Nov 20, 2013 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

At the Intersection of Queer Studies and Religion


As part of a broader research project, “Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-Secular and Queer Perspectives,” hosted by Utrecht University, the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Barnard Department of Religion present a discussion on the intersections of queer and religious studies. How has queer studies in religion shaped the field more generally? What epistemological contributions does a queer approach facilitate? What are the social … Read more

Nov 14, 2013 | 6:30PM
Ella Weed Room
223 Milbank Hall

Mathematics and Beauty
Mina Teicher


Does beauty have a mathematical foundation? If so, can machines learn to identify it? Mina Teicher, professor of mathematics and neural computation at Bar-Ilan University, traces the mathematics behind beauty from the Golden Age in Spain to the 21st century, from the essence of visual experience to machine “vision,” in order to explore what beauty means to mathematicians today. With 140 scientific papers in mathematics, complex systems, neuroscience, bio-medicine, computer vision, and … Read more

Nov 7, 2013 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Sexual Difference in a Time of Terror
Ellen Mortensen

lunchtime lecture

On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people and wounded many others in a bombing and mass shooting in Norway motivated by his extreme right-wing ideology. In his manifesto, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” Breivik identified cultural Marxism, Islam, and feminism as the main causes of Europe’s decay. Arguing for the superiority of the white, European race, and the dangers of immigration and religious plurality for Europe’s future, Breivik denied the value of … Read more

Nov 6, 2013 | 6:00PM
Schapiro Studio
615 West 115th Street, Basement

Maya Krishna Rao

dance performance and discussion

Maya Krishna Rao performs Ravanama, an excerpt from her solo piece on an actor in search of a character, Ravana, and The Walk, an applied theatre piece made in response to the December bus rape case in Delhi. … Read more

Oct 23, 2013 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Faustilla the Pawnbroker and Other Tales of Gender and Finance in the Early Roman Empire
Kristina Milnor

lunchtime lecture

This lecture discusses female involvement in the public management of money during the first century of the Roman Empire. An ideology of gendered “separate spheres” was prevalent in the ancient world, emphasizing the importance of women’s place in the private, domestic realm, while assigning the space of business and finance to male citizens. Yet significant evidence exists that women did participate in financial transactions, both on micro- and macro-levels, from Faustilla the pawnbroker’s … Read more

Oct 17, 2013 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor, Barnard Hall

Frontiers in Jewish Studies: The Clever Ox, the Escaping Elephant, and Other Talmudic Animals
Beth Berkowitz

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

Is Judaism good or bad for animals? Beth Berkowitz hopes to bring us beyond this reductive question, with its frequent focus on the first two chapters of Genesis and Jewish dietary laws, to offer instead a more complex approach to the animal in Judaism and to spotlight some less predictable Jewish texts. Professor Berkowitz, newly arrived Ingeborg Rennert Chair of Jewish Studies in Barnard’s department of religion, discusses the emerging field of scholarship called animal studies and … Read more

Oct 10, 2013 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Habitual New Media: Exposing Empowerment
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun


New media technologies provoke both anxiety and hope: anxiety over surveillance and hope for empowerment. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun reveals that these two reactions complement rather than oppose each other by emphasizing how exposure is necessary in order for networks to work. Addressing the key ways that gender plays—and has historically played—into negotiating media exposure, she examines how “habits of privacy” persist and are fostered, often to our detriment. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is professor … Read more

Oct 4-5, 2013
Columbia Law School

Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues: Dilemmas of the Nonprofit Tradition in LGBT Politics


Over the last four decades, the formal, non-profit institutional structure has come to dominate social justice work in the US, replacing prior traditions of volunteer-led organizations, membership-based organizing and other more horizontal and participatory mechanisms of civic engagement. Nonprofit organizations have grown in part because of their designation by governments as sub-contractors for the delivery of a wide range of social services. Today, formally constituted nonprofits perform … Read more

Sep 28, 2013 | 12:00PM
Barnard College

Gender Amplified Music Festival
Workshops & Performances by THEESatisfaction, Alluxe, and Genesis Be


The Gender Amplified Music Festival will celebrate women in music production, their works, and their stories. This event will bring women from around the United States together for a free, day-long festival in New York City to discuss the state of women in music production, brainstorm ways to increase their visibility, and to make music. Gender Amplified will be held at Barnard College during the fall of 2013. Full schedule to come. For more information, or if you're interested in attending … Read more

Sep 12, 2013 | 6:30PM
Julius Held Lecture Hall
304 Barnard Hall

Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation
Estelle B. Freedman ’69


In her new book, Redefining Rape, Estelle Freedman ’69, professor of history at Stanford University and longtime friend of BCRW, explores not only the ways in which rape has defined citizenship throughout American history, but also how aspiring citizens have tried, repeatedly, to redefine rape. Long before second-wave feminists adopted an anti-rape platform, generations of women’s rights and racial-justice advocates rejected the narrow understanding of rape as a brutal attack on a chaste, … Read more