Announcing 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 are organizing a year-long series of ten events on campus. Each program will explore a distinct theme of global relevance from a regional perspective. We hope you can join us as we celebrate our 10th anniversary!

Note - all events will take place on the Columbia campus in New York City.

Fall 2019 Events

Chile: Leading the Path on Solar Energy


Reimagining Nature in India’s Urbanizing Landscapes


Sexual Politics in the MENA Region

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019 (time and venue TBD)
  • Organized by the Amman Global Center
  • This panel will explore sexual politics in the MENA region, specifically emerging queer cinema as it integrates within the larger socio-political framework. The program will engage prominent and emerging LGBTQ filmmakers from the region in a meaningful discussion on the representation of LGBTQ issues in popular culture, and its reception by local and regional audiences. The filmmakers’ movies will be screened on campus the week prior to the event.
  • Save the Date for Sexual Politics in the MENA Region


X-Raying Turkey: Current Realities and New Aspirations

  • November 2019
  • Organized by the Istanbul Global Center
  • This event will explore Turkey at yet another pivotal point in its history – given the recent political and economic crises as well as regional pressures – and aims to discover different streams of challenges and opportunities for the country in 2019-2020. The event will feature experts, academics, and journalists investigating the current dynamics of Turkey within the context of regional and global developments.
  • Save the Date for X-Raying Turkey: Current Realities and New Aspirations


The Future of Globalism: Perspectives from the Global Centers

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019 (time and venue TBD)
  • Organized by the Columbia Global Centers network
  • This panel will explore – through the perspectives of faculty and experts from the Global Centers’ ten locations – how the recent rise of populist movements around the world have contributed to new perceptions of globalization and its costs, and how the cross-border flow of goods, money, ideas, and people that shaped the globe’s recent history are now being reshaped. A reception in celebration of the Global Centers’ 10th anniversary will follow.
  • Save the Date for The Future of Globalism: Perspectives from the Global Centers


(Note: some program information above may change.)

Spring 2019 Events

Organized by the Paris Global Center

Moving Bodies in Translation (March 11) will feature a performance and conversation to explore 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) will showcase the life story of the dancer / "artivist" Bolewa Sabourin. Read more about this event HERE.

Organized by the Rio Global Center

This event will discuss 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. Read more about this event HERE.

Organized by the Tunis Global Center

Tunisia is heading towards its third free election this year. This event will feature 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. Read more about this event HERE.

In partnership with the Beijing Global Center

May 2019 will be 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 will explore the transnational dimensions of this movement and why its impacts have stood the test of time. Read more about this event HERE.

Organized by the Nairobi Global Center

This panel will be an intergenerational conversation among expert leaders who are spearheading critical movements for peace and security in countries across Africa. The panel will feature Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and showcase the strategic contributions of women peacebuilders addressing current challenges and mobilization strategies happening in the face of a range of inequalities. Read more about this event HERE.

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