Mar 10, 2015 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

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Body Undone: A Salon in Honor of Christina Crosby
Christina Crosby, Lisa Cohen, Leigh Gilmore, Laura Grappo, Maggie Nelson, Gayle Pemberton, Gayle Salamon

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"Body Undone" focuses on Christina Crosby's forthcoming memoir of living with disability, 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 to describe the terrain. I want you to know, and I, myself, want better to understand, a daily venture of living that requires considerable fortitude on my part and a … Read more

Mar 24, 2015 | 6:30PM
Event Oval
The Diana Center

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Without Cover of the Law: Writing the History of Enslaved Women
Annette Gordon-Reed

women's history month lecture

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 School, and a Professor of History at Harvard University. She received the 2008 National Book Award and the 2009 Pulitzer … Read more

Apr 16, 2015 | 6:30PM
Event Oval
The Diana Center

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Caribbean Feminisms on the Page
Jamaica Kincaid and Tiphanie Yanique

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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 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 writings. The recipient of many awards, such as The Center for Fiction, The Prix Femina Etranger Award and the Anisfeld-Wolf Book Award, … Read more

Apr 23, 2015 | 12:00PM
BCRW
101 Barnard Hall

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A History of the Ugly
Rachel Eisendrath

lecture

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 text itself: It is not that their ugliness hides an internal beauty, but that they reject the standard itself of what constitutes beauty or ugliness, … Read more

May 1, 2015 | 10:00AM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall

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Why Sex? Why Gender?: Activist Research for the 21st Century
A Symposium in Honor of Janet Jakobsen

symposium

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 achieve even the demands that exist inside of those silos.” In the past 15 years, under Janet Jakobsen’s leadership as Director, BCRW has worked to move beyond disciplinary boundaries to produce analyses that … Read more