Events of Interest

Posted on April 6th, 2012 by Vina Tran

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Tuesday, April 17 – Victor Bolden – “Ricci, Race and the Contested Space of the Workplace”
12:10-1:10pm, JG 102
Join Victor Bolden, Corporation Counsel of the City of New Haven and former General Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for a presentation and discussion on Ricci, Race and the Contested Space of the Workplace: An Inside Perspective on Landmark Title VII Litigation today at 12:10 PM in JG 102.   Pizza will be served. Sponsored by the Center for Institutional and Social Change, cosponsored by the  Diversity and Innovation Seminar and Practicum, Professor Emens’ Employment Discrimination class, and the Center for the Study of Law and Culture.

Tuesday, April 17 -Critical Race Theory Workshop: Race, Class and Critical Race w/Khiara Bridges – “Towards a Theory of State Visibility: Race, Poverty, and Equal Protection”
4:20-6:15pm, JG 546
This week’s speaker is Prof. Khiara Bridges, Boston University School of Law, who will present on “Towards a Theory of State Visibility: Race, Poverty, and Equal Protection”

Wednesday, April 18 – Screening of I Came to Testify (part of the Women, War, and Peace series) and Q&A with director Pamela Hogan
7-9pm, Case Lounge, JG 701
The event will include a screening of I Came to Testify, one of the five episodes in the Women, War & Peace series. I Came to Testify is the moving story of how a group of women imprisoned in the Bosnian town Foca broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law. After the screening, there will be commentary and conversation with the filmmaker and Co-creator of Women, War & Peace, Pamela Hogan, and Refik Hodzic of the International Center for Transitional Justice. Discussion will explore the potential and the limitations of the law to transform the gender dynamic of war, and the ways in which a groundbreaking decision at the Hague – while a start – is only one step towards justice and reconciliation. Cosponsored event with the Center for Institutional and Social Change, the Human Rights Institute, the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, the Center for the Study of Law and Culture, and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies.

Thursday, April 19 – Deconstructing and Reconstructing Mother: Regulating Motherhood in International and Comparative Perspective Workshop
9am-6pm, Maison Francaise
The Workshop on Deconstructing and Reconstructing ‘Mother’ explores ways in which, in different political and cultural contexts, definitions of motherhood are being challenged by the concomitant development of assisted reproductive technologies, globalized markets in reproductive services, gender neutralizing norms regarding parenthood, and the transnationalization of everyday life. The Workshop will consist of two one-day meetings (Spring and Fall 2012) and will provide a forum for interdisciplinary and comparative analysis. Participants include: Yasmine Ergas, Institute for the Study of Human Rights & SIPA, Columbia University; Jennifer Hirsch, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Claire Achmad, Faculty of Law, Leiden University, The Netherlands, Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand; Wendy Chavkin, Population & Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Martha Fineman, Emory Law School, Emory University; Suzanne Goldberg, Columbia Law School, Columbia University, Anne Higonnet, Dept. of Art History & Archaeology, Barnard College, Columbia University, Jane Jenson, Dept. of Political Science, University of Montreal; Jenny McGill, Economic and Political Development, School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University; Sonya Michel, Dept. of History, University of Maryland; Darren Rosenblum, Pace Law School, Pace University; Debora Spar, President, Barnard College, Columbia University; Barbara Stark, School of Law, Hofstra University; Maxine Weisgrau, Economic and Political Development, SIPA, Columbia University; and Viviana Zelizer, Dept. of Sociology, Princeton University. Ccosponsored with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy.
Monday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 25 – BOMBAY/MUMBAI STORIES: Films about Gender, Labor, and the Politics of Visibility
Two film screenings, followed by a discussion with the directors
6pm, Maison Francaise
The Barnard Center for Research on Women presents BOMBAY/MUMBAI STORIES: Films about Gender, Labor, and the Politics of Visibility, exploring questions of gender, labor, the politics of visibility, and subaltern public culture with Mumbai-based documentary film-makers Surabhi Sharma and Paromita Vohra.  This event is part of BCRW’s Transnational Feminisms Initiative. We are grateful for additional support from the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, The Forum on Migration, MESAAS, The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia. These screenings are in conjunction with the seminar “Bombay/Mumbai and Its Urban Imaginaries.”

screening & discussion with director Paromita Vohra
Date:  Apr 23, 2012 | 6:00PM
Location:  Maison Francaise, Columbia University
Paromita Vohra will explore gender, the city, and vulnerability with clips from select films, accompanied by a screening of her award-winning documentary Q2P. Q2P is a film about toilets and the city. It sifts through the dream of Mumbai as a future Shanghai and searches for public toilets, watching who has to queue to pee. As the film observes who has access to toilets and who doesn’t, we begin to also see the imagination of gender that underlies the city’s shape, the constantly shifting boundaries between public and private space; we learn of small acts of survival that people in the city’s bottom half cobble together and quixotic ideas of social change that thrive with mixed results; we hear the silence that surrounds toilets and sense how similar it is to the silence that surrounds inequality. The toilet becomes a riddle with many answers and some of those answers are questions—about gender, about class, about caste and most of all about space, urban development and the twisted myth of the global metropolis.
Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker and writer. Her films as director include Partners in Crime (2011), Morality TV and the Loving Jehad (2007), Where’s Sandra (2005), Work In Progress (2004), Cosmopolis: Two Tales of A City (2004), Unlimited Girls (2001), (Women’s News Award, Women’s International Film Festival, Seoul), A Woman’s Place (1998), and Annapurna: Goddess of Food (1995). Her films as writer include the feature Khamosh Pani (Best Film, Locarno Film Festival; Best Screenplay, Kara Film Festival); and the documentaries A Few Things I Know About Her (Silver Conch, MIFF and National Award, Best Film), If You Pause: In A Museum of Craft and Skin Deep. She teaches writing for film at various universities and writes a popular newspaper column in the Sunday Midday.

Jari Mari: Of Cloth and Other Stories
screening and discussion with director Surabhi Sharma
Date:  Apr 25, 2012 | 6:00PM
Location:  Event Oval, The Diana Center
Co-Sponsors: The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, The Forum on Migration, MESAAS, The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbiascreening & discussion
Surabhi Sharma will share her debut film, Jari Mari: Of Cloth and Other Stories, which documents narratives of gender and informal labor as these relate to the broader processes of deindustrialization.  Sharma will also share scenes from her latest work, Bidesia in Bombayya, a story of Bhojpuri music, migration and mobile phones. Migration is the predominant theme in the music, and the phone is a recurring motif. Mobile phones are also used to circulate the music. And it’s the only way to stay connected to the mothers and wives back home in the village. This film follows two singers in Mumbai who occupy extreme ends of the migrant worker’s vibrant music scene, a taxi-driver chasing his first record deal and Kalpana, the star of the industry.
Surabhi Sharma is an independent film maker. She studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and made her first film in 2001. She has since produced six films including Aamkar [Turtle People] and Jahaji Music, which explores race, identity and Indian indenture as these are reflected in Caribbean music, as well as three video installations including, most recently, an installation for the Hongkong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture.
Surabhi’s films explore a range of subjects, including music and identity, labour and globalization and women’s health. Her films have been screened at various international festivals, and have been awarded at Film South Asia, Nepal; Karachi Film Festival, Pakistan; The Festival of Three Continents, Argentina; Indian Documentary Producers’ Association and Eco-cinema, Greece. Surabhi has written scripts and directed for telefilms and educational films. She has also taught as Visiting Faculty at a range of Institutes and film schools in India.

Thursday, April 26 – Screening of Girlfriend followed by a Q&A with actor Evan Sneider and director Justin Lerner moderated by Elizabeth Emens and Maura Spiegel
6-8:30pm, JG 104
The Future of Disability Studies, a project of the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference at Columbia University presents a special film screening of *Girlfriend* (Justin Lerner, 2010) followed by a Q&A with actor Evan Sneider and director Justin Lerner moderated by Elizabeth Emens and Maura Spiegel. Seating is limited. Please arrive early to ensure a seat. Evan is a young man with Down Syndrome who lives with his mother in a poor, working-class town hit hard by the recent economic recession.  When he unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money, Evan uses it to romantically pursue Candy, a girl from town whom he has loved since high school.  Candy, now a barely-employed single mom, is facing financial debt, possible eviction, and the inability to rid herself of Russ, her abusive and volatile ex-boyfriend.  In no position to turn down Evan’s offers of financial support, Candy hesitantly accepts his gifts, which causes the pair to enter a complicated emotional entanglement.  When Russ catches on to Candy and Evan’s relationship, all three of them become intertwined in a complex triangle of secrets, jealousy and revenge.  Despite his many hardships and the seeming impossibility of Candy being able to return his love, Evan struggles to remain a resilient, pure embodiment of human compassion. Sponsored by the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, the Willen Seminar of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Columbia Law School, and the Center for American Studies. Accommodations: Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Open captioning, audio description, and a sign language interpreter will be provided at this event. If you require additional disability accommodations, please contact Disability Services at (212) 854-2388 at least five days in advance of the event. Campus access maps are available online here. If you have questions about campus accessibility, please contact Disability Services.


  1. Great events next week:Theodore M. Shaw & Jeffrey A. Fagan-“Trayvon Martin, Race & The Law”, Tuesday, April 10, 12:10pm

  2. Great events next week:Theodore M. Shaw & Jeffrey A. Fagan-“Trayvon Martin, Race & The Law”, Tuesday, April 10, 12:10pm

  3. TODAY: Victor Bolden-“Ricci, Race & Workplace” 12:10pm JG102 & Khiara Bridges-“Race, Poverty & Equal Pro” 4:20pm JG 546

  4. Join us: "I Came to Testify" screening (Women, War & Peace series) w/Q&A w/Pamela Hogan & Refik Hodzic, 4/18 7pm JG701

  5. Join us: "I Came to Testify" screening (Women, War & Peace series) w/Q&A w/Pamela Hogan & Refik Hodzic, 4/18 7pm JG701

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