In September 2011, the Barnard Center for Research on Women presented Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action, a two-day conference featuring panel discussions on a range of topics including new media, civic engagement, transnational feminism and more.  Arriving from cities worldwide, more than 700 participants attended the event on the Barnard campus.

Conference highlights included a performance by singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega ’81 and keynote lectures from Sonia E. Alvarez, director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Mamphela Ramphele, South African writer, activist, and academic. Visit BCRW’s website for a full schedule of events.

The BCRW continues to serve as a space where individuals and organizations can gather and collaborate in their research, dialogue and action. To find out more about the BCRW, watch a video history of BCRW featuring Director Janet Jakobsen; Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Amber Hollibaugh of Queers for Economic Justice; plus Barnard students and faculty.