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Perception, Memory, Art; Ethics, Democracy; 21st Century City; Global Perspectives Are Topics of Inaugural Symposia

As part of President Bollinger's inaugural celebration, symposia featuring distinguished members of the Columbia faculty focused on: Perception, Memory and Art, Ethics and Democracy, The 21st Century City and Global Perspectives.

Perception, Memory and Art

The Perception, Memory and Art symposium examined how humans process and integrate sensory information at a level higher than taste, smell, hearing and vision, to evoke deep emotions and recall distant memories when viewing a painting or listening to a piece of music. Panelists discussed lingering scholarly questions such as to what extent are the different arts properly acts of memory, engaging and ordering immediate and remote perceptions? This symposium included University Professors Richard Axel and Eric Kandel, art history and archaeology professors Hilary Ballon and David Freedberg, and moderator Elaine Sisman, professor of music.

Ethics and Democracy

The Ethics and Democracy symposium raised ethical questions about democratic societies and how they resolve dilemmas, advance scientific inquiry and protect society. The panel also addressed the process of framing ethical issues and whether the process should be transparent. This symposium included Ruth Fischbach, bioethics professor and director of the Center for Bioethics, Philip Kitcher, philosophy professor, Kendall Thomas, law professor, and moderator Vincent Blasi, Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties.

The 21st Century City

The 21st Century City symposium examined questions about how cities should manage changes in population and their effects on services, health care, culture and government and how the structure of the city serves the city. Architecture dean Bernard Tschumi also shared design possibilities for Lower Manhattan. In addition to Tschumi, the panel included: Kenneth Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor of History and Social Sciences, Sheila Rothman, public health professor, and moderator Owen Gutfreund, Barnard history professor.

Global Perspectives

The Global Perspectives symposium looked at the human face of globalization: how the import of culture and economic systems impact people worldwide and how globalization affects public health issues and the environment. The panel included Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Allan Rosenfield, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, and Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia and was moderated by Lisa Anderson, dean of SIPA.

Published: Oct 21, 2002
Last modified: Oct 18, 2002

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