Thursday 9/28: BCRW Open House for Students

BCRW students

Join BCRW Staff and Research Assistants at the BCRW Open House for undergraduate students of the Barnard/Columbia communities on Thursday 9/28 from 7-9 PM in 101 Barnard Hall.

This will be the perfect opportunity to learn how you can get more involved in BCRW’s work and goals as an intersectional feminist center committed to research, scholarship, activism, and artistic practice.
At the event we will be kicking off our new network of programs and opportunities for undergraduate students—Friends of BCRW. Friends of BCRW is a network of students and community members organizing themselves around questions like:
How can we:
  • Intentionally plan and organize to move and open access to resources and space?
  • Build and sustain relationships across disciplines, organizing strategies, and artistic practices?
  • Share resources as a mode of healing and support?
  • Understand and meet the needs of students, scholars, organizers, and artists?
  • Carve space for intellectual and creative inquiry?

Friends of BCRW will work together to answer, problematize, and reframe these and other questions through writing, discussion, study, workshops, organizing, and more.

Currently, there are three working groups that make up the Friends of BCRW structure:
  1. Reading/study group for women and femmes of color.
  2. BCRW bloggers group for students to collaboratively develop, workshop, and publish media (essays, articles, photo essays, videos, etc.) on the BCRW Blog.
  3. Organizing group working to share resources, support each other in activist/organizing practices, and work in solidarity with movements and projects related but not limited to abolition, racial justice, gender justice, and community sustainability.

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BCRW Fall 2017 Newsletter: Upcoming events with Tina Campt, Barbara Smith, Sara Ahmed, and more

Director’s Note

At the flash of a crisis, we rush, panic, act; we pool the resources at our disposal; we stall the tide or we fight. Then we pause. Maybe we collapse from exhaustion or hesitate or question ourselves. There is a staggered intake of breath. We come to see, again, the scale of the struggle and the work ahead. We hunker down, and move forward again. In this same spirit, BCRW’s fall programs offer a range of modes and means to steadily think through and respond to the escalated violence and threats of our current political moment.

The daily work of refusing oppression includes not only protest but also study, play, creativity, and caring for self and others. We recognize signs of daily resistance in the images, songs, and words that surround us. I’m honored that BCRW has chosen to begin the semester with a salon to discuss my newest book Listening to Images, where I explore these quotidian practices of refusal captured in the photographs of Black subjects in Diaspora from the late 19th century to the 1960s.

Following this thematic thread, Combahee River Collective Mixtape: Black Feminist Sonic Dissent will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective and engage the connections and reverberations of resistance between the Collective’s founding document and numerous Black artists and musicians. Continuing our exploration of historic legacies and their traces, we will host a conversation with Rosalind Rosenberg, BC Emerita Professor of History, Julia Wallace and Alexis Pauline Gumbs, BC’ 04 on the known and hidden histories of one of the Civil Rights and feminist movements’ unsung leaders, Pauli Murray.  

Three of our events will center on the how and what of our resistance. We are excited to be joined by Sara Ahmed who will help us think through the institutional forces that feed complacency, and the ways and means to wake up and fight. Later in the semester two innovative convenings will highlight critical approaches to some of the most urgent threats of our contemporary political moment. “Homes for All, Cages for None: Housing Justice in an Age of Abolition” will address the evisceration of public services that puts poor people, people of color, people with disabilities and illness, and elders at risk of extreme vulnerability and premature death, and propose potential solutions that increase safety and resources for all. Finally, “Invisible No More: Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color in Troubled Times” will confront the escalation of militarized policing and racist police violence and share organizing strategies to confront these dangerous trends in our most vulnerable communities.

We are invite your continued participation in building and expanding our critical intellectual and political community, and look forward to our work together this fall.

In community,

Tina Campt

Fall 2017 Events

Listening to Images: A Salon in Honor of Tina Campt
Featuring Rizvana Bradley, Jack Halberstam, Nicole Fleetwood, and Deborah Thomas

Listening to Images by Tina CamptThursday 9/14 6:30 PM
Event Oval, The Diana Center

What happens when we shift our way of engaging with photography? When we go beyond looking at images and, instead, listen to them? Tina Campt, director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, delves into lost archives of historically dismissed photographs to deepen our understanding of the lives of black subjects throughout the black diaspora. Campt invites us to open our ears to photographs of rural African women in the late 19th-century and 1960s mug shots of the Freedom Riders, and to hear in them the quiet intensity and quotidian practices of refusal. Originally intended to dehumanize, police, and restrict their subjects, these photographs convey the softly buzzing tension of colonialism, the low hum of resistance and subversion, and the anticipation of a boldly imagined and more just future.

‘Song in a Weary Throat’: Pauli Murray’s Life and Legacy
A conversation with Rosalind Rosenberg, Emerita Professor of History, Barnard College, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, BC’ 04 and Sangodare (Julia Roxanne Wallace); moderated by Monica L. Miller

Co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and the Athena Center

Pauli MurrayMonday 9/25 6 PM
Event Oval, The Diana Center

Until recently Pauli Murray was an unsung figure in the Civil Rights and feminist movements. A poet, writer, activist, labor organizer, legal theorist, and Episcopal priest, Murray took on the key social and economic justice issues of her day. The subject of a new biography, Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray, by emerita professor of history Rosalind Rosenberg, Murray is now being recognized and celebrated for her legal and activist work in the service of freedom and justice, as well as her more recently recognized work fighting for the lives of people who transgressed sexual and gender norms in her lifetime. Rosenberg is joined by Alexis Pauline Gumbs BC ’04, an independent scholar and activist, and Sangodare (Julia Roxanne Wallace), a filmmaker, composer, theology scholar, and writer.

Homes for All, Cages for None: Housing Justice in an Age of Abolition
A panel featuring Craig Willse

Tuesday 10/10 6 PM
vent Oval, The Diana Center

In 2016, the Barnard Center for Research on Women assembled a Poverty Working Group to examine the state’s neglect and abandonment of poor people, people of color, and people with disabilities. The group asks how can we deepen our understanding of and resistance to the ways that the neoliberal state and racialized, classed, gendered, and ableist logics target the most vulnerable members of our communities for surveillance, control, precarious lives, and premature deaths. In the first public event in this series, scholars and activists who work on issues of housing and homelessness in New York City imagine how we can take an abolitionist approach to resistance and how we can begin to build social systems that offer safety and equal resources to all citizens. Participants include Craig Willse, author of The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States.

The Institutional as Usual: Diversity Work as Data Collection
Helen Pond McIntyre ’48 Lecture by by Sara Ahmed

Monday 10/16 6 PM
Event Oval, The Diana Center

This lecture explores how institutions are built from small acts of use. The institutional becomes usual. What usually happens seems to keep happening without having to be made into official policy and sometimes even despite an official policy. We learn about the institutional (as usual) from those who are trying to transform institutions. Diversity work, the work of trying to transform institutions by opening them up to populations that have hitherto been excluded, generates data on institutions, snap shots of institutional life from the point of view of those trying not to reproduce that life. In the lecture I will bring together data from my study of diversity work in universities first presented in On Being Included (2012) and developed in the middle section of Living a Feminist Life (2017) with my current research into “the uses of use” and complaint. I consider how social justice projects require making usage into a crisis.

For the 2017 Helen Pond McIntyre ’48 Lecture, Sarah Ahmed, an independent scholar and author of On Being Included and Living a Feminist Life, invites us to see how complaint and crisis can dislodge us from the complacency of habit and enable us to fight for a more just world.

Invisible No More: Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color in Troubled Times
A conference with Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Reina Gossett, Mariame Kaba, Dean Spade & others

Friday, November 3, 4 PM – 8 PM
Saturday, November 4, 9 AM – 6 PM

Event Oval, The Diana Center

As the pendulum swings toward intensified immigration enforcement, discredited drug war tactics, expansion of “broken windows” policing, rampant Islamophobia, and attacks on gender, sexual and reproductive liberation, the current political climate fuels police violence against Black women and women of color on every front. In this context, women of color’s experiences of policing – often invisible in broader debates – must in turn fuel our resistance.  

Join activists and scholars including Barbara Smith, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Reina Gossett, Mariame Kaba, Dean Spade, and Elle Hearns for a two day conference exploring and building on the themes, trends, and organizing strategies outlined in the recently released Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by BCRW Researcher-in-Residence Andrea J. Ritchie. Through strategic discussions, participants will not only delve into the multiple forms and contexts of police violence against women of color, but will also work to collectively identify strategies to challenge the conditions that produce them, and thus begin to radically re-envision our approaches to violence and safety.

Combahee River Collective Mixtape: Black Feminist Sonic Dissent Then and Now
With Daphne Brooks, Kara Keeling, and Jacqueline Stewart

Co-sponsored by Institute for Research on Women and Gender Studies, Columbia University and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU

Wednesday 11/15  6 PM
Event Oval, The Dana Center

Join BCRW in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective Statement, the radical Black feminist manifesto completed in 1977 that laid out key tenets of intersectional theory and social justice reform. Taking the works of wide range of artists as our point of departure—from musicians such as the Knowles Sisters and Nina Simone to visual artists like Carrie Mae Weems and the L.A. Rebellion filmmakers—we aim to build a bridge from this historic document to the present and future of Black feminism. Audience participation is key, as we invite all attendees to find new directions in which music and image will allow us to carry forth the manifesto’s cogent wisdom. Cosponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender Studies at Columbia University.

A Centennial Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks
Featuring Jericho Brown, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Erica Hunt, Darryl Pinckney, and others

Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100 with the Poetry Society of America and co-sponsored by Barnard Women Poets, Department of English, and the Columbia Heyman Center for the Humanities

Thursday 11/16 7 PM
Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall

Gwendolyn Brooks was a major American poet of the twentieth century, and a writer of great formal mastery and intimate observation. The author of twenty separate volumes of poetry, including the celebrated A Street in Bronzeville (1945), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Allen (1949), and In the Mecca (1968), as well as the experimental novel Maude Martha (1953) and other volumes of prose and collected verse, Brooks is a writer who “managed to bridge the gap between the academic poets of her generation in the 1940s and the young black militant writers of the 1960s” (George E. Kent). Join us to commemorate her work and legacy.

Center Highlights

Survived and Punished: Video Series

BCRW is producing a series of videos on current campaigns supporting Black women and trans people to defend their lives and survive without being punished. These videos are made in collaboration with Mariame Kaba and Survived and Punished, a network of groups organizing defense campaigns to free criminalized survivors like Paris Knox, Ky Peterson, Bresha Meadows, Marissa Alexander, and Cherelle Baldwin, and support them upon their release. Visit our video page for more.


Save the Date: 43nd annual Scholar & Feminist Conference
Saturday, March 3, 2018

BCRW’s 43rd annual Scholar and Feminist Conference will focus on surveillance, exploring the technologies, tactics, histories, contemporary threats, and resistance in our current political moment. More information on speakers and session topics coming soon on our events page

BCRW Community Needs Assessment

BCRW students

The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) is a nexus of intersectional feminist thought, activism, and collaboration for scholars and activists alike.

BCRW is working to carve out more space for Barnard/Columbia students and community members across New York City. As a feminist center committed to research, scholarship, activism, and artistic practice related to justice and pre-figurative politics, BCRW is asking: how can we shape the here and now to collude with the then and there? How can we enact feminist politics that center lived experience, uplift healing, and move toward the potentiality of more sustainable lives?

How can we:

  • Intentionally plan and organize to move and open access to resources and space?
  • Build and sustain relationships across disciplines, organizing strategies, and artistic practices?
  • Share resources as a mode of healing and support?
  • Understand and meet the needs of students, scholars, organizers, and artists?
  • Carve space for intellectual and creative inquiry?

If you are a Barnard/Columbia student we hope you might take a few minutes to fill out this needs assessment. With this assessment we are hoping to map the needs of the Barnard/Columbia community to fashion actionable steps toward carving out more space and resources for students and community members. Thank you in advance for your time, care, and participation.


BCRW’s newly digitized archives of feminist history


The Feminist Origins of the Barnard Center for Research on Women

As the 1960s drew to a close, a growing chorus of voices within the Barnard community began calling for an official College response to the changes wrought and challenges posed by the Women’s Liberation Movement. After months of impassioned, contentious discussion among students, faculty-members, administrators, and alums, the Barnard Women’s Center, later renamed The Barnard Center for Research on Women, was founded in the fall of 1971.

We are now excited to share a new digital portal featuring public and internal papers from the Center’s inaugural year. The collection documents the fledgling research institution’s attempts to solidify its place within Barnard, define its purpose outside the academy, and achieve full expression of its commitment to women’s dignity, autonomy, and equality. Beneath it all lies a quieter story about individual women, bound as much by friendship as they were by political conviction.

This archive offers a snapshot of feminist history in the 1960s and 1970s, the institutionalization of women’s centers and women’s studies as an academic discipline, and feminist struggles taking place at colleges and universities, in healthcare and social service centers, in political organizations and neighborhood meetings across the country.

We are delighted to share this newly accessible and growing resource with students and scholars of feminist history.


This digital portal is a pilot project in BCRW’s digital humanities initiative, and part of an ongoing collaboration with the Barnard Library to provide broader access to BCRW’s rich archives.

Thanks to the Barnard College Committee on Online and On-Campus Learning (COOL) for generous funding, and to Barnard Archivists and Librarians Shannon O’Neill and Martha Tenney, BCRW Community Archivist Che Gossett, Eva Vaillancourt BC ’15, and BCRW Research Assistants Kyara Andrade ’17 and Emma May ’18 for making this project possible.

In the Wake: A Salon in Honor of Christina Sharpe

On February 2nd, 2017, Christina Sharpe, Hazel Carby, Kaiama Glover, Arthur Jafa, and Alex Weheliye gathered on a panel to discuss Sharpe’s new book In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016). Below are the stills from the event:

Christina Sharpestudent asking question Panelists Christina Sharpe

What is the Future of Black Lives Under a Kleptocracy? A Lecture by Alicia Garza on Tuesday 4/11

On Tuesday, April 11, BCRW is thrilled to host “What is the Future of Black Lives Under a Kleptocracy?” a lecture by Alicia Garza focusing on the first 100 days of the new administration and what’s at stake for the movement.

Garza’s lecture will be followed by a conversation with the audience moderated by Barnard College Professor Premilla Nadasen. To contribute to the conversation, please submit your questions by Sunday 4/9.

The event will be held on Tuesday 4/11 at 6 PM in the Diana Center at Barnard College.

Join us for a conversation on Black feminist organizing, intersectional coalition building, and insights from the Movement for Black Lives for organizers, students, and scholars building resistance in these times.



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Speaker Bio

Alicia GarzaAlicia Garza is an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker and freedom dreamer who is currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. Garza, along with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, also co-founded the Black Lives Matter network, a globally recognized organizing project that focuses on combatting anti-Black state- sanctioned violence and the oppression of all Black people.
Since the rise of the BLM movement, Garza has become a powerful voice in the media. Her articles and interviews have been featured in Time, Mic, The Guardian,, Essence, Democracy Now!, and The New York Times.

In addition, her work has received numerous recognitions including being named on The Root’s 2016 list of 100 African American achievers and influencers, the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award, the 2016 Marie Claire New Guard Award, and as a Community Change Agent at the 2016 BET’s Black Girls Rock Awards.

Most important, as a queer Black woman, Garza’s leadership and work challenge the misconception that only cisgender Black men encounter police and state violence. While the tragic deaths of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown were catalysts for the emergence of the BLM movement, Garza is clear: In order to truly understand how devastating and widespread this type of violence is in Black America, we must view this epidemic through of a lens of race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity.

What Next?: Resources to Respond to Trump’s Muslim Ban

By Emma May, BCRW Research Assistant

On Wednesday, January 25, President Trump signed an Executive Order calling for the construction of a “impassable physical barrier” between the United States and Mexico. Throughout his campaign, Trump has stated that he would force the Mexican government pay for the wall, due to funds ostensibly lost from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

On Friday, January 27, Trump signed an executive order banning entry for anyone from one of seven majority Muslim countries: Syria, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Iraq — which includes travel, refugee asylum, and immigration. Although Trump’s time in office hasn’t yet totaled to a week, these dangerously xenophobic and violent policies are already being drafted and enforced.

What fuels the violent fear, repression, and criminalization of immigrants, Muslims, and black and brown people? What are the historical causes, contemporary political forces, and institutions that instill and perpetuate these ideologies? And, most importantly, what how can we collectively organize towards justice?

Here are some articles, art, and activist actions that address immigrant justice and anti-criminalization and can help inspire resistance to anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, racist and xenophobic legislation, rhetoric, and the systems that create and perpetuate it.

Scholar & Feminist Online: Borders and Belonging
In 2007, BCRW published a special issue of Scholar & Feminist Online, entitled “Borders on Belonging: Gender and Immigration,” focusing specifically on US detention programs and policing, the US-Mexico border, and rampant post-9/11 racial profiling of Arab men. Through an intersectional and multidimensional lens, merging the voices of activists, journalists and academics, the journal brings to light the many systems that perpetuate and install the myth of a US-based “immigrant crisis” perpetuated by xenophobic and racist anti-immigration legislation, media and institutions.

“A Radical Expansion of Sanctuary: Steps in Defiance of Trump’s Executive Order” by Marisa Franco for Truthout
Marisa Franco asks us to explore the possibilities of imagining and creating new futures without prisons, criminalization and borders. She writes, “If Trump seeks to strip us of sanctuary, then we must defy him. And our defiance must not simply recreate what existed, but instead expand, reimagine and breathe life into its possibilities.” In the op-ed, Franco advocates for collective action and expansive visions that will create and sustain sanctuary and protection for those who are most vulnerable in our communities.

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#Not1More builds collaboration between individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws. Through art, activism and community-building practices, #Not1More works to stop deportations and the ongoing criminalization of immigrants and undocumented people.

Want to take action with #Not1More?
Sign petitions to stop ongoing deportation cases.
Check out and share visual artworks calling for immigrant justice and centering the resilience and resistance of immigrant communities.
Learn more about how to fight deportations with your communities.
Use these resources in your activist communities and, if you’re an educator, in your classrooms.


How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind by Mirah Curzer
In this Medium post, lawyer and organizer Mirah Curzer outlines strategies for combatting activist burnout. She suggests that “we have to stay outraged for the next four years and resist the powerful urge to adapt to the new normal.” In short, Curzer argues, in order fight this forthcoming administration and the bigotry it stands for, we must take care of ourselves and each other. Curzer suggests to work through coalition-building on one or two issues that motivate you.

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“Queer Liberation: No Prisons, No Borders” Video with Dean Spade, Reina Gossett, Angélica Cházaro, and CeCe McDonald
This video explores how borders, policing and prisons are threats to queer and trans survival and liberation. It draws integral connections between the prison abolition movement and immigrant justice movements, and how prisons and deportation systems categorize people into “deserving” and “undeserving” populations to legitimize the illusion that institutions like prisons and other forms of carceral punishment are necessary and effective tools to keep people safe.

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Barnard and Columbia Trans Student & Faculty Mixer!

T(ea) Party Flyer

Trans T(ea) Party is a mixer organized and hosted by GendeRevolution and LGBTQ at Columbia for trans students and faculty, taking place in the Broadway Room in Lerner on Monday, February 13 beginning at 6pm. This event is for anyone affiliated with Barnard and/or Columbia University. Transgender and nonbinary students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all welcome.

The goal of this mixer is to provide a space for trans affiliates of B/C to network safely with one another across generations, departments, and experiences.

There will be delicious food and an exciting keynote speaker!

Please make sure to RSVP at the following link:
The RSVP is solely for a number estimate and will remain confidential.

Thank you and please consider attending!

For any questions, please email any of the following:

Courses in the Spring 2017 Harlem Semester Initiative

Harlem Semester

About the Harlem Semester

Organized by the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Department of Africana Studies and launched in 2016, the Harlem Semester Program is an ambitious public humanities initiative that explores the complexities of Harlem’s social, political, and intellectual histories, its leaders, its culture, and its artists.

The curriculum of the Harlem Semester engages Harlem not as an inert site or abstract concept, but as an intensively peopled place of complex interaction. Pairing faculty from Barnard and other colleges with Harlem-based institutions, these place-based courses teach Harlem’s diverse cultural and political legacy through participatory, interdisciplinary, multi-directional learning modules.

The Harlem Semester Program offers a critical intervention in approaches to diversity, inclusion, and in- equality on campus. The program offers an innovative pedagogical model that directly engages controversial issues by creating learning spaces where social issues can be debated openly and students’ capacity for interpersonal awareness, solidarity, and respect can change and grow. Harlem Semester courses put diffi- cult issues front and center and enable students to engage with those who are actively grappling with these issues in their lives and work.

Central to this program’s intervention is an engagement with Harlem’s cultural institutions as sites of com- munity activism; spaces that continue to be crucial to exploring thorny questions of inequality and social jus- tice. Students participating in the program will gain a unique perspective on the extraordinary contributions of Harlem’s residents through the institutions and community workers who have sustained it, and through frank discussions of topics such as access, prejudice, recognition, and respect.

Spring 2017 Courses

AFRS BC 3532 – Romare Bearden: Home is Harlem
Diedra Harris-Kelley, Instructor
Wednesdays, 10:10-12pm
This seminar explores one of the greatest American artists finding an inspirational home in Harlem. Romare Bearden (1911-1988) noted painter, collagist, intellectual and advocate for the arts, spent his childhood and young adult life in Harlem. The Odyssey, one of Bearden’s most well known series, was created in 1977 and inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. The course takes up the issues in The Od- yssey series, and beyond, examining Harlem as home through Bearden’s eyes, from an artistic perspective, and around what inspired him most – the history, the people, and jazz music.

AFAS UN 3930 002 – “Blackness” in French: From Harlem to Paris and Beyond
Kaiama L. Glover and Maboula Soumahoro, Instructors
Monday 11AM-12:50pm
What distinctions must be made between US-black American fantasies of Paris and realities for Blacks in Paris? What are the his- torical linkages between black Americans and Paris? Using an internationalist approach and covering the 20th and 21st centuries, this course explores these and other questions over the course of the semester through a close consideration of the literature, arts, culture, history and politics emanating from or dealing with Black France and the unique, long-historical relationship between Harlem, Paris, and the wider French empire.

AFRS BC 3552 – Black Women, Performance, and the Politics of Style
Shirley Taylor, Instructor
Wednesdays 10:10 am – 12:00pm
Black Women, Performance, and the Politics of Style provides a historical overview of Black women in entertainment. Beginning in the early 20th century, the course will explore various Black female archetypes presented on stage and through audio and visual media, performance as both an intentional/unintentional political stance, and consider the impact Black women have had on the entertain- ment industry overall.

AFRS BC 3551 – Vibrations: Harlem Jazz and Beyond
Loren Schoenberg, Instructor
Thursdays, 2:10-4pm
This course explores some of the multiple vibrations emanating from Harlem in all of their diversity. Our jumping off point will be music that emerged in Harlem starting a century ago and the visionaries who created it: James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie. We will follow their influence all the way through to contemporary artists such as Ken- drick Lamar, Cecile McLorin-Salvant and Robert Glasper. This course will partner with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) and Harlem Stage and work toward understanding the relationship between the jazz and the people who created.

ARCH UN 3202 – Architecture Design Studio: National Black Theater
Irina Verona, Studio Coordinator
Monday/Wednesday 9:00am-11:50am
Architectural Design 2 partners with the National Black Theater (NBT) to examine how architecture and design can support multi-fac- eted cultural and social narratives. NBT will serve as a lens into Harlem’s layered cultural, social, economic and physical histories, as well as into Harlem’s future. As an organization currently in the process of expanding its current facility, students will explore the unique symbiosis between NBT and Harlem and design a new performance center that repositions the theater as a key component of social urban interaction, activism, and community participation.

A&HH 5051- Harlem Stories: Oral History (Teacher’s College)
Ansley Erickson, Instructor
Wednesdays, 5:10-6:50pm
How do historians learn about communities and their educational past? How has Harlem educated its children? How do stories about the past matter for education today? In this course we collaborate to document and understand the history of education in Harlem. We focus on the history of Harlem’s 117-year-old Wadleigh school. Students conduct oral history interviews with Wadleigh communi- ty members and create public digital projects to share their knowledge.

AHIS BC 2018 – Freestyle and Displacement in Contemporary Art Practices
Leslie Hewitt, Instructor
Thursday 10:10am-12:00pm/12:00pm-1:00pm
“Freestyle,” the important 2001 exhibition held at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, helped usher a generation of artists into public discourse and scrutiny by challenging the art world and questioning conventional thinking about art made by artists of color in the twenty-first century. Taking this exhibition as a point of departure, the seminar will explore the multiple modes of expression apparent in contemporary art practice, and the complex set of aesthetic, philosophical and political motivations that these modes of expression expose.

For more information on courses and to enroll, visit the Barnard College Course Catalog.

For more information on the Harlem Semester, visit our website, or contact us by emailing bcrw [at] or calling 212-854-2700.