Recorded Oct 21, 2010

Christianity and the Global Politics of Sexuality

Focusing specifically on sexuality, the panelists discuss the ways in which transnational and non-governmental Christian organizations have an impact on legal and social policies in different areas where Christians may comprise a small minority or a larger percentage of the population. In addition, sexuality continues to rankle and even divide Christian churches themselves, as evidenced by the recent tensions in the Anglican Communion over LGBT clergy members. This panel explores debates about sexuality within Christian churches and the global reach of Christian claims about sexuality. Panelists include Jordan Alexander Stein, Ju Hui Judy Han, Eng-Beng Lim and Mary-Jane Rubenstein, and the panel is moderated by Elizabeth Castelli.

Recorded Sep 22, 2010

Creating Systemic Change at the Intersection of Economic and Reproductive Justice

This panel discussion moderated by Laura Flanders of GRITtv features Sylvia Henriquez (Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health), Lynn Paltrow (Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women), and Miriam Yeung (Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum). The panel was part of the daylong conference “Critical Intersections: Reproductive and Economic Justice” sponsored by The New York Women’s Foundation and BCRW.

Recorded Mar 3, 2010

Reproductive Justice in Action

This panel discussion features a group of reproductive justice activists and birth doulas who work across the spectrum of pregnancy, birth, and women’s health, connecting the traditional reproductive rights movement with new social justice activism that considers the complete physical, political, and economic well-being of girls and women. Panelists include Aisha Domingue, doula coordinator at the Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective; Mary Mahoney, assistant director of the Pro-Choice Public Education Project and co-founder and co-coordinator of the Doula Project; Lauren Mitchell, health educator and co-founder and co-coordinator of the Doula Project; and Miriam Perez, founder and sole blogger at RadicalDoula.com and editor at Feministing.com. The discussion is moderated by Lucy Trainor.

Recorded Feb 27, 2010

The Scholar & Feminist 2010: Development and Sustainability

Janet Jakobsen moderates this discussion on Development and Sustainability, the second panel at The Scholar and Feminist Conference 2010, “Feminism and Climate Change.” Panelists include Rachel Harris, Susan Shaw, Marcela Vasquez-Leon and Eleanor Sterling.

Recorded Feb 27, 2010

The Scholar & Feminist 2010: Economic, Health and Social Justice

Janet Jakobsen introduces Anene Ejikeme who moderates this discussion on Economic, Health and Social Justice, the first panel at The Scholar and Feminist Conference 2010, “Feminism and Climate Change.” Panelists include Nancy Biberman, Laila Iskandar Kamel, Peggy Shepard and Winona LaDuke.

Recorded Feb 27, 2010

Joni Seager: Keynote Lecture from The Scholar & Feminist 2010

Joni Seager delivered the morning keynote address at The Scholar and Feminist Conference 2010, “Feminism and Climate Change.” Already among the most vulnerable populations worldwide, women and other marginalized groups have been the most acutely affected by the instabilities produced by climate change. Issues such as water scarcity, drought, and other environmental problems threaten the world’s food supply, making it more difficult for disadvantaged groups to obtain the basic necessities of life. Increased temperatures and more intense weather patterns raise the likelihood of illness and disease, especially among the poor. Diminishing resources, known to increase conflict and war, are leading to greater numbers of “climate refugees” and displaced people. In all of these situations, women are disproportionately affected by the dangers that climate change poses to our world. Joni Seager is a scholar and activist in feminist geography, international women’s studies, and global environmental policy. She is the author of 10 books, and more than 3 dozen reports, articles, and chapters in books. In the environmental field, she was an early pioneer in bringing feminist perspectives to bear on global environmental policy and analysis. Her 1993 book, Earth Follies, has become a classic in the field.

Recorded Feb 16, 2010

Alison Donnell: Quiet Revolutions

This talk offers a new reading of postcolonial women’s writings. The conventional model since the 1980s has been to emphasize issues of silence and invisibility, the desire for voice and narrative space, and self-representation as a form of empowerment and transformation. What is often eclipsed as a result is a valuable political ethic based on coalition and solidarity with oppressed and marginalized figures. By working across an expansive literary archive, stretching from Mary Prince’s slave narrative to more recent works by Miriama Ba, Bapsi Sidhwa, Edwidge Danticat and Shani Mootoo, Professor Donnell identifies an alternative framework for reading postcolonial women’s writing, presenting a new model of feminist criticism rooted in solidarity and coalitional ethics. Alison Donnell is reader in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Reading, UK. She is the author of Twentieth Century Caribbean Literature: Critical Moments in Anglophone Literary and Critical History and has been a Joint Editor of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies since its founding in 1998.