Events of Interest

Posted on October 5th, 2011 by Vina Tran

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Wednesday, October 5 – CLWA Wine and Cheese Mentoring Kickoff
8:15pm, Lenfest Cafe
Mentees in CLWA’s mentoring program will meet their mentors for the first time and enjoy wine, cheese, desserts, and conversation together. Contact Kate Gillespie,

Thursday, October 6th – CSER Faculty Symposium “Theory and Practice of Social Movements”
1-4pm, Faculty House
This coming October we will begin a second series, the Annual CSER Symposium. The Symposium will create a space for discussion on a topic of interest to CSER faculty.  Prof. Frances Negrón-Muntaner will give a welcome and introduce the Keynote Speaker Cathy J. Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science, Deputy Provost for Graduate Education, University of Chicago.  Roundtable includes: “Social Movement vs Social Arrest: A New Mediterranean Script?” with Mehmet Dosemeci, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University, Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; “Dream Act: How Immigrant Youth Sparked The Immigration Debate” with Tania Mattos, Legislative Coordinator, New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC); and “Anonymous and the Politics of Disarray, Digital Direct Action, and Digital Dissension” with Gabriella Coleman, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University.

Thursday, October 6th – Janet Halley – “How does the Family Distribute Welfare and Why is it so Easy to Forget?”
6-8:30pm, Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre
Janet Halley is Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is the author of After Sex?: New Writing since Queer Theory (with Andrew Parker) and Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism?, and is the editor of the new special issue of the American Journal of Comparative Law on Critical Family Law.  She will be speaking on “”How does the Family Distribute Welfare and Why is it so Easy to Forget?”

Thursday, October 6th – Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center Info Session
12:10pm, JG 646
Join Social Justice Initiatives for their Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center Info Session with Elizabeth Kristen, Senior Staff Attorney in the Gender Equity Program from Legal Aid in California, who will discuss work at her organization. This is a brown bag, so please bring your lunch. For 2L,3L and LL.M students.

Thursday, October 6th– Coming Out in the Developing World:  Overcoming Homophobia in Africa
6pm, The New School – 66 5th Avenue – Kellen Auditorium – Ground Floor
As the LGBT rights movement has grown in Africa, many governments have strengthened their laws condemning homosexuality. Certain African media, religious, and political figures have denounced homosexuality as a Western import. How do Western organizations engaging African LGBT issues fit into this perilous context? What are their major accomplishments and what kinds of obstacles do they encounter? How have they prevailed against hostility? What approaches hold the most potential for overcoming homophobia in Africa? Coming Out in the Developing World: Overcoming Homophobia in Africa will bring together panelists from prominent international organizations working on LGBT rights to explore this very important and pressing topic. Moderated by Travis Ferland, MA Candidate in International Affairs, The New School. This is the first event in the 2011-2012 Coming Out in the Developing World lecture and discussion series which is dedicated to exploring the various issues that arise for individuals coming out in developing countries. The series is coordinated by the Global Studies Program and aims to highlight the situation of LGBT individuals in developing nations by providing a forum for discussing issues related to identity, activism and coming out. Upcoming fall events will focus on the Defense of Marriage Act and binational relationships in the United States and the Palestinian lesbian and gay rights movement. Presented by Project Africa and Global Studies at The New School for Public Engagement

Friday, October 7th – IRWaG Research Friday with Maya Mikdashi – “Sex and Sectarianism: Disarticulating Madhhab/Sect and Sex/Gender”  
11am-12:30pm, IRWaG Seminar Room, 754 Schermerhorn Extension
Please join us for the first Research Friday of the semester. We will workshop a dissertation chapter by PhD candidate Maya Mikdashi (Anthropology), Response from Kendall Thomas (Law). An abstract of the chapter is below. Please RSVP to receive a copy of the paper and please indicate whether you would like a vegetarian lunch.  Abstract:  In this chapter I compare the legal practices of strategic conversion and shatb al madhhab. I illustrate the ways that Lebanese citizenship is built around the legal edifice of sex and madhhab. To illustrate the primacy of the legal category of sex in the Lebanese legal system, I offer the example of transsexual citizens who have “corrected their sex” in the census registry. I question what effect the legal and bureaucratic transformation of madhhab and/or sex has on the identification and/or recognition of a citizen’s sect or gender. As we shall see, while sex and madhhab are the main identifications through citizens are recognized and reproduced in Lebanese law, sect and gender are more multivalent and dense categories. The density of sect and gender and their uneven mapping into the legal categories ofmadhhab and sex are revealed through the practices of strategic conversion, shatb al madhhab, and “correcting” one’s sex. What are the mechanisms through which these identities of madhhab, sect, sex and gender are recognized and practiced? In what ways are Lebanese citizens acting within and towards the law, and what motivates them? Thinking with these questions, I tease out the different technologies through which sex, gender, madhhab and sect are both recognized and practiced in contemporary Lebanon. I call for the categories of “madhhab” and “sect” to be critically re-interrogated, just as the categories of sex and gender were and continue to be in academic literature.

Friday, October 7th – Violence Awareness Month  14th Annual Silent March Against Domestic Violence
5:30-7:30pm, 109th Police Precinct
In memory of those lost, in honor of those survived, and to empower those currently suffering from domestic violence.  To raise awareness about domestic violence by mobilizing community members, leaders, and service organizations. Begin at 109th Police Precinct (37-05 Union Street) and conclude at Leonard Square (in front of McGoldrick Library, 155th St. and Northern Boulevard)  [ #7 train to Main St.-Flushing; MAP < > ]

Tuesday, October 11th – Outlaws Annual Coming Out Day Dinner
6:30pm, JG Annex
Join Columbia Outlaws for their annual Coming Out Day Dinner on Tuesday, October 11th. Dinner will consist of an informal buffet in JG Annex, beginning at 6.30 p.m. Dinosaur BBQ will be served. If you will be attending the dinner, please email to RSVP.

Friday, October 14th– Institutional/ized Homophobia and Heterosexism: A Teach-In Exploring the Impact of Microaggressions around Sexuality and Gender Identity on diverse LGBTQA communities in Higher Educational Settings.
9am-3:30pm, Grace Dodge Hall, Rm. 285 @ Teachers College, Columbia University
A Teach-in exploring microaggressions, heterosexism, and homophobia in higher educational settings.  How do heterosexism and homophobia impact social stress in classrooms, residence halls, athletics, and student services?  What might this look like?  What can you do?  Join us for panel discussions, interactive workshops, and lots of stimulating dialogue.  This event is presented by the CC/SEAS Office of Multicultural Affairs and co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs at Teachers College.  This event is open to neighboring colleges, communities, and the entire Columbia University and Barnard College community. Please register at

Friday, October 14th– “From Rights to Reality: Beth Simmons’s Mobilizing for Human Rights and its Intersection with International Law”: The Seventeenth Annual Herbert Rubin and Justice Rose Luttan Rubin International Law Symposium
8:30am-5pm, Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, NYU Law
The event will include a debate about international law and human rights between Professor Beth Simmons and Professor Eric Posner, as well as thematic panels featuring: Philip Alston, Robert Howse, Catharine MacKinnon, Andrew Moravcsik, Peter Rosendorff, Kathryn Sikkink, Edward Swaine, Ruti Teitel, and Joel Trachtman. This symposium, organized in collaboration with CHRGJ Faculty Director, Professor Ryan Goodman, will examine Beth Simmons’s award-winning book, “Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics,” and present reactions from leading scholars on the empirical effects and theoretical implications of promoting human rights through the instruments of international law. This event aims to unpack and discuss the arguments made by Professor Simmons, and to explore larger themes emerging in the field of human rights. For more information and to register:

Saturday, October 15th – Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later
9am­-5:30 PM, Hunter College, North Bldg – 68th Street & Lexington Avenue [campus map: < >]
Anita Hill, a law professor whose charges of sexual harassment challenged the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, will mark the 20 year anniversary by hosting a conference at Hunter College. Other speakers are Jennifer J. Raab (Hunter’s President), Lani Guinier and Charles Ogletree (Harvard Law faculty), Maureen Dowd (NYTimes), Judith Resnik (Yale Law School), Emily May (Hollaback!), RHA Goddess, and many more. Admission: Free – MUST RESERVE SEAT. <>


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