Apr 12, 2011 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

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Public Feelings Salon
Lauren Berlant, Lisa Duggan, José Muñoz, Tavia Nyong'o, and Ann Pellegrini

conversation

The inaugural event in BCRW's new Salon series, this engaged dialogue brings together several prominent and influential scholars whose work explores how affect and emotion influence public life. Just as feminism has sought to identify the ways in which the personal and the political are linked, the study of "public feelings" draws our attention to how and why feelings and emotion (assumed to be a private, personal experience) influence politics and notions of social belonging and intimacy. This … Read more

Apr 6, 2011 | 6:30PM
Event Oval
The Diana Center

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Created in God’s Image: Intersections of Judaism, Gender, and Human Rights
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster '01

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

In this year's Rennert Forum lecture, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster '01 will reflect on her work as a human rights activist, mobilizing the Jewish community on campaigns against US-sponsored torture and modern slavery. Rabbi Kahn-Troster has worked tirelessly to bring about change in US foreign and domestic policy and to educate the public about the reality of torture and detainee treatment as a moral issue. In organizing across lines of faith and politics, she explores questions of how Judaism … Read more

Mar 28, 2011 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

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The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film
Kristine Harris, Elizabeth Otto, Vanessa Rocco, Clare Rogan, and Linda Nochlin

panel

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 to epitomize modern femininity in photographs and on film. This construct existed as a set of abstract ideals, even as it varied when translated … Read more

Mar 22, 2011 | 5:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Alison G. Power

Diversity and Disease Ecology in Plant Communities
Alison G. Power

lecture

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 competence, pathogen spillover, and pathogen dilution vary among grass hosts of the barley/cereal yellow dwarf viruses. Competitive … Read more

Mar 8, 2011 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

The Labor of Care: Rethinking Gender, Work, and Rights in the American Welfare State
Jennifer Klein '89

lecture

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 new care work economy? Domestic work, and other caring labor that is performed in individual homes, was once considered outside of the market or on its … Read more

Mar 1, 2011 | 12:00PM
BCRW
101 Barnard Hall

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Violating Performance: Women, Law and the State of Exception
Shayoni Mitra

lunchtime lecture

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 of the women’s movement, specifically by engaging in legislative discourse. These plays on sati and dowry then serve as prime examples of what … Read more

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

The GIMP Project dancers

Movements: Politics, Performance, and Disability

the scholar & feminist conference

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, and Disability” will look closely at the ways in which political … Read more

Feb 17, 2011 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Intersectionality in STEM Fields: A Roadblock in Theory and Practice
Evelynn Hammonds

helen rodgers reid lecture

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 areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (also know as STEM fields) this idea is rarely, if ever, evoked or used. … Read more

Feb 8, 2011 | 12:00PM
BCRW
101 Barnard Hall

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

lunchtime lecture

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 mission in 1850, as it forced the missionaries and Jamaicans to reconsider their assumptions about racial and religious authority, … Read more

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

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

lecture

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 New World encounter, from reports of dog-headed cannibals to accounts of the devouring dog as the ubiquitous weapon of Spanish colonizers; and concludes … Read more