Cultures in Conversation

Cultures in Conversation is a series by the UCGT that invites undergraduate students to bring their perspectives, backgrounds, and cultural experiences to roundtable discussions with distinguished faculty. Discussions will be centered around issues of global relevance and particular significance to the undergraduate community.

Recent Events

Born to Be: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

On February 5, 2020, the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought (UCGT), GSAlliance, and the Columbia University Science Journal presented a screening of the film Born to Be.

This acclaimed documentary from director Tania Cypriano and Producer Michelle Koo Hayashi follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting at the groundbreaking Mt. Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City.

Following the film screening, participants had the opportunity to hear from a panel composed of Dr. Ting, Ms. Hayashi, and Dr. Michael Marin and moderated by Professor Yasmine Ergas, Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy at Columbia University.

For more information on the film, please visit

Re-Imagining the College Experience

On December 5th 2019, the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought hosted a round table discussion on re-imagining the college experience, thinking critically about who college is for, what purpose it serves, and whether other models are possible. Undergraduate students were joined by professors Amy StuartManan Ahmed, and Laura Neitzel.

Photo Gallery

Born to Be Screening

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Re-Imagining the College Experience

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Media Coverage

“Born to Be” documentary gives a humanizing look into the world of transgender medicine, Columbia Spectator, February 6, 2020