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Contemporary Civilization

Contemporary Conversations about Contemporary Civilization

The CC Chats are a weekly forum on Zoom open to all Contemporary Civilization students where they can discuss freely some of the texts on the CC syllabus with world-leading experts from a large variety of fields. These discussions focus on the larger and/or the contemporary stakes of the texts on the CC syllabus.

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Past Chats

Does the Universe Really Bend toward (Social) Justice? The Scriptures and the Political Challenges of Today.
Obery Hendricks (Religion, Columbia University)
October 9, 2020

Mind and Body: Decision-Making from Augustine to Neuroscience
Michael Shadlen (Neuroscience, Columbia University)
October 16, 2020

Decolonizing Contemporary Civilization: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition.
Souleymane Bachir Diagne (French and Philosophy, Columbia University)
October 23, 2020

Machiavelli on Princes, Populists, and Plutocrats
John P. McCormick (Political Science, University of Chicago)

October 30, 2020

“Voice of the People: Reflections and Conversation after the 2020 Elections”
Richard John (School of Journalism and Department of History, Columbia University)
November 6, 2020

Is There a Life after Contemporary Civilization?
John Ma (Classics, Columbia University), David Albert (Philosophy, Columbia University), and Andre Nathan (Political Science, Columbia University)
Friday, November 13, 2020

Another "Scientific Revolution"? Information Technologies, "Big Data," and the Transformation of Subjects and Polities.
Matthew Jones (History, Columbia University)
Friday, November 20, 2020