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The Barnard Center for Research on Women hosts a programming series that explores a wide range of feminist and social justice issues like women's rights, gender and sexuality, democracy and voting, immigration and economics. Featured speakers include Angela Davis, Estelle Freedman, Lani Guinier, Josephine Ho, Naomi Klein and Dean Spade. Fusing scholarship with activism, highlights from these events are now available as podcasts.
 
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In this panel, young feminist activists discuss theirareas of interest, what they see as the major challenges for feministmovements, how organizing today compares to that by previousgenerations, intersections between feminism and other approaches tosocial justice, and how to build coalitions that can enact structuralchange. Panelists include Dior V…
 
Sonia Pierre (1963-2011), mobilized communities in theDominican Republic to advocate for citizenship and human rights forDominicans of Haitian descent. As the director of Movimiento de MujeresDominico-Haitiana (MUDHA), she used legal challenges in domestic andinternational courts to defend the citizenship rights of first andsecond generation childr…
 
The 2012-13 Africana Distinguished Alumna Series honorsone of Barnard’s most distinguished African American alumnae: NtozakeShange '70. A playwright, poet, and novelist of startling originality,Shange is best known for her 1975 Obie Award-winning play, For ColoredGirls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Followingthe screening of …
 
Since visual images invoke the spectator's experience ofunmediated access to the inner world of the subject, the evocative powerof photographic images may readily reproduce forms of voyeurism. Thisunder-theorizing becomes particularly problematic in projects thatdocument the lives of migratory and marginalized women. Drawing onseveral decades of pr…
 
Celebrating the release of The Collection: Short Fictionfrom the Transgender Vanguard (Topside Press, 2012), four of thevolume's contributors, Ryka Aoki, Imogen Binnie, Red Durkin, and DonnaOstrowsky come together to read from their work. Following the readings, the writers discuss future of literature, the complexways that literary trans narrative…
 
Some writers have celebrated a new biologicalcitizenship arising from individuals' unprecedented ability to managetheir health at the molecular level. In this year’s Helen Pond McIntyre'48 lecture, Dorothy Roberts examines the role of race and gender in theconstruction of this new biocitizen in light of the current expansion ofrace-based, reproduct…
 
Feminist writers discuss what the new digital landscapemeans for them - how to deal with a constant barrage of critiques andsuggestions, how race and gender impact the ways communities formonline, the ethics of live-tweeting academic conferences, and more. From#twittergate to the necessary limitations of identity in digitalnetworks, these academics…
 
Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologistspecializing in Islamic law, gender, and development. She is currentlyProfessorial Research Associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern andIslamic Law, University of London. In this lecture, Dr. Mir-Hosseiniexplores the Islamic feminist movement's potential for changing theterms of debates over Islam an…
 
The second event in BCRW's newly inaugurated SalonSeries features Karla FC Holloway, Tina Campt, Farah Griffin, SaidiyaHartman, Rebecca Jordan-Young, and Alondra Nelson. These scholars, whoseexpertise lies at the cross-section of law, race, gender, and bioethics,respond to Karla FC Holloway’s new book, Private Bodies, Public Texts:Race, Gender, and…
 
How does a shift from focusing on the 'autonomous and independent subject'to a framework of shared vulnerability transform intellectual, legal, and activistterrains? This interdisciplinary panel explores how our ideas of personhood, thestate, politics, organizing, religion, consciousness, arts, and ethics change whenvulnerability becomes the lens t…
 
Advice about diet and health is extraordinarily controversial for reasonsof science and politics. Human nutritional science is difficult to conduct and interpret.Advice about what to eat affects the ability of food companies to sell products. Theresult is cacophony in the marketplace and unnecessary confusion about dietary matters.Will better scien…
 
The recently published anthology Voices of A Women'sHealth Movement (Seven Stories Press, 2012), co-edited by women's healthadvocate Barbara Seaman (1935-2008) and her longtime collaborator LauraEldridge, brings together an essential collection of essays, interviews,and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors and sociologistson topics ran…
 
How much do you know about the food you eat? Foodproduction and the politics surrounding it have an enormous impact onour environment and economy. In recent years, scientists and activistshave raised concerns about the sustainability and security of our foodsystems here in the US and around the world, but food has always been adriving force in inte…
 
Since the women's health movement blossomed in the1970s, there has been an ever-increasing trend toward examining allaspects of human health for evidence of sex differences. But some of themovement's major achievements - such as a federal mandate to collect andanalyze data by sex in all health research - may paradoxically turn out tobe obstacles fo…
 
From writing new constitutions to serving in local andnational governance to sustaining NGOs and grassroots organizations tomaking policy changes, women and feminist groups in Africa are doing thedifficult work of pushing local, state and international bodies toimplement and guarantee gender equality and justice at every level. Agroup of scholars a…
 
Does a feminist perspective limit researchers' abilitiesto see and interpret empirical realities? What happens when theseperspectives clash with the reality of field observations? A group ofethnographers discuss how their feminist perspectives can both limit andenhance their ability to analyze power structures and evaluate socialchange. Panelists i…
 
What does it mean to be an activist researcher? What aresome of the challenges of conducting research about social movements andwithin activist communities? Drawing on ethnographic and teachingexperiences, panelists discuss their research on differentcommunities and social movements, and how their roles as activistresearchers affect this work. Pane…
 
Colleges and universities are experiencing the effectsof the economic downturn and our political climate in numerous ways.This panel of students and faculty discuss how activists on theircampuses are working to combat budget cuts and the undermining of thepublic sector, provide alternatives to neoliberal restructuring inhigher education, and fight …
 
What types of projects are possible when scholars andactivists work together? Scholars in the Gender Studies Program at theNational Autonomous University of Mexico have formed partnerships withactivist groups to address issues like state oppression and violence,struggles for land rights and indigenous rights, and gender equity bothwithin the Univer…
 
How can activists use knowledge to advance theircampaigns? How can scholars and activists work collaboratively toproduce and promote knowledge that is grounded in feminist and socialjustice frameworks? Activists who have been able to produce and useknowledge to initiate change across numerous issues contribute tothis conversation about the uses of …
 
Colleges and universities across the country areincreasingly interested in adding opportunities for civic engagement totheir curricula, seeking to expose their students to new ways ofpracticing and researching social justice. Educators from severalinstitutions will look at the ways in which these projects can buildfeminist awareness and community o…
 
In "Forwarding Feminism," her keynote lecture atActivism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarshipand Action, South African academic, activist, and writer MamphelaRamphele offers an inspiring and thought-provoking vision for the futureof feminism and activism. This lecture took place on the second day ofActivism and the Academy,…
 
BCRW's commitment to bringing feminist scholars andactivists together in conversation and collaboration has been at thecenter of our work for the past 40 years. Representatives from threeorganizations with whom we have recently partnered - the National DomesticWorkers Alliance, Queers for Economic Justice, and the New York Women'sFoundation - discu…
 
Feminist scholars, activists, and practitioners acrossthe Americas are challenging gendered hierarchies in their communities,nations, and region. Whether or not they explicitly identify asfeminists, their work is transforming contemporary politics and culturalrelations. Through the stories of Latin American feminist networks,women-led grassroots or…
 
Over the past two decades, the archive has emerged as acentral site of feminist knowledge production and activism. Feministarchives and special collections have been able to document activistmovements and make previously obscured forms of knowledge visible. Thispanel brings together a group of feminist librarians, archivists,scholars, and activists…
 
Continuing education in the humanities is an extremelyimportant, yet often overlooked subset of higher education. Over theyears, BCRW has sought to support continued opportunities for feministlearning through a diverse series of course offerings. Current and pastBCRW instructors, along with scholars of feminist literature, willdiscuss the value of …
 
Gloria Anzaldua's groundbreaking volume Borderlands/Lafrontera juxtaposes poetry and prose, and research and personalnarrative, forming a bridge between activism and scholarship. This panellooks at Anzaldua's work, along with the work of two border poets,Margaret Randall and Ruth Irupe Sanabria, to explore what poetry andother creative engagements …
 
Writing, blogging, social networking, and other forms ofmedia are vital channels of communication for feminist activists.Panelists Mandy Van Deven (activist and writer), Ileana Jimenez (bloggerat FeministTeacher.com), Veronica Pinto (Hollaback!), and Susanna Horng(Girls Write Now) discuss their own media projects and how they haveused new forms of …
 
Women's and gender studies programs have been anintegral part of the feminist movement for the past four decades. Overthe years, the field has grown and expanded - and so has theproliferation of other disciplines devoted to the study ofintersectionality, including queer studies, ethnic studies, andpostcolonial studies. What are the challenges curre…
 
In her keynote lecture at Activism and the Academy:Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action, Alvarezdiscusses her latest intellectual and political project, the forthcomingco-edited anthology Translocalities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politicsof Translation in the Latin/a Americas. This lecture took place on thefirst day of Activism …
 
The inaugural event in BCRW's Salon series, thisengaged dialogue brings together several prominent and influentialscholars whose work explores how affect and emotion influence publiclife. Just as feminism has sought to identify the ways in which thepersonal and the political are linked, the study of 'public feelings'draws our attention to how and w…
 
In this year's Rennert Forum lecture, "Created in God's Image: Intersections of Judaism, Gender, and Human Rights," Rabbi RachelKahn-Troster '01 reflects on her work as a human rights activist,mobilizing the Jewish community on campaigns against US-sponsoredtorture and modern slavery. Rabbi Kahn-Troster has worked tirelessly tobring about change in…
 
During the latter part of the nineteenth century and theearly decades of the twentieth, a range of iconic female forms emergedto dominate the global pictorial landscape. Female athletes andadventurers, chorine stars, flappers, garconnes, Modern Girls, neueFrauen, suffragettes, and trampky were all facets of thedazzling and urbane New Woman who came…
 
This forum, organized by DAMAYAN Migrant WorkersAssociation and co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research onWomen, Barnard Women's Studies, and the National Domestic WorkersAlliance, engages scholars, policy advocates, activists, and alliesabout the situation of immigrant women domestic workers with thePhilippines as a case study. The forum i…
 
Simi Linton delivers opening remarks to the Heidi Latsky Dance Company'sPerformance of The GIMP Project at The Scholar and Feminist Conference2011, Movements: Politics, Performance, and Disability, on February 26. Simi describes dance as the placewhere disability rights, disability culture and disability studies cometogether. She is introduced by J…
 
This discussion on Aesthetics and Politics in Action was the morning panel at The Scholar and Feminist Conference 2011 - Movements:Poltics, Performance and Disability. This panel examines cultural, historical and transnational constructions ofdisability. Making connections between cultural production, performance,aesthetics, activism and scholarshi…
 
In this lecture, Professor Carla Freccero argues for aqueering of temporality that would undo our nationally circumscribed andperiodized fields of literary study in order to work through figuresthat haunt texts across historical eras. Her case study involvescynanthropy, the merger of human man and dog; it takes as its startingpoint the Columbian Ne…
 
Focusing specifically on sexuality, the panelists discuss the ways in which transnational and non-governmental Christianorganizations have an impact on legal and social policies in differentareas where Christians may comprise a small minority or a largerpercentage of the population. In addition, sexuality continues to rankleand even divide Christia…
 
This panel discussion moderated by Laura Flanders ofGRITtv features Sylvia Henriquez (Executive Director, National LatinaInstitute for Reproductive Health), Lynn Paltrow (Executive Director,National Advocates for Pregnant Women), and Miriam Yeung (ExecutiveDirector, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum). The panel waspart of the daylong co…
 
This panel discussion features a group of reproductivejustice activists and birth doulas who work across the spectrum ofpregnancy, birth, and women's health, connecting the traditionalreproductive rights movement with new social justice activism thatconsiders the complete physical, political, and economic well-being ofgirls and women. Panelists inc…
 
Joni Seager delivered the morning keynote address at TheScholar and Feminist Conference 2010, "Feminism and Climate Change." Already among the most vulnerable populations worldwide, women and othermarginalized groups have been the most acutely affected by theinstabilities produced by climate change. Issues such as water scarcity,drought, and other …
 
Janet Jakbosen introduces Anene Ejikeme who moderates this discussion on Economic, Health and Social Justice, the first panel atThe Scholar and Feminist Conference 2010, "Feminism and Climate Change." Panelists include Nancy Biberman, Laila Iskandar Kamel, Peggy Shepard and Winona LaDuke.
 
This talk offers a new reading of postcolonial women's writings. The conventionalmodel since the 1980s has been to emphasize issues of silence and invisibility,the desire for voice and narrative space, and self-representation as a form ofempowerment and transformation. What is often eclipsed as a result is a valuablepolitical ethic based on coaliti…
 
This conversation, which took place on Grace Paley's birthday, December 11, 2009, explores how imagination, truthtelling, and courageous action flow outof Paley's life and work. A prolific writer, Paley's fiction highlightsthe everyday struggles of women, what she calls "a history of everydaylife." In addition to her writing, Paley was also a commi…
 
Catherine Waldby is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and SocialPolicy at The University of Sydney, Australia. In this lecture, delivered on November 6, 2009 at Barnard College, Professor Waldbyexplores the emerging tensions between women's voluntary (public good) donationof reproductive tissues for stem cell research and the in…
 
Introduced by Janet Jakobsen, Saba Mahmood delivered thelecture, "The Politics of Freedom: Geopolitics, Minority Rights andGender" on October 5, 2009 at Barnard College. Originally titled "ShouldFeminist Ethics Matter to Religious Politics?" Mahmood's talk marked thesixth annual Helen Pond McIntyre '48 lecture. Associate Professor ofAnthropology at…
 
Introduced by Christia Mercer, Eileen O'Neill presented closing remarks, entitled "The History of Women," at "Women, Philosophy and History: A Conference in Celebration of Eileen O'Neill '75." This two-day conference continued the groundbreaking work of Eileen O'Neill by examining the standard narrative of the history of philosophy from a feministp…
 
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