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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SPARK Faculty Lunch :: Natalia Ortiz, PhD Term Assistant Professor in Education, Thursday, February 2, 12 - 1 PM

RSVP is required.  
In this lunch series, Barnard faculty members join small groups of students for lunch and conversation about how the idea of protest has shaped their teaching, research, and work. 

Join Natalia Ortiz for a lunchtime conversation about when and how her understanding of teaching shifted and evolved to one that would require protest and resistance both in and out of the classroom, as Freire reminds us, "still rejected by many people in spite of its obviousness, that education is a political act."

Space is limited to 10 students. Lunch will be served.

 

Who Protects the Protestors :: Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 12 - 1 PM

RSVP is required.

Join us for an engaging event on protest surveillance and how to avoid being surveilled. This event will provide attendees with valuable information on how surveillance technologies are used to monitor and control protest movements and practical tips for avoiding surveillance and protecting your privacy while participating in protests.

We will be joined by Will Owens, the director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project in the field of protest surveillance, who will provide an in-depth look at the latest technologies used by law enforcement and government agencies, as well as the potential implications of these technologies for civil liberties. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about various tools and techniques for protecting themselves from surveillance, including encryption, VPNs, and secure messaging apps.

Whether you are an active participant in protest movements or simply concerned about your privacy and civil liberties, this event is not to be missed. 

 

 

Material Advocacy :: Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 1 - 4 PM

RSVP is required. Please note that you will need to complete a safety orientation at the Design Center in advance. Information about safety orientations can be found here.

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How do we visually represent our reproductive justice advocacy in social space? What is the importance of physical ephemera in protest movements today and in the past? Learn how to ideate and materialize designs centered on reproductive justice with the Design Center and Athena Center. We will be creating original collaborative designs and translating them to historically relevant material forms including buttons, posters, t-shirts, and patches. Through this hands-on process, you’ll come away with material ephemera in support of the reproductive justice movement and learn new tools and making processes including screen printing, digital embroidery, and button making.

 

SPARK Faculty Lunch :: Rebecca M. Jordan-Young, PhD, Thursday, April 20, 2023, 12 - 1 PM

RSVP is required.  
In this lunch series, Barnard faculty members join small groups of students for lunch and conversation about how the idea of protest has shaped their teaching, research, and work. Rebecca M. Jordan-Young, PhD, shares:

"Beginning with organizing protests in the 1980s that linked demands for campus divestment from South Africa to the struggle for racial justice in Philadelphia, my involvement in protest has involved a deep commitment to linking the ends with the means, and paying attention to process and my own privilege. When does effective protest require leading, and when does it require following and supporting?"

Space is limited to 10 students. Lunch will be served.

 

On Protest: A Screening of The U.S. and the Holocaust, and Panel Discussion :: Monday, April 3, 2023, 6 - 8 PM

RSVP is required.

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This fall, PBS released a stunning three-part series: The U.S. and the Holocaust. Co-directed by Sarah Botstein ‘94, the series sheds light on what the U.S government and Americans knew and did — and did not do — as Hitler rose to power. 

Join the Kraft Center, the Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard, and the Office of DEI at Barnard for a screening of a portion of the documentary and a conversation with Botstein, Avalon Fenster '24, and Deborah Lauter, Executive Director of The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Education and Human Rights.

 

Thank you to the Harnisch Foundation for supporting this series!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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