Feb 2, 2017 | 6:00PM
Event Oval, Diana Center
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Christina Sharpe

In the Wake: A Salon in Honor of Christina Sharpe
Christina Sharpe, Hazel Carby, Kaiama Glover, Arthur Jafa, and Alex Weheliye


Christina Sharpe’s paradigm shifting new work, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the "orthography of the wake." Invoking the multiple meanings of the term "wake"—the path behind a ship, keeping watch with the dead, coming to consciousness—Sharpe details how Black lives are swept up and animated by the afterlives of slavery, and describes what survives despite insistent violence … Read more

Feb 16, 2017 | 6:00PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Hortense Spillers

Shades of Intimacy: Women in the Time of Revolution
Hortense Spillers

helen pond mcintyre '48 lecture

Hortense Spillers considers the aftermath of the notion of partus sequitur ventrem—the “American ‘innovation’ that proclaimed that the child born of an enslaved mother would also be enslaved.” In her fall lecture, "Shades of Intimacy: Women in the Time of Revolution," she deepens this ongoing exploration by engaging the idea of the “shadow” family as one of the tectonic shifts in the concept and practice of social relations in the New World from the 18th century forward. Join us for Spillers’ … Read more

March 3-4, 2017
Event Oval, Diana Center
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027


Haptic Bodies: Perception, Touch, and the Ethics of Being

the scholar & feminist conference

hap·tic ˈhaptik/ adjective technical of or relating to the sense of touch, in particular relating to the perception and manipulation of objects using the senses of touch and proprioception [relative perception]. How are we, as global citizens, accountable to each other? This year's Scholar and Feminist Conference explores the haptic—the perception and manipulation of objects using the sense of touch—as an ethics of being in the world. Feminist scholars, artists, and activists come together … Read more

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

Barbara Ransby

An Evening with 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. 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 author of the highly acclaimed biography,Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision, … 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 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


Shannen Dee Williams, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, is a historian of the United States and Black Catholic diaspora. Her research chronicles the epic journey of Black Catholic sisters in the United States from their fiercely contested beginnings in the 19th century to the present day. It also unearths the largely hidden history of Black sisters in the fight to dismantle racial and gender barriers in the U.S. church and wider American society. … 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, Luce Lincoln, Olympia Perez, and Marin Watts

screening & discussion

In a time when transgender and gender nonconforming communities remain under attack, it is crucial to lift up stories of trans resiliency and power. This film screening and panel will highlight ways trans communities fight back, build community, and center the intersectional work essential to survival. Luce Lincoln of Global Action Project, Marin Watts of Trans Justice Funding Project, Olympia Perez and Sasha Alexander of Black Trans Media, and other social justice trans and gender nonconforming … Read more

May 11, 2017 | 6:00PM

Luna Merbruja

We Move Together: Disability Justice and Trans Liberation


BCRW will co-host a collaborative art exhibit and public event focused on the intersections of disability justice and trans liberation. This event will take place in Oakland, CA and will be organized by Creative Director Hope Dector with Activists-in-Residence Reina Gossett and Dean Spade; Sins Invalid -- a disability justice organization that centers the work of queer and trans artists of color; and the Trans Life and Liberation Art Series -- a community art project that amplifies the struggles … Read more