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Columbia University Launches Talks@Columbia

December 14, 2015, New York, NY — Talks@Columbia is a new series of online presentations by top thought leaders and researchers that make up the diverse faculty community at Columbia University. Talks@Columbia offers access to leading faculty through short form, produced, thought leadership multimedia lectures. These experts demonstrate how the ideas that matter most to them can resonate with us all. Talks@Columbia is produced by Columbia University to provide fresh perspectives on important topics, persuasion to change how we think and act, and inspiration for us to help others and improve the world. The series is hosted by Jason Wingard, Dean of Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Season 1 of Talks@Columbia features professors Chris Washburne, Katherine W. Phillips, and Geraldine Downey.

WHY JAZZ MATTERS with Chris Washburne, PhD, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance program at Columbia University. Professor Washburne demonstrates how the creative process of jazz — collaboration and improvisation — can inform leadership, adaptability, innovation, collaboration, and risk management in business settings.

WHY DIVERSITY MATTERS with Katherine W. Phillips, PhD, Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Senior Vice Dean at Columbia Business School. Professor Phillips makes a case for embracing diversity so that people can learn and innovate to make the world a better place. What small change can we make, as individuals, to capture the full benefits of diversity?

WHY EDUCATION MATTERS with Geraldine Downey, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Justice at Columbia University. Dr. Downey will discuss why college education matters for those who are least likely to get it, and how, perhaps, there is a need for new thinking about justice through education, while reducing a reliance on incarceration.

You can find Season 1 of Talks@Columbia and more program information at

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George Calderaro
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