Seminars

  • Founded
    1966
  • Seminar Number
    467

Technologies, scientific transformations, and new areas of knowledge are continuously, and rapidly, being introduced. These developments are transforming social systems around the world. We have seen networked computers rapidly converging with telephones and TV into globally pervasive digital communications systems. These systems—and the emerging New Media they create—are increasingly impacting what and how we communicate with each other, as well as how we write history and interact among ourselves. The opportunities and threats these and other systems pose to personal and global quality of life, end even to human survival, are very real and relatively little understood. This seminar will consider these aspects, as well as alternative social systems that may lead to a better future for humankind. This seminar was formerly called Computers, Man, and Society.


Co-Chairs
Jerry Spivack
jspvk@aol.com

Dr. Takeshi Utsumi
takutsumi@glosas.org

Rapporteur
TBD


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.


Meeting Schedule

10/02/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
What is Time?
Reuven Opher, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Israel) and University of São Paulo (Brazil)




11/13/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Comedy and Society
Paul Herzich, Sy Beagle Learning Center of the United Federation of Teachers
Abstract

Abstract

Comedy and Society are lovers with their limbs wrapped around themselves. They’ve wrestled with each other for more than a century. Currently, however, largely because of the rise of Political Correctness, they are not equal. “Society” wields much more power than ”Comedy” , and consequently has the ability to bend Comedy to it's will.
This Seminar will discuss in detail this strained relationship and it’s importance in how we experience life.
There will also be discussion about the “anti-social” nature of most comedy, and how it relates to social approval.





12/11/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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01/08/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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02/12/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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03/11/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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05/13/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM

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