Nov 15, 2011 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Seeing Like a Peacebuilder: An Ethnography of International Intervention
Séverine Autesserre

lunchtime lecture

Why do international interventions so often fail to secure a sustainable peace? Why do others succeed? To answer these questions, we need to analyze how various cultures influence non-military peacebuilders on the ground, how the various actors and functions of peace interventions interact, and how shared understandings can promote peace intervention success. Based on qualitative research in conflict zones around the world, notably the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Sudan, Afghanistan, … Read more

Nov 1, 2011 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

What’s on Your Plate? The History and Politics of Food
Hilary Callahan, Kim F. Hall, Deborah Valenze, and Paige West


How much do you know about the food you eat? Food production and the politics surrounding it have an enormous impact on our environment and economy. In recent years, scientists and activists have raised concerns about the sustainability and security of our food systems here in the US and around the world, but food has always been a driving force in international and domestic policy. Barnard faculty members Hilary Callahan, Kim F. Hall, Deborah Valenze, and Paige West will join us for an … Read more

Oct 24, 2011 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

States of Exception: Children’s Human Rights and the Humanities
Wendy S. Hesford


This year’s McIntyre lecturer, Wendy S. Hesford, integrates critical legal studies and feminist rhetorical criticism to examine the figure of the child as a limit condition to the liberal subject of human rights law. Through her analysis of contemporary representations of children living in varied states of political exception and social exclusion—stateless children, children born to illegal immigrants, children born of wartime rape—she demonstrates how these limit conditions … Read more

Oct 19, 2011 | 9:30AM
NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women’s Leadership in Defense of Territory


The overlap between bio-diverse and indigenous geographical areas of the world has led to a new wave of territorial dispossession. This conference will explore new forms of indigenous feminism and feminist agency being forged in the current round of struggles for the protection of territory and autonomy in Mexico and other parts of the world. Indigenous women’s leadership in Mexico is transforming gendered relations within their communities, as well as race relations among indigenous activists … Read more

Oct 14-15, 2011
Miller Theater and Wood Auditorium
Columbia University

Injured Cities, Urban Afterlives


What are the effects of catastrophe on cities, their inhabitants, and the larger world? How can we address the politics of terror with which states react to their vulnerability? This conference, convened ten years after September 11, 2001, aims to explore the effects of catastrophe and to imagine more life-affirming modes of redress and reinvention. In a series of presentations and conversations, an international group of artists, writers, and activists will imagine creative responses to … Read more

Oct 15, 2011 | 10:00AM
Hunter College

Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later


Visit the conference website for additional information and online registration. Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Hunter College in New York City. The conference will bring together three generations to witness, respond and analyze present day realities in law, politics, the confluence of race, class and gender, the persistent questioning of women’s credibility, issues of black masculinity and current cases of sexual … Read more

Oct 11, 2011 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

“Sex” is Not a Mechanism: Making “Sex-Specific Medicine” More Scientific
Rebecca Jordan-Young


Since the women’s health movement blossomed in the 1970s, there has been an ever-increasing trend toward examining all aspects of human health for evidence of sex differences. But some of the movement’s major achievements—such as a federal mandate to collect and analyze data by sex in all health research—may paradoxically turn out to be obstacles for understanding health differences between and within sex/gender groups. Building on her earlier work in Brain Storm: The Flaws in the … Read more

Oct 10-11, 2011
Kimmel Center

Preventing Violence, Promoting Justice
Alisa Del Tufo, Loretta J. Ross, and Karen Morgaine


For registration and additional information, please visit the conference website. Sakhi for South Asian Women exists to end violence against women. They unite survivors, communities, and institutions to eradicate domestic violence, working to create strong and healthy communities. Sakhi uses an integrated approach that combines support and empowerment through service delivery, community engagement, media advocacy, and policy initiatives. This conference, the first in their twenty-plus years … Read more

Oct 3, 2011 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Julia Ward Howe’s Hippolytus: Remaking Greek Tragedy for Nineteenth-Century America
Helene Foley

lunchtime lecture

In 1857, Julia Ward Howe, poet, author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and later a prominent social activist and feminist, wrote a new version of Hippolytus for the then famous actors Edwin Booth and Charlotte Cushman. After its Boston premiere was abruptly and mysteriously cancelled, the play was not performed until 1911 and only published in 1941. Howe’s play adapted Euripides and Racine to address controversial gender issues emerging in the literature of the period, in increasingly … Read more

Sep 23-24, 2011
Registration in Barnard Hall Lobby

Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action


DESCRIPTION PROGRAM MEDIA PARTNERS VIDEOS AND PODCASTS A conference in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Barnard Center for Research on Women Forty years ago, the Barnard Center for Research on Women began its mission of using research and knowledge to advance feminist scholarship and long-term partnerships with activist groups. Inspired by the new women’s movement, BCRW became part of an historic moment that witnessed the proliferation of feminist activism, the establishment of … Read more