Breaking Boundaries & A Night of Spoken Word

This weekend the Sarah Lawrence community will be celebrating Women’s History Month with our 13th Annual Women’s History Month Conference, Breaking Boundaries: Body Politics & the Dynamics of Difference.  Friday, the conference opens with a plenary featuring Marilyn Wann (author of Fat! So?) then a Night of Spoken Word featuring Maria James-Thiaw and Lara Frater, plus other artists: Ms. MaDonna Awotwi a.k.a. Sankofa the Poet, … Continue reading Breaking Boundaries & A Night of Spoken Word

Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities

Jamie Varriale Velez and I are participating in this great conference this week in Seattle. We’re on a “DIY Media” panel at the University of Washington/Seattle University’s Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities conference. Here’s a blurb about what we’ll be talking about: “Disassemble it and dialogue with me”: Communication as Punk Feminist Cultural Activism Using our experiences within the New York City DIY/Punk … Continue reading Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities

EVENT: Ladies First: Beyond 28 Days

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

BREAKING BOUNDARIES conference schedule announced

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.

Preliminary Schedule
(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”

SLC: October 20th, Memorial and Solidarity Vigil

ATTN: SARAH LAWRENCE STUDENTS We at RE/VISIONIST are glad to see this kind of solidarity on National Coming Out Day. Please pass it on. Good Afternoon All! I’ve met with Rabbi Mike Rothbaum of Hillels of Westchester to start planning a Memorial and Solidarity Vigil for the six young people that have committed suicide in the past month as a result of homophobia and bullying. … Continue reading SLC: October 20th, Memorial and Solidarity Vigil

Upcoming spoken word events at Sarah Lawrence

9/24
Open mic and spoken word feature: Sam Teitel
7pm-9pm
The Teahaus
Workshop at 6

SAM TEITEL is a performance poet out of New England. He has been a member of two national slam teams, Manchester, NH in 2008 and Portland, ME in 2009. In 2010 he returned to Manchester to serve as assistant coach for the 2010 team. He graduated from Hampshire College in 2009 with a thesis called “Poetry. Performance. Punk Rock.” He is currently living in Somerville, MA and acting as a host and a heartbreaker at the Slam Free Or Die reading in Manchester. Continue reading “Upcoming spoken word events at Sarah Lawrence”

Two events at Sarah Lawrence! Mimosa Brunch & Jessie Ramey Speaks

Thursday, September 23, 6:00PM
at the Wrexham Living Room

The Women’s History Graduate Program Presents:

A Child Care Crisis: Black and White Working Parents and the History of Orphanages: A Talk by Jessie Ramey ‘01

Despite our Charles Dickens-like cultural memory of orphanages as grim repositories of parentless children, most “orphans” at the turn of the twentieth century had one, and sometimes two, living parents. Reeling from the effects of the new urban, industrial economy, working-class families often confronted overlapping stressors, from low wages and factory accidents, to inadequate housing and the loss of a spouse, any of which could plunge them into a childcare crisis. Dr. Ramey’s research re-conceptualizes orphanages as a form of childcare, examining the way that working parents used the institutions as a family survival strategy from the 1880s through the 1920s. Continue reading “Two events at Sarah Lawrence! Mimosa Brunch & Jessie Ramey Speaks”

For the Birds Collective Presents: The 5th Annual BIG SHE-BANG

Many of us RE/VISIONIST staffers are excited to announce our involvement in the 5th Annual BIG SHE-BANG. Editor Rosamund Hunter and myself (Web Editor) are both active members of For the Birds, the organizing collective that presents the Big She-Bang. Public Relations Manager Nydia Swaby will be speaking on a panel about Youth & Media, regarding her experience teaching young girls African-American history at Girls for Gender Equity. Even contributors Lauren Denitzio and Stephanie Land are part of it! Click through for a press release with all the information on the event. Continue reading “For the Birds Collective Presents: The 5th Annual BIG SHE-BANG”