Huge Local Interest in the US Presidential Election
The US elections are followed throughout the world and covered by all media outlets in every single country, an indication of the huge global interest in US politics, economics and foreign policy. Local American issues now have key global implication, from immigration to businesses regulations, from trade policy to the fiscal deficit.
The Santiago Center invited renowned Columbia professor and political analyst Robert Y. Shapiro to visit Chile in late September to address and explain US political and public opinions prior to the November elections. Shapiro participated in several events, including a widely attended lecture held at the Center and a roundtable discussion with journalists organized by the United States Embassy in Chile. He also met with local CEOs who have investments in the United States and chaired an information session with Chilean students interested in applying to Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
To learn more about Professor Shapiro’s thoughts on the US Election, click here to watch his presentation.
Chile's Pension Debate
Pension reform has been on the top of the political agenda in Chile because of the challenges posed by longer life expectancies, insufficient or irregular pension contributions by the many self-employed and those with low-paying jobs, and women’s low participation in the workforce, among other factors. This has translated into low pensions for people who retire, which has triggered calls and proposals for a reform of the current system (in which workers pay 10% of their earnings into accounts operated by private pension administrators with the poorest segments of the population getting supplements from a federally funded safety net). In light of this debate, the Santiago Center, in partnership with MIT's and Harvard's Clubs and Regional Offices organized the third installment of its joint series of panels on current events around the pension crisis.
The participants where Manuel Marfán, Senior Researcher at the Cieplan think-tank and Salvador Salvador Valdés, Microeconomics Coordinator at Clapes UC. Pablo García, member of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank acted as moderator.
On October 20, Fernando Larraín, CEO of the Chilean Association of Private Pension Funds, visited Columbia's New York City campus to speak to SIPA students about pensions in an event organized by the Latin American Student Association (LASA).
Journalism in the Era of Social Media
The Santiago Center, in collaboration with the main Chilean journalism schools, organized a lecture featuring Duy Linh Tu, Director of the Digital Media Program at the Columbia Journalism School. More than 200 students, faculty, reporters and producers attended the event entitled “The Future of Journalism and News Coverage.” During the event, Tu analyzed the ongoing dramatic changes in newsrooms created by new technologies and social media. In addition to his master-class, Tu also chaired a roundtable discussion with main newspapers, radio and TV editors organized by the School of Journalism of Universidad Diego Portales.
To watch Professor Tu's presentation and to learn about his thoughts on the future of journalism, click here.
Exchange Program on Astrophysics with Universidad Católica
As part of a Columbia-Universidad Católica program which facilitates exchanges between both astronomy programs, Sarah Pearson, a PhD student in Astrophysics at Columbia University, is visiting Chile to work on a project with Dr. George Privon on modeling colliding galaxies.
During her trip, she will work with Dr. Privon on an ongoing project on two interacting galaxies that are much smaller than our own Milky Way galaxy. “Our goal is to trace their interaction history and investigate the origin of the huge gas envelope surrounding the pair of galaxies,” Pearson explains.
Social Entrepreneur Featured as Young Woman Leader
Marisol Alarcón (MPA-DP ’13) was profiled as a young women leader by Chilean Magazine “Ya.” She, together with other SIPA alumni, created Laboratoria, a tech social enterprise that aims to empower underprivileged women with sustainable tools so they can join the workforce and thus break the cycle of poverty. Laboratoria operates in Mexico, Peru, and Chile. It has been so successful that upon graduation, 70% of its students are already working in the web development industry.
Study on Indigenousness in Chile’s Museums published in top Journal
Magdalena Gil (Ph.D. in Sociology ´16) published an article in the March 2016 Journal Museum & Society, where she describes the history of Chile’s national museums, focusing in particular on their exhibition of indigenous cultures. To read the article click here.
Columbia Alumni Reunion in Santiago Date: November 9, 2016. Time: 6:45 pm. Venue: Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM), Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 227, Santiago. To RSVP, click here.
Conference: "Cómo Salvar al Periodismo (y la Democracia) de Facebook" Who:Emily Bell, founder of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. Date: November 15, 2016. Time: 10:30 am. - 12:00 pm. Venue: Facultad de Comunicación y Letras Universidad Diego Portales, Vergara 240. Santiago. To RSVP and for more information, click here.
Conference: "The Duty of Care Revisited" Who:Edward J. Waitzer,Professor of Corporate Governance and Director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business at York University. Date: November 22, 2016. Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am. Venue: Flaco Auditorium. Dag Hammarskjold 3269, Vitacura.
Conference: "Trastorno Bipolar: Indicadores, Procesos, Diagnóstico y Tratamiento" Who: Dr. Pablo Goldberg,Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Date: November 25, 2016. Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am. Venue: Clínica Psiquiátrica Universitaria, Universidad de Chile.
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