Nov 20-21, 2008

Gender on Ice

virginia c. gildersleeve conference

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 1909. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Isaac Julien, Lisa Bloom, and Monica Miller. Workshop With … Read more

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

‘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 Mercer teaches and writes of the black diaspora. He is an inaugural recipient of … Read more

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

Abolition Democracy and Global Politics
Angela Davis

helen pond mcintyre '48 lecture

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 wide-ranging vision for making connections among both issues and peoples. She develops the term "Abolition Democracy" from W.E.B. DuBois's influential … Read more

Oct 29, 2008 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

The Descent of Men
Nadia Abu El-Haj

lunchtime lecture

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 population genealogies, specifically considering the relationships among history, nature and culture … Read more

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

Postcards from Tora Bora
Wazhmah Osman and Kelly Dolak

screening & discussion

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 rights in Afghanistan. The film also follows Wazhmah Osman's journey as she returns to her childhood home, from which her family fled at the height of the Cold War. Armed … Read more

Oct 2, 2008 | 5:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

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 can network, develop programs to meet their specific needs, and participate in human rights advocacy in the international sphere. WAW's Community Outreach Program in Queens, … Read more

Sep 24, 2008 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

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

lunchtime lecture

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 versus a nurturer. Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, for example, believes it explains the sex disparity among top scientists, suggesting that … Read more

Jun 6, 2008 | 10:30AM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

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 New York, including a New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is but one step in a long path towards the social, … Read more

Apr 28, 2008 | 6:00PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

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 and in her willingness to be outspoken on the issues that matter. It is no surprise that she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in … Read more

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

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 gender studies at a number of European and International Institutions. She is Chair of Gender Studies and Director of the African Gender … Read more