2011-2012 Academic Year
January 23, 2012
Feminism and Legal Theory Workshop w/Peggy Cooper Davis - "Hard to See"
COLORING GENDER/COLORING LAW: As it has in the past, the Spring 2012 Feminism & Legal Theory Workshop provided a forum for the presentation and discussion of manuscripts by a distinguished interdisciplinary group of academic and independent scholars, with faculty commentary. The workshop offered students and faculty from the Columbia and the Greater New York area communities who are writing, advocating, and thinking about feminism and its impact on the law a structured opportunity to discuss and debate pressing issues of law and policy in contemporary feminism. The guest was Peggy Cooper Davis, John S. R. Shad Professor of Lawyering and Ethics and Director, Experiential Learning Lab.
February 6, 2012
Feminism and Legal Theory Workshop w/Affiong L. Affiong, Esq. - "Women, History, Politics & Power in Nigeria"
The guest was Affiong L. Affiong, Esq., co-founder of Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan Afrikan Women’s Network (Linking Afrikan women on the Continent and in the Diaspora) and Executive Director, Moyo Pan Afrikan Solidarity Centre (A foundation for developing group, organizational and institutional capacities to facilitate the re-emergence of autonomous Afrikan people’s institutions in London and Accara).
February 10, 2012
Symposium Honoring the 40th Anniversary of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Joining the Columbia Law Faculty
This all-day symposium recognized the 40th anniversary of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joining the Columbia law faculty as the first female tenure-track professor. This gathering marked not only this important milestone, but also the foundational contributions Justice Ginsburg has made, as jurist, as advocate, and as scholar, to the law of gender-based justice and equality.
10:30 | Welcome
David Schizer, Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, and Katherine Franke, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
11:00 - 12:00 | A Conversation with Justice Ginsburg
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in conversation with Gillian Metzger, Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law and Vice Dean, Columbia Law School, and Abbe Gluck, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
12:00 - 12:45 | Q & A with Justice Ginsburg
2:15 - 3:30 | Sex Discrimination Litigation in the 1970s, moderated by Ariela Migdal, Women's Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union
Kathleen Peratis, Outten & Golden LLP
Wendy Webster Williams, Georgetown Law School
Harriet S. Rabb, Vice President and General Counsel, The Rockefeller University
Herma Hill Kay, Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, U.C. Berkeley School of Law
Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School
3:45 - 5:00 | Transnational/International Perspectives on Gender Justice, moderated by Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Hon. Susanne Baer, Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
Hon. Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Hon. Kate O’Regan, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
Hon. Yvonne Mokgoro, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
5:00 - 6:00 | Closing and Adjournment to Cocktail Reception
For photos and videos from the symposium please click here.
February 14, 2012
Columbia-Fordham Critical Race Theory Colloquium with Rose Villazor, Hofstra University
This week's guest will be Rose Villazor, Hofstra.
February 15, 2012
Brown Bag Lunch w/Senior Fellow Julie Goldscheid - "Rethinking Civil Rights and Gender Violence"
Commentator: Olati Johnson, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School. Julie Goldscheid is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, and is a Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law. She writes and speaks widely about gender-based violence, women's economic independence and gender equality. Please click here to download her paper. Hard copies are also available outside Room 600.6 (northeast corner cubicle) of Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School.
February 20, 2012
Feminism and Legal Theory Workshop w/Carla Shedd - "Safe Passage?: Race, Place, and the End of Adolescence"
The guest was Carla Shedd, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies.
March 6, 2012
Columbia-Fordham Critical Race Theory Colloquium w/Cheryl Harris, UCLA
The guest was Cheryl Harris, UCLA
March 19, 2012
Feminism and Legal Theory Workshop w/Cynthia Peabody, M.Div. - "Self-Love and Social Justice"
The guest was Cynthia Peabody, M.Div., Director for the Center for Study of Science & Religion.
March 20, 2012
Columbia-Fordham Critical Race Theory Colloquium w/Jose Gabilondo, FIU
The guest for the Critical Race Theory Workshop on Race and Rhetoric was Jose Gabilondo, Florida International University, "Identifying and Contesting the Enabling Rhetoric of Postmodern Reactionaries"
March 21, 2012
Brown Bag Lunch w/Erez Aloni - "Registered Contractual Relationships"
Commentator: Ariela Dubler, George Welwood Murray Professor of Legal History, Columbia Law School. Erez Aloni is the 2011–2013 Center for Reproductive Rights–Columbia Law School Fellow. He is currently an SJD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he also taught a seminar on Sexuality and the Law. His current research focuses on the legal recognition of non-marital unions in the United States and Europe, and the intersection between sexual and reproductive rights. Please click here to download his paper. Hard copies are also available outside Room 600.6 (northeast corner cubicle) of Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School.
March 27, 2012
Columbia-Fordham Critical Race Theory Colloquium w/Athena Mutua, Buffalo
The guest was Athena Mutua, Buffalo
March 28, 2012
Katherine Franke - "Feminist Lawyering in Palestine: Notes from the Field"
Professor Katherine Franke returned from a week of working with women lawyers in the West Bank, helping them build a Women's Committee within the Palestinian Bar Association. Come here her talk about what women in Palestine feel are the most pressing Gender Justice issues, how they plan to go about addressing them, and what it means to be a feminist in the West Bank.
April 2, 2012
CCASD Keywords: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversations on Diversity with Fredrick C. Harris, Ira Katznelson, Mae Ngai, and Urvashi Vaid
Roundtable Conversations on Diversity with Fredrick C. Harris, Professor of Political Science, Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University; Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University; Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies, Professor of History, Columbia University; and Urvashi Vaid, Director, Engaging Tradition Project, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School. CCASD Keywords: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversations is a series inspired by the innovative interdisciplinary scholarship promoted by the Center. The series draws participants together from a wide range of disciplinary homes in order to explore the various ways we think about fundamental critical/theoretical ideas and to generate new vocabularies and new methodologies. For more on the Center and its projects, go to www.socialdifference.org.
April 2, 2012
Feminism and Legal Theory Workshop w/Alondra Nelson - "Bio Science: Genetic Ancestry Testing and the Pursuit of African Ancestry"
The guest was Alondra Nelson, Associate Professor of Sociology & Institute for Research on Women & Gender.
April 4, 2012
"The Ethics of Pinkwashing: LGBT Rights in Israel/Palestine" Panel w/Katherine Franke, Kendall Thomas, Vani Natarajan, and Neta Patrick
Professors Katherine Franke, Kendall Thomas, and Vani Natarajan, Humanities and Area Studies Librarian, Barnard College, visited Israel and Palestine in January, 2012 as part of the first LGBTQ delegation to the West Bank. They offered a "queer take" on Israel/Palestine. Moderated by Neta Patrick, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School. The event was co-sponsored with the Center for Palestine Studies and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
April 5, 2012
IRWAG: “Carceral Politics in Palestine and Beyond: Gender, Vulnerability, Prison” panel with Judith Butler, Angela Davis, Mai Masri, and Lena Meari
The panel explored comparative approaches to Israeli prisons and detention. Panelists: Judith Butler, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; Angela Davis, Prison Activist and History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz; Mai Masri, Independent Documentary Filmmaker, Beirut, Lebanon; and Lena Meari, Center for Palestine Studies Fellow, Columbia University. Registration is recommended on the Center for Palestine Studies website. The event was brought to you by the Center for Palestine Studies and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia and generously co-sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, the Heyman Center, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.
April 10, 2012
Black Law Students Association and the Public Interest Coalition: Theodore M. Shaw and Jeffrey A, Fagan – “Trayvon Martin, Race, & The Law”
The Black Law Students Association and the Public Interest Coalition in an open discussion examining the country’s, and our own, emotional response to the death of Trayvon Martin; the social, racial, and criminal justice implications of this case and the “Stand Your Ground” laws; and how we navigate the role of race in the law as future lawyers and advocates. The discussion was facilitated by Professor Theodore M. Shaw, civil rights scholar and former director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), and Professor Jeffrey A, Fagan, an expert on criminal law and policing. Co-Sponsored by The Center for Institutional & Social Change, The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, The Center for the Study of Law and Culture, Social Justice Initiatives, Civil Rights Society (CRLS), Criminal Justice Action Network (CJAN), and Latino/a Law Students Association (LaLSA).
April 10, 2012
Columbia-Fordham Critical Race Theory Colloquium w/Osagie Obasogie, Hastings
The guest was Osagie Obasogie, Hastings Law School
April 10, 2012
Cosponsored event with Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine: Katherine Franke and Sa’ed Adel Atshan - "Queering Solidarity: A Panel on Pinkwashing and LGBTQ Activism for Israel-Palestine
Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine presented a panel on Palestinian queer experiences in activism, the January 2012 LGBTIQ delegation to Palestine, the role of solidarity groups and the urgent need for full and comprehensive equality of all peoples in Israel-Palestine.
Sa’ed Adel Atshan is a Lecturer in Peace and Justice Studies at Tufts University and a Joint PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University where he is a Soros Fellow and National Science Foundation Fellow. Sa’ed has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the UN High Commission on Refugees, Human Rights Watch, the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department, Seeds of Peace, and the Government of Dubai. He is a member of al-Qaws, a national Palestinian community-based organization working with LGBTQ Palestinians.
Katherine Franke is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia University and director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. A recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, she is among the nation’s leading scholars on feminism, sexuality and race. Franke also serves on the Executive Committee for Columbia's Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Center for Palestine Studies. Professor Franke was among the attendees of a queer delegation to Palestine in January and recently worked with women lawyers in the West Bank to build a Women’s Committee within the Palestinian Bar Association.
April 10, 2012
Screening of (A)Sexual with lead activist and filmmaker David Jay
Sponsored by OutLaws, Law/Culture, the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, and Professor Emens’ Employment Discrimination Law class.
Facing a sex-obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, and a paucity of social or scientific research, asexuals—people who experience no sexual attraction—struggle to claim their identity. The documentary film (A)sexual follows the growth of a community that experiences no sexual attraction. In 2000, David Jay came out to his parents. He was asexual and was fine with it. And he was not alone; studies suggest that 1% of the population is asexual. But in a society obsessed with sex, how do you deal with life as an outsider? Combining intimate interviews, verite footage, and animation with fearless humor and pop culture imagery, David and four other characters grapple with this universal question.
What’s the legal angle? Asexuals are protected from discrimination under New York’s Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act. What might discrimination against asexuals look like? How does it compare to discrimination against other protected groups? What direction should the law go with regard to asexuality? And what can this emerging identity category teach us about antidiscrimination law and politics more generally? Discussion after the film—with lead activist David Jay and filmmaker Angela Tucker—probed these questions.
April 16, 2012
Feminism and Legal Theory Workshop w/Vivian Ducat - "All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert Screening"of African Ancestry"
The guest was Vivian Ducat, Filmmaker and Director of Ducat Media.
April 17, 2012
Cosponsored event with Center for Institutional and Social Change: Victor Bolden - "Ricci, Race and the Contested Space of the Workplace: An Inside Perspective on Landmark Title VII Litigation
The guest was Khiara Bridges, Boston University
April 17, 2012
Columbia-Fordham Critical Race Theory Colloquium w/Khiara Bridges, Boston University
Victor Bolden, Corporation Counsel of the City of New Haven and former General Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, gave a presentation and discussion on Ricci, Race and the contested space of the workplace. This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Institutional and Social Change, the Diversity and Innovation Seminar and Practicum, Professor Emens' Employment Discrimination class, the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, and the Center for the Study of Law and Culture.
April 18, 2012
Screening of I Came to Testify (part of the Women, War, and Peace series) and Q&A with director Pamela Hogan
The event included 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 was 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 explored 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. Co-sponsored 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.
April 19, 2012
Cosponsored event with ISERP: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Mother: Regulating Motherhood in International and Comparative Perspective Worksho
Co-sponsored with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
April 24, 2012
Columbia-Fordham Critical Race Theory Colloquium w/Adrienne Davis, Washington University
The guest was Adrienne Davis, Washington University
September 20, 2011
Cosponsored event with the Center for the Study of Law and Culture and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights: Screening and Discussion of AKU SIAPA with Zari Aziz, CLS '10
The Center for the Study of Law and Culture, The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights to presented "AKU SIAPA" (eng: "Who Am I?"), a film that explores the various political and cultural implications of wearing the hijab in Malaysia. The film explored these topics: Why do Muslim women in Malaysia wear the hijab? What are their challenges? When, why, and how did the wearing of hijab became popular in Malaysia? Through a series of candid interviews with Muslim women, young and old, urban and rural, Norhayati Kaprawi, a Muslim woman activist and filmmaker, uncovers why Muslim women wear the hijab - and why some take it off. The interviews also demonstrate what Muslim women understand about the hijab and the Qur'anic verses that compel them to cover up. Just as importantly, AKU SIAPA interviews religious scholars, academics and politicians from both Malaysia and Indonesia about the phenomenon of the hijab and its development within Islam and in Malaysia. AKU SIAPA is a necessary viewing for those who are curious about the hijab and those who want to better understand political Islam and its impact on women in contemporary Malaysia. The film premiered on Feb 25, 2011 and received immediate responses and reactions. Some found it to be enlightening, others controversial, but many regard it as one of the most important Malaysian documentaries to watch today. Please check out the trailer here; and article on the Wall Street Journal online here. Also check out the BBC coverage on Islamisation in Malaysia here. Please contact Peter Graham at [email protected] with any questions.
September 28, 2011
Cosponsored event with the Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy: "Intersectionalities: Theorizing Multiple Discrimination, Identity and Power" with Leslie McCall and Averil Clarke, moderated by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw
The Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy presented Leslie McCall & Averil Clarke, "Intersectionality & Social Explanation in Social Science Research," a seminar moderated by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw. Leslie McCall is a Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. Her seminal work, "The Complexity of Intersectionality" is the most cited article ever to be published by Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society. She is also the author of Complex Inequality: Gender, Class, and Race in the New Economy. Averil Clarke is a Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University, and is also affiliated with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University. She completed a book manuscript entitled Child Sacrifice: The Social Infertility of College-Educated Black Women.
For a copy of the paper entitled, "Intersectionality and Social Explanation in Social Science Research" by Averil Clarke & Leslie McCall, please email Rosa Isabel Arenas at [email protected]
October 12, 2011
Cosponsored event with the Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy: "Intersectionalities: Theorizing Multiple Discrimination, Identity and Power" with Catharine A. MacKinnon
The Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies presented Catharine A. MacKinnon, speaking on "Intersectionality as Method" with an introduction by Beth Ribet, Research Director, Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies. Catharine A. MacKinnon is the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. She is among the most heavily cited scholars publishing in the English language, and is world renowned for her groundbreaking work in the areas of feminist jurisprudence, pornography and civil rights, and politicizing rape and other forms of gender-based violence as a "gender crime" in the context of international human rights law. Since 2008, she has served as the Special Gender Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (The Hague). Co-sponsored by The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.
October 13, 2011
Cosponsored event with the Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy: "DSK and Justice: The Politics of Getting Off in a Rape Culture"
The Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy and Connect presented An Open Forum: "DSK and Justice: The Politics of Getting Off in a Rape Culture". Co-sponsored by The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.
October 21, 2011
Cosponsored event with the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race: "Conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor"
On Friday, October 21st, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor spent the afternoon in conversation with Suzanne B. Goldberg, Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law, and Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She spoke candidly about many of her personal experiences—from her childhood days as a Nancy Drew aficionado to her most recent time serving on the nation's highest court. The visit was well attended by students, faculty, alumni, and distinguished guests, who enjoyed the rare chance to learn about and from Justice Sotomayor. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality Law and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. For more photos from the event, please click here.
October 26, 2011
Cosponsored event with the Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy: "Intersectionalities: Theorizing Multiple Discrimination, Identity and Power" with Paul Butler
The Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy presented Paul Butler, George Washington Law School, speaking on "Stop and Frisk: Sex, Torture and Control". Paul Butler is the Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School. Professor Butler teaches in the areas of criminal law, civil rights, and jurisprudence. His scholarship has been published in the Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and UCLA Law Review, among other places. In 2003, he was elected to the American Law Institute. He lectures regularly for the ABA and the NAACP, and at colleges, law schools, and community organizations throughout the U.S. A thoughtful critic of the war on drugs, Butler first came to the public's attention with his provocative call for jury nullification to resist the criminalization of African American and Latino communities. He is the author of the award-winning Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice. Co-sponsored by Center for the Study of Law and Culture Center for Violence Research and Prevention Center on Crime, Community and Law Center for Gender and Sexuality.
November 9, 2011
Cosponsored event with the Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy: "Intersectionalities: Theorizing Multiple Discrimination, Identity and Power" with George Lipstiz and Kenyon Farrow
The Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy presented "Intersectionality, Coalitions and Politics" with George Lipstiz and Kenyon Farrow. George Lipsitz studies social movements, urban culture, and inequality. His books include Midnight at the Barrelhouse, Footsteps in the Dark, The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, A Life in the Struggle, and Time Passages. Professor Lipsitz serves as chairman of the board of directors of the African American Policy Forum and is a member of the board of directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance. He is a Professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D in history at the University of Wisconsin. Kenyon Farrow has been working as an organizer, communications strategist, and writer on issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons, and homophobia. Currently he serves on the Executive Committee of Connect 2 Protect New York, and the Center for Gay & Lesbian Studies (CLAGS). Kenyon is working on a new report on the Tea Party and LGBT Politics with Political Research Associates, as well as working as a book editor with South End Press.
November 16, 2011
Cosponsored event with the Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy: "Intersectionalities: Theorizing Multiple Discrimination, Identity and Power" with Sumi Cho and Barbara Tomlinson
The Center on Intersectionality and Social Policy presented Sumi Cho on “Post-Intersectionality” and Barbara Tomlinson on “The Secret Life of Intersectionality.” Professor Cho employs a critical race feminist approach to her work on affirmative action, sexual harassment, legal history, and civil rights. She was the principal investigator for a Civil Liberties Public Education Fund grant on the first coordinated legal research on Japanese American interment, redress, and reparations. The AALS Minority Groups section honored her with the first Junior Faculty Award. Professor Cho currently serves on the Board of Directors for LatCrit. She is a Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law. Professor Cho holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Tomlinson’s work on rhetoric and affect in feminist and antifeminist argument in sociolegal studies, feminist musicology, and feminist science studies has appeared in Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Cultural Critique, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, Journal of American Studies, and Literatura e Estudos Culturais/ Literature and Cultural Studies. Other work, particularly on metaphor and composing processes, has appeared in Cultural Sociology, Written Communication, Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, the Journal of College Reading and Learning and edited collections. She is a Professor in the Department of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Cosponsored by the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and the Center for the Study of Law and Culture.