2018 marks the 5th Anniversary of Columbia Women Creating Change!
To celebrate this momentous year a reception and panel discussion will take place featuring women leaders in media. Discussion will focus on the portrayal of women in media. Panelists will highlight their experiences as they relate to the big issues of today, including but not limited to the #MeToo movement.
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A'lelia Bundles is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A'Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-grandmother. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker, which she began researching while a student at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, has been optioned for a Netflix series starring Octavia Spencer and produced by LeBron James. She remains a member of the board of the National Archives Foundation after serving two terms as chair. A producer and executive with ABC News and NBC News for thirty years, she now is the historical consultant for Madam C J. Walker Beauty Culture, a line of hair care products.
Rebecca Traister is a writer at large for New York Magazine. Winner of the National Magazine Award for Commentary and the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis, she has covered women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic, Elle and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Traister’s first book, Big Girls Don’t Cry, about women and the 2008 election, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010 and the winner of the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize. All The Single Ladies, about unmarried women in America, was a New York Times bestseller and a Times Notable book of 2016. Her third book, Good and Mad, about women's anger as a political force, will be published in October.
Margo Jefferson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and the author of On Michael Jackson and Negroland: a Memoir. Negroland won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, The Heartland Prize. The Bridge Prize and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize. Her work has appeared in many periodicals and anthologies. She teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University
Alyson Neel is a gender policy specialist with journalism, research, and advocacy experience in Turkey, the United States, and most recently Myanmar. In Istanbul, Turkey, Neel spent 2.5 years reporting on a range of gender inequities for Today’s Zaman, the then-largest English language daily; The Washington Post; and other international publications. She then worked on global and domestic health policy for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and supported U.S. and global civil society leaders in their advocacy for the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the UN Foundation. After being selected as a 2016- 17 Luce Scholar, Neel spent 15 months in Yangon, Myanmar, where she supported a local women's organization while authoring a soon-to-be-published bilingual children's book, entitled Girl Power in Myanmar, about pioneering women throughout Myanmar history. Neel received her BA in Political Communication at Louisiana State University, and her MPA in International Development at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, author and educator. Her wide-ranging work looks at American politics, militarism, post violence trauma and resistance. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Dublin Contemporary. She is the author of Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, portraits and interviews with wounded American veterans, Homeland, an exploration of the militarization of American life post September 11, and most recently, An autobiography of Miss Wish a story told with a survivor of sexual violence and reported over 25 years. Her work has been recognized with awards in art and journalism from the World Press Photo Foundation, Pictures of the Year International, the Open Society Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Aftermath Project, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Hasselblad. She is a member of the photography and film collective NOOR images and an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she directs the photography program. She lives in her hometown of New York City.
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