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

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 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

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

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

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