Nov 13, 2014 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Natural Product Synthesis : A Platform for Discovery in Chemistry and Biology
Sarah E. Reisman


The chemical synthesis of natural products provides an exciting platform from which to conduct fundamental research in chemistry and biology. Dr. Reisman’s laboratory has ongoing research programs targeting the chemical syntheses of several natural products. The densely packed arrays of heteroatoms and stereogenic centers that constitute these polycyclic targets challenge the limits of current technology and inspire the development of new synthetic strategies and tactics. This seminar will … Read more

Nov 8, 2014 | 2:30PM
Event Oval
The Diana Center

No Such Thing as Neutral
Ali Rosa-Salas

discussion and performances

Countless forms of dance created and performed in public spaces are bundled under the umbrella of “vernacular” or “street.” These diverse methods have been widely recognized for their emphasis on improvisation, “informal” teaching methods, and the central role of marginalized communities of color in their production, yet they are often figured primarily in opposition to traditionally valorized forms of ballet and modern dance in scholarship and popular culture. With this project, Ali … Read more

Oct 23-24, 2014
Earl Hall, Columbia University &
First Corinthian Baptist Church, Harlem

Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics
Anthea Butler, Kenyon Farrow, Darnell Moore, Alondra Nelson, Emilie Townes, and more


Registration and full schedule available here. We are living through a moment of tremendous change at the intersection of race, religion, and sexuality, which has significant implications both for those who study and practice religion alike. This conference will bring scholars, activists, and religious leaders together to explore a range of historical and contemporary phenomena associated with religion, race, and sexuality, as they coalesce and converge. The task before us is not to address a … Read more

Oct 16-17, 2014
Event Oval
The Diana Center

Justice in the Home: Domestic Work Past, Present, and Future
Eileen Boris, Tamara Mose Brown, Linda Burnham, Grace Chang, Janice Fine, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Claire Hobden, Tera Hunter, Fish Ip, Eva Kittay, Jennifer Klein, Elizabeth Clark Lewis, Andrea Cristina Mercado, Premilla Nadasen, Rhacel Parrenas, Ai-jen Poo, Cecilia Rio, Mary Romero, Saskia Sassen, Peggie Smith, Nik Theodore, and Martina Vandenberg


DESCRIPTION PROGRAM REGISTER Description Link to Justice in the Home Wikispaces Click here to register online. Research about domestic work, domestic workers, and domestic worker organizing is an abundant and growing field. The attention garnered by organizing efforts by and on behalf of domestic workers, both nationally and internationally, has served as a spur to scholars in a wide range of disciplines. Structured interchange between scholars and organizers has the potential to … Read more

Oct 9, 2014 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

Birthright Crisis: The Power and Paradoxes of Media Advocacy
Miriam Neptune

lunchtime lecture

After a September 2013 court ruling stripped citizenship from thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent, long-term efforts to critique human rights conditions in the Dominican Republic gained traction while existing tensions between Dominican and Haitian diaspora groups also increased. Miriam Neptune will discuss the experience of screening her award-winning documentary Birthright Crisis as both an organizing tool and a focal point for dialogue between two communities with diverging … Read more

Oct 7, 2014 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

Black Feminist Futures and the Practice of Fugitivity
Tina Campt


What kinds of ‘practice’ create possibilities for new feminist futures? How do our everyday engagements with power complicate how we understand feminist struggle? This talk uses a black feminist conception of practice to think beyond conventional notions of resistance as the primary model for understanding the relationship of marginalized subjects to power. Focusing on archival photographs of black communities in diaspora, it explores the quotidian practices of black subjects whose micro-labors … Read more

Oct 1, 2014 | 7:30PM
Held Auditorium
304 Barnard Hall

Censorship and Self-Censorship in India or: How Many Penguins Can Stand On a Book Before It Sinks?
Wendy Doniger


Since Penguin India, under legal attack by Dina Nath Batra, agreed, in February of this year, to cease publication of Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, much has happened in the world of letters in India (not to mention the election of Narenda Modi, in the world of politics). There have been massive protests, an unsuccessful attack by Batra upon another of Doniger’s books from another publisher (On Hinduism, published by the Aleph Book Company), attacks upon books by other … Read more

Oct 1, 2014 | 12:00PM
Room 504
Diana Center

How Does It Feel to Be Stateless?
Altagracia Jean Joseph


In September 2013, the Dominican Republic passed TC168/13, a law that permanently annulled the citizenship of children born to “undocumented parents,” going back to 1929. This law directly impacted the children of Haitian immigrants who have been brought into to the Dominican Republic as laborers for the past 80 years, a practice initiated by the Dominican state-sponsored sugar industry. Hundreds of thousands of people of Haitian descent are now facing the inability to go to school, obtain work, … Read more

Sep 16, 2014 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall

The Closet
Henry Abelove

lunchtime lecture

Henry Abelove, Willbur Fisk Osborne Emeritus Professor of English at Wesleyan University, will ask and try to answer this question: How and why and in what specific circumstances did the term “the closet”–as connoting a hidden life–first come into use among gay and lesbian Americans? Professor Abelove is the co-editor of The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, which won the Lambda Prize, and he is the author of The Evangelist of Desire and Deep Gossip. … Read more

Jul 27, 2014 | 3:00PM
Studio 305
3rd Floor, Barnard Hall

Dance Workshop with Lite Feet legend Chrybaby Cozie
Chrybaby Cozie


BCRW Alumnae Fellow Ali Rosa-Salas '13 hosts Lite Feet legend Chrybaby Cozie at Barnard College for a dance class and discussion about this Harlem-founded dance form. For those who want to learn how to do the real Harlem Shake, this workshop is for you. The workshop will be held from 3 PM - 5 PM. This workshop is a part of Rosa-Salas' project "No Such Thing As Neutral," which will culminate in a lecture-demonstration and performance on November 8th. Register online. Suggested Donation: $10 … Read more