October 2019

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Capitalism, Conflict, and Cooperation: A Celebration of the Work of Samuel Bowles & Herbert Gintis

Capitalism, Conflict, and Cooperation: A Celebration of the Work of Samuel Bowles & Herbert Gintis

October 04, 2019


IAB 1501

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Capitalism, Conflict, and Cooperation: A Celebration of the Work of Samuel Bowles & Herbert Gintis

Friday, October 4, 2019 - Saturday, October 5, 2019

Venue & Dates:
Capitalism, Conflict, and Cooperation: A Celebration of the Work of Samuel Bowles & Herbert Gintis will be held in the Kellogg Center on the 15th Floor of Columbia University’s International Affairs Building (get directions) on Friday, October 4th from 1:30-5:30PM and Saturday, October 5th from 9:00AM-5:30PM.

Faculty Organizers:
Suresh Naidu & Eric Verhoogen, Columbia University; Michael Reich, UC Berkeley


Speakers & Schedule:

Friday, October 4th – 1501 International Affairs Building
1:30PM Welcome and Introduction, Suresh Naidu (Columbia)
2:00PM Panel 1: Power and a Political Economy
Simone D’Alessandro (University of Pisa), “Coupling environmental transition and social prosperity”
Margaret Levi (Stanford), “Trustworthy Government”
Stephen Marglin (Harvard), “What if There Were No Ecological Limits to Growth?”
Jim Rebitzer (Boston University), “Agency in Healthcare”
Suresh Naidu (Columbia), “Economics of non-domination”
3:30PM Break
4:00PM Keynote Panel 1: Class, Conflict, and Culture
Rob Boyd (Santa Fe Institute, Arizona State)
Nancy Folbre (UM Amherst)
Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia)
5:45PM Reception
6:30PM Dinner and Keynote Presentation, Michael Reich (UC Berkeley)
*Dinner by invitation only

Saturday, October 5th – 1501 International Affairs Building
9:00 AM Opening Panel: Endogenous Preferences and Political Economy
Monique Borgerhoff Mulder (UC Davis)
Ugo Pagano (University of Siena)
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Pedagogy from SOC SCI 125 to CORE
Wendy Carlin (Santa Fe Institute, University College London)
Arthur MacEwan (UM Boston)
12:00 PM Break
1:00 PM Panel 2: Inequality
Arjun Jayadev (UM Boston, Azim Premji University), “Bowles, Gintis, Lewis and Ambedkar in the Indian Labour Market:”
Karl Ove Moene (University of Oslo), “Inequality and Power Under Social Democracy”
Rajiv Sethi (Barnard, Santa Fe Institute), “Negotiating Doubt: Crime, Policing, and Punishment in America”
2:30 PM Break
3:00 PM Panel 3:  Preferences
Jung Kyoo Choi (Kyungpook National University), “Beliefs Matter in the Prisoners’ Dilemma Game: Revisiting Economists’ Free-Riding”
Christina Fong (Carnegie Mellon), “Redistributive Politics with Target-Specific Beliefs”
Daniele Girardi (UM Amherst) and Simon Halliday (Smith) “Does Economics Make You Selfish?”
Sung-Ha Hwang (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology), “Incentives, Socialization, and Civic Preferences”
4:30 PM Closing remarks and discussion
Samuel Bowles  (Santa Fe Institute, UM Amherst, University of Siena) and Herbert Gintis (Santa Fe Institute, Central European University)

Registration details forthcoming.

This conference is sponsored by Columbia University’s Program for Economic Research (PER) and the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISERP).
Please direct all questions to econ-per@columbia.edu.

Richard John (Columbia, History/Journalism) at the Workshop on 20th Century Politics and Society

Richard John (Columbia, History/Journalism) at the Workshop on 20th Century Politics and Society

October 17, 2019
4:20 - 6:00PM


Lindsay Rogers Room, 707 IAB

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Professor Richard John (Columbia, History/Journalism) will join the workshop on 10/17 to present a paper "'Patents and ‘Free Enterprise’: The Temporary National Economic Commission (TNEC) and the Forgotten Legacy of Institutionalist Economics."

4:20 - 6:00PM
Inaugural Conference of the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy

Inaugural Conference of the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy

October 18, 2019
9 AM - 5 PM


Lenfest Center for the Arts 615 W 129th Street, New York, NY 10027

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October 18th, 2019 
9 AM - 5 PM 

Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W 129th Street, New York, NY 10027

Register Here by October 11th.

The conference will run all day (9am - 5pm). After a keynote by James Stock (9-10am), current and former students will present research findings in the four focus areas of the center: (i) Climate Change, (ii) Ecosystem Services, (iii) Health, and (iv) Policy Design.  The research talks will be followed by a policy roundtable (4-5pm) and a reception (6-7pm).

Presenters are:

Eyal Frank, Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
Solomon Hsiang, Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Kimberly Lai Oremus, Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Science Policy, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware
Kyle Meng, Assistant Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Department of Economics, UC Santa Barbara
Annouch Missirian, Ph.D. Student, Sustainable Development, Columbia University
James Stock (Keynote), Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University
Charles Taylor, Ph.D. Student, Sustainable Development, Columbia University 
Anna Tompsett, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Stockholm University
Ana Varela, Ph.D. Student, Sustainable Development, Columbia University

9 AM - 5 PM
Just Societies Speaker Series: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Just Societies Speaker Series: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

October 24, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT


Columbia Maison Française 515 West 116th Street Buell Hall New York, New York 10027

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The Division of Social Science is proud to present the Just Societies Speaker Series, one of the signature initiatives of Dean Fredrick Harris.

These lectures spotlight the research of outstanding scholars working in a range of timely issues, including economic inequality, the experience of marginalized communities, and the impacts of policy and history on society's present and future.

All events are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to RSVP to reserve seats.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Assistant Professor & Charles H. Mcilwain University Preceptor
Princeton University
Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership
October 24, 2019, 4:00pm-5:30pm
The East Gallery, Maison Française

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Workshop on Data Science and Conflict

Workshop on Data Science and Conflict

October 25, 2019


Northwest Corner Building Conference room 1401

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Workshop on Data Science and Conflict

October 25, 2019

Data Science Institute, Columbia University

Workshop location:

Northwest Corner Building conference room 1401 (14th floor)

Corner of Broadway and 120th streets

Please RSVP by emailing Tamar Mitts (tm2630@columbia.edu).

In the past several years we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the availability of large data sources that are relevant to the study of conflict around the world. Granular information on violent events, high frequency social media data on protest mobilization, and image and video data on violent propaganda are now widely available for researchers to use. This workshop brings together scholars who work at the intersection of conflict and data science (broadly defined) to present their research, discuss opportunities and limitations of these new tools, and provide feedback on current projects. The conference will also provide networking opportunities, a platform for generating new project ideas, and a place for graduate students to get exposed to cutting-edge work using computational social science to study political violence. We are thrilled to have the following participants: Connor Hu↵ (Rice University), Richard Nielsen (MIT), Jennifer Pan (Stanford), Molly Roberts (UCSD), Jacob Shapiro (Princeton), Alexandra Siegel (Stanford), Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld (UCLA), Austin Wright (Chicago), and Thomas Zeitzo↵ (American University).

Please RSVP by emailing Tamar Mitts (tm2630@columbia.edu). Space is limited.

Sponsored by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP)

An American Dilemma for the 21st Century

An American Dilemma for the 21st Century

October 30, 2019
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY 10037

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An American Dilemma for the 21st Century

Wed, October 30, 2019

10:00 AM – 7:30 PM EDT

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037

Register Here

Seventy-five years ago, Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal published the influential work An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy. For Myrdal and his collaborators, the central dilemma was the unresolved tension of the “American creed”—the celebration of ideals of equal opportunity and democracy in the face of deep and enduring racial discrimination and inequality. The dilemma has changed, but it has not receded.

Given the increased visibility of racial antagonism and violence over the last several years, coupled with the reemergence of Black-led protests in the aftermath of #BlackLivesMatter, this anniversary of An American Dilemma offers an occasion to revisit and reassess the “American creed.”

This conference will explore the multifaceted force of anti-Black racism in the United States, and the fissure between opportunity and exclusion it has facilitated—by many indicators, a chasm little changed (or worsened) since 1944. Treating the mid-1940s as both a culmination point and a baseline for present-day assessments of American democracy through the lens of race and racism, the day’s discussions seek to catalyze new insights and provoke debate.

The conference will also mark the launch of a new online platform that will greatly expand the access that scholars and the general public have to these materials. It will increase the visibility of the “hidden figures,” those scholars who worked alongside Myrdal, but whose roles are lesser known. The Carnegie-Myrdal Study of the Negro in America research memoranda archive, housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, contains the output of a stellar team of social scientists who worked with Myrdal to study “the Negro problem” on behalf of Carnegie Corporation of New York. This archive makes available lines of inquiry that did not find their way into the final draft of the book.

Please join the Social Science Research Council, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library, and Columbia University for a day-long conference featuring:

  • Karida L. Brown, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Anthony S. Chen, Northwestern University
  • Obie Clayton, Clark Atlanta University
  • Ingrid Gould Ellen, New York University
  • Amanda Geller, New York University
  • Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University
  • Christopher Paul Harris, Northwestern University
  • Fredrick C. Harris, Columbia University
  • Kerry L. Haynie, Duke University
  • Jonathan Jackson, WeShouldDoItAll (WSDIA)
  • Gerald D. Jaynes, Yale University
  • Glenn C. Loury, Brown University
  • Katherine Meckel, University of California, San Diego
  • Maribel Morey, Clemson University
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Harvard University
  • Brendan O'Flaherty, Columbia University
  • J. T. Roane, Arizona State University
  • William M. Rodgers III, Rutgers University
  • Patricia Rosenfield, Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Rajiv Sethi, Barnard College
  • Jeanne Theoharis, Brooklyn College
  • Myriah Towner, Independent Digital Curator and Filmmaker
  • Cally Waite, Social Science Research Council
  • A keynote conversation will follow with:
  • Jelani Cobb, Columbia University
  • Phillip Atiba Goff, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Alondra Nelson, Social Science Research Council and Institute for Advanced Study

Conference sponsors:

  • Social Science Research Council
  • Program for Economic Research, Department of Economics, Columbia University
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Institute for the Study of Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University
  • Institute for New Economic Thinking
  • Division of Social Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
  • Center on African American Politics and Society, Columbia University
  • Russell Sage Foundation

This program is presented as part of the Social Science Research Council’s Inequality Initiative, a series of programs and projects that bring innovative social science analysis to bear on our understanding of the roots and consequences of unequal participation in political, economic, and social systems across the globe.

10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Cognition and Decision Seminar Series: Rosemarie Nagel

Cognition and Decision Seminar Series: Rosemarie Nagel

October 31, 2019
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM


Uris 140

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The Cognition and Decision Seminar Series presents:

The Strategic Brain under Risk in Games and Lotteries with FMRI
Rosemarie Nagel
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Thursday, October 31, 4:15-5:30 PM
Uris 140

Register here

While the neuroeconomics of individual decision making has been extensively studied, the neuroeconomics of strategic interaction remains relatively unexplored. I will begin by introducing three classic strategic situations, the Beauty Contest, Stag Hunt, and Entry games to show key principles of game theoretic properties and a general structure of simple strategic interaction situations. These features are then contrasted to actual behavior, and a descriptive model of higher order reasoning. We then include biological data, obtained through fMRI and eye tracking, combined with behavioral observations in the same games, and similarly framed plays against the computer (nature). We discuss similarities and differences across individuals playing against nature vs. against humans in the three mentioned games, using behavioral data for classifying types (e.g., Risk types, higher order reasoning types) to structure biological brain data.

The audience is invited to some online games to understand the game by first playing them.

View the rest of the CDS speaker series here.
Register here.

The Cognition and Decision Seminar Series is sponsored by ISERP, the Program for Economic Research, and the Center for Decision Sciences.


4:15 PM - 5:30 PM


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