Global Think-in: The Code of Capital

Monday, October 21, 2019 · 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Jerome Greene Annex · 410 West 117 Street

  • Katharina Pistor | Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law
  • Adam Tooze | Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History; Director of the European Institute; Member of the Committee on Global Thought
  • Jean Cohen | Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Political Theory and Contemporary Civilization
  • Carol Gluck, Moderator | Chair of the Committee on Global Thought; George Sansom Professor of History

Global Think-ins are vehicles for generating new ideas and perspectives on issues of global concern. The Think-ins are designed as forums for academics and practitioners from diverse disciplinary and methodological backgrounds, geographical locations, and expertise to share, critique, and develop new ideas.

This event was co-sponsored by The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

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Image result for Katharina PistorKatharina Pistor is the Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law at Columbia Law School and Director of the Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation. Her research and teaching spans corporate law, corporate governance, money and finance, property rights, and comparative law and legal institutions. She has published widely in legal and social science journals. Her most recent book is The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2019).



Professor Adam Tooze teaches and researches widely in the fields of twentieth-century and contemporary history. From a start in modern German history with a special focus on the history of economics and economic history his interests have widened to take in a range of themes in political, intellectual and military history, across a canvass stretching from Europe across the Atlantic. His most recent book was Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World (2018).




Image result for jean cohenJean Cohen is the Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Political Theory and Contemporary Civilization. She teaches contemporary political and legal theory; continental political thought; rights, religion and constitutional democracy; contemporary civilization, critical theory, and international political theory. Professor Cohen's areas of interest are sovereignty, human rights, religion and democratic constitutionalism, and gender and the law. Her current work is focused on democratic constitutionalism and the discourse of religious freedom: the challenges that "accommodation" and religious legal pluralism pose to liberalism, democratic legitimacy, the rule of law and constitutional democracy.

Carol Gluck is a George Sansom Professor of History. She specializes in modern Japan, from the late nineteenth century to the present; international relations; World War II, and history-writing and public memory in Asia and the West. She received her B.A. from Wellesley (1962) and her Ph.D. from Columbia (1977).  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; former President of the Association for Asian Studies; currently co-chair of the Trustees Emeriti of Asia Society and member of the Board of Directors of Japan Society. She is a founding member and now chair of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought.


Global Think-In: The Code of Capital took place in the Jerome Greene Annex at 410 West 117 Street, on the Columbia University Morningside campus.

The Jerome Greene Annex, Columbia University, is located near 421 W 116th St. To find the Annex walk past Jerome Greene Hall (Columbia Law School) on 116th Street heading toward Morningside Drive, make a left into the gated courtyard. Then, within the courtyard, walk past Wien Hall on your right, making a right turn just past the building, and enter the door on your right to get into the Annex.


The Heyman Center is Columbia University's central site for the Humanities. Built in 1980 to be a home for the nascent Society of Fellows, the Heyman Center today provides the physical space for members of the entire Columbia community—in the humanities, social and natural sciences, law, medicine and public health, journalism, business, and the arts—to share thinking, debate ideas, and collectively consider methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues of common interest and concern.  Besides affording offices and meeting spaces to the Fellows and SoF/Heyman Center administrators, the Heyman Center now also houses the Society of Senior Scholars and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and it makes meeting spaces available to its affiliated members and programs (including the Friends of the Heyman Center).  Since 2005, the SoF/Heyman Center staff has organized lectures, conferences, readings, performances, workshops, and other forms of public discussion as Heyman Center events—including (since 2014) public humanities outreach efforts that serve those in our neighboring communities who might significantly benefit from focused humanities programming, such as those participating in the Justice-in-Education Initiative.