Apr 8, 2010 | 7:00PM
NYU Lipton Hall

After the Good Life, an Impasse: Notes on the Cinema of Precarity
Lauren Berlant


"After the Good Life" works with two films of Laurent Cantet [Ressources humaines/Human Resources (1999) and L'Emploi du Temps/Time Out (2001)] to engage the new affective languages of the contemporary economic atmosphere across Europe: languages of anxiety, contingency, and precarity that take up the space where social democracy, upward mobility, and meritocracy used to reign. What happens to optimism when futurity splinters as a prop for getting through life? How to understand the emergence … Read more

Mar 25, 2010 | 7:00PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Women’s History as Personal and Political: An Event in Honor of Jane S. Gould ’40
Louise Bernikow '61, Christina Greene, Temma Kaplan, Elizabeth Minnich, Fanette Pollack '71, and Catharine R. Stimpson


In honor of both Women's History Month and one particular woman, Jane S. Gould '40, first permanent director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, we present a discussion that remembers Jane and places her life and work in the context of the feminist movements that have improved our lives in so many ways. After graduating from Barnard in 1940, Jane returned to the College to serve as Director of the Barnard Placement and Career Planning Office. She became involved with a group of faculty … Read more

Mar 4, 2010 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Negotiating ‘Illegality’ in New Immigrant Destinations
Jacqueline Olvera

lunchtime lecture

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 migration to New England, Jacqueline Olvera, term assistant professor at Barnard College, examines how migrants, who are … Read more

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

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, emotional, and educational support, work to empower women and support their reproductive choices. How does childbirth … Read more

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

Feminism and Climate Change

the scholar & feminist conference

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 to obtain the basic necessities of life. Increased temperatures and more intense weather patterns raise the … Read more

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

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 issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian Gay Studies 13.2/3 (Winter/Spring 2007). Her second book, Time Binds: Queer … Read more

Feb 16, 2010 | 12:00PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

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

lunchtime lecture

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 coalition and solidarity with oppressed and marginalized figures. By working across an expansive literary archive, stretching from Mary Prince's slave … Read more

Feb 11, 2010 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

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

lunchtime lecture

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 lunchtime lecture, Professor Esch shows how white South Africans studied U.S. history and mimicked its practices in implementing … Read more

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

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

the ingeborg, tamara, and yonina rennert women in judaism forum

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 Lieberman, Virginia Magwaza-Setshedi and Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. Professor Yvette Christiansë will moderate and provide … Read more

Feb 9 - Mar 25, 2010
Diana Center

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, quotations from speeches and news articles. Suzman was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Price in recognition of her contribution to … Read more