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 12, 2012 | 12:00PM
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 14, 2012 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

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


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

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


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