The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality is the locus of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and teaching at Columbia University.


Jack Halberstam is Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English at Columbia University. Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment. Halberstam is also finishing up a short book titled Trans* for UC Press, forthcoming in 2017.

``I often like to talk about feminism not as something that adheres to bodies, not as something grounded in gendered bodies, but as an approach -- as a way of conceptualizing, as a methodology, as a guide to strategies for struggle``.

Angela Davis


13sep(sep 13)4:00 pm(sep 13)4:00 pmSex in the Age of Fordism: The Standardization of Sexual Objects with Benjamin Kahan

18sep(sep 18)4:00 pmIRWGS Welcome Party

22sep(sep 22)12:15 pmThe Resistance of Translation: Gender Studies Today with Anne Berger


05oct(oct 5)4:00 pm(oct 5)4:00 pmFeminist to the Core: Puccini’s La Bohème

06octallday07alldayScenes at 20: Inspirations, Riffs, and Reverberations

09oct(oct 9)4:00 pm(oct 9)4:00 pmStripped to the Bone: Sequencing Queerness in the Comic Strip Work of Joe Brainard and David Wojnarowicz with Ramzi Fawaz

16oct(oct 16)12:00 pmLunch-time Seminar with Sara Ahmed

16oct(oct 16)6:00 pmThe Institutional as Usual: Diversity Work as Data Collection with Sara Ahmed

23oct(oct 23)6:30 pmMustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (2015)Film Screening


01nov12:00 pm“Strangers in Their Own Land,” with Professor Arlie Russell HochschildBook Talk

01nov12:15 pm(Re)Making Political Subjects: Interrogating Gender Quotas and Women's Representation in Electoral Politics in Post-War Angola with Selina MakanaThursday Lecture Series

09nov(nov 9)6:30 pmCarolee Schneemann: Kinetic PaintingExhibit

15nov(nov 15)6:00 pmCombahee River Collective Mixtape: Black Feminist Sonic Dissent Then and Now

16nov(nov 16)4:30 pmFeminist to the Core: Psychoanalysis, Contemporary Art and Feminism with Rosalyn Deutsche