Past Events

June 2019
Teaching Philosophy in Prisons and Jails
May 2019
Grand Juries as Tools of Political Oppression
April 2019
Critical Work - Friday, April 19 12:15-2:15 pm

November 19, 2018, Monday 12:10-1:10
Rights and Standing Rock
At the height of the standing rock demonstrations in October 2016, North Dakota state and local law enforcement indefinitely closed the primary road connecting the standing rock reservation to the main public sites in contention. The nine-mile road closure, which lasted five months, prevented access to these sites limiting residents' right to assemble, pray, express themselves, and freely travel.
In October 2018, a lawsuit was filed by affected residents.
Join plaintiffs, activists, and lawyers on November 19 to discuss this important and current case.
Jerome Greene Hall Room 107

October 17, 2018 12:10-1:10pm
Rikers, the Harms of Cash Bail, and the NYC Mass Bail Out
Join the CCCCT, the Columbia Justice Lab, the Columbia Center for Justice, and the Justice in Education Initiative on October 17th from 12:10 to 1:10 for a panel discussion about the unconvicted pre-trial population held on Rikers Island, the wealth-based system of incarceration that cash bail creates, and the October 2018 Mass Bail Out action happening right now in our city, spearheaded by grassroots justice reform groups and the RFK Center for Human Rights. This event will feature panelists working on all sides of this issue:  organizers and leaders, formerly incarcerated New Yorkers, and scholars.This will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions and get involved. 
Lunch will be served.

October 11, 2018 Save the Date: Forms of Pluralism and Democratic Constitutionalism
On October 11 from 4-6pm join the Alliance Program, the European InstituteICLS, the Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, and Columbia University Press for a book launch and discussion of the 2018 publication Forms of Pluralism and Democratic Constitutionalism with co-editor Jean Louise Cohen (Columbia, Political Science), Fred Cooper (NYU History), Katharine Pistor (Columbia Law), Emmanuelle Saada (Columbia, French and History), Joshua Simon (Columbia, Political Science), and Gary Wilder (CUNY Grad Center, Anthropology).
The discussion will take place in the Heyman Center's Common Room from 4-6 on October 11th. 

Lenfest Center for the Arts, Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
What We CAN Do When There's Nothing To Be Done: Strategies for Change

The Center for the Study of Social Difference invites you to an all-day Symposium to celebrate 10 Years of the Center for the Study of Social Difference and 5 Years of Women Creating Change!
Join us for a day of roundtables and discussion. Find the full program here.


How can we imagine justice, practice solidarity and create change across barriers of social difference in today’s political landscape? As the acceptance of inequality has become the new norm to a degree we might have deemed unthinkable, and as public dialogue has reached an impasse, protest and resistance continue.
This conference brings together scholars, artists, and activists from around the globe whose work can inspire new ways of thinking, seeing and listening, and productive strategies of intervention for our time.

Speakers include:
Ayse Gül Altinay
Sama Alshaibi
Carol Becker
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Judith Butler
María José Contreras
Ricardo Dominguez
Masha Gessen
Rema Hamami
Bernard Harcourt
Saidiya Hartman
Mae Ngai
Juan Carlos Ruiz
Debarati Sanyal
Lyndsey Stonebridge
Diana Taylor
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Jeanine Tesori

CSSD Anniversary Planning Committee:
Marianne Hirsch, CSSD Director
Lila Abu-Lughod 
Meera Ananth
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Jack Halberstam
Jean Howard
Catherine LaSota
Ana Paulina Lee
Frances Negron-Muntaner
Kendall Thomas
Paige West

Presented by the Center for the Study of Social Difference,
with thanks to our co-sponsors:

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought; Columbia Global Centers; Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion; School of the Arts; Dean of Humanities; Dean of Social Sciences; Department of Anthropology; Department of English and Comparative Literature; Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures; Division of Arts and Sciences; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; Institute for Research on African-American Studies; Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Middle East Institute; Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities; Barnard Center for Research on Women; and Barnard College Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Event Contact Information: 
Center for the Study of Social Difference 

September 21, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm at The Heyman Center Common Room
Launch of Exile, Statelessness, and Migration: Playing Chess with History from Hannah Arendt to Isaiah Berlin by Seyla Benhabib
with a panel discussion including:
Seyla Benhabib, Nadia Urbinati, Jeremy Waldron
moderated by Bernard Harcourt and Adam Tooze
cosponored by 
The European Institute