Critical Dialogues in Science, Medicine, Technology, and Society

In partnership with the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Medical School, and the Mailman School of Public Health, the Paris Center brings the humanities and the sciences into dialogue to transcend disciplinary limitations and to think through the myriad challenges facing our world.  This theme addresses topics as wide-ranging as the social implications of ever-evolving computer and digital technology; narrative medicine and the role of language in shaping the medical establishment; the solutions science proposes to tackle climate change; the interaction between environment and health; and others.  The Paris Center believes in the importance of philosophy and critical theory as tools to frame and understand the power dynamics involved in these important questions.  To this end, the Center capitalizes on its connections to on-site and on-campus entities to develop innovative and hybrid programming models.

Scientist using a transmission electron microscope
'Cold Field Emission Scanning Transmission (STEM) and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)'

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