World Leaders Forum: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba

Right Honourable Sher Bahadur Deuba

UNDERGRADUATE WORKSHOP: In advance of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s appearance, the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought presents a workshop with Professor Mara Green on Wednesday, September 20, from 2:15PM – 3:15PM.

Undergraduate: What Are Your Thoughts on a Changing World?

Neil Aggarwal, Patricia Culligan, Vishakha N. Desai, Carol Gluck, Bernard Harcourt, Rosalind C. Morris, David K. Park, Kian Tajbakhsh

What are your Thoughts on a Changing World? An Open Forum with Columbia Faculty September 13, 2017 • 6-8PM Columbia University, Kent Hall, Room 403 The Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought (UCGT) presented its first event of the semester, a lively discussion among undergraduates and faculty about youth in our changing world. What are YOUR thoughts on a changing world? […]

Global Thought Lab: Thoughts on the Democratization of Information

Vishakha Desai

Thoughts on the Democratization of Information April 19, 2017 • 6-7PM Broadway Hall Lounge, 14th Floor West Of the series Thoughts on a Changing World, an initiative organized by the Committee on Global Thought to gather and access at a local and global scale the issues of current and urgent attention, the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought’s […]

Beyond the Secular West

Akeel Bilgrami, Prasenjit Duara, Sudipta Kaviraj

A Book Talk on Akeel Bilgrami’s “Beyond the Secular West”

#bringbackourgirls

Helon Habila , Brian Larkin, Shobana Shankar, Nicholas Lemann

A discourse on Islamist militancy in Africa.

Turkey in the World

Orhan Pamuk, N. Turkuler Isiksel, Mark Mazower, Carol Gluck

A Global Hot Spot on Turkey

Til Debt Do Us Part

Bob Swarup, Perry G. Mehrling

Lessons for a deglobalizing world from the last 25 centuries of financial crisis

Global Think-in: Populisms Now

John Judis, Federico Finchelstein, Xiaobo Lu, Nadia Urbinati, Lawrence Liang, Carol Gluck

A Global Think-in on the global populism phenomenon

Commencement 2016

The University Commencement ceremony of the 262nd Academic Year.

GSAS Convocation

Andrew Gelman

This ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of all MA candidates in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Class of 2016.

CGT Presidential Reception

Lee C. Bollinger, Carol Gluck, Vishakha N. Desai

A reception to celebrate a decade of activities and research of the Committee on Global Thought with its founder, President Lee C. Bollinger.

Global Money: Past, Present, Future

Adam Tooze, Perry G. Mehrling, Patricia C. Mosser, Phil Prince, Katharina Pistor

A Global Think-in on the past, present, and future of the global monetary system.

Undergraduate: Talk with Professor Jonathan R. Cole

Jonathan R. Cole

Join Professor Jonathan R. Cole, a prominent professor in the sociology of science for a conversation on “Trigger Warnings: Freedom of Academic Inquiry”. The Talks with Professors series allows students to engage in casual and meaningful conversations with distinguished scholars in a laid-back, informal setting. Registration open to Columbia University students only.

Undergraduate: Talk with Professor Kimberly Marten

Kimberly Marten

The Talks with Professors series allows students to engage in casual and meaningful conversations with distinguished scholars in a laid-back, informal setting. Registration open to Columbia University students only.

Undergraduate: Talk with Professor Geert Somsen

Geert Somsen

Join Professor Geert Somsen, a prominent professor in the history of science, for a conversation on “Science and World Order.” The Talks with Professors series allows students to engage in casual and meaningful conversations with distinguished scholars in a laid-back, informal setting. Registration open to Columbia University students only.

World Leaders Forum with President Sergio Mattarella

His Excellency Sergio Mattarella

UNDERGRADUATE WORKSHOP: In advance of President Mattarella’s appearance, the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought presents a workshop with Professor Alessandra Casella on Saturday, February 6, from 10-11AM.

Planes, Trains, and Root Canals

Sasha Issenberg, Michael Doyle, Nicholas Lemann

Medical tourism is growing rapidly. The question is whether it represents the future of healthcare, which traditionally, has been a core responsibility of national governments.

CGT Lunchtime Seminar with Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Souleymane Bachir Diagne will discuss the ideological formation of the state in various traditions of Islam and indicate what factors have contributed to the range of ways in which Islamic traditions govern, are governed, and ideologically participate in integrating the identities of the faithful as Muslims and as citizens.

CGT Lunchtime Seminar with Richard W. Bulliet

Richard W. Bulliet

Richard W. Bulliet discussed his new book, “The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions,” focusing on the three major phases in the evolution of the wheel and their relationship to the needs and ambitions of human society.

Global Exposure

Bernard Harcourt, Betsy Reed, Clive Thompson, Judith McHale, David K. Park

Exploiting our boundless desire to access everything all the time, digital technology is breaking down whatever boundaries still exist between the state, the market, and the private realm. ‘Global Exposure’ offers a powerful critique of our new virtual transparence, revealing just how unfree we are becoming and how little we seem to care.

Global Citizenship: A Discussion with Atossa Abrahamian

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Nicholas Lemann, Rosalind C. Morris, Joseph O’Neill

The buying and selling of citizenship has become a thriving business in just a few years. Entrepreneurs and libertarians are renouncing America and Europe in favor of tax havens like Singapore and the Caribbean. But as journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian discovered, the story of twenty-first-century citizenship is bigger than millionaires seeking their next passport.

The 1754 Society

Amelia Alverson, Kenneth A. Forde, Vishakha N. Desai, Mamadou Diouf, Wafaa El-Sadr, Carol Gluck, Jeffrey Niu, Wei Qing Tan, Adam Tooze

In this special conversation organized exclusively for the 1754 Society, senior faculty members and students of Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought (CGT) from across the University and Medical Center discussed what it will mean to think, act, and teach globally over the next four decades.

Politics of Memory in Global Context – Facing History Squarely & Nations and their Pasts

Carol Gluck, Narita Ryuichi, Charles K. Armstrong, Bu Ping, Li Zonguan, Jie-hyun Lim, Valerie Rosoux, Iwasaki Minoru, Umemori Naoyuki, Hou Chunyan, Armelle Viard, Daniel Dayan

Panelists discussed the politics of memory of World War II in this seventieth anniversary year in domestic and geopolitical perspectives. Each panelist made a 7-minute introductory statement, which was then followed by a discussion among the panelists, moderated by Gluck, and finished with some questions from the audience.

Undergraduate: It’s a Hip-Hop World

Jonzi D, Antoinette Gomis, Niek Traa, Jennifer Archibald, Ellie Hisama

We’ve all seen hip-hop dance…but nothing like this! UCGT hosted “It’s A Hip-Hop World”, an event organized in conjunction with the Apollo Theater’s Breakin Convention International Hip-Hop Festival. Our renowned international panel will hold a discussion on the topic of the intersection of hip hop between different global environments, followed by a Q&A and a meet and greet.

World Leaders Forum with President Michelle Bachelet

Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet, Nara Milanich

This World Leaders Forum program featured an address by Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile, titled, Challenges of Our Democracy: 25 Years After, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

2015 Global Thought Lecture with Kevin Rudd

Hon. Kevin Rudd, Vishakha N. Desai, Steven Cohen

This World Leaders Forum and Global Thought Lecture featured an address by The Honorable Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute; Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia, titled The Rise of China and its Impact on the Global Order. The discussion was followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Evidence-Based Medicine: How Sound is the Evidence?

David Madigan, John Ioannidis, Wafaa El-Sadr, Steve Lohr

“Rethinking Knowledge: Evidence-Based Medicine” addressed how randomized clinical trials provide the highest quality of evidence with regard to the efficacy and safety of medical interventions such as drugs and surgical procedures.

Creating Economic Growth: Lessons for Europe

Marco Magnani, Bruce Greenwald, Dominick Salvatore, Vishakha N. Desai

A panel discussion with Marco Magnani on his book “Creating Economic Growth: Lessons for Europe” with Bruce Greenwald, Dominick Salvatore, and moderated by Vishakha N. Desai.

Undergraduate: Columbia Global Night

How can Columbia University undergraduates become better equipped to understand and participate in the inter-connected, inter-dependent world of the 21st century? It is widely noted that in the next decade, one in every four jobs will be related to global trade and development. Do you feel you are prepared for this new world? What do you need from your undergraduate education to provide a more nuanced global perspective?

The 7th Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture: Prices and Decentralization without Convexity

Paul Milgrom, Kenneth J. Arrow, Jay Sethuraman, Joseph Stiglitz

The 7th Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture on “Prices and Decentralization without Convexity” was delivered by Paul Milgrom, Shirley and Leonard Ely professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Economics at Stanford University, with Kenneth J. Arrow, Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at Stanford University; Jay Sethuraman, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Columbia University; and Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor at Columbia University.

The Kenneth J. Arrow Series Book Launch

Scott Barrett, Patrick Bolton, Bruce Greenwald, Geoffrey Heal, Eric Maskin, Bernard Salanié, José Scheinkman, Joseph Stiglitz

The Kenneth J. Arrow Series Book Launch featured a policy-oriented authors’ roundtable.

Politics of Memory in Global Context – Critics and Analytics: Presentation of the Past in the 9/11 Museum

Charles Strozier, Jeffrey Alexander, Daphna Shohamy, Thomas Lutz, Henry Rousso

Panel discussion as part of The Politics of Memory in Global Context series on the relation between individual and collective memory, between national and global history, between commemoration and information, including the challenge of presenting such difficult pasts as September 11th and the Holocaust.

Politics of Memory in Global Context – Remembering the Past in Public: A Conversation

William Hirst, Thomas Lutz, Henry Rousso, Steven Davis

Panel discussion as part of The Politics of Memory in Global Context series on the relation between individual and collective memory, between national and global history, between commemoration and information, including the challenge of presenting such difficult pasts as September 11th and the Holocaust.

Global Governance

Mark Mazower, Partha Chatterjee, Katharina Pistor

A Global Think-in on the past, present, and future of attempts to “govern the world”

2014 Global Thought Lecture with Pascal Lamy

Pascal Lamy, Vishakha Desai, Lee C. Bollinger, Richard G. Parker, Jose Antonio Ocampo

The 2014 Global Thought Lecture featured an address by Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization and Chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, titled “Global Governance and Future Challenges: Lessons from the Oxford Martin Commission.”

Undergraduate: Workshop on the Future of Global Governance with José Antonio Ocampo

Jose Antonio Ocampo

Workshop on the Future of Global Governance April 18, 2014 · 2:00-3:00PM Columbia University, Hamilton Hall, Room 603 José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs and Member of the Committee on Global Thought José Antonio Ocampo, moderator for the Global Thought Lecture on Global Governance and Future Challenges, will lead […]

Global Urbanism – Mobilities in Cities: From Visible to Invisible

Diana Barco, Assaf Biderman, Adam Greenfield, Walter Hook, Hiroo Ichikawa, Greg Lindsay, Eric Miller, Xuefei Ren, Claire Roberge, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett , Doris Tarchopulos, John Urry

The fifth annual conference on global urbanism, hosted by Saskia Sassen.

Book Launch: Stefan Jonsson

Andreas Huyssen, Stefan Jonsson

Stefan Jonsson and Andreas Huyssen will discuss Jonsson’s recent volume, Crowds and Democracy: The Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism, (Columbia University Press, 2013), published in the series Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts.

Film Screening: Thaumazein

Aleksander Motturi, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

This screening of the film Thaumazein was followed by a discussion with director Aleksander Motturi.

Arts, Culture and Quality of Life in Global Cities

Vishakha N. Desai, Nora Akawi, Bill Bragin, Carol Becker, Geoffrey Crossick, Teddy Cruz, Marcus Faustini, Tom Finkelpearl, Fonna Forman, Susan K. Freedman, Christophe Girard, Kathy Halbreich, Joe Hall, Stephen Hobbs, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Vasif Kortun, Dinh Q. Lê, Kate D. Levin, Helen Marriage, Reinhold Martin, Joy Mboya, Maria Nicanor, Mark J. Stern, Sergio Sá Leitão, Saskia Sassen, Rajeev Thakker, Roberta Uno, Damian Woetzel

A conference on how to build and sustain robust cultural infrastructure.

Growth and Poverty

Amartya Sen, Edmund Phelps, Jeffrey Sachs

A conversation on the parallel phenomena of India’s booming economy and widespread poverty.

The Syria Dilemma: A Critical Dialogue

Nader Hashemi, Bassel Korkor, Kenneth Roth, Saskia Sassen, Michael Walzer

The nightmare in Syria remains unresolved – and with no end in sight.

Gandhi and (Marx)

Akeel Bilgrami

A lecture celebrating Akeel Bilgrami as the first Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy

Big Data/Global Surveillance

Emily Bell, Mark H. Hansen, Rebecca MacKinnon, Moderator: Saskia Sassen

A panel on the technical and global implications of the expanded surveillance capacity of states and the expanded capacity of people to contest.

2013 Global Thought Lecture with Homi K. Bhabha

Homi K. Bhabha, Saskia Sassen

In the First Global Thought Lecture, Bhabha used the works of W.E.B. Du Bois, Toni Morrison, Kathleen Battle, artist Zarina Hashmi, and dozens of other thinkers to explore the role of culture and the arts in cultivating an aesthetic of “living side by side” that contributes to our contemporary understanding of “cosmopolitan right”.

The Rise of the South

Current Trends >> Future Possibilities
A conference to discuss the 2013 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report

Our Global Local University

Reinhold Martin

A meeting with the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought on the tensions between Columbia’s burgeoning role as a “global university” and its expanding place in New York.

Triangulating Property Rights

Hanoch Dagan, Klaus Deininger, Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Terra Lawson-Remer, Paige West, Olivier de Schutter, Katharina Pistor

The panel sought to advance alternative governance solutions for essential resources drawing on theory, legal and empirical research.

Churchill’s Secret War

Anya Schiffrin, Madhusree Mukerjee, Partha Chatterjee

Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During World War II November 27, 2012 · 6:00-8:00PM Columbia University Business School, Uris Hall, room 141 In 1943, during World War II, the eastern province of Bengal in British India underwent a famine that killed 3 million people or more. The famine has long […]

Undergraduate: Talk with Professor Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle

Join Michael Doyle, a prominent SIPA and law professor, for a conversation on the myriad of ways in which issues of foreign policy inform and influence U.S. presidential elections. The Talks with Professors series allows students to engage in casual and meaningful conversations with distinguished scholars in a laid-back, informal setting. Registration open to Columbia University students only.

Global Urbanism – Presence and Absence in the City

Michael Kimmelman, Ricky Burdett, Stephen Duncombe, Richard Sennett, Geoff Mulgan, Paul Gillieron, Greg Lindsay, Susanne Seitinger, Edwin Heathcote, Teddy Cruz, Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti, Saskia Sassen, Mamadou Diouf, Clémentine Deliss, Ioanna Theocharopoulou, Sudhir Venkatesh, Shamus Khan, Daniel Arsham, Jonah Bokaer, Elizabeth Diller, Andrew Todd

A conference on how those considered invisible or inconsequential are enabled to ‘make presence’ in urban space.

The Presidential Economic Advisers Forum

R. Glenn Hubbard, Jeffrey Liebman, Sharyn O'Halloran, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Michael Woodford, Introduction: Lee C. Bollinger, Moderator: Chrystia Freeland

In an interconnected world, domestic events reverberate globally. Never is that more true than during election season in the United States.

Oil Talk: Thinking and Retelling the Political and Cultural Economy of Oil and Gas

Hannah Appel, Michael Ross, Suzana Sawyer

Oil Talk: Thinking and Retelling the Political and Cultural Economy of Oil and Gas April 13, 2012 · 10:00AM – 2:00PM Columbia University Business School, 142 Uris Hall Hannah Appel, Post-doctoral Research Scholar with the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University Keynote lecture with Michael Ross (UCLA), Suzana Sawyer (UC Davis), and Michael Watts (UC Berkeley) […]

Sustainable Consumption: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective

Partha Dasgupta

Sustainable Consumption: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective April 2, 2012 · 10:00-11:30AM Columbia University, 1501 School of International and Public Affairs Partha Dasgupta, Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge Visiting scholar and Professor Emeritus of Economics (Cambridge University), Sir Partha Dasgupta, will lecture on “Sustainable Consumption”. Joining as discussants will be Joseph E. Stiglitz, University Professor […]

Debt: the Long View

Peter Goodman, David Graeber, Louis Hyman, Greta Krippner

What is debt? How did we get so much and what can we do about it?

Your Global Thoughts, with the CGT

The CGT presented an hour of open global discussion with Columbia’s undergraduates. Columbia’s leading scholars and members of the Committee on Global Thought heard the thoughts of Columbia’s undergraduates on the pressing issues facing the world today including everything from issues of globalization, to Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring.

Global Urbanism – Supercities and Mega-Migrations: China’s Urban Futures

Saskia Sassen, Thomas Buettner, Sabine Henning, Yao Lu, Ming Yan, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Xuefei Ren, Parag Khanna, Shohei Shigematsu, Gracia Liu-Farrer, Ling Huang, Adam Greenfield, Craig Hartman, Ioanna Theocharopoulou, Jiang Xu, Xiangming Chen, Chang Liu, Ackbar Abbas, Douglas Wyatt Hocking

The third annual conference on the changing landscape of urban spaces, curated by Professor Saskia Sassen.

Sustainable Investment – From “Savings Glut” to Sustainable Growth

The Second Annual Sovereign Wealth Fund Conference “From ‘Savings Glut’ to Sustainable Growth” brought together investors from sovereign wealth, pension and other long-term funds with policymakers, academics and leading economic thinkers for an intensive two-day program of plenary sessions, smaller working groups and keynote addresses.

India During and After the Global Financial Crisis

Kaushik Basu, Prabhat Patnaik, Amartya Sen, Joseph E. Stiglitz

India During and After the Global Financial Crisis March 30, 2011 · 7:00-9:00PM Columbia University Business School, 301 Uris Hall Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India Prabhat Patnaik, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Department […]

The Egyptian Transition in Context

Mona El-Ghobashy, Timothy Frye, Mirjam Künkler, Alfred Stepan, Michael Doyle

A discussion of democratcy in Egypt and other transitioning countries

Egypt Arising

Juan Cole, Mona El-Ghobashy, Jean-Pierre Filiu, Rashid Khalidi, Saskia Sassen

An exploration of the current unrest in Egypt and the Middle East.

Politics and Economics in a Volatile World

Grzegorz W. Kolodko, Patrick Bolton, Andrzej Rapaczynski

Grzegorz W. Kolodko discusses the release of his new book, “Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World”

Sustainable Investment – A New Form of Capitalism?

The First Annual Sovereign Wealth Fund Conference “Sovereign Wealth Funds and Other Long-Term Investors: A New Form of Capitalism?” convened 200 scholars, policymakers, fund managers and economic thinkers to explore how sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and other long-term investors can leverage their unique long-term investment horizons to confront and profit from complex global challenges.

Global Urbanism – Africa, Cities and Eco-Crisis Conference

Saskia Sassen, Arthur H. Westing, Ties Rijcken, Ties Rijcken, Shiv Someshwar, Richard Matthew, Rachel Armstrong, Greg Lindsay, P. Michael Pelken, Klaus Jacob, Irwin Redlener, Lindsey Hoshaw, Noah Toly, Dana R. Fisher, Amit Srivastava

The second annual conference on the changing landscape of urban spaces, curated by Professor Saskia Sassen.

Global Urbanism – Cities and the New Wars

Saskia Sassen, Arjun Appadurai, Stephen Graham, Jessica Stern, Elazar Barkan, Les Roberts, Karen Jacobsen, Yasmine Ergas, Claire Cutler, Eyal Weizman, Peter Marcuse, Partha Chatterjee

Cities and the New Wars September 25-26, 2009 • 1:00PM – 6:45PM Columbia University, Avery Hall, Wood Auditorium How do cities confront conflict? This conference approached this question from two perspective. First, it explored the multiple meanings of the new urban wars: asymmetric armed conflict, US Army training for the “urban enemy,” forms of economic violence […]