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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.

 

June 2019

Unveiling Inequality & Gender-Based Violence: A Global Public Policy Symposium
June 6 - 7 at Monmouth University
The goal of this symposium is to confront the realities of gender-based violence through the conceptual lens of inequality, and to explore how law and policy at the national and international level can reduce gender-based violence.
Registration is required.
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MAY 2019

Peace by Piece: How African Women Leaders are Building New Peace Movements Across Africa
May 7 at 6:00pm
This panel will be an intergenerational conversation among expert leaders who are spearheading critical movements for peace and security in countries across Africa. The panel will feature Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and showcase the strategic contributions of women peacebuilders addressing current challenges and mobilization strategies happening in the face of a range of inequalities. The panelists will disrupt and expand the very idea of "peace" and explore what kinds of cross movement work still needs to be done across a range of country contexts, including Liberia, Cameroon, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe.
Event is free but registration is required.
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Women and Youth: The Spirited Force for Peace in Africa
May 7 at 4:00pm
This event will explore the vital role women play in furthering peace and security efforts in Africa through the prevention of gender-based violence, support for underprivileged youth, promotion of peace during armed conflicts, and inclusion of women in decision-making processes. Panelists Leymah Gbowee (Nobel Peace Laureate, Liberia), Chongwain Christelle Bay (Founder & Executive Director, Hope for the Needy, Cameroon), and Riya Williams Yuyada (Founder & Executive Director, Crown the Woman, South Sudan).
Event is free but registration is required.
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Honor: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan
May 2 - May 5 (various times)
"HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan", deals with a mother-daughter duo in the red light districts of Mumbai, and examines many facets of inter-generational prostitution and why it exists.
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A Conversation with Yangchuk Tso: Negotiating Ethnicity, Gender and Language Rights in Contemporary Tibetan Pop Music and Cinema
May 1 at 12:00pm
This intimate event will see Yangchuk Tso reflect on her experience navigating these two worlds in Tibetan film and music in the PRC, and then engaged in a conversation about her own film practice by Eveline Washul (Columbia University) and Riga Shakya (Columbia University), followed by a Q&A session.
No registration required.
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April 2019

Freedom of Expression: Breastfeeding Promotion and the Evolution of Legal Protections for Nursing Mothers at Work
April 3 at 6:00pm
A strong medical consensus exists that breastfeeding is optimal for individual and public health, yet a majority of women lack necessary workplace supports that would enable them to continue breastfeeding when they return to work. Ms. Sherwin, a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU, will explore the legal and policy implications of this tension for women’s health and economic security and the need for further expansion of the legal rights of workers who are breastfeeding.
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Combating Inequality in Brazil: A Global Perspective on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
April 5 at 4:00pm
This event will discuss how the new Brazilian government has pushed women’s issues into the background – along with the rights of Afro-Brazilians, the LGBT community, indigenous peoples, and other vulnerable groups – and how Brazil and the world can respond to these alarming trends.
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Women Leading in the Wine Industry
April 9 at 6:30pm
Featuring a special panel discussion on Women Leading the Wine Industry, the evening will also offer the opportunity to network, sample hors d'oevures from Columbia alumni food entrepreneurs, and of course, enjoy wines made by Columbia alumni.
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Custody and Control: Abortion Access for Servicemembers and Persons Incarcerated or Detained by the Federal Government
April 10 at 6:00pm
This lecture will discuss the legal and practical concerns governing abortion access for members of the U.S. military and individuals who are incarcerated or in ICE detention or custody.
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Resisting Gendered State Violence Across Turtle Island: Cross-Border Solidarity Against Anti-Blackness
April 11 at 6:30pm
Conversation with Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present (Fernwood 2017), about similarities and differences in histories, tactics, modes, and consequences of state violence targeting Black communities in the U.S., Canada and at the border, articulating critical questions and strategies for cross-border solidarity, organizing, and resistance in the current political moment.
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The Unequal Burdens of Life Admin: Gender, Disability, Race, Income, and Beyond
April 16 at 12:10pm
Life Admin is the office work of life, from everyday tasks like scheduling doctors’ appointments and paying bills, to life-cycle events like planning a wedding, a birth, a funeral. During this lecture, Professor Emens will discuss how this labor is created and how it affects our lives—with a special focus on the unequal burdens of life admin along many dimensions of our identities, including gender, disability, race, and income.
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Women in an Inclusive Economy
April 19 at 10am
Please join Columbia University's Center on Capitalism and Society for a special daylong conference on the experience of women in the economy, the importance that women have now in the economy, the huge room for greater inclusion of women in the economy and the importance they will have in the future.
Event is free but registration is required.
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Healthy mother, Healthy Babies: A Reproductive Justice Response to the Womb-to-Foster-Care Pipeline
April 24 at 6:00pm
A talk presented by Emma Ketteringham, Managing Director, Family Defense Project, Bronx Defenders
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MARCH 2019

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: A Salon in Honor of Saidiya Hartman
March 4 at 6:00pm
Saidiya Hartman’s highly anticipated new book, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval (Norton, February 2019) wrestles with the question, “What is a free life?”
Event is free but registration is required.
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"Let's Tell This Story Properly" with Jennifer Makumbi
March 6 (Time TBD)
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014. Kintu was published in: 2014 by Kwani, 2017 by Transit (USA) and in 2018 by Oneworld (UK/Commonwealth).
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“Moving Mountains and Liberating Dialogues”: Creating a Black Feminist Archaeology
March 11 at 6:30pm
In the annual Natalie Boymel Kampen Memorial Lecture in Feminist Criticism and History,Battle-Baptiste will discuss how she approached this work, combining inquiries into her own identity and relationship to the field of archaeology, and an intersectional approach to African Diaspora archaeology through a Black feminist theoretical lens. 
Event is free but registration is required.
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Women, War & Peace II
March 12 at 7:00pm
In a year when women are mobilizing and running for office in unprecedented numbers, Women, War & Peace II uncovers the untold histories of those who have made it possible. The series reveals the transformative power of contemporary peacebuilders around the world and the long road ahead. An all-female cast of directors will speak about four never-before-told stories about the women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process. 
Event is free but registration is required.
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Bodily: Conversation between Jordy Rosenburg and Julietta Singh
March 13 at 4:30pm
Conversation between Jordy Rosenburg, author and professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Julietta Singh, Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of Richmond.
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The Trilling Lecture: Lydia Davis
March 13 at 6:15pm
A lecture with Lydia Davis, short story writer, novelist, translator, and professor of English and writer-in-residence at SUNY, Albany, part of a series of intellectual conversations, known as the Lionel Trilling Seminars.
Event is free but registration is required.
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The Caine Prize Lecture: Makena Onjerika
March 25 at 6:30pm
Columbia University will host the 2018 Caine Prize winner Makena Onjerika, who was awarded the prize for her short story ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’ published in Wasafiri (2017). The Caine Prize for African Writing is a literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally.
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Transnational Feminist Futures
March 25 at 4:15pm
A roundtable conversation on transnational feminist theorizing and activism. Participants will explore the ways that transnational feminist theorizing and practices transform and reimagine contestations over issues such as human rights, constructions of patriarchies, and inclusionary/exclusionary practices of race, sexuality, and class.
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Medea On Trial: A conversation with Margaret Atwood and Lisa Dwan
March 28 at 6:00pm
More information TBA

February 2019

Celebrating Recent Work by Sheri Berman
February 4 at 6:00pm
Celebrating the release of new book by Sheri Berman, Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe (published by Oxford University Press, 2018). The book explains how democracy actually develops, and how we should interpret the current wave of illiberalism sweeping Europe and the rest of the world.
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Bodily: The Immigrant Body in the Court of Judgment with Amitava Kumar
February 7 at 4:00pm
Dr. Amitava Kumar will read from, and discuss, his recent novel Immigrant, Montana. One of The New Yorker‘s Best Books of 2018 and a New York Times Notable Book of 2018, the novel follows the protagonist Kailash on his American dream from a village in India to graduate school in New York, and focuses on the intersections of the sexual and the political.
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Scholar and Feminist Conference: The Politics and Ethics of the Archive
February 8-9 at 4:00pm
This year’s Scholar and Feminist conference builds on BCRW’s close collaboration with the Barnard College Archives to address the complex questions that circulate around the politics and ethics of archival work. Central to traditional scholarly work in reconstructing and interpreting the past, archives are perhaps even more crucial to the preservation of the stories and legacies of marginalized communities and political movements.
Event is free but registration is required.
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Toward a Geolinguistic Imagination | Global Language Justice Seminar With Mary Louise Pratt
February 14 at 6:15pm
This talk will discuss the relation between biodiversity and linguistic diversity? It will also ask the question: What does linguistic justice consist of? Does it include the right of access to languages of power, even if that access endangers “mother tongues”? How do people who have experienced language loss talk about it?
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Global Language Justice Faculty and Student Seminar with Mary Louise Pratt
February 15 at 3:00pm
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar. A Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar in Global Language Justice With Mary Louise Pratt, New York University.
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Book Talk: Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking, and the Politics of Freedom by Elizabeth Bernstein
February 21 at 6:30pm
What is it that has enabled the discourse of sex trafficking to travel so widely and so well, across geographic borders and shifting and varied political constituencies? Bernstein draws on years of in-depth fieldwork to shed light not only on trafficking but on broader formations within neoliberal politics which meld affective commitments to liberation with contemporary techniques of power.
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We Will Have Been Living Otherwise: Archiving in the Future Perfect Tense
February 25 at 6:30pm
What kind of archive safeguards or keeps company with or “summons,” to use Chimurenga Library’s words, a past that the present hasn’t yet caught up with? Can such a past or such an archive be summoned to haunt the present as an alternative? These are the questions that Avery Gordon will explore in this year’s Helen Pond McIntyre ‘48 Lecture.
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Queer Disruptions III
February 28 - March 1
This will be the third year of Queer Disruptions (QD3), and this year an international slate of esteemed scholars, activists, and artists will convene to celebrate GLQ’s 25th anniversary and to reflect on the seminal conference Black Nations/Queer Nations from 1995.
Event is free but registration is required.
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