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.


February 2018

Crafting Transnational Feminist Genealogies: Living an Insurgent Life in Neoliberal Times with Chandra Mohanty
February 20 at 4:15pm
This talk features Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Distinguished Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Syracuse University.

Women in Sustainability: Navigating Your Career
February 27 at 5:00pm
This event will focus on how women navigate careers in sustainability, exploring the female perspective on professional development and advancement in this growing field.


March 2018

Writing Like Breathing: Dacia Maraini Discusses her Most Recent Writings
March 1 at 4:00pm
Author Dacia Maraini in conversation with Professor Elizabeth Leake, Department of Italian.

Climate Change and Gender Justice Symposium
March 2 at 9:00am
This symposium presents scholarship examining the intersection of climate change and gender-based disparities.

Sexuality, Disability, and Aging: Queer Temporalities of the Phallus with Jane Gallop
March 5 at 4:00pm
This talk by Jane Gallop discusses adult-onset disability, middle-aging, and sexuality.

1968 and Its Afterlives: Reflecting on Campus Activism Past, Present and Future
March 6 at 6:00pm
A conversation reflecting on the role of Barnard students in transformative events and the history of campus activism.

Stories We Tell: The Pioneer Generation of Women's Longform
March 6 at 6:30pm
An evening of conversation with a group of legendary longform magazine writers and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Ukrainian Women At War: The Successes And Challenges Of The “Invisible Battalion”
March 8 at 12:00pm
A presentation by Tamara MartsenyukAssociate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine)

Into the Light PBS NYC Film Premiere and Panel Conversation
March 8 at 6:15pm
Into the Light Film Premiere and Panel Conversation about the stigma and shame surrounding mental health in America.

Critical Caribbean Feminisms: A Dialogue
March 22 at 6:00pm
Authors Erna Brodber and Nicole Dennis-Benn will discuss issues including the Caribbean and its diaspora, method, feminism, and gender in their work.

Second Wave Feminism as History: Britain and Beyond
March 23 at 3:30pm
A conversation with Judith Walkowitz, John Hopkins University, and Lucy Delap, University of Cambridge

We Are All Fast Food Workers Now
March 26 at 6:00pm
Roundtable discussion on labor, activism, and gender with author Annelise Orleck, Professor Premilla Nadasen, and other activists, moderated by Alice Kessler-Harris.

Feminist Media(tions)
March 29 at 6:30pm
A conversation with Isaac Jean-François


April 2018

NYC Launch for publication, "Democracy and the Welfare State"
April 4 at 4:15pm
A book launch event for Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity, edited by Alice Kessler-Harris and Maurizio Vaudagna.

Book Discussion: "A Room of Their Own" (Meiselas) and "An Autobiography of Miss Wish" (Berman)
April 5 (Time TBD)
Panel moderated by Bruce Shapiro (Columbia University) with photographers Susan Meiselas and Nina Berman.

Migration and Mobility in a Digital Age: Paradoxes of Connectivity and Belonging
April 10 - 11 at 9:30am
A two day conference covering a broad range of conflict-related issues on migration in a digital age. 

Kamila Shamsie and Colm Toibin on "Home Fire"
April 12 at 3:30pm
Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire, in conversation with author Colm Tóibín, Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University.

Uprising 13/13: Standing Ground/Standing Rock
April 12 at 6:15pm
A conversation with philosopher Toni Negri, author Julian Brave NoiseCat, and Audra Simpson.

The 3rd International Indigenous Women’s Symposium on Environment and Reproductive Health
April 14 - 15 at 10am
Focus of the International Symposium will be on advancing research and assessing impacts of Environmental Violence on Indigenous Women and Girls.

Emma Goldman’s Struggles for Utopia: Feminism and Ambivalence
April 18 at 6:00pm
This year's annual Natalie Boymel Kampen Memorial Lecture in Feminist Criticism and History delivered by Clare Hemmings.

Campus Violence and Feminist Activism: Columbia and Beyond Panel
April 24 at 12:00pm
An event organized by the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University.

Beyond Which Human? Feminism in These Anthropological Times
April 25 at 12:00pm
Elaine Combs-Schilling Memorial Lecture.

Uprising 13/13: Counterrevolution
April 26 at 6:15pm
A conversation with Malcolm Gladwell, Bernard E. Harcourt, Laleh Khalili, Emmanuelle Saada, and Massimiliano Tomba. 

The Rural-Urban Interface: Gender and Poverty in Ghana and Kenya
April 30 (Time TBD)
Rountable organized by Professors Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Reinhold Martin.