Nov 29, 2007 | 5:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Towards a Vision of Sexual and Economic Justice
Josephine Ho and Naomi Klein


Sexual oppression and economic oppression are inextricably linked, but the movements that address each of these issues are not similarly intertwined. Contemporary movements for global economic justice, for example, tend to shy away from sexuality issues, while campaigns for sexual rights rarely foreground economic concerns. In some spheres, however, the gap is beginning to close. More and more anti-poverty activists now focus on the spread of HIV/AIDS as a major stumbling block to ending … Read more

Nov 12, 2007 | 8:30AM
Satow Room
Lerner Hall, CU

Women, Minorities, and Interdisciplinarity: Transforming the Research Enterprise
Diana Rhoten and Stephanie Pfirman


In the U.S., amid fears of a shrinking scientific workforce and the dulling competitive edge it brings, universities, as well as federal and local programs, have pushed to expand interdisciplinary research. The reason? To attract to the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering the very people who have, historically, been discouraged from practicing them, namely women and minorities. Eradicating gender- and race-based inequalities in these fields is essential not only to realizing social … Read more

Nov 10-11, 2007
Hunter College

Freedom on Our Terms: A New Agenda for Women and Girls


In 1977, over 20,000 people gathered in Houston, Texas at the National Women's Conference to evaluate gender discrimination in America and to develop recommendations for reform. Never before had such a diverse group of women gathered in one place to share the realities of their lives, educating each other about the unique challenges they faced as a result of violence, poverty, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, geography, and physical disability. Under the leadership of its Presiding … Read more

Nov 8-9, 2007
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue

Sexuality, Religion, and Politics
Keynote by Michael Warner


Over the last several decades, conservative, politicized religious movements have proliferated around the world, successfully resisting secularist establishments and "liberal" culture, and mobilizing to re-impose various forms of patriarchal order. The trend is apparent across the globe, from the backlash over feminism and sexual liberation in the United States to the potentially schismatic revolt in the Anglican church by the conservative evangelical hierarchy in Africa to the rise of … Read more

Nov 2, 2007 | 9:30AM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Reconstructing Womanhood: A Future Beyond Empire
Keynote by Hazel Carby


This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Hazel Carby's Reconstructing Womanhood, a touchstone of scholarship in the fields of Literary and Cultural Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Gender Studies, and Post-Colonial Studies. With a one-day symposium on November 2, BCRW joins the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University, the Columbia University Libraries, and Barnard's Department of Africana Studies in reexamining the importance of this work as … Read more

Oct 30, 2007 | 5:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Ain’t I American? Women, Human Rights, and U.S. Identity in the 21st Century
Dorothy Q. Thomas

helen pond mcintyre '48 lecture

Where would our society be without the contributions of countless women who've worked so tirelessly to secure our rights? On Tuesday, October 30, activist, author, advisor, and strategist Dorothy Q. Thomas invites us to reflect on this question as she delivers the fourth annual Helen Pond McIntyre '48 Lecture. As a means of tracing the rise of two distinct but intersecting movements in the United States—the struggle for women's rights and the struggle for human rights—Thomas shares … Read more

Oct 26, 2007 | 1:00PM
420 West 118th Street
IAB, Columbia University

Gender and Migration in a Global Perspective: Difficult Dialogues


Dominating recent domestic policy discussions, migration has proven to be one of the most difficult and controversial political topics of our time. With last March's memorable Scholar & Feminist Conference, the Barnard Center for Research on Women endeavored to create a dialogue around immigration that takes into account the oft-overlooked issues of gender and sexuality. This semester, BCRW joins the Barnard Forum on Migration and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia in … Read more

Oct 24, 2007 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Egypt’s Human Rights Groups: Assessing Their Political Impact
Mona El-Ghobashy

lunchtime lecture

When the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) and like-minded groups came into existence over twenty years ago, some hailed the groups as pillars of "civil society," and the best hope for grassroots democratic transformation within an authoritarian regime. Others argued that these same organizations are nothing more than smokescreens deployed by authoritarian elites to deflect international and domestic pressures for reform. Two decades later, scholars and journalists still disagree on … Read more

Oct 17, 2007 | 7:00PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Manifest Your Destiny: Find the Courage to Defy Convention and Create a Life Worth Living
Loolwa Khazzoom '91


Since her activist days at Barnard College, Loolwa Khazzoom '91 has followed her passion in building an unconventional career with a DIY (Do It Yourself) attitude. A self-taught Jewish multicultural educator, freelance writer, dance therapist, and singer/songwriter, she has presented and performed at leading venues, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Harvard University, and she has published in leading periodicals, including Rolling Stone and The Washington Post. Most importantly, she has … Read more

Oct 4, 2007 | 7:00PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Young, Queer, and Organized
Q-Team and FIERCE!


FIERCE! and Q-team may be located on opposite sides of the country, but they couldn't be closer in working to empower young queer and trans youth of color and building broader, more inclusive social justice movements. On Thursday, October 4, members from each of these impressive grassroots organizations, including Q-team's Ned del Callejo, come together to share their innovative strategies for changing the world. FIERCE! is a community organization for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two … Read more