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. The Mumbai Center facilitated the formation of a vibrant educational and cultural network for the festival by coordinating a series of brainstorming sessions with academics and civil society organizations.

With the approach of the American elections and the debate on police accountability fueling the Black Lives Matter movement, Columbia Global Centers | Paris and the MA in History and Literature decided to dedicate the first week in October to a series of events organized around the topic of “Race and Racism: Global Perspectives.”

Columbia Global Centers | Amman and Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul are organizing a workshop and public panel on campus on October 13-14, 2016 that will bring together Columbia faculty in mutual conversations with practitioners from the Middle East. 

The Columbia Social Sciences Research Training Workshop is a program jointly initiated by Columbia University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics(INCITE), Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, and Teenager Innovation and Challenge Projects(ICProjects). This workshop is specially designed for highly motivated Chinese high school students interested in the study of social sciences (economics, sociology, political sciences, psychology, etc.)

 Is water a human right or a commodity? This is the question British filmmaker Laila Khan set out to answer in her latest documentary, “Stolen Water”. Khan’s short documentary sheds light on water theft in Jordan and the measures that authorities are taking to curb violations on the water network. 

C.V. Starr East Asian Library, in partnership with Teachers College, Columbia Confucius Institute, and Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, hosted a book panel and signing event for Kuo Ping Wen: Scholar, Reformer, Statesman, edited by Ryan M. Allen and Ji Liu (San Francisco: Long River Press, 2015), at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University, on Oct. 4, 2016.

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul welcomes applications for the position of Program Officer. This is a stimulating and intellectually challenging role with considerable growth potential, ideal for a versatile, committed and energetic person with an interest in working at the intersection of higher education and civil society.

Qualified and interested candidates are kindly requested to send a cover letter and CV by October 24, 2016 to: Gülden Çolakel, Administrative Officer,

Annika Sweetland, Assistant Professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, is conducting a research in Itaboraí, Rio de Janeiro, to look for the correlation between depression and tuberculosis (TB) and effective treatment for both diseases. The two-year research project has already found important results. We sat down with Professor Sweetland to talk a little bit about her research while she was in Rio.

In celebration of the launch of the exhibition “The Color Line” at the Musée Quai Branly, the Center will dedicate the first week of

Are rural communities 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? Dr. Katherine Alfredo, a research scientist from Earth Institute, Columbia University presented her ongoing research on some of these complex questions in a Lecture and Discussion organized by the Mumbai Center.

During September 15 and 16, Economists from all over the world discussed Development Banks’ roles and their future during a Conference that took place place in Rio de Janeiro.

Historic waves of migration, unprecedented digital activism, challenges to religious pluralism: amid all of these developments in the Middle East, Columbia Global Centers – Columbia University’s network of eight education and learning centers around the world – are exploring the implications of these changes on culture, health and safety, and politics in the region.

Columbia University Professor and former United Nations’ Deputy Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, José Antonio Ocampo, and Finance Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD), Stephany Griffith-Jones, discussed social policies and their roles in the pursuit to reduce inequality, on Wednesday (September 14) in an event in Rio de Janeiro.