Nov 10, 2010 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Current Cravings, Strange Desires, and Frightening Things: The Effect of the Frontal Lobe and Amygdala on Affect and Actions
Elisabeth A. Murray

roslyn s. silver '27 science lecture

Dr. Elisabeth Murray's laboratory studies the neural basis of learning, memory, emotion and action. One topic of particular interest is the neural bases of decision-making. What motivates us to make choices? How do our emotional responses lead to certain decisions over others? Examining the neural circuits critical for affective processing and the way in which affective information, including reward, guides decision-making, Dr. Murray will discuss her research in macaque monkeys, showing that … Read more

Nov 9, 2010 | 12:00PM
BCRW
101 Barnard Hall

The Arts of Healing: The Work of Quilts in Grief
Lisa Collins

lunchtime lecture

This visual presentation explores possible parallels between the process of grieving and the practice of quilt-making by focusing on a 1942 quilt from Gee's Bend, Alabama, created by Missouri Pettway (1902-1981). Featured in the popular traveling exhibition "The Quilts of Gee's Bend," this 7 1/2 foot by 5 3/4 foot stained "work-clothes" quilt offers lessons not only about the work of farming, but also about the work of grieving. Professor Lisa Collins returns to our lunchtime lecture series to … Read more

Nov 4, 2010 | 7:00PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Intimacies Deferred: Genealogies of Freedom
Lisa Lowe

lecture

Historians characterize the early nineteenth-century arrival of Chinese "coolies" to the Americas as "the transition from slavery to free labor," in which the abolition of slavery and the introduction of indentured labor comprised the conditions for the emergence of liberal political reason, connecting the rise of bourgeois political economic institutions in Europe and North America to plantations in the Atlantic and the Pacific. In this lecture, Lisa Lowe, Professor of Comparative Literature at … Read more

Oct 25, 2010 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

HollaBack!: Feminist Responses to Street Harassment
Shannon Lynberg, Emily May, Oraia Reid, and Chai Shenoy

panel

Street harassment, or sexual harassment in public spaces, is an issue with which just about every woman has some experience. Activists from New York City and Washington, DC will discuss new, innovative ways to combat street harassment using technology, mapping, and community organizing. Through online activism, public policy and advocacy, and outreach, these activists have succeeded in giving people from many different communities a forum in which they can speak out against gender-based street … Read more

Oct 21, 2010 | 7:00PM
Diana Center Event Oval

Christianity and the Global Politics of Sexuality
Elizabeth Castelli, Eng-Beng Lim, Ju Hui Judy Han, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, and Jordan Alexander Stein

panel

After last fall's McIntyre lecture on the influence of Christianity on foreign policy and religious freedom in Egypt by Professor Saba Mahmood of the University of California Berkeley, we return to the topic of gender, sexuality, religion, and politics with this panel discussion. Focusing specifically on sexuality, our panelists will discuss the ways in which transnational and non-governmental Christian organizations have an impact on legal and social policies in different areas where Christians … Read more

Oct 20, 2010 | 12:00PM
202 Barnard Hall

In Quest of a Modernist Voice: Bronislava Nijinska in Post-Revolutionary Kiev
Lynn Garafola

lunchtime lecture

Bronislava Nijinska is the most celebrated woman choreographer of the twentieth century working in the ballet idiom. This talk will explore a pivotal moment in her development as an artist—her years in Kiev just after World War I—and the impact of the city's multi-ethnic avant-garde on the creation of her first original works. Lynn Garafola is a Professor of Dance at Barnard College. A dance historian and critic, she is the author of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and Legacies of … Read more

Oct 14, 2010 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Makeshift Reclamation
Hilary Goldberg, Jessica Hoffmann, Maegan "la Mala" Ortiz, Mariana Ruiz Firmat, Alexis Pauline Gumbs '04, among others

multimedia panel

A multimedia event showcasing how contemporary feminists are resisting and creating alternatives not only to gender-based oppression but also to a collapsing economic system, the climate crisis, and more. Featuring live readings, performances, and video works by artists and activists including Jessica Hoffmann, coeditor/copublisher of make/shift; Hilary Goldberg, whose new project, recLAmation, is a Super 8 experimental documentary/narrative film in which queer superheroes navigate a future … Read more

Oct 6, 2010 | 12:00PM
BCRW
101 Barnard Hall

A,R,+D: Architecture, Research, and the Design Process
Karen Fairbanks

lunchtime lecture

The role of digital design and fabrication has transformed the contemporary architectural practice. This talk will look at architecture projects by Marble Fairbanks that engage these new technologies to explore new logics of design and assembly. Parallel to this research is a commitment to collaborative design processes and a belief that the collective intelligence of a team approach is the future model for the most innovative solutions to design problems. Karen Fairbanks is the Ann Whitney … Read more

Sep 22, 2010 | 9:00AM
Registration in The Diana Center Lobby

Critical Intersections: Reproductive and Economic Justice

conference

This conference, co-sponsored with the New York Women's Foundation, will explore how reproductive justice and women's economic security are inextricably linked and will highlight the work being done in these areas by 17 organizations here in New York. With the leadership predominantly of women of color and young people, these organizations focus on diverse issues within the reproductive justice framework, including immigrant rights, environmental justice, alternatives to violence and … Read more

Apr 13, 2010 | 12:00PM
BCRW
101 Barnard Hall

Activists Who Yearn for Art that Transforms: Parallels in the Black Arts and Feminist Art Movements in the United States
Lisa Collins

lunchtime lecture

Through this offering of comparative cultural and intellectual history, Professor Collins exposes links between the Black Arts Movement and the Feminist Art Movement in the United States to address a critical question that is too often tackled without seeing these movements as central: How did postwar cultural workers deeply immersed in sociopolitical movements in the United States see their role and work? Lisa Gail Collins, who joined the Vassar College faculty in 1998, teaches courses on … Read more