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Columbia Global Centers 10th Anniversary

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

ANNOUNCING A YEAR-LONG 10-EVENT CELEBRATION FOR OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY!
In March 2009 the Columbia Global Centers launched with two Centers in Amman and Beijing. Today, our network includes nine Centers – Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio, Santiago, and Tunis. Ten years on, the Global Centers continue to expand the collaborative engagement of Columbia’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world – to enhance understanding, advance knowledge, and address global challenges.

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, the Global Centers are organizing a year-long series of ten events on campus. Each program will explore a distinct theme of global relevance from a regional perspective. We hope you can join us as we celebrate our 10th anniversary!

Note - all events will take place on the Columbia campus in New York City.
Democracy in the MENA Region: Tunisia's Election Year
April 12, 2:00-3:30pm, 301 Uris Hall (Columbia Business School)
Organized by the Tunis Global Center
Tunisia is heading towards its third free election this year. This event will feature speakers discussing the country's political situation, the role of activism in sustaining political life, and the state of democracy in the country, as it looks ahead eight years after the Arab Spring.
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Global May Fourth
Friday, May 3, 6:00pm, 403 Kent Hall
Saturday, May 4, 9:00am, Faculty Room, Low Memorial Library
In partnership with the Beijing Global Center
May 2019 will be the hundredth anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, a seminal event that consolidated major political, social, and cultural changes in a modernizing China. To mark the occasion, this conference will explore the transnational dimensions of this movement and why its impacts have stood the test of time.

Peace by Piece: How African Women Leaders are Building New Peace Movements Across Africa
Tuesday, May 7, 6:00pm, 309 Havemeyer
Organized by the Nairobi Global Center
This panel will be an intergenerational conversation among expert leaders who are spearheading critical movements for peace and security in countries across Africa. The panel will feature Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and showcase the strategic contributions of women peacebuilders addressing current challenges and mobilization strategies happening in the face of a range of inequalities.
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Chile: Leading the Path on Solar Energy
Monday, September 9, 6:00-7:30pm, Faculty House
Organized by the Santiago Global Center
This event will explore how public policy, industry, and public sentiment can shape the future of solar energy, and how, using Chile as a model, these strategies and lessons can be applied throughout the world.
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X-Raying Turkey: Current Realities and New Aspirations
Fall 2019
Organized by the Istanbul Global Center
This event will explore Turkey at yet another pivotal point in its history – given the recent political and economic crises as well as regional pressures – and aims to discover different streams of challenges and opportunities for the country in 2019-2020. The event will feature experts, academics, and journalists investigating the current dynamics of Turkey within the context of regional and global developments.
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Reimagining Nature in India’s Urbanizing Landscapes
Fall 2019
Organized by the Mumbai Global Center
This documentary film screening and workshop will discuss the establishment of nature reserves in and around Indian cities, conservation practices by individuals and communities, and the challenges they face in the wake of rapid urbanization and infrastructure expansion.
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Sexual Politics in the MENA Region
Fall 2019
Organized by the Amman Global Center
This panel will explore sexual politics in the MENA region, specifically emerging queer cinema as it integrates within the larger socio-political framework. The program will engage prominent and emerging LGBTQ filmmakers from the region in a meaningful discussion on the representation of LGBTQ issues in popular culture, and its reception by local and regional audiences. The filmmakers’ movies will be screened on campus the week prior to the event.
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The Future of Globalism: Perspectives from the Global Centers
Fall 2019
Organized by the Columbia Global Centers network
This panel will explore – through the perspectives of faculty and experts from the Global Centers’ ten locations – how the recent rise of populist movements around the world have contributed to new perceptions of globalization and its costs, and how the cross-border flow of goods, money, ideas, and people that shaped the globe’s recent history are now being reshaped. A reception in celebration of the Global Centers’ 10th anniversary will follow.
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