North Tower
Apr 2, 2008 | 5:00PM

Breaking Down Barriers: Women and Their Experiences in the Sciences

Alison Williams, Nkechi Agwu, and Peggy Shepard

Despite the fact that enrollment of women studying in the sciences has risen to comparable numbers as that of white men in higher education, women of color are still grossly underrepresented in academic and other science professions. This panel will provide students the opportunity to hear from women who have not only beaten the odds, […]

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activism, education, intersectionality, science, work-life balance

Apr 1, 2008 | 12:00PM

The Biopolitics of Caste

Anupama Rao

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 […]

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class, history, politics, sexuality, violence

Social Hall
Mar 28, 2008 | 2:00PM

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 […]

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archives, arts, barnard, gender, literature, writing

James Room
Mar 26, 2008 | 6:00PM

Coming of Age at Barnard, 1968

Estelle Freedman '69

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 […]

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activism, barnard, education, gender, history, peace, politics, race, sexuality, war, women's movement

Sulzberger Parlor
Mar 12, 2008 | 5:00PM

Epigenetics and the Wiring and Re-wiring of Genomic Information

Laura Landweber

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 […]

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biology, science

Elliot Parlor
Mar 4, 2008 | 5:30PM

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 […]

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africana, arts, health, intersectionality, music, politics, queer, race

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

The State of Democracy: Gender and Political Participation

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 […]

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activism, arts, class, democracy, gender, intersectionality, politics, prisons, race, scholar & feminist

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

A Love During the War

Osvalde Lewat-Hallade

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 […]

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africana, arts, film, prisons, transnational, violence, war

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

The Prize of the Pole

Lisa Bloom

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 […]

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arts, environment, film, gender, science

Feb 20, 2008 | 12:00PM

Choreographing Women’s History: Aztec Ritual Dance

Paul Scolieri

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 […]

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arts, dance, gender, history, indigeneity, performance, religion, sexuality

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

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 […]

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africana, anthropology, democracy, education, gender, intersectionality, policy, race, transnational