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What Are Your Thoughts on a Changing World?

The Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought (UCGT) presents its first event of the semester, an open discussion among undergraduates and faculty about youth in the changing world.

An opportunity to contribute to the larger global “Thoughts on a ChangingWorld” project, the event is a call for student input.  In this changing world, what are your thoughts on your future? What issues are most pressing?

Participating Faculty:
Neil K. Aggarwal
Patricia Culligan
Vishakha N. Desai
Carol Gluck
Bernard Harcourt
Rosalind C. Morris
David K. Park
Kian Tajbakhsh

Refreshments will be provided, and all Columbia and Barnard undergraduates are invited to attend. Seating is limited so please be sure to register your attendance.

Event Contact Information:

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Kent Hall, 1140 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027, Room/Area: 403

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Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought

The Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought (UCGT) offers an opportunity for Columbia’s undergraduate students to meet and talk with distinguished scholars and practitioners from the Columbia community and beyond whose work places them on the forefront of global trends.

Global Science

The sciences are often viewed as apolitical endeavors that form a natural basis for seeding international cooperation. Particularly in the years surrounding the First and Second World Wars, numerous projects were launched to foster scientific collaboration across national borders. At first glance, iconic enterprises such as the Carte du Ciel, the International Institute of Bibliography, UNESCO, or the International Geophysical Year may appear to derive from a common vision of science’s universality. In fact, new scholarship on these and other organizations has revealed significant divergences in their aims and rationales. Indeed, this research points out the highly particular character of these universalisms. Each had its own ethical justification(s), its own vision(s) of world order, its own conception(s) of the epistemic basis of universal knowledge, and its own blind spots when it came to the practical and ideological obstacles to collaboration. The end of the Cold War may be said to have launched a new age of scientific internationalism, in which federal budget cuts have forced even U.S. scientists to join forces with international research teams. Only in unusually expensive or controversial cases—such as the Human Genome Project or the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—do scientists typically pause to consider the tacit assumptions on which their collaborations rest or the pros and cons of alternative models of cooperation. What are the lessons of the history of scientific internationalism for the global science of today?

This research project, led by Professor Deborah Coen, began with a half-day, closed-door workshop on February 12, 2016 at Columbia University and was meant to be a first step towards developing an analytical framework for assessing forms of international organization in the sciences. It brought together historians studying the history of scientific internationalism with scientists who have taken a leading role in international collaborations and negotiations. It looked at both the theory and practice of scientific internationalism—that is, both at the ideals espoused by founders of the new associations, and at the realities of interactions among their members. Case studies were drawn from the natural and social sciences in the twentieth century.

The immediate goal of the workshop was to put the global science of today in historical perspective. In this respect, participants sought to extend existing narratives of the history of international collaboration in the sciences to include recent history. What continuities and discontinuities could be traced between earlier forms of scientific internationalism and the ideologies and practices behind global science today?

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M.A. in Global Thought

The Master of Arts in Global Thought is an interdisciplinary, research-based course of study designed to understand and address the challenges and opportunities arising in our world today.

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Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy and The Harriman Institute for a day-long conference on US-Russia Relations in the Arctic. A working agenda is below.

Space is limited and advance registration, while free of cost, is required.


Panel One: Setting the Scene

  • Chair: Kimberly Marten, Barnard College and Harriman Institute
  • Marlene Laruelle, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Paul A. Berkman, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Caitlyn Antrim, Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans, Stimson Center
  • Alexander Sergunin, School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University

Panel Two: Energy Issues

  • Chair: Natasha Udensiva, SIPA and Harriman Institute
  • Adam Louis (“Lou”) Shrier, SIPA
  • Tatiana Mitrova, Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
  • Tim Boersma, Energy Security and Climate Initiative, Brookings Institution

--Lunch break--

Panel Three: Military Issues: Realities on the Ground

  • Chair: Johan Norberg, Swedish Defense Research Agency and Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, Columbia University
  • Lincoln Flake, US National Intelligence University
  • Anton Lavrov, Moscow Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (Moscow CAST)
  • Rebecca Pincus, US Coast Guard Academy (confirmation pending)

Panel Four: Military Issues: Assessing Future Threats

  • Chair: Austin Long, SIPA and Harriman Institute
  • Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University
  • David Barno, School of International Service, American University
  • Pavel Baev, Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)

For more information contact: Carly Jackson (

This event is open to press.

Event Date: 
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:15pm
Event Location: 
International Affairs Building, Room 1501