754 Schermerhorn Extension
Oct 12, 2012 | 3:00PM

Did You Kiss the Dead Body? Visualizing Absence in the Archive of War

Rajkamal Kahlon

Rajkamal Kahlon, Artist-In-Residence at the American Civil Liberties Union, speaks about her ongoing project Did You Kiss the Dead Body? Kahlon works with U.S. military autopsy reports, death certificates and torture related government documents from Iraq and Afghanistan to explore the bureaucratization of death, as it intersects questions of empathy and the construction of memory. […]

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arts, violence, war

BCRW
Mar 22, 2012 | 12:00PM

Student Life During Wartime: World War II at Barnard College

Karen Seeley

Before the outbreak of World War II, Barnard’s Committee on Instruction met monthly to discuss practical academic concerns, and to debate the essential components of an undergraduate liberal arts education. But in the early 1940s the Committee’s conversations underwent a marked shift, as the Second World War increasingly intruded on the requirements and routines of […]

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academy, barnard, history, war

BCRW
Nov 15, 2011 | 12:00PM

Seeing Like a Peacebuilder: An Ethnography of International Intervention

Séverine Autesserre

Why do international interventions so often fail to secure a sustainable peace? Why do others succeed? To answer these questions, we need to analyze how various cultures influence non-military peacebuilders on the ground, how the various actors and functions of peace interventions interact, and how shared understandings can promote peace intervention success. Based on qualitative […]

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africana, democracy, human rights, peace, policy, transnational, violence, war

Sulzberger Parlor
Oct 24, 2011 | 6:30PM

States of Exception: Children’s Human Rights and the Humanities

Wendy S. Hesford

This year’s McIntyre lecturer, Wendy S. Hesford, integrates critical legal studies and feminist rhetorical criticism to examine the figure of the child as a limit condition to the liberal subject of human rights law. Through her analysis of contemporary representations of children living in varied states of political exception and social exclusion—stateless children, children born […]

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academy, children, family, history, human rights, immigration, policy, violence, war

NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
Oct 19, 2011 | 9:30AM

Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women’s Leadership in Defense of Territory

The overlap between bio-diverse and indigenous geographical areas of the world has led to a new wave of territorial dispossession. This conference will explore new forms of indigenous feminism and feminist agency being forged in the current round of struggles for the protection of territory and autonomy in Mexico and other parts of the world. […]

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activism, anthropology, economics, environment, human rights, indigeneity, latina, policy, race, transnational, violence, war

James Room
Dec 11, 2009 | 6:30PM

Grace Paley: Speaking Truth to Power

Yvette Christiansë, Ynestra King, Nancy Kricorian, Amy Swerdlow, and a member of the Center for Immigrant Families Collective

On Grace Paley’s birthday, we present a conversation exploring how imagination, truthtelling, and courageous action flow out of Paley’s life and work. A prolific writer, Paley’s fiction highlights the everyday struggles of women, what she calls “a history of everyday life.” In addition to her writing, Paley was also a committed activist, passionate about numerous […]

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activism, arts, history, literature, peace, politics, war, writing

2009
Dec 11, 2009

Grace Paley: Speaking Truth to Power

Recorded Dec 11, 2009

This conversation, which took place on Grace Paley's birthday, December 11, 2009, explores how imagination, truthtelling, and courageous action flow out of Paley's life and work. A prolific writer, Paley's fiction highlights the everyday struggles of women, what she calls "a history of everyday life." In addition to her writing, Paley was also a committed activist, passionate about numerous issues, including women's rights, the Vietnam War, nuclear non-proliferation, and most recently, the war in Iraq. Her death in 2007 was a great loss, but her work continues to inspire. Speakers include: Beatrix Gates, poet and publisher of Grace Paley's first book of poems; Yvette Christianse, poet and novelist; Ynestra King, ecofeminist activist and educator, and editor of Dangerous Intersections: Feminist Perspectives on Population, Environment, and Development; Nancy Kricorian, New York-based writer and activist, author of Zabelle and Dreams of Bread and Fire, and coordinator of the New York City chapter of CODEPINK Women for Peace; Amy Swerdlow, founding member of Women Strike for Peace and author of Women Strike for Peace: Traditional Motherhood and Radical Politics in the 1960s; and Lucila Silva and Perla Placencia, members of the Center for Immigrant Families (CIF), an inter-generational, collectively-run organization of low-income immigrant women of color and community members in Manhattan Valley.

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activism, arts, history, literature, peace, politics, war, writing

New Feminist Solutions: Volume 1
July 2009

Responding to Violence, Rethinking Security: Policy Alternatives for Building Human Security

Jody Williams and BCRW

In the fall of 2002, the Center hosted Responding to Violence, a conference that brought together over twenty activists and academics whose work focused on developing alternatives to violence. In addition to a public lecture by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams and a workshop with experts on responding to violence around the world, the conference generated a number of exciting projects, including the book Interventions co-edited by Elizabeth A. Castelli and Janet R. Jakobsen, Issue 2.2 of The Scholar & Feminist Online and the first report of the New Feminist Solutions series.

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activism, gender, peace, policy, politics, transnational, violence, war

Sulzberger Parlor
Apr 13, 2009 | 6:30PM

Boys and Girls in Post-Conflict Societies

Megan Callaghan, Abosede George, Jessaca Leinaweaver, and Nara Milanich

Long after formal peace treaties have been signed, war continues to shape social institutions and interactions. Young people who have grown up amid violent conflict often experience its lingering effects through the loss of family, estrangement from local communities, destruction of the physical environment, or the instability of the government. This panel takes an interdisciplinary […]

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children, history, peace, transnational, violence, war

202 Altschul Hall
Oct 15, 2008 | 6:30PM

Postcards from Tora Bora

Wazhmah Osman and Kelly Dolak

In the summer of 2004, filmmakers Wazhmah Osman and Kelly Dolak set out to make an independent film that explored whether Afghan women’s lives had actually improved as a result of the US military campaign. The documentary that came out of this question, Postcards from Tora Bora, became far more than an exploration of women’s […]

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afghanistan, emotion, film, human rights, transnational, violence, war

2008
Oct 2, 2008

Women for Afghan Women

Recorded Oct 2, 2008

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

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activism, afghanistan, economic justice, human rights, immigration, policy, transnational, violence, war

Sulzberger Parlor
Oct 2, 2008 | 5:30PM

Women for Afghan Women: Two Models for Successful Grassroots Work in Afghanistan

Fahima Vorgetts, Manizha Naderi and Mary Lu Christie '67

Women for Afghan Women (WAW), founded in April 2001, is a grassroots civil society organization with offices in New York City and Kabul, dedicated to securing the rights of Afghan women. WAW works both in New York and internationally to promote the agency of Afghan women through the creation of safe forums where Afghan women […]

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activism, afghanistan, economic justice, human rights, immigration, policy, transnational, violence, war