Feb 7, 2008 | 6:00PM
Ella Weed Room
Milbank Hall

Shifting the Terrain for Diaspora Studies: Democracy, the Rule of Law, and the ‘New’ Souls of Black Folk
Kamari M. Clarke


This lecture is part of the Virginia C. Gildersleeve lecture series Race, Gender, Community & Rights: Celebrating 15 Years of Africana Studies at Barnard. Professor Clarke is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Yale University. She has degrees in Political Science, Anthropology, and International law. Her research interests in religious and legal movements and the related production of knowledge and power have taken her to intentional Yoruba communities in the American South, traditionalist … Read more

Feb 20, 2008 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Choreographing Women’s History: Aztec Ritual Dance
Paul Scolieri

lunchtime lecture

Choreography memorializes women's history. In this lecture, Paul Scolieri, Assistant Professor of Dance at Barnard, explores this idea with his interpretations of ancient Aztec women's ritual dances. He will argue that the configuration of dance, death and femininity in the visual and written descriptions of women's dances throughout indigenous and colonial discourses uniquely represents the experiences, conditions and performances of gender and sexuality in the ancient world. … Read more

Feb 25, 2008 | 6:00PM
202 Altschul Hall

The Prize of the Pole
Lisa Bloom

screening & discussion

On a hot summer day in 1897, Robert E. Peary—the most famed explorer of his day—docked in Brooklyn with the outrageous cargo he'd brought for his financiers at the American Museum of Natural History: six living Inuit, including six-year-old Minik. A century later Peary's great grandchild attempts to rediscover the connections between himself, his great grandfather, and Minik. Staffan Julén's fascinating The Prize of the Pole is a disturbing yet beautiful story that combines … Read more

Feb 26, 2008 | 6:00PM
324 Milbank Hall

A Love During the War
Osvalde Lewat-Hallade

screening & discussion

A Love During the War is a docudrama following the experiences of Aziza, a journalist who is separated from her husband when the Democratic Republic of Congo erupts into civil war. Aziza reunites with her husband in Kinshasa, but the memory of the horrors suffered by other women during the war still haunts her. Despite her husband's protests, she returns to Eastern Congo to find that the legacy of violence continues to infect the lives of women young and old. However, not everyone remains a … Read more

Mar 1, 2008 | 9:00AM
Barnard Hall Lobby

The State of Democracy: Gender and Political Participation

the scholar & feminist conference

Keynote lecture by Lani Guinier. The state of democracy in the United States is undeniably troubling. In the last Presidential election, only 55.27% of the voting-age American population cast their ballots. Amazingly, a participation rate of less than two-thirds is still the highest turnout since 1968. our representational political system represents few, particularly when we acknowledge the lines of race, class, and gender. This year's Scholar & Feminist Conference, The State of … Read more

Mar 4, 2008 | 5:30PM
Elliot Parlor
Elliot Hall

Black Youth and Empowerment: Politics and Rap Music
Cathy Cohen


This lecture is part of the Virginia C. Gildersleeve lecture series Race, Gender, Community & Rights: Celebrating 15 Years of Africana Studies at Barnard. Cathy Cohen is Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, University of Chicago. Professor Cohen is a noted scholar of American politics whose research interests include African-American politics, women and politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements. She is the author of The Boundaries of Blackness: … Read more

Mar 12, 2008 | 5:00PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Epigenetics and the Wiring and Re-wiring of Genomic Information
Laura Landweber

distinguished women in science lecture

Global DNA rearrangements occur in many cells but are most exaggerated in ciliated protozoa, a type of single-celled organism. During development of the somatic nucleus, these protozoa destroy 95% of their germline genome, severely fragmenting their chromosomes, and then sort and reorder hundreds of thousands of remaining pieces. Professor Landweber's research shows that RNA molecules provide a scaffold to orchestrate DNA rearrangements during development, unveiling a new role for RNA, normally … Read more

Mar 26, 2008 | 6:00PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Coming of Age at Barnard, 1968
Estelle Freedman '69

virginia c. gildersleeve lecture

1968 was a pivotal year in the history of Columbia University, American politics, and youth movements internationally. Estelle Freedman, American historian and a student at Barnard during that tumultuous era, looks back on 1968 from the perspective of subsequent events and historical interpretations. She places her experience of coming of age at Barnard within the contexts of anti-war protests, racial and ethnic identities, and shifting sexual mores. Freedman, now a Professor of History at … Read more

Mar 28, 2008 | 2:00PM
Social Hall
Union Theological Seminary

Fear of Flying: A Conference on the Work of Erica Jong


The Barnard Center for Research on Women is pleased to co-sponsor the next event in the Columbia Institute for Research on Women and Gender's Feminist Classics Series. This spring, the Series explores the legacy of Barnard alum Erica Jong's groundbreaking first novel Fear of Flying. An award-winning writer who has been integral in the creation of the contemporary feminine literature genre, Erica Jong '63 is the author of eight novels, several of which have been worldwide bestsellers. Fear of … Read more

Apr 1, 2008 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

The Biopolitics of Caste
Anupama Rao

lunchtime lecture

Anupama Rao, Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Barnard, will speak about what she terms the "violence of recognition" through the reading of a recent "caste atrocity" that occurred in 2006, which involved the sexual brutalization and murder of a Dalit family in western India. Her lecture will address the symbology of caste violence through an engagement with (and extension of) the concept of biopolitics associated with the work of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben. … Read more