The commemoration of the 19th Amendment often serves as a reminder of how many strides in equal rights have excluded women of color. Barnard alumna Marilyn Sanders Mobley ’74, professor of English and former vice president for inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity at Case Western Reserve, examines the present political landscape and discusses how society might address and remedy this history of exclusion. barnard.edu/communications
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership uncovers how the supposed end of housing discrimination in the late 1960s and early 1970s belies the continuation of exploitative real estate practices and a disastrous new phenomenon known as predatory inclusion. By the end of the 1970s, the U.S.’s first programs to encourage black homeownership ended with tens of thousands of foreclosures in black communities across the country. Taylor speaks on the sea change in housing policy, its dire impact on African Americans, and how the urban core was transformed into a new frontier of cynical extraction. barnard.edu/fom
Reproductive Injustice: A Salon Honoring Dána-Ain Davis Dána-Ain Davis’ new book, Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth, is a prescient investigation into the high rates of premature birth among black women. Davis finds that this problem is not explained by economic factors but rather by ideas about race and reproduction that are deeply rooted in the era of slavery. A study that aims to undo dangerous misconceptions that have life-or-death consequences, the book calls for an end to medical racism. Joining Davis for this discussion are reproductive justice experts, organizers, and scholars Toni Bond, Cara Page, and Dorothy Roberts. bcrw.barnard.edu
The GoDown Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary arts facility in Nairobi, Kenya, that provides subsidized space and presents a diverse range of programs for artists in the East Africa region. Performer, cultural activist, and founding executive director Joy Mboya discusses the successes and challenges of building the facility into an iconic anchor institution for post-independence Nairobi. Mboya — this spring’s Gildersleeve Professor at Barnard — describes the Centre’s urban-scale interventions, studies, and workshops, as well as the process of curating for GoDown’s diverse communities. Sponsored by the departments of architecture, art history, and Africana studies. arthistory.barnard.edu
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Barnard College and Columbia University Athletics will co-sponsor a panel discussion about women, athletics, and success featuring alumnae, alumnae athletes, former professional athletes, and women who work to advance opportunities for women in athletics. Moderator: Juliet Macur ,BC '92, NYT sportswriter and author of best--selling book on Lance Armstrong, former Columbia athlete Panelists: Ula Lysniak, BC '87, former Columbia basketball player, first woman athlete inducted into Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006 and 2018 inductee as member of 1985-6 team, and first Columbia woman basketball player to play professional basketball. Megan Griffith, CC '07, former Columbia basketball player, current head coach of Columbia Women's Basketball, former assistant coach of Princeton's Women's Basketball team. Dr. Deborah Antoine, Chief Executive Officer of the Women's Sports Foundation, dedicated to advancing equity in sports, including the soon to be released Chasing Equity report.
Peril & Promise, the public media initiative reporting on the human impact of climate change, scientific solutions and innovation in resilience, mitigation and clean energy, presented the four-part PBS documentary series, “Sinking Cities” in 2018. The Barnard-Columbia Urban Studies Program will present a screening of Part I: New York, followed by guest speakers and a Q&A.
I Am Queen Mary, a historic sculpture co-created by artists LaVaughn Belle and Jeannette Ehlers, arrived at Barnard College in the fall of 2019 on a long-term loan. The sculpture commemorates the 1878 Fireburn labor revolt against Danish colonial power in the Virgin Islands, an uprising that was led by four women, including Mary Thomas — known as Queen Mary. Belle and Ehlers join Ariana González Stokas, Mabel O. Wilson, and Monica L. Miller to discuss the significance of the statue and explore questions such as how does I Am Queen Mary contribute to or challenge the politics of public art, depictions of black women in public art, and the history of black women at Barnard? bcrw.barnard.edu