower


China’s Urban Transformation

       Apr. 6, 2017 with Professor Weiping Wu


The Commander of the Faithful in Islamic History and the Taliban-Islamic State Rivalry

Mar. 23, 2017 with Professor Neil Krishan Aggarwal


The Urban Apparatus: Mediapolitics and the City

Feb. 23, 2017 with Professor Reinhold Martin


Differences in Aging Across Cultures: A Global Perspective

Dec. 1, 2016 with Professor Vegard Skirbekk


The Latest Catastrophe: History, the Present, the Contemporary

Nov. 17, 2016 with Professor Henry Rousso


Movement without Mobility, Settlement without Belonging: A Proposal for Theorizing ‘Unsettlement’ Today

Nov. 11, 2016 (Fri., Fayerweather 301M) with Professor Rosalind C. Morris


Being the Other: The Muslim in India

Nov. 10, 2016 with Author Saeed Naqvi


Generators, Electricity and the Infrastructural Life of Cities

Oct. 27, 2016 with Professor Brian Larkin


Hijacking Human Rights: Neoliberalism and the End of the Third World

Oct. 6, 2016 with Professor Joseph R. Slaughter


The Limits of Global Thought: Western Social and Human Sciences on Trial

Sep. 22, 2016 with Visiting Professor Kian Tajbakhsh


The Construction of a Global Institution: International commercial arbitration, 1890-1960

Mar. 29, 2016 with Visiting Professor Jérôme Sgard


Nation Building: Why some countries came together while others fell apart

Mar. 22, 2016 with Professor Andreas Wimmer


The Sufi and the State: Discussing the notion of a state being ‘Islamic’

Feb. 9, 2016 with Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne


The Wheel: Inventions and reinventions

Jan. 26, 2016 with Emeritus Professor Richard W. Bulliet


The Legacy of Bandung

Nov. 10, 2015 with Professor Partha Chatterjee


The Question of Intervention

Oct. 27, 2015 with Professor Michael Doyle


The Identity of Modern Indian Political Thought

Oct. 20, 2015 with Visiting Professor Pratap Bhanu Mehta


Political Transition in East-Central Europe and the End of the Cold War, 1988-1991

Oct. 13, 2015 with Visiting Professor Csaba Békés


Women’s Emancipation and the Rise of Fundamentalism

Oct. 6, 2015 with Visiting Professor Abram de Swaan


The Enlightenment, Enchantment, and the Mentality of Democracy

Sep. 15, 2015 with Professor Akeel Bilgrami