Events on Campus Celebrating Women Creating Change

Across the various schools of Columbia University, there are exciting conversations taking place that explore the impact of women in academia, the arts, finance, the environment, law, public health, and more.

As part of our Women Creating Change initiative, the Center for the Study of Social Difference has gathered a list of upcoming events across the university that focus on women and the unique roles they play in local and global efforts to foster ethical and progressive social change.

Check this site regularly for new events of interest throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon.


October 2018

Conversations with Christina Greer
October 19 at 4:00pm
Discussion with Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University on the topic of Race Representation, and the 2018 Midterm Elections.
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For the Daughters of Harlem: Working in Sound
October 20 at 4:30pm
A two-day music workshop for young women of color from New York public high schools, will culminate in a reception and showcase of students’ musical work, produced under the guidance of workshop leaders Sondra Woodruff, Rachel Devorah, Seth Cluett, and Kamari Carter.
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Sedef Ecer:
October 22 at 6:00pm
An engaging experience with playwright Sedef Ecer discussing the role of translation in her plays, as well her own work as a translator.
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Literary Salon: History, Memory, Craft
October 22 at 6:00pm
A reading and discussion with award-winning writers Zinzi Clemmons author of What We Lose (2017), and Crystal Hana Kim, author of If You Leave Me (2018), whose works explore the intimate legacies of political upheaval, race, migration, sexuality, motherhood, trauma and loss, and the malleability of memory.
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(CANCELLED) The Politics of Helping Women, Children and the Vulnerable
October 23 at 9:00am
U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro will give the inaugural Dona and Carol Hamilton Distinguished Lecture. The Lecture series was established by Charles Hamilton, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, to honor the life and work of his late wife, Dona, and daughter, Carol.

Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet and Matisse to Today
October 23 - 24 at 6:00pm
Posing Modernity proposes that the changing representation of the black female figure has been central to the development of modernism from Edouard Manet's Olympia (1863) to the present.
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Vexy Thing: Gender and Liberation
October 25 at 6:00pm
Book Panel discussion with author, Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies- Princeton University and Panelists.
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A Lunch Time Text Workshop with Laura Marks
October 25 at 12:00pm
Reading from "Affective Analysis" in International Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods
Email Khadija Belly ( to RSVP and to request a copy of the text.
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Building Accountable Communities
October 26 online event
Kiyomi Fujikawa and Shannon Perez-Darby will join us for an online discussion to explore models for building accountable communities for the purpose of healing and repair. What does it look like to be accountable to survivors without exiling or disposing those who do harm?
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Threatening Gender
October 29 at 6:00pm
Panel discussion: Gender studies have long faced indifference. But today, they are confronted with two symmetrical problems: instrumentalization and rejection. On the one hand, the rhetoric of “sexual democracy” has been mobilized for xenophobic and racist purposes.
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Documentary Screening: Capturing the Flag
October 30 at 6:30pm
This documentary follows a tight-knit group of friends traveling to Cumberland County, North Carolina – the 2016 “poster child” for voter suppression – intent on proving that small acts of individual people can make a difference.
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September 2018

Bridging Academia and Activism through Gender Studies
September 25 at 6:00pm
In conversation with Hannah Arendt’s discussion of the “dark times,” this talk will present a critical reflection of the possibilities and challenges of doing feminism and gender studies in Turkey today.