Delivering this year’s Helen Pond McIntyre ’48 lecture less than one week before Barack Obama’s presidential election, Angela Y. Davis presents a new and wide-ranging vision of the interconnections among issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and prison abolition. Davis provides a critical exploration of concepts of civil rights and progress at a time of history-making political change. This lecture took place on October 30, 2008 at The Great Hall of Cooper Union.
Fahima Vorgetts, Manizha Naderi and Esther Hyneman discuss their involvement with Women for Afghan Women (WAW), a grassroots civil society organization founded in April 2001, with offices in New York City and Kabul, dedicated to securing the rights of Afghan women. This discussion, titled “Women for Afghan Women: Two Models for Successful Grassroots Work in Afghanistan” took place on October 2, 2008 at Barnard College
Ruth Behar, Jewish Cuban American anthropologist, writer, and noted feminist, reflects on the recent literature being produced by diasporic women ethnographers, journalists, and writers, addressing their contradictory and often pained relationships to their home countries. Focusing on the work of Latin American and Caribbean women, she includes an account of her own return to Cuba and her complicated search for home. This Rennert Forum on Women lecture, entitled “Impossible Homecomings: Women Ethnographers and the Places They Left Behind,” took place on April 10, 2008 at Barnard College.
American Historian Estelle Freedman ’69 looks back on the tumultuous year of 1968, when she was a student at Barnard, from the perspective of subsequent events and historical interpretations. Freedman, now a professor of History at Stanford University and author of several influential books on feminism and on sexuality, explores the life-changing process of questioning authority. This lecture took place on March 26, 2008 at Barnard College.
Lani Guinier delivered the keynote address at the 33rd annual Scholar and Feminist Conference. The conference, titled “The State of Democracy: Gender and Political Participation,” took place on March 1, 2008 at Barnard College.
Liz Krueger, Christine Marie Sierra, Sally Kohn, Signe Wilkinson and Nancy Abudu discuss how we can succeed in making wider political participation a reality in the United States, and how gender, race, and class impact the realities of who votes and whose votes are counted. This panel discussion, moderated by Lori Minnite, took place at the 33rd annual Scholar and Feminist Conference, “The State of Democracy: Gender and Political Participation,” on March 1, 2008 at Barnard College.