James Room
Dec 11, 2009 | 6:30PM

Grace Paley: Speaking Truth to Power

Yvette Christiansë, Ynestra King, Nancy Kricorian, Amy Swerdlow, and a member of the Center for Immigrant Families Collective

On Grace Paley’s birthday, we present a conversation exploring how imagination, truthtelling, and courageous action flow out of Paley’s life and work. A prolific writer, Paley’s fiction highlights the everyday struggles of women, what she calls “a history of everyday life.” In addition to her writing, Paley was also a committed activist, passionate about numerous […]

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activism, arts, history, literature, peace, politics, war, writing

802 IAB, 420 West 118th Street
Nov 12, 2009 | 5:00PM

Indigenous Women and Zapatismo: New Horizons of Visibility

Márgara Millán

The presence of women in the ranks of contemporary Zapatismo is a feature that has become visible in various ways, and which the insurgent movement has had to integrate. Sub-commander Marcos is not making light of the issue when he states that women belong in Zapatismo not because it is a feminist movement, but because […]

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activism, economic justice, gender, indigeneity, violence

Sulzberger Parlor
Nov 6, 2009 | 6:30PM

Citizenship, Labor and the Biopolitics of the Bioeconomy: Recruiting Female Tissue Donors for Stem Cell Research

Catherine Waldby

Catherine Waldby is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Sydney, Australia. In this presentation, Professor Waldby will explore the emerging tensions between women’s voluntary (public good) donation of reproductive tissues for stem cell research and the increasing resort to transactional forms of tissue procurement, for example […]

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biology, policy, reproductive justice, reproductive technology, science

James Room
Nov 5, 2009 | 6:30PM

Should Religious Ethics Matter to Feminist Politics?

Saba Mahmood

Established in 2004 in honor of Barnard alumna Helen Pond McIntyre ’48, the McIntyre lectureship highlights the work of scholars who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Women’s Studies. In past years, the lecture series has welcomed numerous feminist icons, including legal scholar Patricia Williams; human rights advocate Dorothy Q. Thomas; feminist science […]

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Christianity, gender, islam, policy, politics, religion, transnational

Sulzberger Parlor
Oct 21, 2009 | 6:30PM

A Lab of One’s Own: A Place to Measure the Broken Symmetries of This Particular Elegant Universe

Melissa Franklin

This year’s Roslyn Silver ’27 Science Lecture will be presented by Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University. An experimental particle physicist who studies hadron collisions produced by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, she works in a collaboration of over 600 international physicists who discovered the top quark, the most massive of known […]

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physics, science, technology

Oct 8, 2009 | 12:00PM

The Place of Contemporary Art

Alexander Alberro

In this lecture, Alexander Alberro, Virginia Bloedel Wright Associate Professor of Art History at Barnard College, explores forms of art and spectatorship that have emerged in the past two decades and are referred to as “contemporary.” The new modes are varied, covering a span from digital productions and sculptural installations that overwhelm cognition and produce […]

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arts, history, media, video

802 IAB, 420 West 118th Street
Oct 5, 2009 | 6:30PM

Los Demonios Del Edén: Gender, Violence and Activism in Mexico

Lydia Cacho

With her 2005 book Los Demonios del Edén (Demons of Eden), author and human rights activist Lydia Cacho revealed the existence of organized sexual abuse of minors in Mexico. Following the publication of her book, she was subject to police harassment and became a symbol of a growing movement for greater freedom of the press. […]

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children, harassment, human rights, policy, sexuality, violence

Sulzberger Parlor
Oct 3, 2009 | 9:00AM

Women, Philosophy, and History: A Conference in Celebration of Eileen O’Neill

This two-day conference continues the groundbreaking work of Eileen O’Neill ’75 by examining the standard narrative of the history of philosophy from a feminist perspective. O’Neill’s pioneering scholarship has brought to light the texts and ideas of women in the early modern period, and demonstrated the substantial contributions they made to philosophy. Her work has […]

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academy, barnard, education, gender, history, literature, philosophy

James Room
Sep 16, 2009 | 6:30PM

New Feminist Activism

Mia Herndon, Ai-jen Poo, and Rinku Sen

BCRW has long been interested in supporting social justice movements that reach beyond the limits of traditional feminist activism. In past semesters, we have hosted programs that have taken up a variety of intersectional projects that join feminist activism and analysis with other progressive movements, including reproductive justice, workplace rights across the economic spectrum, and […]

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activism, domestic work, immigration, intersectionality, media, race, reproductive justice, transnational, young feminists

Julius Held Auditorium
Jun 15, 2009 | 7:00PM

Women and Work: Building Solidarity with America’s Vulnerable Workers

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Last year, BCRW hosted the first National Domestic Workers Alliance conference, bringing together domestic workers from across the country to develop a national agenda, and to discuss how best to educate the public and strategize to achieve fair labor standards for domestic workers, including a living wage, basic benefits, and health care. This year, we […]

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

Altschul Auditorium
Apr 28, 2009 | 8:00PM

Prose, Poetry and the Art of the Political

Antjie Krog and Adrienne Rich

For many decades, Antjie Krog and Adrienne Rich have been at the forefront of the dissident tradition within their respective language worlds, writing poetry and prose that pushes the limits of form while questioning the structures of political violence in which they live. Both are among the most lauded writers of their generation, receiving acclaim […]

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activism, literature, transnational, violence, writing

Apr 15, 2009 | 12:00PM

Muybridge’s Guatemalan Laundresses: Gender, Labor, and Aesthetics on a Coffee Plantation

Elizabeth Hutchinson

In 1875, the Anglo-American landscape photographer Eadweard Muybridge traveled to Central America as a guest of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. The trip resulted in an album of luxurious views that document the impact of U.S. involvement in the politics and economics of the region. In addition to producing picturesque views of the shady plantations […]

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arts, history, labor, photography, race, transnational