James Room
May 1, 2015 | 10:00AM

Why Sex? Why Gender?: Activist Research for Social Justice

A Symposium in Honor of Janet Jakobsen

REGISTER DESCRIPTION PROGRAM Description Click here to register. At BCRW’s “Activism and the Academy” conference in 2011, Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, pointed out that if those who are dedicated to human rights and social justice continue to organize their efforts in silos “we will never have the power… to […]

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academy, activism, arts, barnard, education, gender, intersectionality, queer, race

Apr 23, 2015 | 12:00PM

A History of the Ugly

Rachel Eisendrath

In medieval and Renaissance literature, ugliness often serves as an outward mark of a character’s internal depravity. Such a character is self-condemned, destroyed from within. But there are also cases of ugly characters who stand up for their ugliness, as though in protest against the moral code constructed by the larger society—or even by the […]

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Feb 11, 2015 | 12:00PM

Love and Flames: Legacies of Black Queer and Prison Abolitionist Solidarity with Palestinian Struggle

Che Gossett

In this paper, Community Activist and Student Coordinator Che Gossett examines the legacies of Black queer solidarity with Palestinian struggle by excavating June Jordan and James Baldwin’s archives for what Jose Muñoz called the performative force of the past and its import for current prison abolitionist, Palestinian solidarity and anti-pinkwashing movements. Looking as well at […]

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activism, africana, arts, history, intersectionality, literature, prisons, race

Event Oval
Apr 16, 2015 | 6:30PM

Caribbean Feminisms on the Page

Jamaica Kincaid and Tiphanie Yanique

Distinguished writer Jamaica Kincaid, originally from Antigua, and debut novelist Tiphanie Yanique, who grew up in St. Thomas, come together with Barnard Associate Professor Kaiama L. Glover to discuss their experiences as women of color from the Caribbean, their thoughts on writing about the Caribbean region, and their engagement with gender and feminism in their […]

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africana, gender, literature, race, writing

Event Oval
Mar 24, 2015 | 6:30PM

Without Cover of the Law: Writing the History of Enslaved Women

Annette Gordon-Reed

Drawing on her work about slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, luminary legal historian Annette Gordon-Reed will discuss the way law influences the portrayal of enslaved women and their families. Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law […]

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africana, gender, history, labor, law, race, violence

James Room
Mar 10, 2015 | 6:30PM

Body Undone: A Salon in Honor of Christina Crosby

Christina Crosby, Lisa Cohen, Leigh Gilmore, Laura Grappo, Maggie Nelson, Gayle Pemberton, Gayle Salamon

“Body Undone” focuses on Christina Crosby’s forthcoming memoir of living with disability, A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain. In 2003 Professor Crosby broke her neck in a bicycle accident. She writes, “Spinal cord injury has cast me into a surreal neurological wasteland that I traverse day and night. This account is an effort […]

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disability, literature, queer, writing

Barnard College
Feb 28, 2015 | 6:00PM

Action on Education

REGISTER DESCRIPTION PROGRAM SPEAKERS Description—#sfedu Speakers include Ujju Aggarwal, Lalaie Ameeriar, Abigail Boggs, The Black Youth Project, Nuala Cabral, Natalia Cecire, Jaz Choi, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Kandice Chuh, Antonia Darder, Dána-Ain Davis, Ejeris Dixon, Tadashi Dozono, Melanie Duch, Rod Ferguson, Cindy Gao, Jamaica Gilmer, Dana Goldstein, Che Gossett, Karen Gregory, Zareena Grewal, Ileana Jiménez, Shenila […]

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academy, activism, class, disability, education, gender, labor, race, scholar & feminist

Murphy Institute
Jan 23, 2015 | 9:00AM

Invisible Lives, Targeted Bodies: Impacts of Economic Injustice on LGBTQ Communities

As part of the ongoing Queer Survival Economies project spearheaded by Amber Hollibaugh, this conference works to make visible queer economic realities and survival strategies. Tracks and sessions will include queer perspectives within poor and low-income communities, immigration, the state, and transnational flows of labor; the invisibility of the many queer people working in industries […]

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activism, class, economic justice, gender, immigration, intersectionality, labor, policy, queer, race, sexuality