A year-long 10-event celebration for our 10th anniversary!

In March 2009 the Columbia Global Centers launched with two Centers in Amman and Beijing. Today, our network includes nine Centers – Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio, Santiago, and Tunis. Ten years on, the Global Centers continue to expand the collaborative engagement of Columbia’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world – to enhance understanding, advance knowledge, and address global challenges.

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, the Global Centers organized a year-long series of ten events on campus. Each program explored a distinct theme of global relevance from a regional perspective. Thank you for joining us to celebrate our 10th anniversary!

10th Anniversary Events

Moving Bodies in Translation; La rage de vivre

March 11-12, 2019

Organized by the Paris Global Center

Moving Bodies in Translation (March 11) featured a performance and conversation that explored how women who have survived sexual and psychological atrocities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo can reclaim their bodies and stories through dance, and how to "translate" this work into government policy, public health, medicine, peacekeeping, art, political activism, and law. La rage de vivre (March 12) showcased the life story of the dancer / "artivist" Bolewa Sabourin.


Combating Inequality in Brazil: A Global Perspective on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

April 5, 2019

Organized by the Rio Global Center

This event discussed how the new Brazilian government has pushed women’s issues into the background – along with the rights of Afro-Brazilians, the LGBT community, indigenous peoples, and other vulnerable groups – and how Brazil and the world can respond to these alarming trends.


Democracy in the MENA Region: Tunisia's Election Year

April 12, 2019

Organized by the Tunis Global Center

Tunisia headed towards its third free election in 2019. This event featured speakers discussing the country's political situation, the role of activism in sustaining political life, and the state of democracy in the country, as it looks ahead eight years after the Arab Spring.

Global May Fourth

May 3-4, 2019

Organized by the Beijing Global Center

May 2019 was the hundredth anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, a seminal event that consolidated major political, social, and cultural changes in a modernizing China. To mark the occasion, this conference explored the transnational dimensions of this movement and why its impacts have stood the test of time.


Peace by Piece: How African Women Leaders are Building New Peace Movements

May 7, 2019

Organized by the Nairobi Global Center

This panel was an intergenerational conversation among expert leaders who are spearheading critical movements for peace and security in countries across Africa. The panel featured Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and showcased the strategic contributions of women peacebuilders.


Chile: Leading the Path on Solar Energy

September 9, 2019

Organized by the Santiago Global Center

This event explored how public policy, industry, and public sentiment can shape the future of solar energy, and how, using Chile as a model, these strategies and lessons can be applied throughout the world.


City of Haze, Gardens of Beauty: Reimagining Nature in Urban India

September 10, 2019

Organized by the Mumbai Global Center

This event featured Ratish Nanda, distinguished architect and CEO of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in India, who shared the story of restoration and reclaiming of New Delhi's 16th century heritage park, Sunder Nursery. The lecture was followed by a moderated panel conversation on urbanization and green spaces featuring Professor Ruth DeFries from the Earth Institute.

The (R)evolution of Arab Queer Cinema: Queer Representation in Film Pre- and Post-Arab Uprisings

October 2, 2019

Organized by the Amman Global Center

This panel engaged five emerging LGBTQ filmmakers from the Arabic speaking region in a meaningful discussion on the role of Arab queer cinema in shaping and giving voice to the Arab LGBTQ community. The panel explored how emerging Arab queer cinema is engaging with the region’s turbulent socio-political arena, while drawing on the filmmakers’ personal journeys, creative expressions and motivations. Recognizing the agency of Arab queer filmmakers through cinema, the panel explored how LGBTQ issues are being represented in popular Arabic culture, and how their work is being received by local and regional audiences.

X-Raying Turkey: Current Realities and New Aspirations

November 7, 2019

Organized by the Istanbul Global Center

This panel explored Turkey at yet another pivotal point in its history – given the recent political and economic crises as well as regional pressures – and aims to uncover streams of challenges and opportunities for the country in 2020 and beyond. The discussion investigated the current realities of Turkey, in terms of its state on democracy, economy and international relations. The event also shared the most recent public opinion statistics on the key issues impacting Turkey and the region.

Combating Climate Change: Regional Responses to Global Challenges

December 3, 2019

Organized by the Columbia Global Centers network

Climate change will increasingly impact every aspect of every life in every region around the world. Through the lens of the Columbia Global Centers, Columbia faculty shared their perspectives on the impacts of climate change in different regions around the world and how each region has been working to mitigate these effects.

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