Past Events

  • Taking a Stand: Challenges and Controversies in Reproductive Health, Maternal Mortality, and HIV/AIDS

    Date: June 8, 2006 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
    Description: A Symposium in Honor of Allan Rosenfield and His Four Decades of Bold Leadership in Public Health   This World Leaders Forum program addresses public health issues of profound global importance-issues directly related to the Millennium Development Goals. Dr. Allan Rosenfield, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, has pioneered innovative programs in reproductive health, maternal mortality, and the treatment of HIV-infected women, men and children. He has advanced the health and human rights of populations around the world. Presentations and discussions featured foremost public health and policy experts from major international health organizations, the United Nations, leading academic institutions, and distinguished faculty from the Mailman School of Public Health.
  • The Uruguay Round and the WTO: What Have We Achieved?

    Date: April 5, 2006
    Location: Low Memorial Library
    Description: The year 2005 marked the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Organization and its dispute-settlement system. Several members of the Appellate Body, in collaboration with academic and policy institutions, held a series of regional conferences around the world in 2005 and 2006 to mark this anniversary. In collaboration with the WTO, the North American conference was held at Columbia University in April 2006. The conference brought together an outstanding group of trade-policy leaders, academics, politicians, business leaders, and prominent experts from around the world.
  • Pakistan: Creating an Architecture for International Peace and Security

    Date: April 4, 2006 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
    Description: His Excellency Mr. Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, gives a keynote address. Welcome and introduction by Lisa Anderson, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs.  
  • Seen From Abroad: International Film Critics Look at American Film Today

    Date: March 22, 2006 to March 24, 2006
    Location: Low Memorial Library and Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
    Description: No other form of art or entertainment today could be said to have cast as wide a net or have had a greater impact than American cinema. It dominates 60 percent of the world's film market. Distinguished film critics from around the world each present a recent U.S. film, discuss its influence on their countries, and showcase new films from their countries. Some films are featured at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.
  • Press Freedom in China

    Date: February 28, 2006 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
    Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
    Description: This symposium, being moderated by President Lee C. Bollinger, explores the dilemmas of contemporary Chinese journalism and the challenges and opportunities of working in China today.
  • Tshepang

    Date: December 4, 2005 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location: Miller Theatre
    Description: Columbia University and Barnard College presents a free public presentation of Tshepang, a one-act play written and directed by Lara Foot Newton, who is Sir Peter Hall's protégé in the Rolex program.  
  • Symposium: Across Generations and Borders—Mentoring Artists in a Global Culture

    Date: December 4, 2005 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location: Miller Theatre
    Description: The symposium offers a unique opportunity for the artists to discuss with each other, and with the audience, how they have reached across lines of age, nationality, and artistic discipline through their mentoring activities.
  • Dialogue with the Dalai Lama: "Tibetan Studies in the Modern Research University"

    Date: September 26, 2005 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location: Low Memorial Library
    Description: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama participates in a dialogue about Tibetan studies at Columbia University in terms of its importance in religious studies, East and South Asian studies, and the sciences.
  • The Millennium Development Goals

    Date: September 19, 2005 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location: Low Memorial Library
    Description: President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah discusses the Millennium Development Goals and their impact on his nation.  
  • Iraq

    Date: September 17, 2005 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Location: Low Memorial Library
    Description: The event features a talk by President Jalal Talabani of Iraq followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by President Lee C. Bollinger.
  • Pakistan: Meeting the Challenge of Peace and Development

    Date: September 16, 2005 from 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location: Low Memorial Library
    Description: The event features an address from President Pervez Musharraf of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
  • Poland in a Changing World

    Date: September 15, 2005 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Location: Low Memorial Library
    Description: Polish President Kwaśniewski addresses the geopolitical challenges his country is facing as a result of joining NATO and the European Union.
  • The Millennium Development Goals from Rwanda's Perspective

    Date: September 15, 2005 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location: Low Memorial Library
    Description: At the heart of Rwanda's development efforts is the last and perhaps the most important of all eight Millennium Development Goals-a global partnership for development. President Paul Kagame gives a speech crediting those partnerships-at the local, national, and global levels-for moving Rwanda forward on the path to a brighter future.    
  • Taking Power Peacefully: Reflections on the Post-Communist Revolutions of 2000–2004

    Date: September 14, 2005 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Location: Low Memorial Library
    Description: In Georgia's Rose Revolution, between 2000 and 2004, a massive popular opposition movement bloodlessly toppled a corrupt regime of the former communist bloc. In his address, President Mikheil Saakashvili examines a variety of issues and challenges of ensuring that democratic revolutions remain democratic. Cohosted by the Harriman Institute.  
  • Working Together to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

    Date: September 13, 2005 from 2:45 PM to 4:45 PM
    Location: Low Memorial Library
    Description: This event features a panel discussion highlighting the different approaches that countries are taking to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and a keynote address by President Yudhoyono of Indonesia.
  • The Millennium Development Goals: Social Justice and Promotion of Equality

    Date: September 12, 2005 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
    Location: Low Memorial Library
    Description: Tarja Halonen, the first female president of Finland, addresses a large crowd in Columbia University's Low Library during the opening session of the 2005 World Leaders Forum.

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