Utopia: Scholar & Feminist Conference at Barnard

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Strategies for bringing about better environments, from imagining ways to educate children and adults that focus on creativity and curiosity, to keeping the general population safe without prisons, to developing affordable housing options.

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The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) presents “Utopia,” a two-day conference featuring plenary presentations that pair academics and activists with artists and performers, who will work together to express feminist visions for the future.

The Scholar and Feminist Conference takes place on the Barnard College campus in Morningside Heights.
On March 1, the conference will launch with a screening of Wu Tsang and Roya Rastegar’s film Wildness, an exploration of “safe space,” queer community, creativity, and class. A conversation with the filmmakers will immediately follow.

On March 2, community leaders from a wide range of fields will invite participants to brainstorm strategies for bringing about better environments, from imagining ways to educate children and adults that focus on creativity and curiosity, to keeping the general population safe without prisons, to developing affordable housing options.

Participants include:
Youngsuk Altieri, Indiana University, Human Computer Interaction-Design; Shaowen Bardzell, Indiana University School of Informatics & Computing; Melanie Cervantes, Dignidad Rebelde; Pam McMichael, The Highlander Center; Jennifer Miller, Circus Amok!; Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Wu Tsang, filmmaker; Gwendolyn Beetham, independent scholar; K. Tempest Bradford, writer; Francesca Coppa, Organization of Transformative Works; Reina Gossett, writer and activist; Amber Hollibaugh, Queers for Economic Justice; Valery Jean, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality; Ileana Jiménez, FeministTeacher.com; Simone Kolysh, CUNY Graduate Center; Elisa Kreisinger, PopCulturePirate.com; Victoria Law, writer; Rickke Mananzala, activist; Pamela Phillips, BCRW; Kavitha Rao, The Common Fire Foundation; Roya Rastegar, Bryn Mawr College; Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law; and activists from the Barnard chapter of Design for America, among others.

WHEN:
Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2
WHERE: The Diana Center, Barnard College, 117th & Broadway, NYC

For the full schedule of events and more information, visit Barnard Events are open to the public but registration is required. Cost of the conference is on a sliding scale and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

 




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