Apr 28, 2009 | 8:00PM
Altschul Auditorium
IAB, Columbia University

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 and prizes around the world despite but also because of their insistent critique of the status quo. Both have created works of inimitable beauty and … Read more

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

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 will once again host the National Domestic Workers Alliance for a conference that will discuss issues that are of particular importance to … Read more

Sep 16, 2009 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

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 the links between sexual and economic justice, to name a few. This panel on New Feminist Activism will explore … Read more

Oct 2-3, 2009
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

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 encouraged the analysis of thinkers as diverse as Marie de Gournay, Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Anna … Read more

Oct 5, 2009 | 6:30PM
802 IAB, 420 West 118th Street
Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University

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

screening & discussion

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. As a result of the attempts to silence her, Mexico has seen an increasing awareness of the obstacles facing both independent journalists and victims of sexual abuse. … Read more

Oct 8, 2009 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

The Place of Contemporary Art
Alexander Alberro

lunchtime lecture

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 sheer affect, to relational practices that seek to immerse art in the world of everyday life. Together, they have significantly … Read more

Oct 21, 2009 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

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

roslyn s. silver '27 science lecture

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 elementary particles. Her work is focused on looking for new particles, which can only be produced by colliding … Read more

Nov 5, 2009 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Should Religious Ethics Matter to Feminist Politics?
Saba Mahmood

helen pond mcintyre '48 lecture

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 pioneer Anne Fausto-Sterling; and scholar and activist Angela Davis. This fall, we are pleased to highlight the work of … Read more

Nov 6, 2009 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

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 egg sharing and egg vending. It will locate this tension in both a feminist biopolitical analysis and in the … Read more

Nov 12, 2009 | 5:00PM
802 IAB, 420 West 118th Street
Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University

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 they have earned their place in it. Women have opened spaces within the movement and have articulated this space with specific demands that make them visible under a new light, … Read more