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.

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SPARK with Kamal Sinclair :: On Imagining New Futures

Kamal Sinclair is making the world more beautiful as the Executive System Co-Leader of the Guild of Future Architects. At its core, future architecture is a values-based, collaborative approach to actualizing systemic change. Join us for a conversation with Kamal on how we can get to work building the world we want to live in. We will discuss the art and practice of future architecture and the potential for transformational impact to advance justice, inclusion and shared prosperity.

Thursday, January 26, 2022
6:00-7:00pm EST

This SPARK is a virtual event that will take place via Crowdcast. Register here.

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SPARK with Erin Thompson '02 :: On Protesting Monuments

An urgent and fractious national debate over public monuments has erupted in America. Some people risk imprisonment to tear down long-ignored hunks of marble; others form armed patrols to defend them. Why do we care so much about statues? And who gets to decide which ones should stay up and which should come down? Join us for a conversation with Barnard alumna Erin Thompson, the country’s leading expert in the tangled aesthetic, legal, political, and social issues involved in such battles to discuss all that protesting statues entails and to discuss her book, Smashing Statues, in which she traces the turbulent history of American monuments and its abundant ironies, starting with the enslaved man who helped make the statue of Freedom atop the US Capitol, to exploring the surprising motivations behind such contemporary flashpoints as the toppling of a statue of Columbus at the Minnesota State Capitol. Written with great verve and thoroughly researched, Smashing Statues gives readers the context they need to consider the fundamental question: Whose voices must be heard and whose pain must remain private?

Copies of Erin's book Smashing Statues will be distributed to the first 20 Barnard student in-person attendees.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
6:00-7:00pm EST

For BC/CU ID holders, this event will take place in person in Sulzberger Parlor (3rd floor, Barnard Hall). For members of the general public, this event will be streamed to Zoom for virtual viewing. Register here.

Click here to view our SPARK archive (which includes videos of prior SPARKs and associated resources).

Have a suggestion for a SPARK for 2021-2022? Email us at athenacenter@barnard.edu

 Funding for SPARK is provided by

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