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 2019

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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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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Revolutionary Dreams and Haitian Girlhood: Conversations with Regine Jean-Charles
December 6 at 4:00pm
Conversation with author Regine Jean Charles about her current research focusing on girlhood in contemporary Haitian literature and visual culture.
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Red Days on the Calendar: The Politics of Menstruation in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
December 14 at 4:30pm
Please join the Harriman Institute and the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies for a meeting of the Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop with Pavel Vasilyev, Polonsky Academy Fellow, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
Event is free but RSVP is required.
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Roxane Gay in Conversation with Katia D. Ulysse
November 8 at 6:00pm
Roxane Gay, award-winning author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (2017), Difficult Women (2017), and Bad Feminist (2014) and Katia D. Ulysse, Haitian poet, essayist and author of Drifting (2014), among other works, will join us for a reading and conversation in the Critical Caribbean Feminisms series. 
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Master Class with Amandine Gay
November 9 at 4:30pm
Master Class with Director Amandine Gay, the new name in “French guerilla cinema” and Afro-feminist cinema. After her master class, Amandine Gay will be joined in conversation by Nora Philippe.
Event is free but RSVP is required.
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Portraiture and Enslavement at the Thresholds of Emancipation (A Caribbean Meditation) with Agnes Lugo Ortiz
November 12 at 6:00pm
This talk will address the only two extant oil portraits of enslaved women produced during the periods of emancipation in the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean.
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