James - GETTING HIGH FOR SCIENCE: High Altitude Mountaineering & Scientific Research Expeditions
Ethan - LOVE OF THE UNREAL: Understanding the world through fake versions of it
Sarah - POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY IN NEW YORK CITY : Oversight for a paramilitary force of 35,000
Jaya - OUTDATED ETIQUETTE : The Turning of the Tables
Eugene - ROMANTICIZING RATIONALITY: Insights from poker for everyday life
Serious Talk Descriptions Below! And then I imagine we'll continue drinking nearby post 8pm. Knowledge is power, and alcohol is fun! And what else is happening on Tuesday?
GETTING HIGH FOR SCIENCE: High Altitude Mountaineering & Scientific Research Expeditions
The American Climber Science Program (ACSP) organizes multi-disciplinary scientific research expeditions to high altitude mountain regions. James will talk about his experience as a volunteer climber on the ACSP's 2012 expedition to the Cordillera Blanca of Peru and the ACSP's ongoing work to provide the fundamental knowledge necessary to preserve the alpine environment. Visit www.climberscience.com for more info. l
LOVE OF THE UNREAL: Understanding the world through fake versions of it
There is a certain mania to creating simulacra, whether in theater, films, games, puppetry, techonology, visual art...this talk explores some philosophies of this desire, and shares some of tactics artists have used to complicate or challenge perceptions of the real through a variety of genres. In exploring them, we call our contemporary attention to the tricks our minds use to deliver to us a navigable world.
OUTDATED ETIQUETTE : The Turning of the Tables
Jaya Harover Saxena
I'll be discussing the outdated marriage practice of the Turning of the Table, in which guests at a formal dinner party would be required to change conversational partners at specified points in the meal. I'll also be discussing how it became outdated, and why it's so ridiculous.
POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY IN NEW YORK CITY : Oversight for a paramilitary force of 35,000
I shall be discussing a brief history of oversight of the NYPD, the civilian and non-civilian agencies tasked to provide it, and an explanation of what they do to police the police in New York. I’ll also touch on which actions police are allowed to take and when during street stops, what to do if you have experienced or observed police misconduct, and which types of misconduct allegations are most prevalent and where.
ROMANTICIZING RATIONALITY: Insights from poker for life
Poker and pokerisms have often been used in everyday speech, even by those who have never played the game: "calling a bluff", "having an ace up your sleeve", "when the chips are down", "playing it close to the vest." This maybe due to the vast share of parallels poker holds to life and the human condition. So what happens when we apply winning poker approaches to living a more fruitful life? We'll explore and find out how rational behavior is getting a bad rap.