Sulzberger Parlor
Apr 13, 2009 | 6:30PM

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 […]

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children, history, peace, transnational, violence, war

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

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. […]

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democracy, gender, intersectionality, politics, race

Sulzberger Parlor
Apr 1, 2009 | 6:30PM

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 […]

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childcare, family, labor, parenting, policy, work-life balance

Sulzberger Parlor
Mar 11, 2009 | 5:30PM

Small Talk: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria

Bonnie Bassler

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 […]

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biology, science

James Room
Mar 6, 2009 | 9:00AM

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 […]

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care work, economic justice, politics, transnational

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

The Politics of Reproduction: New Technologies of Life

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 […]

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activism, africana, arts, biology, children, class, disability, environment, film, health, intersectionality, latina, media, parenting, policy, pregnancy, prisons, queer, race, reproductive technology, scholar & feminist, science, technology, transgender, transnational

Feb 18, 2009 | 12:00PM

Pedagogy of the Dispossessed: Decolonization and the Struggle for Democracy

Sandy Grande

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 […]

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democracy, economic justice, education, indigeneity

James Room
Feb 9, 2009 | 6:30PM

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 […]

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activism, economic justice, intersectionality, policy, politics, prisons, queer, transgender, violence

202 Altschul Hall
Feb 3, 2009 | 6:30PM

Women, Power and Politics: A Rising Tide?

Maria Hinojosa '84

From a Senate race in New Hampshire to the Presidential palace in Chile; from a team of high school debaters in New York City competing to participate in the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute’s Citywide Debate Competition to the halls of Parliament in Rwanda, women are becoming empowered. What inspires them, drives them, and keeps them […]

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activism, gender, latina, media, politics, transnational