SPARK

SPARK

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Ignite your thinking about change and how it happens. Through interviews, book talks, field trips, film screenings, and more, you'll get to know the women and nonbinary people leading change in a wide range of areas, and learn more about the hard, but important, work of building a better future.

SPARK is open to all members of the Barnard community, including faculty, staff, alumnae, and friends of the college.

In 2022-2023, our theme is protest.

Join us as we explore and investigate the power of protest as a tool for changemaking.

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Creating DIY Journalism with Zines and Comics :: September 20, 2022 at 6pm, Zine Library (MLC 2nd Floor)

 

From documenting protests to illustrating interviews, personal and political minicomics give you the power to witness your world. During this workshop, participants will discuss how nonfiction comics are a powerful format for journalism, take a crack at drawing an interview comic, and create short zines about their own identities. 

This event is open to all BC/CU ID holders. RSVP required. Register here.

Sponsored by the Barnard Zine Library.

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Listening to the Archives: Movements Against Women's Imprisonment :: September 28, 2022 from 6pm, Online

 

The Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard Archives, and Special Collections are hosting a conversation about organizing, advocacy, oral history, and the role of archives, with former members of the Coalition for Women Prisoners, founded in 1994 to support women impacted by the criminal legal system in New York State. 

Learn more and register here.

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SPARK Faculty Lunch with Erika Kitzmiller :: September 29, 2022 from 12pm - 1pm, Athena Center (MLC 4th Floor)

 

Dr. Erika Kitzmiller, faculty in education, will lead a discussion about how her own public education advocacy and protests in Philadelphia shaped her teaching and scholarship. She will be joined by Paloma Mallan '23, a student in the education program.

Space is limited to 10 students; registration is first come, first served. Lunch will be provided. This lunch is only open to Barnard students.

Click here to reserve your spot.

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Radical Pedagogies: a book talk with the CEP :: September 30, 2022, from 1-3pm, Futter Field

 

Come celebrate the launch of Radical Pedagogies, co-edited by Barnard Architecture faculty member Ignacio Galán. This collection of essays explores how social movements have impacted the way we study and teach architecture — including how Columbia’s architecture program was changed by student protesters in the 60s. Register for the panel discussion and interactive workshop at the CEP site here

Sponsored by the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, the Architecture Department, the Office of the Vice President for DEI, the Vagelos Computational Science Center, and the Athena Center for Leadership.

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SPARK Faculty Lunch with Sandra Goldmark :: October 4, 2022 from 12pm - 1pm, Athena Center (MLC 4th Floor)

 

"The year I finally got arrested. (Weirdly, not at a climate march). And how it changed the way I think about protest." A conversation and lunch with Director of Sustainability and theater professor Sandra Goldmark.

Space is limited to 10 students; registration is first come, first served. Lunch will be provided. This lunch is only open to Barnard students.

Click here to reserve your spot.

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SPARK:: On Stonewall :: October 6, 2022 at 6:30pm, Diana Event Oval

 

In honor of LGBTQ history month and Barnard's Queer Awareness month, this October join Barnard's Artemis Rising Foundation Filmmaker Fellow, Sekiya Dorsett, for a screening of her documentary, Stonewall 50: The Revolution, followed by a panel discussion on the connections/divergences between LGBTQ activism and the Civil Rights Movement.

Panelists will include Brooke Sopelsa, Editorial Director of NBC Out, and Jah Elyse Sayers, queer researcher and organizer, as well as other guests.

This SPARK event is being held in partnership with Barnard's Film Program. 

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required.

Click here to register.

This event will be followed by a field trip to Stonewall on Friday, October 7th with LGBTQ Coordinator Dylan Kapit ‘16. For more information and to register for the field trip, click here.

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Truth Tellers: Virtual Screening and Q&A with activist Maulian Dana :: October 13, 2022 at 6pm

 

Truth Tellers is a new documentary film chronicling the lives of courageous Americans fighting for peace, racial equity, environmental justice and indigenous rights through the eyes of Robert Shetterly, a long time activist and artist. The film explores the intersection of these issues stressing the urgency of coming together to confront them and galvanizing our resolve to uphold our country’s founding ideals. Truth Tellers is both a story of Shetterly’s art and activism and a history lesson of what is required of a citizen in a democracy.

What are the intersections of art and activism? Why is it necessary to immortalize stories of change? We’ll explore this and much more in a Q&A following the film with activist Maulian Dana about her experiences and her collaboration with artist Robert Shetterly.

This is a virtual event, open to everyone. RSVP is required. Click here to register.

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SPARK Faculty Lunch with Jennie Kassanoff :: October 19, 2022 from 12pm - 1pm, Athena Center (MLC 4th Floor)

 

Jennie Kassanoff, Adolph S. and Effie Ochs Professor of American Studies and History, will lead a discussion about her research into voting rights protests, Mississippi civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer and questions of food justice in mid-century Mississippi. Is it better to protest in the streets or at the ballot box?

Click here to reserve your spot.

 

 

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