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

Apr 15, 2009 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

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

lunchtime lecture

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 in the Guatemalan highlands, Muybridge also turned his camera on the Mayan natives who worked there. Situating these pictures in the contexts of … Read more

Apr 13, 2009 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Boys and Girls in Post-Conflict Societies
Megan Callaghan, Abosede George, Jessaca Leinaweaver, and Nara Milanich


Long after formal peace treaties have been signed, war continues to shape social institutions and interactions. Young people who have grown up amid violent conflict often experience its lingering effects through the loss of family, estrangement from local communities, destruction of the physical environment, or the instability of the government. This panel takes an interdisciplinary look at young people's lives following conflict in various places and time periods. It will show how, in spite of … Read more

Apr 2, 2009 | 7:00PM
Julius Held Auditorium
304 Barnard Hall

The State of Feminism: Post-Election Race and Gender Analysis
Laura Flanders '85 and Patricia Williams


BCRW's 2008 "Scholar and Feminist" Conference examined the state of democracy, and now that the election results are in and a new President has just been inaugurated, we turn to the state of feminism in the aftermath of the election. There is no question that the results of the 2008 U.S. presidential election were monumental. For the first time in the nation's history, an African-American man has been elected to the highest political office in the country. The presidential campaigns themselves … Read more

Apr 1, 2009 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Off-Ramps and On-Ramps
Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Elizabeth Vargas


Economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett (top image, left) and news anchor and correspondent Elizabeth Vargas (second image, left) will engage in a discussion on the specific challenges facing professional women as they juggle work and family commitments. In her recent book, Off-Ramps and On-Ramps, Sylvia Ann Hewlett takes a critical look at how companies can attract and retain professional women while providing greater "arc-of-career" flexibility. Hewlett will share her expertise in advising companies on … Read more

Mar 11, 2009 | 5:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Small Talk: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria
Bonnie Bassler

distinguished women in science lecture

Bacteria, primitive single-celled organisms, communicate with chemical languages that allow them to synchronize their behavior and thereby act as enormous multicellular organisms. This process is called quorum sensing and it enables bacteria to successfully infect and cause disease in plants, animals, and humans. Investigations of the molecular mechanisms underlying quorum sensing are leading to the development of novel strategies to interfere with the process and, thus, prevent disease. These … Read more

Mar 6, 2009 | 9:00AM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

The Political and Social Economy of Care


UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development) Conference: This conference is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Opening Remarks and Keynote Addresses(9:00-11:00) Joan Tronto, Hunter College and City University of New York Elizabeth Jelin, CONICET, University of Buenos Aires Shahra Razavi, UNRISD Session 1: State Responses to Social Change (11:00-12:50) Mary Daly, Queen's University, United Kingdom Ito Peng, University of Toronto, Canada Eleonor … Read more

Feb 28, 2009 | 9:00AM
Barnard Hall Lobby

Scholar & Feminist Conference 2009 image

The Politics of Reproduction: New Technologies of Life

the scholar & feminist conference

Increased demand for assisted reproductive technology (ART) and transnational adoption has been propelled by a number of factors, including the development of new technologies and changes in familial form—such as childrearing in second or third marriages; lesbian, gay, and transgendered families; and delays in childbearing and subsequent difficulties in conception—that make ART helpful. Other relevant factors include environmental changes that have negatively affected fertility … Read more

Feb 18, 2009 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Pedagogy of the Dispossessed: Decolonization and the Struggle for Democracy
Sandy Grande

lunchtime lecture

The post 9-11 deployment of unfettered neoliberalism (i.e. deregulation, privatization, downsizing, outsourcing) has led to a plethora of critiques of the U.S. as ushering in a new rise in empire building, global imperialism, and disaster capitalism. Examining the notion of the "American Empire," from an indigenous perspective, Sandy Grande, associate professor of education at Connecticut College and visiting associate professor and director of of the education department at Barnard, argues that … Read more

Feb 9, 2009 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Dean Spade

Trans Politics on a Neoliberal Landscape
Dean Spade '97


Transgender, transsexual and other gender non-conforming people face persistent and severe discrimination in employment, education, health care, social and legal services, criminal justice and many other realms. Dean Spade '97, legal expert on transgender issues and founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, will discuss what trans politics can mean in the current political context and how we might understand strategies for trans legal equality in these times. What role does or should radical … Read more