The Hacking of the American Mind: A Discussion with Dr. Robert Lustig
Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: East Gallery, Buell Hall, 515 W 116th Street, New York NY 10027
Description: What we think we want, what we’re told will bring us happiness, is just a clever marketing scheme to consume more and more. Wall Street, Madison Avenue, Las Vegas, and Silicon Valley have gotten inside our heads, exploiting this newly discovered brain chemistry, while Congress and the Supreme Court have codified their actions. Our behaviors are not our own, because our minds have been “hacked”. But there are ways to reclaim our health and our lives, to re-engage in the “pursuit of happiness”, even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Join us as Dr. Robert Lustig presents on ‘Hacking of the American Mind’ followed by an open discussion of the book led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs. Beverages and light snacks will be served.
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Sustaining Peace: Partnerships for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY 10027

Jeffrey Sachs on the Information Revolution and Sustainable Development
Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 4:45 – 6:00 pm
Location: Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Muhammad Yunus with Jeffrey Sachs: The New Economics of Selflessness
Date: September 25, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Celeste Bartos Forum, The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)
Date: September 18 & 19, 2017
Theme: The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development
Location: Columbia University (Day 1: Alfred Lerner Hall, Day 2: Faculty House)

Concert for a Sustainable Planet
Date: September 18, 2017
Featuring: Yo-Yo Ma, Cello; Maya Belsitzman, Cello; Gloria Benedikt, Dancer; Every Voice Choirs; Revital Hachamoff, Piano; Gilad Hildesheim, Violin; Tali Kravitz, Viola; Mimmo Miccolis, Dancer; Alexander Osipenko, Double Bass; Ronen Shapira, Percussion and Synthesizer; Ehud Shapiro, Narrator and Vocals; Cesare Zanfini, Violin
Location: Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Police-Community Relations
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Location: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, New York NY 10023
Description: One of the most important ethical challenges facing our country and city today is the breakdown of trust between law enforcement and the broader community. The mutual trust of the citizenry and the police force constitute a vital underpinning of social stability, safety, and the wellbeing of the citizenry. Hence it is especially important to dialogue on this important issue and to identify the values that could form the basis of a moral consensus to support the common good. Speakers: James O’Neil, Police Commissioner of New York City; Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director, Drug Policy Alliance; Robert Gangi, Director, Police Reform Organizing Project(PROP); and Christopher Dunn, Associate Legal Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

Date: March 28, 2017
Location: Jorhat, India
Description: Nirupam Bajpai gave a guest lecture at Kaziranga University on “Entrepreneurship, Globalization and Higher Education.”

Date: March 27, 2017
Location: Guwahati, India
Description: Nirupam Bajpai was invited to deliver a guest lecture at the Royal Global University to students, faculty and senior management on “Challenges of Economic Growth in India: Role of the Northeast.”

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Ethics and Wall Street
Date: March 10, 2017
Location: Low Library, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Description: Professor Jeffrey Sachs moderated a robust discussion on the role of the financial sector in furthering the common good of society with distinguished panelists: Judge Jed Rakoff, US District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School; Sheelah Kolhatkar, Staff Writer at The New Yorker and author of Black EdgeAri Melber, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent; and Bob Ivry, staff reporter for Bloomberg News and author of The Seven Sins of Wall Street.

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Climate Change and NYC
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Location: New York Society for Ethical Culture
Description: As a low-lying coastal city, NYC is highly vulnerable to human-induced climate change, and the sea-level rise and intensive storms that can result. Jeffrey Sachs and Dr. James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, discussed how New York City can be a leader in the fight to decarbonize the energy system.

Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair & Sustainable
Date: January 18, 2017
Location: Rotunda, Low Memorial Library, Columbia University
Description: Launch of Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs’ newest book. The event includes a lecture by Professor Sachs followed by a book signing.

Watch Professor Sachs’ lecture here

Photo exhibition on the Millennium Villages Project
 December 6 to December 27, 2016
Location: United Nations Visitors Center Lobby
A photo exhibition on four Millennium Villages Project (MVP) sites in Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, and Senegal was on display at the United Nations’ Visitors Centre Lobby. Led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, the MVP contributed to eliminating extreme poverty in 10 sub-Saharan African countries over ten years using an integrated approach to rural development. The exhibition was organized by the Earth Institute at Columbia University and VII Agency and sponsored by The Blue Chip Foundation.

“Subjective well-being over the life course: Evidence and policy implications” Conference
Date:  Monday, Dec 12, 2016
Location: London School of Economics
Description: Professor Jeffrey Sachs delivered a keynote address on “Economics for the common good”. The conference was organised by OECD, CEPREMAP, What Works Centre for Wellbeing, and the Centre for Economic Performance. A video of the address is available on

Official Launch of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development
Date: Friday, Dec 9, 2016
Location: Sunway City, Malaysia
Description: The Jeffrey Sachs Center officially launched in Malaysia, establishing Malaysia as a leader in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Center is the first of its kind in Asia, and will promote communication and collaboration in Southeast Asia for sustainable development.

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Sustainable Development Goals 
Date: Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016
Location: New York Society for Ethical Culture
Description: All 193 member-states of the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals on September 25, 2015, to guide global cooperation and national policies through 2030. The first meeting of Ethics in Action NYC celebrated the leadership of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in guiding the world to adopt the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, and engaged the SG in a dialogue on the future of the UN and sustainable development.

2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development
Date: Wednesday, Sep 21 through Thursday, Sep 22, 2016, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Alfred Lerner Hall
Description: The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network presented the 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD). Featured Speakers included: Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria; Femi Oke, Internationally Renowned Journalist, Writer and Moderator; Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development.