March 6 (Tue), 2012

Public Space & Public Consciousness A lecture by Michael Kimmelman
TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012. 6 PM EVENT OVAL, THE DIANA CENTER POLITICS Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times, explores “the political power of physical places” evident in locations from Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park. Such recently reclaimed spaces encourage us to think anew about how we want the world we live in to be organized and about our role as citizens in creating change. As Kimmelman notes in a recent New York Times’ essay, “We clearly use locales, edifices, architecture to house our memories and political energy and shape our consciousness about the world.” Join us as we reimagine physical and intellectual spaces to consider ideas and actions that serve the public good.
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March 2 - 3, 2012

"Tucson Teachers Speak Out: Meet the Plaintiffs of Arizona HB 2281"

Join us for a free screening of the powerful 2011 documentary "Precious Knowledge" that chronicles the modern day Civil Rights struggle for ethnic studies and culturally relevant pedagogies in Tucson, Arizona. Following students and teachers in the Mexican-American Studies Program at Tucson High School, this film is a rallying call to everyone who cares about justice. Post-screening discussion with two AZ HB 2281 Plaintiffs and Teachers: - Maria Federico Brummer, Tucson Mexican-American Studies Teacher -Sean Arce, Founding Teacher and Director of Tucson Unified School District's Mexican-American Studies When: Friday, March 2, 2012 Where: Teachers College, Columbia University Welcoming Reception in Everett Lounge 530-630pm Film Screening in Milbank Chapel 630-7:30 Panel Discussion with Tucson Teachers 7:30-8:30

Tucson Teach-In for Social Justice Educators on March 3, 2012 Join us for an intimate Teach-In led by the Tucson Teachers addressing issues of transformative pedagogies and culturally relevant curriculum When: Saturday, March 3, 2012 Where: Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) 2090 Adam Clayton Powell (8th Floor) Time: 11am-12:30pm Sliding donation of $5-30 for the Teach-In. No youth will be turned away for lack of funds!!!

Feb. 28, 2012

"Occupy the Academy?" Panel on publishing practices

12:00 PM in Columbia University's Faculty House Presidential Rooms 2 & 3

How can access to important research and scholarship be available to all, not just "the one percent"? On Tuesday, February 28, at 12:00 PM in Columbia University's Faculty House Presidential Rooms 2 & 3, join us for "Protests, Petitions and Publishing: Widening Access to Research in 2012" to discuss how Occupy Wall Street, the Research Works Act (RWA), the boycott of Elsevier journals by a growing number of academics, and other recent developments are informing the debate over access to research and scholarship. The event is free and open to the public.

The Occupy movement resonated widely on college campuses in America and around the world when it began in Fall 2011 and reinvigorated discussion of socioeconomic inequality and increasing costs associated with higher education. Current debates about scholarly publishing have further echoed these themes. Two bills—the RWA, which seeks to end public-access policies to federally funded research, and the Federal Research Public Access Act, which seeks to expand the reach of these policies—are currently under consideration in Congress. In response, over 6,000 scholars have signed an online petition boycotting the scholarly journals published by the commercial publisher Elsevier, one of the major financial supporters of the sponsors of the RWA. Meanwhile, several societies have begun to address their membership's concerns about publishing practices that may be seen to exclude scholars at all but the most wealthy institutions. Are scholars and publishers finally ready to change the process by which scholarship is distributed?

February 9, 2012

5:45PM-7PM Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring Uprisings

What: Saudi Arabia's leaders have claimed that their regime isimmune to the revolutionary changes associated with the Arab Spring uprisings.The Saudis have been quite actively engaged with these events and incomplicated ways, domestically as well as regionally. They have encouraged someof the uprisings and attempted to clamp down on others. Haykel willexplore Saudi Arabia's policies in response to the Arab Spring, which includeenforcing religious sanctions against public demonstrations within the Kingdom,increasing various domestic subsidies in an effort to co-opt potential dissent,stabilizing the monarchy in Bahrain and stewarding a new government into powerin Yemen.
Where: 707 International AffairsBuilding, Columbia University More Info: For furtherinformation regarding this event, please contact CDTR by sending email to or visit