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Forging Cultural Collaborations with the Mumbai Film Festival

October 17, 2016
The city of Mumbai is perhaps best known globally for its film industry; films are a vital part of its political economy and cultural imagination. In October 2016, the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) organized the 18th Mumbai Film Festival to bring art house cinema as well as from Bollywood, Hollywood and other international movies to audiences in the city.

Building Globally-Conscious Classrooms

November 18, 2016
Global citizenship emerged as a buzzword among Mumbai citizens on November 19, 2016, with the metropolis hosting the Global Citizen Festival featuring British rock band, Coldplay. In the afternoon preceding the event, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai partnered with the festival organizer, The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF) to organize a workshop to explore ways in which citizenship could be practicably realized in classrooms. The theme after all has great significance for us, as issues of global citizenship resonate closely with the philosophy of the Global Centers network.

In the Times of Dr. Ambedkar

December 09, 2016
To mark Dr. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary and celebrate the centenary of his graduation from Columbia University, CGC | Mumbai organized a public panel at the Godrej India Culture Lab and an all-day workshop on December 9-10.

Groundwater and Group Interest

September 27, 2016
Are people willing to pay for clean drinking water? How does household income influence the decision making of citizens regarding prioritizing water for agriculture or drinking purposes? How do you provide water to people in a sustainable manner? What are the incentives for a community to manage its common water resources?

The Future of Energy Markets

December 01, 2016
Amidst climate change threats and geopolitical struggles, can nations afford to take an isolationist perspective in determining their energy policies or is global thinking and interdependence the way for a sustainable and stable future? What are the latest trends in global oil and natural gas markets and what implications do these have for countries like India? A panel discussion on this issue was organized by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai featuring energy experts from Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at the India Merchants Chambers on December 1st.

Designing the Ganges

March 07, 2016
The South Asia Institute and the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai jointly organized a talk and exhibition based on selections from Anthony Acciavatti’s visual archive. Dr. Upmanu Lall, Professor and Director of the Columbia Water Center, was the discussant. The exhibition was well received at the East Gallery at Maison Française. It will travel to major Indian cities in the summer.
March 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
April 12, 2016

Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai launches its Global Impact Series with "Saving The Internet": A Conversation with APAR GUPTA.

March 14, 2016

A talk and discussion on Latin American Cinema by Columbia University Professor of Film Studies Richard Peña.

March 07, 2016
Ganges Water Machine: Infrastructure Across the Ganga River Basin since 1854
A Talk and Exhibition by Anthony Acciavatti 
February 11, 2016

Please join us for the festivities celebrating over 135 Public Talks, 90 Student Travels, 16 GSAPP Faculty Projects, 25 Exhibitions, 23Workshops and over 15,000 Visitors working with

January 20, 2016

A talk entitled "Electricity Distribution in India: Challenges and Opportunities for Reform" by Professor Vijay Modi

January 11, 2016

Steve Coll will discuss the emerging frontiers in journalism.

January 10, 2016

A reading of the play 'The Prophet and The Poet' by Anmol Vellani and Akeel Bilgrami.

December 14, 2015

A talk by Laura Kurgan, Associate Professor at GSAPP, Columbia University. 

October 27, 2015

How can libraries develop new strategies to stay relevant in a technologically changing landscape?  How can they reach out to the diverse publics within the city and beyond to build a sense of community and openness?  These challenges are reflected in the experience of the iconic New York Public Library, which was founded in the nineteenth century and has grown to become the fourth largest public library system in the world.  

September 03, 2015

A panel discussion on Global Perspectives on Education and Knowledge in the 21st Century: featuring Sharon Marcus, Dean of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University; Brinda Bose, Associate Professor, Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Pramath Raj Sinha, Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University. Moderated by Ravina Aggarwal, Director, Columbia Global Centers | South Asia. 

July 31, 2015

Please join Plural and Studio-X Mumbai for a presentation and panel discussion, which serves to open the art instillation the Aspiration of Art, on the need to evolve an alternate institutional model for in-situ slum rehabilitation and redevelopment.

July 17, 2015 to July 25, 2015

The lecture series brings together practitioners, academics, students and other allied fields which using compuational strategies to explore architectural and spatial design issues. 

June 04, 2015 to June 06, 2015

Draft collectively considers how contemporary art can initiate, invoke and contribute to public debates. A year-long undertaking, the project opens with a three-day conference at Studio-X Mumbai and is anchored in Cairo, Cape Town, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Zurich and Mumbai.

May 29, 2015

Please join us for the inauguration by Gieve Patel, readings by artist Gieve Patel and Bharati Kapadia, along with a discussion with author Shubhalakshmi Shukla moderated by Architect and Studio X Curator Rajeev Thakker.

April 23, 2015

Rita McGrath, Columbia Business School professor and author of “The End of Competitive Advantage,” will offer a new playbook for strategy and answer questions.

April 13, 2015

A unique gathering of global and regional experts addressing the intersection of Mental Health and Social Justice in the South Asia Region, set for April 13 at the India International Centre, New Delhi, India.

April 10, 2015

A one-day conference organized by Studio-X Amman, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro, with support from Columbia Global Centers

March 17, 2015

Brillembourg will talk about Urban-Think Tank, an interdisciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research and design on a variety of subjects, concerned with contemporary architecture and urbanism.

February 16, 2015

Please join us for a conversation with the Dean of Columbia Journalism School and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Steve Coll.

February 06, 2015

The Earth Institute's Center for Environmental Sustainability presents an information session on The Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates Program. 

January 29, 2015

Dust off your passport and get ready for the summer! Through Columbia Experience Overseas, you can find opportunities and receive resources to help you succeed in internships around the world in cities including: Amman, Beijing and Mumbai.

January 09, 2015

Akeel Bilgrami will situate Gandhi’s ideas about politics, political economy, religion, and morality in his time and in the context of his understanding of the Western political enlightenment, and then explore their significance for India in the present time.

December 29, 2014

The India Business Initiative, the S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Columbia Global Centers | South Asia and Columbia Alumni Association – India cordially invite you to attend a special symposium on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Mumbai from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. by Professor Suresh Sundaresan, Columbia Business School. 

December 11, 2014
October 30, 2014

The program is designed to raise new issues and to provoke discussion around individual responsibility toward the collective and will forefront issues of mentorship, collaboration, and creative strategies for social inclusion to enable a level playing field for women and men.

October 27, 2014

A conversation presented by Columbia University. This event is free and open to the public.

October 13, 2014

Professor Wadhwa will draw on his research from a range of scientific disciplines – psychology, neuroscience, psychotherapy, and others – and from his study of the inner lives of great leaders to define five Personal Leadership principles that are at the heart of authenticity in life and leadership.

September 17, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Columbia University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France present more than 20 events in Paris featuring fourteen renowned writers from India. 

August 11, 2014

The talk will discuss how the implementation of big data, sustainable practices, and public-private partnerships is having a transformative effect on cities around the world

July 03, 2014

Join Jeffrey Sachs for a lecture about India's crucial role in achievig sustainable development.

June 17, 2014

Professor Iyengar is considered one of the world's experts on choice. Her critically acclaimed book, The Art of Choosing, has gained much recognition, including being chosen as a finalist for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2010 award, as well as being ranked #3 on the Best Books of 2010: Business & Investing Top 10.

March 21, 2014 to March 22, 2014

The Center is hosting a two day closed door workshop titled, ‘Financialization, Organizing Voice, Rescaling Boundaries: The Cases of Land & Water Management in India’ led by Prof. Katharina Pistor and Dr. Sai Balakrishnan on 21 March-22 March at Studio X, Mumbai.  

March 19, 2014

The Columbia Global Centers | South Asia is hosting a Discussion event by Professor Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School and Dr. Anupama Rao, Barnard College, Columbia University on March 19 at Studio X Mumbai between 7pm – 8.30 pm. The discussion would be on, Land: Between the 'Formal' and the 'Informal' . It is aimed to bring together, academics, policy experts, students, practisioners from non-government organizations, architects, researchers and Columbia alumni.

March 18, 2014

The Columbia Global Centers | South Asia is hosting a Distinguished Lecture by Sheldon Pollock who is the Arvind Raghunathan Professor of  South Asian Studies at Columbia University on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Trident Hotel in Nariman Point, Mumbai. 

March 16, 2014 to March 17, 2014

One of the most striking and disturbing developments in academe in the past fifty years is the endangerment of the world’s humanities knowledge base. While the crisis is far from unknown in the US, it is acute across the global south (with the striking exception of China and Taiwan), where the loss of humanities knowledge bears comparison with the loss of biological diversity.

March 14, 2014

On March 14th, 2012 the inaugural lecture of the Columbia Distinguished Lecture Series was presented by Columbia University's Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History, Professor Nicholas Dirks at the Trident Hotel in Nariman Point, Mumbai. 

January 07, 2013 to January 10, 2013

Closed-door workshop on “Subaltern Urbanism" hosted by the Columbia Global Centers | South Asia, Studio X -Mumbai and the Center for the Study of Social Difference. 

October 21, 2012

On Sunday, October 21st the Columbia Global Center | South Asia will host Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs for a lecture titled "The U.S.

March 17, 2012 to March 18, 2012
URBAN INDIA 2030: History, Technology, and Community for Sustainable Urban Futures
Co-organized by Sustainable Urbanism International, Columbia University, New York, USA &
Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bangalore, India.