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WGSS/IRWGS Senior Presentations

May 4, 2017 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Barnard - Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall

Envisioning Life after Incarceration: A Gendered Response

May 2, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext.

Please join The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS) and the Center for Justice for the first in a series of interactive panels on women and mass incarceration and criminalization. “Envisioning Life after Incarceration” will focus on the challenges women face pre- and post-incarceration and will explore public policy and other gendered responses to rebuilding a life after incarceration.

Featured participants will include: Reuben Miller, Scholar in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Miyoshi Benton of The Women in Justice Project, Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin of the New York City Housing Authority, and Kathleen Culhane of The Vera Institute of Justice. The conversation will be moderated by Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, Carla Shedd.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Despair is not a Political Strategy: Leading Advocates Discuss Current Policy Campaigns to Protect New York's Most Vulnerable

April 20, 2017 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Jerome Greene Annex

Despair is not a Political Strategy

Leading Advocates Discuss Current Policy Campaigns to Protect New York's Most Vulnerable

All eyes have been on the chaos in Washington, and on the ways that the changing federal policy scene has affected or might affect immigrants, refugees, LGBT people, racial and ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable groups in the United States. In this panel, leading community organizers will describe current policy advocacy work in New York, focusing on specific legislative targets that could buffer the impact of the new administration’s agenda. At the conclusion of the formal panel, there will be time for discussion as well as opportunities for those in attendance to sign up to get involved with the work that these organizers are doing.


KATHARINE BODDE, Policy Counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union

CHARLOTTE GOSSETT NAVARRO, Regional Outreach Manager at the New York Immigration Coalition

YUL-SAN LIEM, Co-Director of Justice Committee, a Voting Member Organization of the Communities United for Police Reform (CPR)

JOSE SCHIFFINO, Long Island Popular Education Coordinator at the Rural & Migrant Ministry

PETE SIKORA, New York Communities for Change

(cosponsored by IRWGS, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Dean of Humanities, Dean of Social Sciences, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, WGSSC, CCCCT, INCITE, Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities) 

Feminist Media(tions) on Paris is Burning with Isaac Jean-Francois CC’ 20

April 6, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext

Co-Sponsor; Young Lakota: Film Screening & Discussion

March 21, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104

Join us for a screening of "Young Lakota", and a conversation with Professor Barbara Gurr about reproductive justice in Native communities.

“Young Lakota” follows a number of Native American women, including Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and their effort to oppose extremely restrictive abortion policies in South Dakota. In response to the South Dakota Legislature’s attempt to pass some of the most restrictive legislation in the country, Fire Thunder seeks to bring a women’s health clinic to Pine Ridge Reservation. This film highlights many critical issues including the fraught relationship between Native American tribes and state governments; the many barriers to reproductive health access that affect women of color; and the role young people can take on in mobilizing their communities for positive change. 

Tea, coffee, and cookies will be served. 

This event is free and open to the public. If you require any disability accommodations to attend or participate in this program, please let the event organizers know.

Brought to you by Native American Law Student Alliance, Columbia If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive JusticeEWOC at Columbia LawColumbia Law School Student Services, the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

Co-Sponsor; About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America with Carol Sanger

March 27, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106

A panel discussion and reception in honor of the new book by Professor Carol Sanger

Panelists Include:

Khiara Bridges, Professor of Law and Anthropology, Boston University School of Law

David Pozen, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Stephanie Toti, Senior Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights & Lead Counsel, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Join us to celebrate the publication of this eye-opening book which explores the legal, social, and political contours of abortion in American life. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, About Abortion arrives at a critical time for public examination of the dense interplay between law, culture, and abortion. Legal scholars, writers, and advocates will reflect on About Abortion and its importance in insisting on abortion as a fundamental right and on normalizing the experience.

Columbia Law School and Center for Reproductive Rights event, cosponsored by Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and IRWGS* 

IRWGS Open House + Protest Sign Making Workshop

March 2, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
752 Schermerhorn Ext

co-sponsor; Gender Inequality in China: New Evidence and Policy Directions

April 6, 2017 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Columbia School of Social Work, Room C06

Gender Inequality in China: New Evidence and Policy Directions 


with Xiao-yuan Dong (Professor, Department of Economics at the University of Winnipeg, Canada), Qin Gao (Associate Professor, Columbia School of Social Work), Terry Sicular (Professor of Economics, University of Western Ontario) 


(Weatherhead East Asian Institute event, cosponsored by IRWGS*)

co-sponsor; The Clarice Factor: Aesthetics, Gender, and Diaspora in Brazil

March 23, 2017 - 6:00pm - March 24, 2017 - 5:30pm
Varies, see description

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