James Room
Mar 28, 2011 | 6:30PM

The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film

Kristine Harris, Elizabeth Otto, Vanessa Rocco, Clare Rogan, and Linda Nochlin

During the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth, a range of iconic female forms emerged to dominate the global pictorial landscape. Female athletes and adventurers, chorine stars, flappers, garçonnes, Modern Girls, neue Frauen, suffragettes, and trampky were all facets of the dazzling and urbane New Woman who came […]

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arts, film, gender, history, media, photography, queer, sexuality

Sulzberger Parlor
Mar 22, 2011 | 5:30PM

Diversity and Disease Ecology in Plant Communities

Alison G. Power

This year’s Distinguished Women in Science lecturer, Alison G. Power, is an expert in the ways in which the diversity of hosts, vectors and pathogens influences the epidemiology of diseases in plant communities. Environmental factors are key in shaping the temporal and spatial distributions of plant viruses in natural grasslands. Field experiments show that host […]

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biology, environment, science

Sulzberger Parlor
Mar 8, 2011 | 6:30PM

The Labor of Care: Rethinking Gender, Work, and Rights in the American Welfare State

Jennifer Klein '89

Once considered economically marginal, jobs in nursing, home health care, and childcare have moved to the center of the economy. In this year’s Women’s History Month lecture, Jennifer Klein ’89 will reconsider the history of the American welfare state from the perspective of care work. What will define work, rights, security, and dignity amid the […]

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activism, africana, care work, childcare, domestic work, gender, history, immigration, labor, latina, policy

Mar 1, 2011 | 12:00PM

Violating Performance: Women, Law and the State of Exception

Shayoni Mitra

The 1980s was a uniquely decisive decade for feminist politics in India. Defining, delineating and legislating to prevent crimes against women became a logical and immediate goal for the women’s movement. In this lecture Shayoni Mitra looks at two women’s ensembles in Delhi—Theatre Union and Buland Natya Manch—and how they aided and enlarged the concerns […]

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arts, performance, politics, transnational, violence

Barnard Hall Lobby
Feb 26, 2011 | 9:00AM

Movements: Politics, Performance, and Disability

This year’s Scholar & Feminist conference brings together feminism and disability studies, two fields that have contributed to the interrogation of the public/private divide, and when brought together, radically contest and amplify the ways in which this split has produced extremely thin understandings and practices of accessibility, participation, livelihood, visibility and integration. “Movements: Politics, Performance, […]

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activism, arts, dance, disability, education, history, performance, policy, politics, scholar & feminist

James Room
Feb 17, 2011 | 6:30PM

Intersectionality in STEM Fields: A Roadblock in Theory and Practice

Evelynn Hammonds

Intersectionality is a concept that describes how socially constructed categories like race, class, and gender can interact on many different levels, leading to discrimination and inequality. While the notion of intersectionality has been a powerful idea to capture the multiple and complex ways that women of color have been marginalized in the academy, in the […]

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academy, class, gender, intersectionality, race, science, technology

Feb 8, 2011 | 12:00PM

Religion, Race, and Sex in the American Antislavery Mission to Jamaica

Gale Kenny

Before the Civil War, white American abolitionists established a mission in Jamaica as a “test case” for emancipation. The abolitionists struggled to reconcile their political commitment to egalitarianism with the racial and cultural hierarchies of their civilizing mission. The talk will examine this tension through the lens of a sex scandal that almost destroyed the […]

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Christianity, history, race, religion, sexuality

James Room
Feb 1, 2011 | 6:30PM

Carnivorous Virility: Becoming Dog in Pre- & Post-Modernity

Carla Frecerro

In this lecture, Professor Freccero argues for a queering of temporality that would undo our nationally circumscribed and periodized fields of literary study in order to work through figures that haunt texts across historical eras. Her case study involves cynanthropy, the merger of human man and dog; it takes as its starting point the Columbian […]

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animals, gender, history, literature, prisons, queer, race, sexuality, violence