Seminars

Society and Neuroscience

Founded 2016 Seminar Number 781 As scientists get closer to decoding the neural underpinnings of how people think, learn, remember, and make decisions, it becomes increasingly important to examine the conceptual assumptions that support this knowledge, and to weigh these discoveries against the social, ethical, political, and legal concerns that arise from them. To this […]

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Modern East Asia: Japan

Founded 1960 Seminar Number 445 The Modern Japan Seminar is concerned with the history, politics, society, and culture of Japan from the late nineteenth century to the present. It emphasizes interdisciplinary dialogue among historians, anthropologists, sociologists, literary critics and other scholars from the New York area institutions. The seminar meets regularly to discuss a paper […]

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Ethics, Moral Education, and Society

Founded 1983 Seminar Number 585 This seminar, made up of theoreticians, researchers, and educators, examines the themes of ethics, moral education, and society in a genuinely interdisciplinary fashion, covering such topics as moral motivation, moral development, moral education, and moral theory. Membership is drawn from the fields of psychology, philosophy, sociology, education, political theory, and […]

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Drugs and Society

Founded 1975 Seminar Number 553 This seminar provides a forum for the scholarly exchange of information among key representatives of the chemical dependency research, treatment, prevention, and policy development communities. It seeks to address the important and complex questions relating to the root causes of chemical dependency and abuse, to examine and evaluate epidemiological studies, […]

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Innovation in Education

Founded 1970 Seminar Number 511 The process of learning—in individuals, organizations, and society—is the subject of this seminar. Its scope includes learning throughout the lifespan, and via major institutions such as mass media, libraries, voluntary organizations, and educational systems. Co-Chairs Dr. Elizabeth Cohn ec2341@columbia.edu Ronald Gross grossassoc@aol.com Rapporteur TBD All seminars will meet over Zoom […]

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Law & Politics

Founded 1963 Seminar Number 465 Members of the seminar investigate the legal, political, and institutional aspects of society both as they function in reality and as they should function according to theory. The investigation is both global and timeless, although European and American interests seem to dominate. Lectures and discussions range from classical Greece, Rome, […]

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Modern East Asia: China

Founded 1957 Seminar Number 443 This seminar is concerned with the politics, society, culture, and international relations of China from the early nineteenth century to the present. Its broader purpose is to explore the evolution of Chinese civilization over the past century of revolution and rapid social change. Papers—work in progress—are circulated to members and […]

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