“40% of people living with HIV currently are not accessing combat the spread of diseases, it is essential to gain access to the population, identify people at risk and provide treatment to such individuals", said Wafaa El Sadr, University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Columbia University, as she presented the Second Distinguished Yusuf Hamied Lecture organized by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on January 30, 2020.  

The historic city of Vrindavan is undergoing rapid transformation. Perspectives on this changing landscape of extreme religious and environmental significance were provided in a public lecture by Barnard Professor John Stratton Hawley who has spent over forty years visiting and doing academic work in Vrindavan. 

Two exciting startups – Extrinsic Labs and Kara Atmospheric Water – have won the US track of the Urban Works Innovation Challenge 2019-2020.  Hosted through the Columbia Venture Competition by the School of Engineering, in partnership with the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai, applications were invited from students as well as recent alumni.

Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai organized a series of training sessions for Urban Works startups from India on customer discovery, Internet of Things, and branding, in partnership with the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and The CoWrks Foundry.

To benefit the Urban Works startups, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai organized a series of webinars to provide market knowhow and access in the sectors of waste recycling, water management, and mental health and prevention of sexual harassment in May and June 2020.

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences awarded Former Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies and founding Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia University, Albert Fishlow, its Centennial Medal, which honors scholars.

A new feminist podcast series on gender, care and race from Columbia Global Centers | Paris.

Article written by Vishakha Desai, Laura Neitzel, and Darlene Dubuisson on June 13, 2020 for Columbia News.

This was the first panel of a three-part panel series hosted by the Columbia Global Centers| Nairobi and Columbia Global Centers| Rio de Janeiro. The purpose of this series is to hear from experts and residents of informal settlements about some of the pressing issues related to the Covid- 19 pandemic in informal settlements in these two populous cities.

This article originally appeared in the Reid Hall Annual Report 2018-2019