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IRWGS + The Museum of Modern Art: Visit and Tour

November 1, 2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Museum of Modern Art

Nan Goldin is a photographer celebrated for her candid photographs of her friends, family and lovers that she began taking in the 1970s while living in New York. A collection of her photographs were shown as a projection slide show in 1979 at a nightclub, accompanied by a musical soundtrack and titled “The Ballad of Sexual Dependancy,”  MoMA has recreated this projection show and is exhibiting it alongside archival materials. Her photographs explore scenes of intimacy, domestic abuse, gender identity and sexuality. 

On 1st November 2016 IRWGS affiliated graduate students are invited to attend the exhibition “Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” at the Museum of Modern Art. Our group will meet at MoMA at 4:00, Lucy Gallun, the assistant curator of photography will be available to answer questions and explain the curatorial process.

This event is open to graduate students. Admission is free. As space is limited you must RSVP to IRWGS graduate fellow Leah Werier (lw2547) if you are interested in attending. (Tuesday 1st November @ 4:00). 

IRWGS Grad Colloquium: Female Spectatorship and the Erotics of the Detail: Reading Middlemarch through Victorian Theatregoing Records with Victoria Wiet

October 19, 2016 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext

The first meeting of the IRWGS Graduate Colloquium will take place on Wednesday, October 19th from 4:30-5:15 in 754 Schermerhorn ext. Victoria Wiet (English) will be workshopping a draft of her dissertation chapter tentatively titled “Female Spectatorship and the Erotics of the Detail: Reading Middlemarch through Victorian Theatregoing Records.” Responding to literary critics who claim that the Victorian novel and evolutionary discourse present women as the objects rather than subjects of the gaze, this paper turns to representations of theatre audiences in periodicals and theatergoing records from women in order to demonstrate the prevalence of the female spectator in mid-Victorian culture and analyze the kinds of bodily conduct and affective responses to actors onstage which female spectators engaged in. This paper particularly emphasizes the association between women and opera-glasses and the pleasure women took in scrutinizing specific details of actors’ bodies. Using this archive of theatergoing to counter the claim that the Victorian gaze is almost always male, this chapter ends by turning its own gaze to Dorothea Brooke’s two marriage plots in George Eliot’s Middlemarch, arguing that its heroine’s attention and attachment to the irregular details of male bodies illuminates the importance of female looking to contracting marriage in the Victorian novel.

Please email IRWGS Graduate Fellows Alessia Palanti (ap3105) or Leah Werier (lw2547) for a copy of the draft.  The paper will be available October 12th.


co-sponsor; MAJOR! The New York City Premiere

October 25, 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Tishman Auditorium, The New School , 63 5th Avenue (at 14th Street), New York, NY

Film Screening and Q&A with Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Annalise Ophelian, and StormMiguel Flores

(BCRW event, co-sponsored by IRWGS* and others)\

For more information, please click here.

Co-Sponsor; Brigitte Amiri, Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU: Reproductive Rights for Refugee and Immigrant Women

October 5, 2016 - 12:10pm - 1:15pm
Jerome Greene Hall Room 646 Columbia Law School 435 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027

The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project are pleased to welcome Brigitte Amiri, Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU Nationwide's Reproductive Freedom Project for a lunchtime talk on reproductive care access for refugee women at Columbia Law School.

Each year, the federal government gives millions of taxpayer dollars to religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations to provide care to children and teens who have crossed the border alone into the U.S., fleeing horrors intheir home countries. Some of these religiously affiliated organizations, including those connected to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, restrict access to critical reproductive health care, despite the fact that many unaccompanied immigrant minors are survivors of rape. After an eight-year investigation, the ACLU sued the federal government for violated the Establishment Clause. Brigitte Amiri, Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU, will present a discussion about this case.

This event is free and open to the public. A non-pizza lunch will be served.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Liz Boylan, Assistant Director for the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at 212.854.0167 or at gender_sexuality_law@law.columbia.edu.

Co-Sponsor; Bureaucratic Agency: Administering the Transformation of LGBT Rights

September 28, 2016 - 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Columbia Law School Jerome Greene Hall - Room 646

In the 1940s and 1950s, the administrative state served as a powerful engine of discrimination against homosexuals, with agency officials routinely implementing anti-gay policies that reinforced gays’ and lesbians’ subordinate social and legal status. By the mid-1980s, however, many bureaucrats had become allies, subverting statutory bans on gay and lesbian foster and adoptive parenting and promoting gay-inclusive curricula in public schools. This support from civil servants is not just a historic phenomenon, but continues today in the context of transgender student bathroom access rights, with administrative agency officials advocating for transgender students in the face of hostile legislators and vocal public opposition. This talk focuses on how the executive branch--as much as the judiciary--has been and continues to be an important force for LGBT rights. 

This event is free and open to the public. A non-pizza lunch will be served.

For questions about the event, contact Liz Boylan, Assistant Director for the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at gender_sexuality_law@law.columbia.edu, or by phone at 212.854.0167.

Feminism/Realism: Elena Ferrante

December 8, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103

Alessia Ricciardi (Professor Of Italian And Comparative Literature, Northwestern University) discussing "A Story of Entrustment: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels"


David Kurnick (Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University) discussing "Ferrante Talk and the Scales of Contemporary Realism” 

with Respondent: Rebecca Falkoff (Assistant Professor of Italian, NYU) 

co-sponsored with the Society of Fellows, Heyman Center for the Humanities and Department of Italian

Theory Monday: Sexuality and the Anxious Response with Tey Meadow

November 14, 2016 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
754 Schermerhorn Extension

Feminism, Power and the End of Heterosexuality: A Theory Salon with Jack Halberstam

October 10, 2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
754 Schermerhorn Extension

An intimate conversation with Prof. Jack Halberstam on Gaga Feminism and Paul B. Preciado’s Testo Junkie.

IRWGS Welcome Party

September 26, 2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext

Grad Student Open House

September 21, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext

Learn about our graduate certificate, course offerings, and programming while meeting students and faculty working in gender and sexuality studies across disciplines.

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