BCRW Digital Feminisms

As a women’s college, with a leading center for research on women and a significant faculty presence in women’s, gender and sexuality studies, Barnard can produce materials that will have bring the work of the College to a wide audience and make an important contribution to education.
 
In fact, founded in 1971, the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) was the first such center in the United States, and it has also been a leader in producing materials for online education. Beginning in 2003, BCRW has been developing a number of open, online materials for teaching and learning. These have included our pioneering peer reviewed web journal, The Scholar and Feminist Online and the New Feminist Solutions series of websites and documentaries that complemented our research projects.
 
BCRW is now expanding the production of these educational materials for both K-12 and college classrooms so as to bring some of Barnard’s most interesting and influential faculty, guest speakers, collaborators, and alumnae to a wider audience.
 
Transnational Feminist Theories
 
Tina Campt, Barnard professor of Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, will be working with Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate and 2013-15 Barnard Social Justice Fellow, to develop educational materials from their co-taught seminar on Feminist Theories and will be used in future iterations of the course. 
 
The World Upright: Colloquium in Feminist Theory, Tina Campt and Leymah Gbowee
 
African Women’s Rights and Transnational Feminisms
 
What is... Feminism?
 
The Center has produced a series of videos for use in the classroom that explain concepts and keywords that are important for social justice feminism. The series currently includes: Feminisms: Controversies, Challenges, Actions
 
Reproductive Justice: Justice at the Intersections
 
Neoliberalism: What is Neoliberalism? 
 
What are… the Issues?
 
The Center has also produced a series of videos to explain connections between feminist issues and social justice: Valuing Domestic Work
 
Women, Prisons and Change
 
Barnard alum Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, has worked with the BCRW to edit more than 20 videos on a range of issues related to LGBTQ politics and the challenges of activism in non-profit organizations. 
 
Interviews conducted at the “Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues” conference sponsored by the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School provide the basis for the first group of videos are available for classroom use in the “Activism and the Academy” issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online. Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues: Lessons from Anti-violence Movements
 
Conversations on Activism
 
BCRW Activist Fellow, Reina Gossett, has made a series of videos for students to understand criminalization in the United States.  As Reina says of the series, “I started these conversations as a small intervention in a political climate where imprisonment of poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, and people who are immigrants is happening faster than ever before; a climate where trans women of color and low income trans people’s very survival is criminalized.” The videos include activists CeCe McDonald and Dean Spade in conversation with Reina: No One is Disposable