Nov 16, 2017 | 7:00PM
Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall, 3009 Broadway

Gwendolyn Brooks

A Centennial Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks
Jericho Brown, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Erica Hunt, Darryl Pinckney, and others


Gwendolyn Brooks was a major American poet of the twentieth century, and a writer of great formal mastery and intimate observation. The author of twenty separate volumes of poetry, including the celebrated A Street in Bronzeville (1945), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Allen (1949), and In the Mecca (1968), as well as the experimental novel Maude Martha (1953) and other volumes of prose and collected verse, Brooks is a writer who “managed to bridge the gap between the academic poets of her … Read more

Nov 15, 2017 | 6:30PM
The Event Oval, Diana Center, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Combahee River Collective Mixtape: Black Feminist Sonic Dissent Then and Now

Combahee River Collective Mixtape: Black Feminist Sonic Dissent Then and Now
Daphne Brooks, Kara Keeling, and Jacqueline Stewart


Join BCRW in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective Statement, the radical Black feminist manifesto completed in 1977 that laid out key tenets of intersectional theory and social justice reform. Taking the works of wide range of artists as our point of departure—from musicians such as the Knowles Sisters and Nina Simone to visual artists like Carrie Mae Weems and the L.A. Rebellion filmmakers—we aim to build a bridge from this historic document to the present and … Read more

November 3-4, 2017
Event Oval, The Diana Center, 3009 Broadway New York, New York

Invisible No More

Invisible No More: Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color in Troubled Times
Barbara Smith, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Reina Gossett, Mariame Kaba & others


As the pendulum swings toward intensified immigration enforcement, discredited drug war tactics, expansion of "broken windows" policing, rampant Islamophobia, and attacks on gender, sexual and reproductive liberation, the current political climate fuels police violence against Black women and women of color on every front. In this context, women of color's experiences of policing - often invisible in broader debates - must in turn fuel our resistance.   Join activists and scholars including … Read more

Oct 16, 2017 | 6:00PM
Event Oval, The Diana Center, 3009 Broadway New York, New York

Sara Ahmed

The Institutional as Usual: Diversity Work as Data Collection
Sara Ahmed


In the annual Helen Pond McIntyre '48 Lecture, Sara Ahmed explores how institutions are built from small acts of use. The institutional becomes usual. What usually happens seems to keep happening without having to be made into official policy and sometimes even despite an official policy. We learn about the institutional (as usual) from those who are trying to transform institutions. Diversity work, the work of trying to transform institutions by opening them up to populations that have hitherto … Read more

Oct 10, 2017 | 6:00PM
Event Oval, The Diana Center, 3009 Broadway New York, New York

Public housing protest photo

Homes for All, Cages for None: Housing Justice in an Age of Abolition
Christina Heatherton and Craig Willse


From the right's calls for increased deportations to immigration bans, from the failure to assist communities impacted by hurricanes and earthquakes from Florida to Mexico to Puerto Rico to the Caribbean, from the ongoing the public housing crisis in New York City to the devastating proposed healthcare bills, we are witnessing an escalation of the state's neglect and abandonment of poor people, people of color, women, trans and queer people, and people with disabilities.   On Tuesday, … Read more

Sep 25, 2017 | 6:00PM
Diana Event Oval, 3009 Broadway, New York, New York

Pauli Murray

‘Song in a Weary Throat’: Pauli Murray’s Life and Legacy
Rosalind Rosenberg, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Sangodare (Julia Roxanne Wallace) & Monica L. Miller


Until recently Pauli Murray was an unsung figure in the Civil Rights and feminist movements. A poet, writer, activist, labor organizer, legal theorist, and Episcopal priest, Murray took on the key social and economic justice issues of her day. The subject of a new biography, Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray, by emerita professor of history Rosalind Rosenberg, Murray is now being recognized and celebrated for her legal and activist work in the service of freedom and justice, as well as her … Read more

Sep 14, 2017 | 6:00PM
Event Oval, The Diana Center, 3009 Broadway New York, New York

Listening to Images cover, Tina Campt

Listening to Images: A Salon in Honor of Tina Campt
Tina Campt, Nicole Fleetwood, Jack Halberstam, Saidiya Hartman, and Deborah Thomas


What happens when we shift our way of engaging with photography? When we go beyond looking at images and, instead, listen to them? Tina Campt, director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, delves into lost archives of historically dismissed photographs to deepen our understanding of the lives of black subjects throughout the black diaspora. Campt invites us to open our ears to photographs of rural African women in the late 19th-century and 1960s mug shots of the Freedom Riders, and to … Read more

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

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 … 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

Alicia Garza

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