Nov 20, 2008 | 7:00PM

Gender on Ice

Conference kick-off True North Isaac Julien Film screening and discussion: Thursday, 11/20, 7:00 PM 202 Altschul Hall The conference opens Thursday, November 20 with a presentation by award-winning filmmaker Isaac Julien of his short film True North, based on the story of Matthew Henson, the first African-American to explore the Arctic with Robert Peary in […]

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arts, environment, film, gender, photography, policy, race, science, transnational

Julius Held Auditorium
Nov 17, 2008 | 6:00PM

‘To recross the Atlantic’: Diasporic Art History and the Dialogic Imagination

Kobena Mercer

Drawing on fresh analytical approaches to diaspora studies, Kobena Mercer, the British theorist and historian, proposes a model that identifies cross-culturality as one of the basic conditions of modernity. Discussing the nineteenth-century landscapes of Robert Scott Duncanson, this inquiry into ‘race,’ representation and visuality foregrounds unexplored aspects of the hermeneutics of the Black Atlantic. Kobena […]

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africana, arts, history, race, transnational

The Great Hall
Oct 30, 2008 | 7:00PM

Abolition Democracy and Global Politics

Angela Davis

Since well before the publication of the feminist classic, Women, Race, and Class in 1981, this year’s Helen Pond McIntyre ’48 lecturer Angela Y. Davis has been concerned about the interconnections among issues, as well as about connections among peoples around the world. In “Abolition Democracy and Global Politics,” Davis will present a new and […]

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activism, africana, democracy, education, history, intersectionality, policy, politics, prisons, race

Oct 29, 2008 | 12:00PM

The Descent of Men

Nadia Abu El-Haj

How is race configured in the practices of genetic anthropology? What, more specifically, are the continuities and discontinuities between the practices of genetic anthropologists today and those of race scientists of old? Professor Nadia Abu El-Haj will analyze the evidentiary logic of research into male-Jewish origins within the broader context of genetic anthropological research into […]

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anthropology, gender, history, race, science

202 Altschul Hall
Oct 15, 2008 | 6:30PM

Postcards from Tora Bora

Wazhmah Osman and Kelly Dolak

In the summer of 2004, filmmakers Wazhmah Osman and Kelly Dolak set out to make an independent film that explored whether Afghan women’s lives had actually improved as a result of the US military campaign. The documentary that came out of this question, Postcards from Tora Bora, became far more than an exploration of women’s […]

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afghanistan, emotion, film, human rights, transnational, violence, war

Sulzberger Parlor
Oct 2, 2008 | 5:30PM

Women for Afghan Women: Two Models for Successful Grassroots Work in Afghanistan

Fahima Vorgetts, Manizha Naderi and Mary Lu Christie '67

Women for Afghan Women (WAW), founded in April 2001, is a grassroots civil society organization with offices in New York City and Kabul, dedicated to securing the rights of Afghan women. WAW works both in New York and internationally to promote the agency of Afghan women through the creation of safe forums where Afghan women […]

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activism, afghanistan, economic justice, human rights, immigration, policy, transnational, violence, war

Sep 24, 2008 | 12:00PM

Sex-Typed Interests: Do Early Hormones Create “Empathizers” and “Systemizers”?

Rebecca Jordan-Young

There is currently widespread scientific endorsement of the idea that early hormones channel our fundamental interests in masculine or feminine directions. Even before the research leaves the pages of scientific journals, this idea is directly linked to career choices and chances, education, the division of labor in families, and the “drive” to be a leader […]

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biology, education, emotion, gender, science, sexuality

James Room
Jun 6, 2008 | 10:30AM

National Domestic Workers Alliance Conference

This June, BCRW joins Domestic Workers United in their educational efforts on fair labor standards for domestic workers in New York, including a living wage, basic benefits and health care. The first National Domestic Workers Alliance conference brings organizations from across the country together to discuss how best to protect the 200,000 domestic workers in […]

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activism, africana, care work, childcare, domestic work, economic justice, family, immigration, labor, latina, policy, politics, work-life balance

James Room
Apr 28, 2008 | 6:00PM

Looking to the Future: A Panel Discussion in Honor of Judith Shapiro

Alison Bernstein, Anna Quindlen and Diana Chapman Walsh

Since the beginning of her time as President of Barnard College Judith Shapiro has made her mark on a number of issues with wide ranging implications: women’s education, to be sure, but also academic integrity and freedom, and women’s leadership. She herself has embodied the best qualities of leadership in her guidance of the College […]

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academy, barnard, education

Ella Weed Room
Apr 22, 2008 | 6:30PM

Rethinking Gender in African Universities

Amina Mama

This lecture is part of the Virginia C. Gildersleeve lecture series Race, Gender, Community & Rights: Celebrating 15 Years of Africana Studies at Barnard. Amina Mama is Barbara Lee Distinguished Professor at Mills College. Before founding the first Gender Studies Program in Africa at the University of Cape Town, Professor Mama taught social studies and […]

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africana, education, gender, race

Sulzberger Parlor
Apr 10, 2008 | 5:30PM

Impossible Homecomings: Women Ethnographers and the Places They Left Behind

Ruth Behar

In this year’s Rennert Forum on Women in Judaism, Ruth Behar, Jewish Cuban American anthropologist, writer, and noted feminist, will reflect on the recent literature being produced by diasporic women ethnographers, journalists, and writers, addressing their contradictory and often pained relationships to their home countries. Focusing on the work of Latin American and Caribbean women, […]

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anthropology, arts, judaism, latina, transnational, writing

James Room
Apr 4, 2008 | 6:00PM

Africana Studies 15th Anniversary Banquet

This event is part of the Virginia C. Gildersleeve lecture series Race, Gender, Community & Rights: Celebrating 15 Years of Africana Studies at Barnard.

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academy, africana, barnard, education, gender, intersectionality, race