Jan 30, 2013 | 6:30PM
Event Oval
The Diana Center

Feminism and Beyond: Young Feminists Take on Activism and Organizing
Lena Chen, Jessica Danforth, Dior Vargas, Sydnie Mosley ’07, Julie Zeilinger ’15, and Dina Tyson ’13


Young feminists have long battled invisibility. Countless media articles bemoan young women’s lack of activism or suggest that movements that “go viral,” like SlutWalk or Occupy Wall Street, have come out of nowhere. In fact, feminism among young people is as active as ever, constantly pushing boundaries both inside and outside feminist communities and engaging with issues new (privacy in the digital age, universal healthcare) and old (racism, rape). Young feminists today are consistently … Read more

Feb 14, 2013 | 6:00PM
Event Oval
The Diana Center

Performing Shange
Ntozake Shange ’70, Dianne McIntyre, Ebonie Smith ’07, and Student Performers

discussion and performances

Playwright and poet Ntozake Shange ’70 has been a defining voice of African American experience since the production of her Obie Award winning masterwork, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, in 1975. To help kickoff the daylong conference, “The Worlds of Ntozake Shange,” Shange joins acclaimed dance artist Dianne McIntyre in a conversation about her life, work, and legacy. Barnard students round out the evening with performances of excerpts from Shange’s work, … Read more

Feb 15, 2013 | 10:00AM
Event Oval
The Diana Center

Ntozake Shange

Worlds of Shange
Jennifer DeVere Brody, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Alexis Pauline Gumbs ’04, Vanessa K. Valdés, and more


In a culture in which black women’s stories have been consistently marginalized, Ntozake Shange ’70 unflinchingly delved into experiences of “colored girls” in America, transcending genre and defying expectations with several of the most powerful and lyrical works of art in the twentieth century. This February, the Africana Studies Program, the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS), and BCRW will hold a one-day conference devoted to the life, works and legacy of Shange. … Read more

Mar 1, 2013 | 6:30PM
Event Oval
The Diana Center

Utopia Opening Night: Wildness
Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar

screening & discussion

We’ll kick off this year's Scholar & Feminist Conference on Utopia with a screening of Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar’s film Wildness, a magical and explosive exploration of “safe space,” queer community, creativity, and class. Set in the historic Silver Platter, a Los Angeles bar that has been a home for Latin/LBGT immigrant communities since 1963, Wildness follows what happens when a group of young artists create a weekly performance art/dance party called Wildness, which explodes into … Read more

March 1-2, 2013
The Diana Center


the scholar & feminist conference

LIVE-TWEETING DESCRIPTION PROGRAM VIDEOS & MORE Live-Tweeting Tweets about "#sfutopia" Participant Twitter Handles Gwendolyn Beetham @gwendolynb K. Tempest Bradford @tinytempest Melanie Cervantes @Meloniousfunk Francesca Coppa @fcoppa Design for America - Lulu Mickelson, Andrew Demas, Kendall Herman @DFAColumbia Cassie Flynn @cassie_flynn Reina Gossett @reinagossett Amber Hollibaugh - Queers for Economic Justice @Q4EJ Valery Jean @Valery_Jean Ileana Jiménez … Read more

Mar 5, 2013 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor, Barnard Hall

Strategic Scrapbooks: Nineteenth Century Activists Remake the Newspaper for African American History and Women’s Rights
Ellen Gruber Garvey


Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks—the ancestors of Facebook and blogging. Women’s rights scrapbook makers documented women’s pioneering participation in the public realm and experimented with ways to present it. African Americans created massive compilation scrapbooks that acted as repositories of communal knowledge and passed along a critical, oppositional reading of newspapers. They passed along their understanding that newspapers, including … Read more

Mar 6, 2013 | 7:00PM
Event Oval
The Diana Center

“The Lady with the Whip”: Gendered Violence and Social Death in Manderlay and Django Unchained
Frank Wilderson


How do we conceptualize gender, violence and political organizing in Black life? What does it mean to understand slavery as an ongoing relationship? Join us for a talk by Frank Wilderson, Professor of African American Studies and Drama (UC-Irvine) and award-winning author of Incognegro and Red White and Black. Esther Armah (political commentator, playwright, and WBAI radio host) will join the discussion. Co-sponsored by Sexual Violence Response, Institute for Research in African-American … Read more

Mar 16, 2013 | 10:00AM
Barnard Hall

THATCamp Feminisms East

an unconference

Register online at http://feminismseast2013.thatcamp.org Barnard joins The Humanities And Technology Camp movement of informal, collaborative “unconferences” dedicated to exploring innovation in the digital humanities. We will help to build the strand that focuses on feminist interventions. Bringing together faculty, students, information professionals and activists from across the Northeast, THATCamp Feminisms will delve into both the technical and the theoretical questions central to the … Read more

Mar 28, 2013 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

On Human Bondage in Ancient Egypt
Ellen Morris ’91

lunchtime lecture

Around 1500 B.C.E., the subjects of this lecture first appear in the tombs of Egyptian nobles. Just a half-century prior, the Egyptian Delta had been dominated by rulers from the north, but the Egyptians had since conquered their conquerors and exerted sway as far as the Euphrates River. The sudden appearance, activities, and gradual disappearance of a specific subset of people—who Professor Morris argues were prisoners-of-war captured from Egypt’s most exotic and formidable contemporary … Read more

Apr 8, 2013 | 7:00PM
James Room
4th Floor, Barnard Hall

The Future of Online Feminism
Courtney Martin ’02 and Vanessa Valenti

reading and reception

Tweets about "#femfuture" Courtney Martin ’02 and Vanessa Valenti present the latest New Feminist Solutions report, which details the development of a robust network of online feminist activism. Inspired by the current level of online activism but discouraged by high burnout rates and a lack of compensation, Martin and Valenti turned to a diverse group of activists, educators, and writers to investigate potential opportunities for sustainability in the digital world. Working with BCRW, … Read more