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

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 […]

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Gwendolyn Brooks, Poetry

Event Oval, The Dana Center, 3009 Broadway
Nov 15, 2017 | 6:00PM

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 […]

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black feminism, Combahee River Collective

Event Oval, The Diana Center, 3009 Broadway New York, New York
Nov 3, 2017 | 4:00PM

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 […]

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Abolition, Andrea Ritchie, anti-black racism, Barbara Smith, black feminism, broken windows policing, Dean Spade, Elle Hearns, Islamophobia, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Mariame Kaba, Police Violence, Reina Gossett, state violence

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

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 […]

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normalization, resistance, Sara Ahmed

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

Homes for All, Cages for None: Housing Justice in an Age of Abolition

Christina Heatherton and Craig Willse

In 2016, the Barnard Center for Research on Women assembled a Poverty Working Group to examine the state’s neglect and abandonment of poor people, people of color, and people with disabilities. The group asks how can we deepen our understanding of and resistance to the ways that the neoliberal state and racialized, classed, gendered, and […]

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Christina Heatherton, Craig Willse, homelessness, neoliberalism, poverty, public housing, state violence, surveillance

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

‘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 […]

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Africana Studies, gender nonconforming, Pauli Murray, trans

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

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 […]

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Africana Studies, Black diaspora, colonialism, resistance, Tina Campt

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

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 […]

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disability justice, Sins Invalid, trans liberation, Trans Life and Liberation Art Series

James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
Apr 25, 2017 | 6:00PM

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 […]

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African diaspora, anti-blackness, Black diaspora, Caribbean diaspora, Caribbean feminisms, Claudia Rankine, Dionne Brand, racism

Event Oval, Diana Center
Apr 11, 2017 | 6:00PM

What is the Future of Black Lives Under a Kleptocracy?

Alicia Garza

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.. SPEAKER BIO Alicia Garza is an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker and freedom […]

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Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter, Movement for Black Lives

James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
Apr 4, 2017 | 6:00PM

Our Voices: Trans Stories, Trans Justice, Trans Resiliency

Sasha Alexander, Giselle Bleuz, Luce Lincoln, Devin Lowe, Olympia Perez, and Marin Watts

Featuring: I Am (HEAR), Islan (Won’t You Celebrate), and Interview with Juan Evans (excerpt) by Sasha Alexander and Olympia Perez, Black Trans Media Over Stigmatized, a short film by Giselle Bleuz and Devin Lowe with Luce Lincoln, Global Action Project   From the Ground to the Sky (excerpts) by Marin Watts, Trans Justice Funding Project  In a time […]

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Black Trans Media, Global Action Project, TPOC, trans, Trans Justice Funding Project

Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Apr 3, 2017 | 6:00PM

Hearing the Hidden Stories: Walking as a Signature and Interpretation

Garnette Cadogan

Our public spaces are repositories of stories, many of which reveal both the nature of public life and the particularities of the lives that move through them. But in our attempt to understand public life, we tend to immerse ourselves in data, too often sidelining the rich variety of stories that helps us understand what […]

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Harlem, Harlem Semester