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Dec 5, 2017
Barnard Center for Research on Women

#FreeBresha, Free Them All

Bresha Meadows learned to fear her father and fear for her life. Throughout her young life, she endured years of his relentless physical and verbal abuse. On countless occasions he threatened to kill her and her family. Years of faded bruises, police reports, orders of protection, stories from neighbors, and allegations of sexual violence attest […]

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Sep 25, 2017
Emma May, BCRW Research Assistant

What Next?: Resources to Respond to Trump’s Muslim Ban

On Wednesday, January 25, President Trump signed an Executive Order calling for the construction of a “impassable physical barrier” between the United States and Mexico. Throughout his campaign, Trump has stated that he would force the Mexican government pay for the wall, due to funds ostensibly lost from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On Friday, […]

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Sep 14, 2017

Thursday 9/28: BCRW Open House for Students

Join BCRW Staff and Research Assistants at the BCRW Open House for undergraduate students of the Barnard/Columbia communities on Thursday 9/28 from 7-9 PM in 101 Barnard Hall. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn how you can get more involved in BCRW’s work and goals as an intersectional feminist center committed to research, scholarship, activism, […]

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Aug 24, 2017

BCRW Fall 2017 Newsletter: Upcoming events with Tina Campt, Barbara Smith, Sara Ahmed, and more

Director’s Note At the flash of a crisis, we rush, panic, act; we pool the resources at our disposal; we stall the tide or we fight. Then we pause. Maybe we collapse from exhaustion or hesitate or question ourselves. There is a staggered intake of breath. We come to see, again, the scale of the […]

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May 22, 2017

BCRW’s newly digitized archives of feminist history

The Feminist Origins of the Barnard Center for Research on Women As the 1960s drew to a close, a growing chorus of voices within the Barnard community began calling for an official College response to the changes wrought and challenges posed by the Women’s Liberation Movement. After months of impassioned, contentious discussion among students, faculty-members, administrators, […]

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Mar 9, 2017

In the Wake: A Salon in Honor of Christina Sharpe

On February 2nd, 2017, Christina Sharpe, Hazel Carby, Kaiama Glover, Arthur Jafa, and Alex Weheliye gathered on a panel to discuss Sharpe’s new book In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016). Below are the stills from the event:   

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Jan 19, 2017

Courses in the Spring 2017 Harlem Semester Initiative

About the Harlem Semester Organized by the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Department of Africana Studies and launched in 2016, the Harlem Semester Program is an ambitious public humanities initiative that explores the complexities of Harlem’s social, political, and intellectual histories, its leaders, its culture, and its artists. The curriculum of the […]

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Jan 17, 2017

BCRW Spring 2017 Newsletter: Upcoming Events on Black Feminism, Ethics of Being, and More

Director’s Note Over the past few months we have witnessed a heightened sense of fear, shock, and vulnerability about our families, friends, and communities. Yet this moment has also amplified critical research and analysis, creative forms of resistance, deep strategizing, and a recognition of the power and resources we have at hand. While the political […]

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Jan 4, 2017
Melissa Louidor, BCRW Research Assistant

Letter to Zora Neale Hurston

Dear Zora, At twenty-one, by back is already perpetually sore. Every bend, twist, and turn ignites a dull pain deep in my bones. I have lived with this pain for a while now. Each year it has grown in intensity, reaching a new dimension, developing a new expression. I imagine a hole being dug at […]

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Dec 21, 2016

Gearing up for 2017

A NOTE FROM OUR DIRECTOR As we come to the close of a challenging semester, I am reminded of the inspiring conversations, critical insights, and crucial resources the BCRW community has provided over the past few months. I want to thank you for the part you play in this community. Thank you for joining us […]

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Nov 21, 2016

BCRW Launches the Social Justice Institute

The Barnard Center for Research on Women is thrilled to announce the launch of the Social Justice Institute building on the success of the 2014-16 Activist Fellows Program and BCRW’s history of activist-academic collaborations. The inaugural Social Justice Institute Activists-in-Residence are Reina Gossett, Cara Page, Tarso Ramos, Andrea Ritchie, and Dean Spade. Taking seriously the critiques of the academic […]

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Oct 13, 2016
Melissa Louidor, BCRW Research Assistant

Black Escapism in Arthur Jafa’s “Dreams are Colder than Death”

The escape artist flashed by on a metallic blue motorcycle, pursued by a blur of pulsing red and blue lights. Drawn together by a sentiment exceeding mutual compassion, the sidewalk spectators stood inert, breaths and bodies taut with anticipation. For a moment, parts of us took flight alongside the fugitive, our lives reaching beyond the […]

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