Events Archive

Since Fall 2013, the PIIRS Global Systemic Risk Research Community has hosted numerous events featuring researchers and professors in finance, engineering, agriculture, mathematics, and other disciplines. Listed below are the major lectures, talks, and conference proceedings of the group.

2020

Columbia Symposium Page

Friday-Saturday, December 4-5, 2020
Second Author's Colloquium on "Historical Systemic Collapse"
Princeton University
Miguel Centeno, Princeton University, Workshop Director
After a successful workshop in the spring of 2019, PIIRS GSR brought scholars together again to revisit the topic of historical systemic collapse. Participants are collaborating on an edited volume, and this workshop afforded scholars the opportunity to explore themes of collapse in greater detail and review their initial chapter drafts.


Columbia Symposium Page

Thursday, February 27, 2020
"Up To The Minute: The Coronavirus (COVID-19)"
WWS Vice Dean and Director of PIIRS GSR Miguel Centeno moderated a panel discussion about the Coronavirus. Panelists included Irini Daskalaki, MD., Bryan Grenfell, Doug Mercado, C. Jessica Metcalf, and David Wilcove.
Co-Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS) & Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Global Systemic Risk (PIIRS GSR) the event was live-streamed to nearly 20,000 viewers, and is available to watch here.
4:30pm, Friend Center, Room 101


2019

Columbia Symposium Page

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
"AI and the Environment"
Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), & PIIRS Global Systemic Risk
Miguel Centeno, Princeton University & Victor Galaz, SRC, Conference Co-Directors
Building on the discussions from our conference earlier in 2019, this smaller workshop is meant to fascilitate collaboration and help the scholars make marked progress towards publishing a piece on our findings.


Columbia Symposium Page

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
"Artificial Intelligence, People, and the Planet"
Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), PIIRS Global Systemic Risk, The Beijer Institute & the Consulate General of Sweden Joint Conference
Victor Galaz, SRC & Miguel Centeno, Princeton UniversitySRC, Conference Co-Directors


Columbia Symposium Page

Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, 2019
Workshop on "Historical Systemic Collapse" at Princeton University
Miguel Centeno, Princeton University, Workshop Director
Historical study is traditionally centered around culture, societies, peoples, and individual biography. A novel approach we hope to investigate and contribute to the field is to focus on the critical systems within these historical collapses, and which mechanisms and events contributed to or precipitated systemic failure. By providing a comparative analysis of various collapses, we hope to ascertain whether there are systemic failures that are overlooked and undervalued in our modern-day systems. The ultimate goal is to make the systems which underpin our modern civilization more robust and resilient. Many of these historical collapses have decimated populations, and the ultimate goal of the project would be to learn original insights through the lens of systems-thinking towards the goal of preventing the catastrophic loss of life.


Columbia Symposium Page

Friday-Saturday, January 11-12, 2019
"Human-Machine-Ecology: A Workshop on the Emerging Risks, Opportunities, and Governance of Artificial Intelligence"
PIIRS Global Systemic Risk & Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) Joint Workshop
Miguel Centeno, Princeton University & Victor Galaz, SRC, Workshop Co-Directors


2018

Stockton

Monday, December 10, 2018
"Envisioning Modern Civilizational Collapse" with Paul Stockton
PIIRS GSR Public Lecture Series
Paul Stockton served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, and is currently the Managing Director of Sonecon LLC, a security and economic advisory firm in Washington, DC. Prior to being confirmed as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Stockton served as a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and as Associate Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
4:30pm, 20 Washington Road, Room A71


Columbia Symposium Page

Friday-Sunday, November 16-18, 2018
Conference on "Systems and Complexity"
Sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)


Columbia Symposium Page

Friday-Saturday, August 17-18, 2018
Workshop on "Social Media, Collective Behavior, and Systemic Risk"
Sponsored by PIIRS Global Systemic Risk research Community
Miguel Centeno, Princeton University, Workshop Director & Host
Workshop Co-Organizers: Joanna Sterling, Joe Bak-Coleman, Andrew Gersick, Pawel Romanczuk
As populations of social-media sites have soared, online activity has been increasingly central to offline cultural and political events such as the UK’s Brexit vote and the recent US presidential election. In these and other cases, online networks have appeared prone to splintering, drawing individuals into informational "bubbles" that can incubate ingroup/outgroup hostilities and make participants vulnerable to misinformation and propaganda. These developments raise fundamental questions about the nature of virtual social networks and their impacts on our individual and collective well-being. We believe that an interdisciplinary conversation is needed to address these questions, as the phenomena involved range from the neural reward pathways of individuals up to the structural features of global-scale political movements.


Fall 2017

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December 1-3, 2017
Envision Conference
Organized by GSR undergraduate research fellow Luca Rade, this conference focused on the future implications of four technological trends: artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, enhanced interfaces, and nanotechnology. Participants explored how best to pioneer a brighter future in light of the major changes being wrought by these technologies. Talks ranged from how to best interface with government from the private sector, to the ethics of existential risks.
Carl ICahn Laboratory, Oval Lounge, Princeton University


DMDU

Monday-Wednesday, November 13-15, 2017
DMDU Annual Meeting
The Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty hosted a conference in Oxford, England this fall. The Princeton GSR team presented a poster at the event, which summarized our research effort.
Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, UK


Link to GSR's DMDU Conference Poster
Lo

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Financial System 2.0: New Approaches to Measuring and Managing Systemic Risk
Andrew W. Lo is the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance, and the Diretor of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In addition, Professor Lo is a member of the Consortium for Systemic Risk Analytics Academic Advisory Board, the OFR Financial Research Advisory Committee, and the New York Federal Reserve Board’s Financial Advisory Roundtable.
4:30pm, 20 Washington Road, Room A71


Beckford

Thursday-Friday, June 29-30, 2017
Princeton-Cambridge Workshop on Systemic Risk
Co-hosted by Princeton and the University of Cambridge, this workshop brought together scholars from around the world with the goals of defining "systemic risk" as a discipline, identifying a common language to facilitate its study across domains, and open a dialogue about how the field could be useful to policymakers.
Kings College, Cambridge, UK


Workshop Paper Coming Soon

Spring 2017

Beckford

Thursday-Friday, June 29-30, 2017
Princeton-Cambridge Workshop on Systemic Risk
Co-hosted by Princeton and the University of Cambridge, this workshop brought together scholars from around the world with the goals of defining "systemic risk" as a discipline, identifying a common language to facilitate its study across domains, and open a dialogue about how the field could be useful to policymakers.
Kings College, Cambridge, UK


Workshop Paper Coming Soon
Beckford

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Infrastructure Resilience Matters: Infrastructure Systems and Risk in the United Kingdom
John Beckford, Visiting Professor in the Dept. of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering at University College London, Visiting Professor in the Centre for Information Management at Loughborough University, Partner at Beckford Consulting
4:30pm, Lewis Library, Room 138



Elran

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Societal Resilience: A Response Strategy for Man-Made Disruptions
Meir Elran, Head of Program on Homeland Security & Program on Socio-Military Relations, and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv, Retired Brigadier General, Israeli Army
4:30pm, 20 Washington Road, Room A71



Fall 2016

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
War and Society
Director of the PIIRS GSR research community Miguel Centeno is Musgrave Professor of Sociology, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. Centeno will discuss his new book War and Society, which expores the many paradoxes of warfare and the impact it has on the human experience.
4:30pm, Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219



Venkat

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The Architecture of Collapse: The Global System in the 21st Century
Mauro Guillén, Director of Joseph A. Lauder Institute at Univresity of Pennsylvania, Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management, Wharton School, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
Discussant: Simon Levin, George M. Moffett Professor of Biology, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
4:30pm, Guyot Hall, Room 10



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Internet Resilience: Global Network, Global Risks
Nick Feamster, Professor of Computer Science, Acting Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
Jennifer Rexford,Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering, Chair of the Computer Science Department, Princeton University
4:30pm, Computer Science Building, Room 104



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Friday, November 18, 2016
Comparing Alternative Policies Against Environmental Catastrophes
Avinash Dixit is John J.F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor of Economics, emeritus, at Princeton University. Dixit discussed the findings of his recent working paper on "Comparing Alternative Policies Against Environmental Catastrophes."
12:00pm, Wallace Hall, Room 165


Spring 2016

Columbia Symposium Page

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Symposium on Managing Systemic Risk in Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure
Princeton-Columbia Joint Conference
Venkat Venkatasubramanian, Columbia University, Conference Co-Director & Co-Host
Miguel Centeno, Princeton University, Conference Co-Director & Co-Host
Paul Glasserman, Columbia Business School, Conference Co-Director & Co-Host
All Day, Kellogg Center, Columbia University, NYC


Venkat

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Can Extreme Income Inequality Pose Systemic Risk?:
Mathematical Foundations of a stable capitalist society

Venkat Venkatasubramanian, Co-Director of Center for the Management of Systemic Risk, Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
4:30pm, Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219



Sardar

Monday, May 2, 2016
Risks and Rewards of Complexity in the Global Supply Chain
David Sardar, Globalization, Complexity, and Risk Consultant
4:30pm, Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219


Fall 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015
Assessing Risk Assessment: Nuclear Regulation and Reactor Safety
MV Ramana, Princeton WWS Program on Science & Global Security
12:00pm, Wallace Hall, Room 165

Benoit

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Closest We Ever Came to Nuclear War: New Insights on the
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and the 1995 Black Brant Event

Benoit Pelopidas, University of Bristol and Visiting Fellow, PIIRS GSR Research Community
4:30pm, Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219



Donald Light

Monday, November 9, 2015
The Interdependencies of Risk Allocation in Pharmaceuticals
Donald W. Light, Princeton University CMD, Rowan University & NYU
4:30pm, Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219



Friday, November 13, 2015
Understanding Media Discourse Regarding Risk Using Topic Models and Network Text Analysis
Manish Nag, Princeton Department of Sociology
12:00pm, Wallace Hall, Room 165

Jeff Hass
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Breaking and Making the Rules as Things Fall Apart: Desperation, Innovation, and Traces of Order in the Blockade of Leningrad
Jeff Hass, University of Richmond Dept of Sociology
4:30pm, Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219

Friday, December 11, 2015
Presentation of senior thesis research on Global Systemic Risk by PIIRS GSR undergraduate fellows
4:30pm, Wallace Hall, Room 165

Spring 2015

Duncan Watts

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Some Challenges to Modeling Systemic Risk in Financial Systems
Duncan Watts, Microsoft Research
4:30pm, 219 Aaron Burr Hall


Ulrich Beck

Monday, May 11, 2015
Ulrich Beck and the Risk Society
Chair: Miguel Centeno, Musgrave Professor of Sociology
Participants:
Angela N. Creager, Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Princeton
Rosemary CR Taylor, Tufts University, Visiting Research Scholar, PIIRS
Michael Gordin, Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton
Adam Burgess, University of Kent, Visiting Research Scholar, PIIRS
4:30 p.m., 219 Aaron Burr Hall


RPA

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Regional Planning in an Age of Increasing Complexity, Interdependence and Extreme Risk
Robert Freudenberg, Director, Energy & Environment, Regional Plan Association
Richard Barone, Director, Transportation Programs, Regional Plan Association
4:30 p.m., 219 Aaron Burr Hall


Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Emergence of Global Systemic Risk
Miguel A. Centeno, Director, PIIRS Global Systemic Risk Research Community
6:30 p.m., Princeton Club of New York


Fall 2014

Scott Page

Friday, September 19, 2014
What Academics Should Know About Complexity
Scott E. Page, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
Noon, 219 Aaron Burr Hall


Systemic Risk in Finance

Friday & Saturday, October 24-25, 2014
Systemic Risk in Global Agriculture
Princeton-Columbia Joint Conference
Pedro Sanchez, Columbia University, Conference Co-Director & Co-Host
Miguel Centeno, Princeton University, Conference Co-Director & Co-Host
219 Burr Hall
Systemic Risk in Global Agriculture - Conference Report
Systemic Risk in Global Agriculture - Transcript of Conference Proceedings

Panel Descriptions:

Panel Videos:

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Why Infrastructure Needs to Become More Resilient 
Paul Larcey and Graham McShane, University of Cambridge
4:30 p.m., 219 Aaron Burr Hall


Spring 2014

Global Crisis - Geoffrey Parker

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Global Crisis: A 17th-Century Perspective
Followed by an interdisciplinary conversation: "Are We Doomed to Repeat History?"
Geoffrey Parker, Ohio State University
4:30 p.m., 219 Aaron Burr Hall


Risk Regulation and Crisis

Thursday, April 10
Risk Regulation and Crisis: A Social Science Perspective on Global Uncertainties
Bridget M. Hutter
Professor of Risk Regulation, London School of Economics
Former Director of the UK Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
4:30 p.m., 219 Aaron Burr Hall


Systemic Risk in Finance

June 26-27, 2014
Symposium on the Management of Systemic Risk*
Kellogg Center, Columbia University
New York, NY
*Co-hosted by the Center for the Management of Systemic Risk, Columbia University, and the PIIRS Research Community on Global Systemic Risk



Fall 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013
The Financial Crisis: What Happened?
Gary Gorton
Frederick Frank Class of 1954 Professor of Finance, Yale University
Noon, 219 Aaron Burr Hall 


Superintelligence Poster

Monday, December 9, 2013
Superintelligence: Risks Related to the Future of AI
Nick Bostrom, University of Oxford
4:30 p.m., 219 Aaron Burr Hall


Contact Us

For more information about the lectures, conferences, and other events hosted by the Global Systemic Risk Research Community, please email the group's coordinator, Thayer Patterson, at tspatter-at-princeton.edu.


PIIRS Global Systemic Risk Research Community at Princeton University. 2022.