Tuesday Talks

Tuesday Talks are scheduled on alternate Tuesdays during the academic year. EPIC members, faculty, and invited guests speak on topics that range across the academic spectrum and also address issues of particular importance to the retired academic community.

Guests are welcome.

If you would like to give a talk, please let EPIC know.

View recordings of Tuesday Talks on EPIC's YouTube channel.

Spring 2021 Tuesday Talks

January 12, 2021:  Retirement Finances: 2021 Updates to the Tax Laws and a Review of the SECURE ACT, Tamara Telesko, Director of Wealth Planning Strategies, TIAA 

February 2, 2021"The Alchemy of Air Rights: How tall skinny buildings began to appear out of thin air across Manhattan"Elliott Sclar, Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning 

March 2, 2021: Sleep and Aging: What We Know and What We Can Change, Lynn Tepper, Clinical Professor of Behavioral Science, College of Dental Medicine and the School of Public Health, and Director of the Behavioral Science Department at CDM 

March 23, 2021COVID-19 - Where we are, where we've been and where we are going: a Q&A Session

April 20, 2021The Book Smugglers on the Vilna Ghetto: A story of Moral Resistance to the Nazis, David Fishman, Jewish Theological Seminary

May 11, 2021: EPIC Conversation with Peter Strauss

Fall 2020 Tuesday Talks

September 15, 2020EPIC Conversation with Roger Lehecka. View Recording.

October 6, 2020: Annual Membership Meeting

October 27, 2020: "The Romantics in Our Own Time", Simon Schama, University Professor of Art History and History

November 10, 2020: "Shakespeare in a Divided America", James Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature

December 1, 2020: "A Visual Journey into AI & its Application in Finance & Beyond"Ali Hirsa, Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research


Spring 2020 Tuesday Talks

January 14, 2020: "Biafra at 50: A War Remembered", James F. Phillips, Professor Emeritus, Population and Family Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health. Event recording

January 28, 2020:  "Cholesterol and Heart Disease: Should the Statin Drugs Be Added to the Drinking Water?" Henry N. Ginsberg, Herbert and Florence Irving Professor of Medicine. Event recording

February 11, 2020: "Mother of Exiles: Refugees in American History and Myth", Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History; Co-Director Center for Study of Race and Ethnicity, Department of History. Event recording

February 25, 2020: “Taxing Matters.  A Review of Estate Planning Matters and How the SECURE ACT May Impact Your Retirement and Estate Plan”, Tamara Telesko, Director of Wealth Planning Strategies, expert on legal and tax issues. Event Recording

POSTPONED: April 7, 2020: "A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine, and Thou: the Victorian Cult of the Rubaiyat", Rachel McDermott, Professor, Departments of Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures and Human Rights, Barnard College. 

POSTPONED: April 21, 2020: "Disposable Diapers: Polluting the Environment from Cradle to Grave". Speakers: Michelle Chang, Ariella Goldman, Monica Keany, Amy Simmons.

May 12, 2020: "Columbia and the Development of Morningside Heights", Andrew Dolkart, Professor of Historic Preservation Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. 


Fall 2019 Tuesday Talks

October 22, 2019: "Presidential Authority & Our Constitution", Peter Strauss, Betts Professor Emeritus of Law; Special Lecturer in Law

November 12, 2019: “Rewriting the Code of Life with CRISPR Technology”, Samuel H. Sternberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Columbia University in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

December 10, 2019: "Coming-of-Age: My Journey to the Eighties", The Honorable Madeleine Kunin in conversation with Dean Emeritus Frank Wolf, followed by Book Signing and Winter Reception


Spring 2019 Tuesday Talks

January 29, 2019: “Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Nature of Money”, David Beim, Professor Emeritus in Finance & Economic, Columbia Business School

February 12, 2019: "Emerging End of Life Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice", Kenneth Prager, MD, Prof of Medicine, Director, Medical Ethics, Chair, Medical Ethics Committee, CUIMC

February 26, 2019: When the Emperor of Japan Becomes Emeritus”, Barbara Ruch, Professor Emerita, Japanese Literature and Cultural History (GSAS), Ongoing Director, IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives, Columbia University

March 26, 2019: "The Great Indian Epic that You've Never Heard Of"?, Fran Pritchett, Professor Emerita of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Special Lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

April 9, 2019: "Legal and Financial Risks and Choices for Aging Professionals", Jermaine Guthrie, certified financial planner at TIAA and Tamara Telesko, Director of Wealth Planning Strategies, expert on legal and tax issues

April 23, 2019: “United Nations, Multilateralism and the Challenges of International Peace and Security and Development”, Ambassador Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR


Fall 2018 Tuesday Talks:

October 9, 2018: "Uprooting, Exile, Anchoring in My New York Poems," Anna Frajlich, Senior Lecturer Emerita, Department of Slavic Languages

October 23, 2018: "Building a Healthcare System on Idjwi Island in the Democratic Republic of Congo," David Evans, Professor Emeritus and Special Lecturer of Sociomedical Sciences

November 13, 2018: "Developing Prophylactics against Stress-induced Depression," Christine Ann Denny, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

November 27, 2018: Screening of "Cooler Bandits", followed by Q&A with Richard Roderick, Program Coordinator, Justice-in-Education

December 18, 2018: "Marian Anderson's Performance of African American Spirituals", Ellie M. Hisama, Professor of Music and Winter Reception