Feb 15, 2012 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Voices of a Women’s Health Movement
Laura Eldridge ’01, Helen Lowery, Lauren Porsch ’01, Leonore Tiefer, and Irene Xanthoudakis ’01


Science journalist Barbara Seaman (1935-2008) spent the last forty years of her life on the front lines as a women’s health advocate. Throughout her career, she was also a tireless supporter of other women’s voices. The recently published anthology Voices of a Women’s Health Movement, co-edited by Seaman and her long-time collaborator, Laura Eldridge, brings together an essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists on topics … Read more

Feb 23, 2012 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

A Question of Methodology: Feminist Studies of Gender and the State in Contemporary Iran
Shirin Saeidi and Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi


Most feminist studies of post-1979 Iran focus on the legal setbacks that women encountered and their collective strategies for regaining the formal grounds they lost with the establishment of an Islamic Republic in Iran. Iranian women’s studies should not, however, only examine social movements and elite political action in its effort to decipher the post-revolutionary state. Researchers must also account for nonelite and individual political action in different spheres of daily life. This … Read more

Feb 27, 2012 | 6:30PM
Event Oval
The Diana Center

Reimagining Equality
Anita Hill

helen rogers reid lecture

Registration for this event is overbooked, and no additional tickets will be released. If you have already registered for the event, you must arrive before 6:25 to claim your seat. Doors open at 6:00 PM. At 6:25, any unclaimed seats will be released! If you have not registered, or are on our waitlist, we cannot guarantee you a seat. You are welcome to arrive the night of the event, and if there are any unclaimed seats at 6:25, they will be filled on a first-come, first-seved basis. For the … Read more

Mar 1, 2012 | 5:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

What to Eat: Science vs. Politics
Marion Nestle

distinguished women in science lecture

Advice about diet and health is extraordinarily controversial for reasons of science and politics. Human nutritional science is difficult to conduct and interpret. Advice about what to eat affects the ability of food companies to sell products. The result is cacophony in the marketplace and unnecessary confusion about dietary matters. Will better science solve this problem? Does the food industry have a role to play in promoting healthful food choices? Or are food companies analogous to … Read more

Mar 1, 2012 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Backtalk/Crosstalk: The Scholar-Activist in African Gender Studies
Gayatri Spivak, Jane Bennett, Amina Mama, and Yvette Christiansë


Backtalk/Crosstalk is a new series of dialogues initiated by the Africana Studies Program at Barnard College to set members of the Africana faculty in conversation with scholars, artists and activists. Backtalk/Crosstalk keeps in mind the gains of institutional recognition for Diaspora Studies, but asks what room remains for the impertinent, insolent and disruptive work that achieved such recognition? Backtalk/Crosstalk will move back and forth across Broadway between Barnard and Columbia. It … Read more

Mar 3, 2012 | 9:00AM
Barnard Hall Lobby

Vulnerability: The Human and the Humanities

the scholar & feminist conference

GENERAL INFO PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS CALL FOR RESPONSES VIDEOS AND PODCASTS General Information This spring’s Scholar and Feminist Conference, “Vulnerability: The Human and the Humanities,” will explore the concept of vulnerability as a fundamental and universal characteristic of the human condition. We are vulnerable on many different levels—from our own embodiment; to our place within a community; to the privileges we may lack as a result of our gender, race, or class. Scholars and … Read more

Mar 6, 2012 | 12:10PM
Room L107 (lower level), William & June Warren Hall
Columbia University

From the Front Line: Sustainability, Land Rights, Women’s Rights and Climate Change in Papua New Guinea
Rachel Sapery James

lunchtime lecture

Rachel Sapery James is a marine scientist who is currently working as the Social and Environmental Management Systems Officer for the Bank of the South Pacific in Papua New Guinea. She will be in New York to give two presentations at the United Nations on behalf of the PNG National Council of Women. At Columbia she will discuss how climate change is affecting rural women's lives in PNG. Rachel is a tireless advocate for environmental rights and human rights in PNG and she is also currently Miss … Read more

Mar 7, 2012 | 6:00PM
NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

The Multiple Futures of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: The Sequel
Kandice Chuh, Lisa Duggan, Ann Pellegrini, Sarita Echavez See, and Alexandra Vazquez


Back by popular demand, this evening forum addresses the dilemmas and possibilities of women’s and gender studies in the contemporary corporate university, with an eye to intellectual and institutional alliances with other disciplines devoted to the study of intersectionality, such as queer studies, ethnic studies, and postcolonial studies. What are the challenges currently facing the fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies? Panelists include: Kandice Chuh, English, Graduate Center, … Read more

Mar 21, 2012 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Private Bodies, Public Texts: A Salon in Honor of Karla FC Holloway
Karla FC Holloway, Tina Campt, Farah Griffin, Saidiya Hartman, Rebecca Jordan-Young, and Alondra Nelson


For the second event in BCRW’s newly inaugurated Salon Series, we have assembled a group of scholars whose expertise lies at the cross-section of law, race, gender, and bioethics to respond to Karla FC Holloway’s new book, Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics. This important and groundbreaking work examines instances where medical issues and information that would usually be seen as intimate, private matters are forced into the public sphere, calling for a new … Read more

Mar 22, 2012 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Student Life During Wartime: World War II at Barnard College
Karen Seeley

lunchtime lecture

Before the outbreak of World War II, Barnard’s Committee on Instruction met monthly to discuss practical academic concerns, and to debate the essential components of an undergraduate liberal arts education. But in the early 1940s the Committee’s conversations underwent a marked shift, as the Second World War increasingly intruded on the requirements and routines of college life. This talk by Karen Seeley, Lecturer in Anthropology at Columbia University, will examine Barnard College’s response to … Read more