Here’s an excerpt of a powerful account of the revolution in Egypt from the senior producer of Democracy Now, Sharif Abdel Kouddous: At one point, a rumor spread through Tahrir Square that Mubarak had fled the country. A massive cheer rippled through the crowd. People began jumping up and down in joy. One man wept uncontrollably. When it turned out not to be true, the … Continue reading Democracy Now: Live From the Egyptian Revolution
The House GOP’s Plan to Redefine Rape Mother Jones: “Rape is only really rape if it involves force. So says the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.” Ugandan gay activist slain after photo published Associated Press: “A prominent Ugandan gay rights activist whose picture was published by an anti-gay newspaper next to the words “Hang Them” was bludgeoned to … Continue reading This Week: Republicans defining rape, Gay activist slain, & more
Western countries that sat on their hands while Ben Ali and his family strangled the country could show more enthusiasm for Tunisia’s peaceful revolution, says Zouhair Ouakaa. After living abroad for 20 years, I returned home to start a new life in Tunis. A sense of fin de régime hung in the air, though I never expected to get caught up in the amazing experience that … Continue reading What Tunisia Needs Now
Please consider signing this petition at Change.org calling on Governor Kasich of Ohio to pardon Williams-Bolar for unfair sentencing. I was infuriated yesterday when I visited The Boyce Blog (via Racialicious’s daily link roundup) to learn about a black woman in Ohio, Kelley Williams-Bolar, who is being sent to jail for sending her children to the wrong school district. Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse writes, … Continue reading Petition to Pardon Kelley Williams-Bolar
via The History Blogging Project. Blogging technology has created new opportunities for postgraduate historians to engage with specialist and non-specialist audiences, and to demonstrate the impact of their work by creating and informing new, virtual, public spheres and spaces. While there are a number of for-profit blog training courses in the private sector, there is no training provision in blogging as a method of public … Continue reading The History Blogging Project
Black Monsters/White Corpses: Kanye’s Racialized Gender Politics Racialicious: “I’m not surprised that no one has looked at the very specific positioning of white women in the video as opposed to black women, which dives deeply into the history and construction of black women as beast-like and fearsome, the sexualization of violence, and how the video is a win for both normalized misogyny and upholding the … Continue reading This Week: Kanye West, Healthcare, Gay Parents, & more
Fellow Sarah Lawrence Women’s History student Alexandria Lust has co-curated an upcoming art show at the Brecht Forum, located at 451 West Street in Manhattan. Here’s the release: Ladies First: Beyond 28 Days An Exhibition Celebrating Black Female Expression Co-Curated by Lehna Huie and Alexandria Lust in association with the Brecht Forum Opening Reception: Thursday, February 3, 2011, 6:00 – 11:00 pm …Exhibition Running From … Continue reading EVENT: Ladies First: Beyond 28 Days
Here’s a roundup of some articles and blogs today that articulate the legacy of King and what his life and activism mean today. Jay Smooth, “Ten OTHER Things Martin Luther King Said” MLK in 2011: Tim Wise, Barbara Ransby, and Michelle Chen by Kai Wright in ColorLines. MLK Day and Arizona Evoke Memories of Selma by Father Paul Mayer in Huffington Post. MLK Morning Roundup: … Continue reading Happy Martin Luther King, Jr Day!
Year ‘was hell for us’: Will Haiti be rebuilt? MSNBC: “Despite an outpouring of solidarity for Haiti from around the world, billions of dollars of aid pledges and a huge ongoing humanitarian operation, ordinary Haitians say they are still waiting to see a positive impact in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest state.” Ban on Women In Combat Is Discriminatory, High Level Military Panel Says Huffington Post: … Continue reading This Week: Haiti still in peril, women in combat, abortion rates, & more
BREAKING BOUNDARIES: Body Politics & the Dynamics of Difference
A Conference at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York (15 minutes north of Manhattan)
Friday – Saturday March 4 – 5, 2011
Free and Open to the Public
Keynote Speaker: Marilyn Wann Fat Activist and Author of Fat!So?
When it comes to “the body,” the definition of normal is fluid and changes across cultures and time. In each context, there are those who have been exploited and oppressed because they do not fit prevailing notions of beauty.
What are the dominant narratives and perceptions about beauty and bodies? How do these perceptions affect public policy around issues of health, civil rights, education, and accessibility? How do those whose bodies do not fit into the “proper” cultural norms challenge attitudes, laws, and perceptions? How have they negotiated for and found power in unwelcoming environments, both now and in the past? How do the categories of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and disability complicate prevailing ideas about embodiment? Are there and have there been communities and cultures that have welcomed those whose bodies are currently perceived as deviant in dominant popular discourse? And what is the relationship between promoting and continuing the dominant discourse and capitalist consumer culture? This conference will explore the body politics around those with “deviant” bodies.
(subject to change)
Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the Monika A. and Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Visual Arts Center. Continue reading “BREAKING BOUNDARIES conference schedule announced”