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

Human Rights Day Panel: Sonia Pierre and the Struggle for Citizenship in the Dominican Republic
Miriam Neptune, Manuela Pierre, Ninaj Raoul, and Monisha Bajaj

panel

Sonia Pierre (1963-2011), mobilized communities in the Dominican Republic to advocate for citizenship and human rights for Dominicans of Haitian descent. At age 13, Pierre led strike to improve working conditions for sugar cane cutters in the batey where she was born. As the director of Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitiana (MUDHA), she used legal challenges in domestic and international courts to defend the citizenship rights of first and second generation children born on Dominican soil. … Read more

Nov 14, 2012 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Muslim Women, Activism, and New Media Cultures
Ousseina Alidou and others

panel

Many scholars within a variety of disciplines have begun to examine the ways in which new media technologies in the Muslim world have helped amplify discussions and debates about the role and meaning of Islam in everyday life. This panel will consider how women in different Muslim contexts, who may or may not identify with feminism, are engaging media to explore different understandings of Islam in relation to their gendered lives and experiences. Ousseina Alidou is Associate Professor in … Read more

Nov 12, 2012 | 12:00PM
BCRW
101 Barnard Hall

Stigma, Precarity, and the Everyday Life of Outcaste Labor
Anupama Rao

lunchtime lecture

What forms of critical thought and cultural production are enabled by intersections between stigmatized life and the social experience of labor in twentieth-century Bombay? In her latest project, Barnard College Associate Professor of History Anupama Rao critically engages traditional approaches to labor, examining how the practices of precarious workers, such as India’s Dalits, impact the ways in which citizenship and emancipation are constituted outside recognizable domains of “the political.” … Read more

Nov 7, 2012 | 6:00PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Ntozake Shange on Stage and Screen
Ntozake Shange, Soyica Diggs Colbert, and Monica Miller

screening & discussion

The 2012-13 Africana Distinguished Alumna Series honors one of Barnard’s most distinguished African American alumnae: Ntozake Shange ’70. A playwright, poet, and novelist of startling originality, Shange is best known for her 1975 Obie Award-winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Following the screening of Tyler Perry’s acclaimed 2010 film version of the play, Ms. Shange speaks candidly with Soyica Diggs Colbert, assistant professor of English at … Read more

Nov 1, 2012 | 7:00PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Women Poets at Barnard
Anne Carson and Alice Oswald

reading and reception

Celebrated poets Anne Carson and Alice Oswald read from their recent works, followed by a reception. Anne Carson is a poet and classics scholar. Her books of poetry include Glass, Irony and God; Plainwater; Autobiography of Red; The Beauty of the Husband, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2001; and NOX. She is also the author of the studies Eros the Bittersweet and Economy of the Unlost. Her classical translations include If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho and the recent … Read more

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

Moving Images: Psychoanalytically-Informed Methods in Documenting the Lives of Women Migrants and Asylum-Seekers
Janice Haaken

lecture

Many contemporary feminist projects attempt to subvert the male gaze by “bearing witness” to female trauma through visual representation. Yet these projects have tended to be under-theorized. Since visual images invoke the spectator’s experience of unmediated access to the inner world of the subject, the evocative power of photographic images may readily reproduce forms of voyeurism. This under-theorizing becomes particularly problematic in projects that document the lives of migratory and … Read more

Oct 18, 2012 | 7:00PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Staking Our Claim: Trans Women’s Literature in the 21st Century
Imogen Binnie, Ryka Aoki, Donna Ostrowsky, Red Durkin, and Reina Gossett

reading and discussion

As our notions of feminism have evolved over the last several decades, so too has the body of literature by and about trans women. In this fiction reading and panel sponsored by the Barnard Library, celebrating the release of The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (Topside Press, 2012), four trans women authors will come together to discuss the future of literature, the complex ways that literary trans narratives will evolve in years to come, and their own stories of … Read more

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

Race, Gender, and the New Biocitizen
Dorothy Roberts

lecture

Some writers have celebrated a new biological citizenship arising from individuals' unprecedented ability to manage their health at the molecular level. In this year’s Helen Pond McIntyre '48 lecture, Dorothy Roberts examines the role of race and gender in the construction of this new biocitizen in light of the current expansion of race-based, reproductive, and genetic biotechnologies along with neoliberal reliance on private resources for people’s welfare. Roberts argues that science, big … Read more

Oct 12, 2012 | 3:00PM
754 Schermerhorn Extension
Columbia University

Did You Kiss the Dead Body? Visualizing Absence in the Archive of War
Rajkamal Kahlon

lecture

Rajkamal Kahlon, Artist-In-Residence at the American Civil Liberties Union, speaks about her ongoing project Did You Kiss the Dead Body? Kahlon works with U.S. military autopsy reports, death certificates and torture related government documents from Iraq and Afghanistan to explore the bureaucratization of death, as it intersects questions of empathy and the construction of memory. In a self-reflexive gesture towards the artist's own practice, Kahlon will structure her talk around the … Read more

Oct 10, 2012 | 6:30PM
BCRW
101 Barnard Hall

Speak up! Establishing Online Voice through Blogging – for Barnard Students
Julie Zeilinger ’15 and Lulu Mickelson ’14

workshop

In conjunction with the launch of the BCRW Blog, this evening workshop will familiarize Barnard students with the medium of blogging–providing tools, rules, and examples to encourage participants to contribute their voices to the Blogosphere. It will cover the general guidelines of blog style and content by deconstructing the details of an effective post, discussing the importance of personal tone, and outlining methods for quoting, linking, and connecting to current events. The workshop will … Read more