May 11, 2017 | 6:30PM
1330 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Luna Merbruja

We Move Together: Disability Justice and Trans Liberation
Patty Berne, Reina Gossett, Kiyaan Abadani, and Malcolm Shanks


Watch the Livestream here. How are organizers and artists building cross-movement solidarity from an understanding that no one is disposable? How can we reclaim bodily autonomy, our right to exist in public space, and our liberatory visions of a world where all bodyminds are valued? As disabled and/or trans people whose bodies are pathologized and policed, how can we move together towards collective liberation? About the Speakers: Patty Berne, Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid, … Read more

Apr 25, 2017 | 6:00PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Claudia Rankine

Poetics of Justice: A Conversation Between Claudia Rankine and Dionne Brand


BCRW is thrilled to host Poetics of Justice: A Conversation Between Claudia Rankine and Dionne Brand, moderated by BCRW Associate Director Tami Navarro, on the power and necessity of poetry in resisting the contemporary manifestations of racism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy. This event is very much a response to the current political moment in the United States, and has its roots in a BCRW literary series initiated in 2014, Caribbean Feminisms on the Page. These conversations featured … Read more

Apr 11, 2017 | 6:00PM
Event Oval, Diana Center
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

What is the Future of Black Lives Under a Kleptocracy?
Alicia Garza


DESCRIPTION REGISTER QUESTIONS SPEAKER BIO DESCRIPTION On Tuesday, April 11, BCRW is thrilled to host "What is the Future of Black Lives Under a Kleptocracy?" a lecture by Alicia Garza focusing on the first 100 days of the new administration and what's at stake for the movement.. SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS We invite attendees to submit your questions in advance. SPEAKER BIO Alicia Garza is an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker and freedom dreamer who … Read more

Apr 4, 2017 | 6:00PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Our Voices: Trans Stories

Our Voices: Trans Stories, Trans Justice, Trans Resiliency
Sasha Alexander, Giselle Bleuz, Luce Lincoln, Devin Lowe, Olympia Perez, and Marin Watts

screening & discussion

Featuring: I Am (HEAR), Islan (Won't You Celebrate), and Interview with Juan Evans (excerpt) by Sasha Alexander and Olympia Perez, Black Trans Media Over Stigmatized, a short film by Giselle Bleuz and Devin Lowe with Luce Lincoln, Global Action Project   From the Ground to the Sky (excerpts) by Marin Watts, Trans Justice Funding Project  In a time when transgender and gender nonconforming communities remain under attack, it is crucial to lift up stories of trans resiliency and … Read more

Apr 3, 2017 | 6:00PM
Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Harlem walking tour

Hearing the Hidden Stories: Walking as a Signature and Interpretation
Garnette Cadogan


Our public spaces are repositories of stories, many of which reveal both the nature of public life and the particularities of the lives that move through them. But in our attempt to understand public life, we tend to immerse ourselves in data, too often sidelining the rich variety of stories that helps us understand what animates people and gives them a sense of place. In effect, we've provided abstraction where a finely-textured portrait is called for. Our failure to understand public life, … Read more

Mar 30, 2017 | 7:00PM
Event Oval, Diana Center
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Erotic as Power

Erotic As Power: Audre Lorde Project 20th Anniversary Celebration


"The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which, once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire. For having experienced the fullness of this depth of feeling and recognizing its power, in honor and self-respect we can require no less of ourselves." - Audre Lorde from The Uses of the Erotic: Sister Outsider BCRW is thrilled to host 'Erotic As Power: A Celebration of our Legacy' to … Read more

Mar 28, 2017 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Shannen Dee WIlliams

The Real Sister Act: Black Catholic Nuns and the Long Struggle to Desegregate U.S. Religious Life
Shannen Dee Williams


The Religion Department at Barnard College is thrilled to host a lecture with Shannen Dee Williams, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, on the epic journey of Black Catholic sisters in the United States from their fiercely contested beginnings in the 19th century to the present day. In this lecture, Williams will unearth the largely hidden history of Black sisters in the fight to dismantle racial and gender barriers in the U.S. church and wider American … Read more

Mar 23, 2017 | 12:00PM
BCRW, 101 Barnard Hall
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Belinda Archibong

Harmattan Winds, Disease and Gender Gaps in Human Capital Investment
Belinda Archibong

lunchtime lecture

Research on gender-based educational disparities in the Global South has focused on differential investment in the education of boys versus girls, higher costs and lower educational attainment among girls, and factors leading to these realities. In this lunchtime lecture, Belinda Archibong will extend this conversation to share her research on ways that public health and epidemics impact these gender-based disparities, focusing on the 1986 meningitis epidemic in Niger when investment in girls’ … Read more

Mar 20, 2017 | 6:30PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall, New York, NY 10027

Barbara Ransby

A Black Feminist Reading of the Movement for Black Lives: Resistance and the U.S. Left Reimagined
Barbara Ransby

natalie boymel kampen memorial lecture in feminist criticism and history

Award-winning historian, writer, and longtime activist Barbara Ransby joins BCRW to give the 2017 Natalie Boymel Kampen Memorial Lecture in Feminist Criticism and History, "A Black Feminist Reading of the Movement for Black Lives: Resistance and the U.S. Left Reimagined."   Ransby is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative. Ransby is … Read more

Mar 5, 2017 | 11:00AM
409 Barnard Hall
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

deescalation workshop

Accountable Bystander/Upstander Training


Bystander intervention and de-escalation involve a series of tools that can be consciously employed to defuse volatile situations. In this interactive workshop, bystander intervention and de-escalation will be presented in the context of self-defense and harm reduction. Students will identify verbal and non-verbal techniques and tactics to de-escalate conflict. Students will also learn the four Ds of bystander intervention – direct, distract, delay, and delegate. All of these tactics will be … Read more