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

DESCRIPTION PROGRAM PARTICIPANT BIOS DESCRIPTION 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. … 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

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


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

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

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

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

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