Oct 1, 2014 | 7:30PM
Held Auditorium
304 Barnard Hall


Censorship and Self-Censorship in India or: How Many Penguins Can Stand On a Book Before It Sinks?
Wendy Doniger


Since Penguin India, under legal attack by Dina Nath Batra, agreed, in February of this year, to cease publication of Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, much has happened in the world of letters in India (not to mention the election of Narenda Modi, in the world of politics). There have been massive protests, an unsuccessful attack by Batra upon another of Doniger’s books from another publisher (On Hinduism, published by the Aleph Book Company), attacks upon books by other … Read more

Oct 7, 2014 | 6:30PM
James Room
4th Floor Barnard Hall


Black Feminist Futures and the Practice of Fugitivity
Tina Campt


What kinds of ‘practice’ create possibilities for new feminist futures? How do our everyday engagements with power complicate how we understand feminist struggle? This talk uses a black feminist conception of practice to think beyond conventional notions of resistance as the primary model for understanding the relationship of marginalized subjects to power. Focusing on archival photographs of black communities in diaspora, it explores the quotidian practices of black subjects whose micro-labors … Read more

Oct 9, 2014 | 12:00PM
101 Barnard Hall


Birthright Crisis: The Power and Paradoxes of Media Advocacy
Miriam Neptune

lunchtime lecture

After a September 2013 court ruling stripped citizenship from thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent, long-term efforts to critique human rights conditions in the Dominican Republic gained traction while existing tensions between Dominican and Haitian diaspora groups also increased. Miriam Neptune will discuss the experience of screening her award-winning documentary Birthright Crisis as both an organizing tool and a focal point for dialogue between two communities with diverging … Read more

Oct 16-17, 2014
Event Oval
The Diana Center


Justice in the Home: Domestic Work Past, Present, and Future
Eileen Boris, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Eva Kittay, Andrea Cristina Mercado, Premilla Nadasen, Rhacel Parrenas, Ai-jen Poo, Mary Romero, Saskia Sassen, Peggie Smith, Nik Theodore, Martina Vandenberg, and more


DESCRIPTION PROGRAM REGISTER Description Click here to register online. Research about domestic work, domestic workers, and domestic worker organizing is an abundant and growing field. The attention garnered by organizing efforts by and on behalf of domestic workers, both nationally and internationally, has served as a spur to scholars in a wide range of disciplines. Structured interchange between scholars and organizers has the potential to enrich the work of both groups, providing … Read more

Oct 23-24, 2014
Earl Hall, Columbia University &
First Corinthian Baptist Church, Harlem


Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics
Anthea Butler, Kenyon Farrow, Darnell Moore, Alondra Nelson, Emilie Townes, and more


Registration and full schedule available here. We are living through a moment of tremendous change at the intersection of race, religion, and sexuality, which has significant implications both for those who study and practice religion alike. This conference will bring scholars, activists, and religious leaders together to explore a range of historical and contemporary phenomena associated with religion, race, and sexuality, as they coalesce and converge. The task before us is not to address a … Read more

Nov 8, 2014 | 2:30PM
Event Oval
The Diana Center


No Such Thing as Neutral
Ali Rosa-Salas

discussion and performances

Countless forms of dance created and performed in public spaces are bundled under the umbrella of “vernacular” or “street.” These diverse methods have been widely recognized for their emphasis on improvisation, “informal” teaching methods, and the central role of marginalized communities of color in their production, yet they are often figured primarily in opposition to traditionally valorized forms of ballet and modern dance in scholarship and popular culture. With this project, Ali … Read more

Nov 13, 2014 | 6:30PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall


Natural Product Synthesis : A Platform for Discovery in Chemistry and Biology
Sarah E. Reisman


The chemical synthesis of natural products provides an exciting platform from which to conduct fundamental research in chemistry and biology. Dr. Reisman’s laboratory has ongoing research programs targeting the chemical syntheses of several natural products. The densely packed arrays of heteroatoms and stereogenic centers that constitute these polycyclic targets challenge the limits of current technology and inspire the development of new synthetic strategies and tactics. This seminar will … Read more

Jan 23-24, 2015
Murphy Institute
CUNY Grad Center


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 like retail; the impact of sexual identities in the workplace, restaurants, or health care that offer long … Read more