Apr 9, 2013 | 9:00AM
Barnard Hall

The Politics of Solidarity: Gender, Sexuality, and Transnational Organizing


REGISTER DESCRIPTION PROGRAM Description REGISTER ONLINE at http://politicsofsolidarity.eventbrite.com Gender and sexuality have been central issues for activism and transnational affiliations. At the same time, they are often used by governments and nongovernmental organizations alike to reinforce the very forms of hierarchy and hegemony that activists seek to break down. This teach-in will examine movement building, organizing strategies, and best practices for creating feminist, queer, … Read more

Apr 12, 2013 | 8:00PM
Julius Held Lecture Hall
3rd Floor, Barnard Hall

The Fully Functional Cabaret
Star Amerasu, Ryka Aoki, Annie Danger, Red Durkin, Bryn Kelly, and Shawna Virago


Collectively written, produced by, and starring an all trans women cast, The Fully Functional Cabaret: Trans Women’s Secrets… REVEALED! is a self-described “love letter to and from trans womanhood.” Facilitated by Annie Danger and featuring the performances of Star Amerasu, Ryka Aoki, Annie Danger, Red Durkin, Bryn Kelly, and Shawna Virago, this vaudevillian style cabaret incorporates song, dance, puppetry, glitter, poetry, live Foley Art, and deep interactivity into a vibrant … Read more

April 12-13, 2013
King Juan Carlos Center
53 Washington Square South, NYU

Feminist Constellations: Intercultural Paradigms in the Americas


The main objective of this participatory conference is to provide a platform for feminist scholars and activists to engage in a meaningful dialogue about their struggles from their positions at the forefront of contemporary debates on democracy, economic, cultural and racial justice. By inviting scholars and activists who bridge Latin American, Africana, Native American, Latino, Cultural and Women’s and Gender Studies, the conference highlights diversity, encouraging the possibilities of … Read more

Apr 16, 2013 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor, Barnard Hall

Rights, Religion, and Secularity Salon
Tanika Sarkar, Neferti Tadiar, Anupama Rao, Winnifred Sullivan, and Abosede George


Acclaimed scholar of history, gender and colonialism Tanika Sarkar joins BCRW for the third event in the annual Salon Series, which offers an opportunity to dive into the implications of texts that make a critical intervention in their field. A diverse group of historians and area scholars respond to Sarkar’s latest work, "A Just Measure of Death? Hindu Ritual and Colonial Law in the Sphere of Widow Immolations," which explores the relations among law, personhood and Hindu idioms of entangled … Read more

Apr 18, 2013 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Teaching and Writing Transnational Hispaniola: Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Kaiama L. Glover and Maja Horn

lunchtime lecture

Even though popular and widely circulated images show Caribbean cultures as productively and inspiringly creolized, a fully transnational Caribbean reality has proven far more difficult to enact than to envision. Historically and contemporarily, the diverse Caribbean geographies are in many ways impermeable to one another. Almost nowhere are issues of nation-language borders and their resultant challenges to mutual legibility more striking than in the case of Haiti and the Dominican Republic–two … Read more

Apr 23, 2013 | 12:00PM
North Sulzberger Tower

Backtalk/Crosstalk: Gendered Stories, Colonial Archives and Sexualized Subjects
Marisa J. Fuentes, Jennifer Morgan, and Yvette Christiansë


Backtalk/Crosstalk is a series of dialogues initiated by the Africana Studies Program to set members of the Africana faculty in conversation with diasporic scholars, artists and activists. The series highlights the gains of institutional recognition for Diaspora Studies, while encouraging and insisting on the impertinent, insolent and disruptive work that achieved such recognition. Backtalk/Crosstalk stages conversations between Barnard faculty and those of other academic institutions that … 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

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

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

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