Rethinking the World

The Committee on Global Thought presents Rethinking the World, a series exploring the challenges and opportunities in our global crises. Cross-disciplinary discussions with experts, activists, and students from around the world will focus on analysis and lived experience concerning issues of public health and the coronavirus, the global economy, education, racial/social justice, climate, migration, and more.

Upcoming Programs


Re-think, Re-imagine, Re-invent: Higher Education for a Changing World – Youth in a Changing World

Friday, December 4 | 10:00 AM ET

How should institutions of higher education meet the many challenges confronting the world today?  This convening will be led by a group of youth from 12 countries and involve peers around the world.

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Contested Legacies: Public Monuments in Global Perspective – Politics of Visual Arts in a Changing World

Thursday, October 8 | 10 AM EDT

Part of Politics of Visual Arts in a Changing World, an initiative of the Committee on Global Thought. Made possible through the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

A discussion with scholars and activists on the various issues surrounding the removal of public monuments across the globe in the wake of social justice uprisings in the United States.

Outreach partners: Columbia University School of the Arts; Columbia Global Centers; Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability; Historic Preservation Program at GSAPP.

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Democracy and AI: Civics In a New Age – Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought

Wednesday, October 21 | 10 AM EDT

Presented by the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. This moderated discussion with Tim Hwang, Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, will explore and unpack the role that big tech and artificial intelligence is playing in politics and governance at a global scale. Mr. Hwang will discuss the growth of big tech and AI, highlight some of the most pressing challenges for liberal democracies, and discuss what safeguards are currently in place or need to be, particularly within the framework of the impending 2020 election.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia College Student Council.

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On the Edge of the Settled World – Unsettlement

Thursday, October 22 | 10 AM EDT

Hosted by the project on Unsettlement, an initiative of the Committee on Global Thought.

Today, millions of people are stranded in states of permanent displacement. They live in places that lack infrastructures of permanence, but must often reside there for years and even decades. How shall we understand these phenomena? What are the possibilities for a more just response? Join leading journalists from around the globe as they report on the situation in their regions.

Led by anthropologist, Rosalind Morris, the CGT project on Unsettlement aims to enable critical thought and a just response to issues that transcend the category of migrancy and the issues of border security. Beyond the false dichotomy of voluntary or forced movement, in areas where border regimes are mutating and climate change is precipitating profound demographic shifts, the project brings together scholars, policy makers, journalists and artists in forums that aim to inform and to foster new approaches to the challenges of our present and the future.

Outreach partners: Columbia University School of the Arts; The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

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From the Local to the Global: Business, Debt, Coronavirus – Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought 

Wednesday, October 28 | 12 PM EDT

The Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought presents a discussion on the acceleration of global inequality resulting from the outsized impact of the economic crisis on small businesses across cultures and geographies.

Co-sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Society and the CU Journal of Politics and Society

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‘Insecure Zones’: Reflections from Africa and the Indian Ocean – Unsettlement

Thursday, November 12 | 10:00 AM ET

This joint workshop constitutes the inaugural event in the new program of ‘Critical Concepts and Regional Issues’ of the Project on ‘Unsettlement’, hosted by the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, and co-sponsored by the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), and the Department of Africana Studies at Barnard College.

The project on Unsettlement was founded to address the predicament of those who, today, are stranded in states of indefinite displacement, deferred arrival and recurrent departure – people who live in places that lack infrastructures of permanence, but who must reside there for years, decades and even generations. They are often on the move, but lack the freedom and rights of mobility. Unsettlement in this sense is not merely a question of migrancy, and the project is impelled by the need to generate concepts and forms of practice that move beyond that discourse and the associated assumptions of transition. It aims to address the duration, intensity and uncertainty of long-term displacement, while moving beyond oppositions between voluntary and involuntary movement, on one hand, and economic or material exigency versus economic desire on the other.

Speakers: Rosalind Morris, Euclides Gonçalves, Mpho Matsipa, Isabel Hofmeyr, Yvette Christianse, Achille Mbembe, Johannes Machinya

The Project on Unsettlement is excited to partner with WISER, and to join its efforts to reformulate the category of region in Africa and the Indian Ocean.

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