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"Race Across Borders" Conference Explores New Forms of Collective IdentityOffice of Public AffairsHoward Winant, Temple University, and Percy Hintzen, University of California, Berkeley, were among the speakers at Columbia's Institute for Research in African American Studies "Race Across Borders" conference. The conference explored how the reconfiguration of territories is leading to new conceptualizations of personal and collective identities. View the archived webcast here.
50th Anniversary Perspective on The Caine MutinyOffice of Public AffairsPulitzer-Prize-winning author Herman Wouk, CC '34, reflects on his masterpiece, The Caine Mutiny, 50 years after its publication. The book, which was made into an acclaimed movie, is an American classic with renewed relevance for today. This video is a rare opportunity to experience a piece of literature from the author's perspective. Wouk brings the passages of the book to life, and reveals new themes in the text.
All Eyes on the United States: The Attacks and the Aftermath in the Foreign PressOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a panel held October 12, 2001 at the School of International and Public Affairs. New York-based foreign correspondents discussed their coverage of the September 11 attacks. The participants included Kirill Voronin, Tribuna, Russia; Koichi Sakai, Nikkei, Japan; Khalil Matar, Middle East Broadcasting Corporation, and Verena Lueken of Frankfurter Allgemeine of Germany.
America's War on Terrorism: Where Do We Go from Here?Office of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a roundtable hosted by the Institute of War and Peace Studies. Panelists included Robert Jervis, a specialist in Russian foreign policy and international politics, Richard Betts, who has served as a consultant to the National Security Council and the CIA and is director of the Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Warner Schilling, an expert in military policy and military technology.
Barnard Forum: The History of Violence in Different Religious TraditionsOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a community forum held October 8, 2001, which explored the landscape of religious violence amongst different traditions from Jihadi movements to Christian fundamentalists. Panelists included E. Valentine Daniel, Janet Jakobsen, Neguin Yavari, Peter Awn, Richard Bulliet, and Saeed Shafqat. The panel was moderated by Jack Hawley.
Civil Wars Cause Damage Long After Conflicts EndOffice of Public AffairsThe indirect, lingering effects of civil wars are at least as damaging as those during civil wars, Yale political science professor Bruce Russett said during a lecture sponsored by SIPA's Institute of War and Peace Studies. These include refugee crises, increases in crime and homicide rates and weakened health care delivery systems.
Domination of the Media by Major ConglomeratesOffice of Public AffairsBill Moyers moderated a November 15, 2001 panel of four journalists, who discussed how September 11 and other events of the past forty years have shaped today's journalism. Moyers focused on the emergence of a handful of conglomerate news chains.
Fiftieth Anniversary of U.S.-Japan Fulbright Program Offers Opportunity for Reflection on Personal Experiences in JapanOffice of Public AffairsOn the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Fulbright program, celebrated on September 23, 2002, President Bollinger, professors Gerald Curtis, Jagdish Bhagwati, Paul Anderer, and William Clark, Japan Society of New York, reflect on personal experiences in Japan, and on the Fulbright Program.
From Olympus to Valhalla: How Greek and Norse Mythological Traditions Inspired Deity WorshipOffice of Public AffairsRichard Sacks, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, journeys into the world of the ancient gods. By comparing the ancient Greek and Norse mythological traditions, he gets to the heart of what inspired people to worship and revere these deities. In this Continuing Education lecture, Sacks explores important themes like divine power, destiny and creation and gives us a better understanding of the past, and perhaps ultimately of ourselves.
Global Terrorism and International ResponsesOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of Professor Stephen Sestanovich, a former ambassador at large, describing how the September attacks create opportunities for a stable relationship between the U.S. and Russia. Other panelists at this roundtable, held October 16, 2001, included SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Radha Kumar.
Historical Reflections on September 11thOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcasts from Columbia's Center for Historical Social Sciences roundtable discussion, held October 5, 2001. Experts analyzed the historical impact of the September 11 attacks and how they are likely to alter future events and trends. Participants included Alan Brinkley, an expert in twentieth-century American history, Eric Foner, a specialist on the Civil War, slavery and nineteenth century America, and Ira Katznelson, an expert in political theory, race relations, and urban politics.
How Globalization Creates Inequality Among NationsOffice of Public AffairsAs part of a lecture series offered through the School of Continuing Education, Donald Davis, Columbia professor of economics, spoke about the pros and cons of international trade and the effects on American workers at the bottom of the economic scale. View an archived webcast here.
Islam and Democracy: Managing Change in Contemporary IranOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a talk by Ali M. Ansari, University of Durham, held at the Middle East Institute, on September 20, 2001.
Japan's Aggressive Approach to Combating TerrorismOffice of Public AffairsRaisuke Miyawaki, a former senior official of Japan's National Police Agency, outlined his country's approach to combating terrorism in a lecture sponsored by SIPA's East Asian Institute, describing existing measures and newly established ones to confront bioterrorism, chemical terrorism and cyberterrorism.
Legal Implications of the Domestic Response to September 11Office of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a Law School forum held October 3, 2001, which explored racial profiling before and after the attack and electronic surveillance under current and proposed laws. The forum was moderated by Law School Dean David Leebron and Vice Dean Michael Dorf; participants included law professors Kimberle Crenshaw and Debra Livingston, and Jeffrey Fagan, professor in the School of Public Health.
Maryse Conde Shares New MemoirOffice of Public AffairsThe PEN American Center Open Book Committee's celebration of the publication of Maryse Conde's new memoir, Tales from the Heart: True Stories From My Childhood, includes a reading by Conde in French and English. In an interview, Conde speaks in English about her childhood in Guadeloupe, the trials of assimilation into the French mother country from the French Caribbean, and her 12 years in West Africa.
Panel Explores Long-Term Impact of September 11 on New York TheaterOffice of Public AffairsThe health of New York theaters depends in part on the institutional and regulatory environment created by city government, and on the outlook for future public support. Examining issues of labor, financing and taxation, "cultural tourism," transportation and education, this discussion explored potential policy approaches that could maximize benefits to artists, managers, audiences and the city as a whole. View the archived webcast here.
Randolph Bourne's America
Columbia School of JournalismThe Columbia Graduate School of Journalism hosted a conference on the life and work of Randolph Bourne, an influential yet under-recognized critic who wrote on many topics, including disability, multiculturalism, and war.
Rap Music Provides a Roadmap for Positive Societal ChangeOffice of Public AffairsRussell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records, said rap music provides a roadmap for positive societal change during a dialogue with Manning Marable, Columbia History and Political Science Professor. The event was sponsored by the Institute for Research in African American Studies.
Roots of TerrorismOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a human rights forum representing international perspectives on the September 11 tragedies. The participants included Azza Karam, director of the Women's Program at the World Conference on Religion and Peace; Purnaka L. de Silva, head of Leadership Programmes at the United Nations University; and Randy Rydell, senior political affairs officer at the Office of the Under-Secretary General, Department for Disarmament Affairs at the United Nations.
Roundtable: Global Terrorism and International ResponsesOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a blitz roundtable held September 26, 2001 at the School of International and Public Affairs. Panelists included foreign policy and military experts Richard Betts, Gary Sick, Robert Legvold, and Kimberly Zisk.
SIPA Forum Discusses Terrorist Attacks and U.S. ResponseOffice of Public AffairsIn a SIPA sponsored forum held September 12, 2001, "After the Bombings," experts discussed the origins of the World Trade Center terrorist attack and the long term objectives of a U.S. response. Panelists included Dean Lisa Anderson, Gary Sick, and Richard Bulliet.
SIPA Talk Focuses on New Defense Priorities for United States.Office of Public AffairsIn a talk sponsored by the Institute of War and Peace Studies, Cindy Williams, a former Pentagon analyst, discussed the strategies and mindset of the Department of Defense in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
The Emerging Ethnic MediaOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of Dennis Swanson, president and general manager of WNBC-4, delivering the keynote address at a conference sponsored by the Center for Urban Research and Policy. Referring to the numerous ethnic and language groups in New York City, Swanson examines the ways in which the ethnic media affect the political, economic, social and cultural life of the city.
The Fight Against Terrorism and Its Human Rights ImplicationsOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a Law School forum held October 2, 2001, which explored how America can respond effectively to the terrorist threat in a manner consistent with our commitment to constitutional principles. Speakers included Ellen Chapnick, assistant dean, Columbia Law School; David Cole, professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center; and Michael Ratner, vice president, Center for Constitutional Rights, and lecturer at Columbia Law School.
Why Terrorists Need the MediaOffice of Public AffairsOver-coverage by the media of terrorist attacks may provide an incentive to terrorists, said Brigitte Nacos, associate professor of Political Science. In this webcast, Nacos discusses how terrorists depend on the media to inform the world of their deeds.
Wisdom and Meditation Liberate the Human Being in Indo-Tibetan ThinkingOffice of Public AffairsIn this archived webcast of his presentation at the Cummings and Fetzer Lectures on "Meditative and Contemplative States," religion professor Robert Thurman explains how Buddhism and the Western system of higher education overlap in their objectives.
With Us or Against Us? The Attacks and the Aftermath in Russia, Europe, East Asia, Africa and Latin AmericaOffice of Public AffairsThis panel, held November 9, 2001, included faculty from the School of International and Public Affairs: John Micgiel (Europe), Xiaobo Lu (East Asia), Susan Burgerman (Latin America), Catharine Nepomnyashchy (Russia) and Kiki Edozie (Africa).

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