Research Conversations

 

Dean Ben Vinson and James Sham

The Interface of Art and Science

Professor of History Tyler Anbinder, the acclaimed author of City of Dreams: The 400-year Epic History of Immigrant New York, discusses the immigrant saga—a universal story that spans generations, regardless of race, religion or nationality.

Dean Vinson with Professor Tyler Anbinder

The Immigrant Saga: Past and Present with Tyler Anbinder, Professor of History

Professor of History Tyler Anbinder, the acclaimed author of City of Dreams: The 400-year Epic History of Immigrant New York, discusses the immigrant saga—a universal story that spans generations, regardless of race, religion or nationality.
Associate Professor of Economics Joann Weiner with Dean Ben Vinson

Economics in the Real World

Economics' Joann Weiner shares her thoughts on tax policy, global markets, the ride-share economy and inspiring her students to think like economists in an insightful conversation with Dean Ben Vinson.
Dean's Conversation with Attiya Ahmad

The Impact of Islam in the Contemporary World

In a conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Anthropology's Attiya Ahmad discussed the socio-cultural interrelationship between gender, Islam and cross-border tourism.
Dean's Conversation with Professor Stephen Mitrov

The Nature of Visual Cognition

Why do some individuals outperform others? Psychology's Stephen Mitroff sits down with Dean Ben Vinson to discuss how visual memory, perception and attention can be applied to real-world situations.
Conversation between Dean Ben Vinson and John Sides

The Art of the Election

How did the pundits their election predictions so wrong? In a conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Political Science's John Sides discusses Donald Trump's election and the impact of his rise to the presidency on political behavior.
Dean Ben Vinson III and Assistant Professor Heidi Bardot

Art Therapy: Healing Through Imagery

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Heidi Bardot explains how art therapy has shown promise in helping individuals cope with the repercussions of crises.
Ben Vinson and Carson Murray

Family Ties: Chimps in the Wild Shine Light on Human Parenting Practices

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Carson Murray discusses her observations of chimps in the jungles of Tanzania -- and how they are shedding new light on maternal moods, gender roles and even human parenting practices.
Dean Ben Vinson and Daniel E. Martínez

The Human Face of Immigration

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Assistant Professor of Sociology Daniel E. Martínez reveals the often tragic personal stories behind the politics of immigration reform.
Dean Ben Vinson with Professor Akos Vertes

On the Cutting Edge of Innovation

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Akos Vertes discusses his pioneering research and his most ambitious challenge to date: developing a way to combat biological and chemical threats.
Dean Ben Vinson with Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance Dana Tai Soon Burgess

The Power of Creative Expression

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Dana Tai Soon Burgess shares his vision of art-as-diplomacy and his thoughts on the future of the arts at Columbian College.
Dean Ben Vinson and Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs Catie Bailard

The Digital Media Revolution: Global Political Impact

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Catie Bailard explores how digital media is not only transforming the way we communicate, but also profoundly altering the global political spectrum.
Dean Ben Vinson and Assistant Professor of History Mika Natif

East Meets West in Art

Historians point to centuries of instances where artistic techniques, motifs and images have influenced masterpieces and societies across borders. In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Mika Natif reveals how elements and images from Renaissance Europe found their way into 17th century Islamic art.
Dean Ben Vinson III and Professor Sarah Binder

Gridlock: Bridging the Partisan Divide

Gridlock. It's a word that evokes images of frustration and paralysis. For Congress, gridlock has increasingly become business-as-usual. Partisanship and deep ideological polarization have stymied efforts to find compromise and solve the nation's most pressing problems.
Dean Ben Vinson III and Professor John Lill

Climate Change: What Caterpillars Can Tell Us

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, John Lill explains how a shift in a tiny caterpillar's life-cycle can impact an entire ecosystem.
Dean and Ronen

Is Solar the Solution to Alternative Energy Search?

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Amit Ronen discusses how solar power can be a viable "clean" energy alternative.
Jody Ganiban

Childhood Obesity: Combating an Epidemic

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Jody Ganiban discusses her NIH-funded efforts to predict and prevent childhood obesity. Are its roots in our young people's genes--or their environment?
Professor Robert Eisen

A Question of Faith

In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Professor of Religion Robert Eisen explores religion’s contrasting faces. How can faith instill caring and compassion towards others but also foment hatred and violence?