From Cells to Society: Rethinking Public Policy in a Changing World

Assistant Professor Esteban Calvo

Moderated by Ursula Staudinger

March 8, 2018 · 12-1PM

Columbia University, Fayerweather Hall, Room 411

The Committee on Global Thought (CGT) Lunchtime Seminars are a forum for Columbia University faculty and visiting scholars to present current research characterizing and assessing issues of global importance. No registration is required. Light lunch will be available.

About the Speaker

Esteban Calvo is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, affiliated faculty at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, and Director of the Center for Public Policy Research at Universidad Mayor, Chile. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Universidad Catolica, Chile, and served as a consultant for Harvard University, the United Nations, and the Government of Chile. His research interests include aging and the lifecourse, social epidemiology, public policy, subjective well-being, and quantitative methods.

Much of his work aims to identify and understand the social factors experienced across the life course that influence the health and happiness of older adults, as well as to evaluate public policies and interventions that can improve their well-being and benefit society as a whole. His current research agenda includes three threads: (1) assessing the impact of lifecourse statuses, transitions, and trajectories on a variety of health outcomes, from self-reports to physical measures and biomarkers; (2) understanding how individuals react to social contexts and public policies that they experience over the lifecourse; and (3) improving our understanding of the challenges and opportunities posed by demographic change to aging-related policy throughout the world.

His recent publications focus on the health effects of retirement, life satisfaction effects of unemployment and pension policy, and cultural and structural determinants of social security and health policy reforms worldwide. Esteban Calvo is the recipient of awards from the American Public Health Association, American Sociological Association, Gerontological Society of America, and Retirement Research Foundation.

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Spring 2018 Schedule

Below is the Lunchtime Seminar 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”


The seminars take place on Thursdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall, Room 411 unless otherwise noted.

The Santiago Center was officially launched in March 2012. It has mainly focused on organizing public programs featuring Columbia faculty, researchers, and students and covering themes that are in the frontline of the global and local public policy agenda.  It has established extensive partnerships with Chilean academic community, government institutions, businesses, and NGOs to co-sponsor public programs and to develop relationships with local scholars and  scientists in order to engage in joint-research projects.

The Center is engaged in recruitment efforts to inform Chilean students and professionals about the degrees and courses offered by Columbia in New York. It also helps in searching for research and internship opportunities in Chile for Columbia undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

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