Mar 4, 2010 | 12:00PM

Negotiating ‘Illegality’ in New Immigrant Destinations

Jacqueline Olvera

Conventionally, immigrant “illegality” has come to signify a status, assigned by law to migrants residing in the United States who arrive outside of authorized channels and without proper documentation. Conceptualizing illegality simply as status, however, overlooks the social consequences that this legal category has on the lives of the undocumented. In her study of Mexican […]

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activism, class, economic justice, ethnicity, gender, immigration, policy, race

Sulzberger Parlor
Mar 3, 2010 | 6:30PM

Reproductive Justice in Action

Aisha Domingue, Mary Mahoney, Lauren Mitchell, and Miriam Pérez

This panel will feature a group of reproductive justice activists and birth doulas who work across the spectrum of pregnancy, birth, and women’s health, connecting the traditional reproductive rights movement with new social justice activism that considers the complete physical, political, and economic well-being of girls and women. Birth doulas, as trained sources of physical, […]

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activism, health, parenting, pregnancy, reproductive justice, sex, sexuality

Barnard Hall Lobby
Feb 27, 2010 | 9:00AM

Feminism and Climate Change

Keynote Addresses by Majora Carter and Joni Seager. Already among the most vulnerable populations worldwide, women and other marginalized groups have been the most acutely affected by the instabilities propagated by climate change. Issues such as water scarcity, drought, and other environmental problems threaten the world’s food supply, making it more difficult for disadvantaged groups […]

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activism, economic justice, environment, film, health, policy, politics, race, scholar & feminist, science, technology, transnational, violence

Performance Studies Studio
Feb 23, 2010 | 7:00PM


Elizabeth Freeman

Elizabeth Freeman is associate professor of English at the University of California, Davis. She specializes in American literature and gender/sexuality/queer studies, and her articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals. Her first book was The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture, and she is the editor of Queer Temporalities, a special double […]

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emotion, gender, history, literature, queer, sexuality

Sulzberger Parlor
Feb 16, 2010 | 12:00PM

Quiet Revolutions: Postcolonial Women’s Writings and Structures of Solidarity

Alison Donnell

This talk offers a new reading of postcolonial women’s writings. The conventional model since the 1980s has been to emphasize issues of silence and invisibility, the desire for voice and narrative space, and self-representation as a form of empowerment and transformation. What is often eclipsed as a result is a valuable political ethic based on […]

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literature, politics, race, transnational

Feb 11, 2010 | 12:00PM

White Rights: What Apartheid South Africa Learned from the United States

Elizabeth Esch

Though widely regarded as the most racist regime on earth, the apartheid government in South Africa learned from policies and practices long extant in the United States. Before apartheid was institutionalized, South African social scientists, educators and politicians were among the most astute observers of racial segregation and white supremacy in the U.S. In this […]

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activism, africana, intersectionality, labor, policy, politics, race, south africa, transnational

Diana Center Event Oval
Feb 9, 2010 | 6:30PM

International Human Rights

Yvette Christiansë, Helen Lieberman, Virginia Magwaza-Setshedi and Jody Williams

This year’s Rennert Forum celebrates the life and work of Helen Suzman, the iconic South African leader who devoted her life to the fight against apartheid. The opening event, which coincides with the opening of an exhibition entitled “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights,” in the Diana Center, will feature world-renowned human rights activists Helen […]

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activism, africana, history, human rights, politics, south africa, transnational

Diana Center
Feb 9, 2010 | 6:00PM

Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights

Helen Suzman was a member of the South African Parliament for 36 years, from 1953-1989. She was the sole opposition voice condemning apartheid during the 13-year period (1961-1974) when she was the governing body’s only member of the Progressive Party. The exhibition explores nearly four decades of Suzman’s life and vision through photographs, personal letters, […]

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activism, africana, history, human rights, judaism, photography, politics, race, south africa