Graduate Scholars Lectureships
Organized by Emeritus Professors in Columbia, the Graduate Scholar Talks are designed to elevate scholarship and promote a vibrant exchange of ideas by showcasing the breadth and depth of groundbreaking research being undertaken by Columbia graduate students across disciplines, as well as offering opportunities for cross-disciplinary networking and mentorship.
EPIC’s Graduate Scholar Talks provide Ph.D. candidates preparing to defend their dissertations with an opportunity to make a generalist presentation on their research to a cross-disciplinary audience of educators and scholars ready to listen carefully and ask probing questions. These presentations, which run 45 minutes with time for questions, offer doctoral students a useful learning experience and allow EPIC members to learn about topics beyond their scholarly interests. Recognized as EPIC Scholars and awarded an honorarium, Columbia Ph.D. candidates are chosen based on the diverse topics of their research, effective communication skills, and an ability to engage a general audience.
Spring 2023 Douglas Chalmers Graduate Scholars Lectureship
February 23, 2023: “Repurposing the Geography of Apartheid,” Stefan Chavez-Norgaard, PhD Candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Event Recording.
March 7, 2023: “Octavia and Cleopatra: Parallel Lives in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives,” Lien Van Geel, Ph.D., Classics. Video introduction of Lien Van Geel. Event Recording.
April 13, 2023: “Can’t Find Any Use for Us Alive, Not Knowing We Can’t Die”: Radically Reimagining the (After)Lives of Black Women, Brendane A. Tynes, Anthropology Ph.D. candidate who studies the affective responses of Black women and girls to multiple forms of violence within the Movement for Black Lives. Video introduction of Brendane Tynes. Event Recording.
May 25, 2023: Building “Stories”: Memory Consolidation in the Hippocampus, Zhenrui Liao, MD/PhD candidate at Columbia University. Video introduction of Zhenrui Liao. Event Recording.
Spring 2022 Graduate Scholar Talks
February 9, 2022: “Optimizing Gram-positive Bacteria as a Candidate for Targeted Antitumor Therapy,” Bentley Shuster, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University. Event Recording.
Fall 2021 Graduate Scholar Talks
October 6, 2021: “Old vs. New: The Music of Euripides’ Medea,” Anna Conser, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor at Whitman College whose research interests focus on ancient music and performance. Event Recording.
October 27, 2021: “Sympathy for the Microbiota: How Changes in Gut Microbial Composition Influence the Immune System and Basic Physiology by Way of the Sympathetic Nervous System,” Paul Andrew Muller, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University. Event Recording.
November 17, 2021: “Beyond Bread and Circuses: The Political Economy of Mass Spectacles in the Western Roman Empire,” Joe Sheppard, Ph.D., social historian, archaeologist, and classicist. Event Recording.
Spring 2021 Graduate Scholar Talks
January 27, 2021: “Singing Nuns, Libertine Parody, and the Aesthetics of French Revolutionary Opera,” Callum John Blackmore, Music Department. Event Recording.
February 24, 2021: “Tall Tales: State Looks, Black Desire(s), Housing Schemes,” Ife Salema Vanable, Department of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
April 7, 2021: “The Case of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Personnel,” Sandra Veronica Portocarrero, Sociology Department
May 5, 2021: “Mind the Developmental Gap: Identifying Adverse Drug Effects across Childhood to Evaluate Biological Mechanisms from Growth and Development,” Nicholas Giangreco, Ph.D., Cellular, Molecular and Biophysical Studies. Event Recording.
Fall 2020 Graduate Scholar Talks
October 21, 2020: “Motivator and Moralizer: How Agency Shapes Choice and Judgment,” Zach Bucknoff, Psychology Department
November 18, 2020: “Howard Pew’s Struggle for “Freedom”: The Religious Roots of the Secular Non-Profit Family Foundation,” Andrew Jungclaus, Religion Department
December 16, 2020: “How Does the State Replace the Community? Experimental Evidence on Crime Control from South Africa,” Anna Wilke, Political Science Department
Spring 2020 Graduate Scholar Talks
February 6, 2020: “The Monetary Basis of Bank Supervision,” Lev Menand, JD, Columbia Law School
May 26, 2020: “The Constitutional Tort System,” Noah Smith-Drelich, JD, Columbia Law School
Fall 2019 Graduate Scholar Talks
October 3, 2019: “Designing Novel Strategies for Next Generation Calcium Channel Blockers,” Travis Morgenstern, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Signaling
November 7, 2019: “Improving Care Delivery Systems for Substance Use Disorder, HIV, and Hepatitis C,” Laura Starbird, Ph.D., Columbia University School of Nursing
December 5, 2019: “How Did Human Musicality Come to Be Thought of as Universal?” Joshua Navon, Ph.D., Department of Music
Spring 2019 Graduate Scholar Talks
February 7, 2019: “Breaking the Frames of the Past,” Daniella Wurst, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
March 7, 2019: “Languages of Descent: Underworlds in Text and Music,” Jennifer Gillespie Rhodes, Department of Italian
April 4, 2019: “Under the Paving Stones: Protest and Transformations of State Power in Western Europe, 1968–1985,” Luca Provenzano, Department of History
Fall 2018 Graduate Scholar Talks
October 4, 2018: “A New Laser Therapy to Delay the Progression of Osteoarthritis,” Krista Durney, Department of Mechanical Engineering
November 1, 2018: “Monstrosity in Fantastic Literature,” Irene Bulla, Department of Italian
December 6, 2018: “Marcel Proust and the Mass Press,” Max McGuinness, Department of French and Romance Philology