A conversation with Katherine Brewster '71, Janet Price '71, Karla Spurlock-Evans '71, and Current Barnard College Student Activists Damonique Ballou, Rowan Hepps Kenney, and Nadia Mbondi, moderated by BCRW Senior Activist Fellow Katherine Acey.
Tuesday 11/15 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, NYC
This year’s historic 2016 election casts a long shadow over the history of feminist activism across different generations. This event will offer an opportunity for social justice feminists to engage in generative dialogues and share resources across generations. Among the resources discussed will be the Student Activist Archives of 1968-1971, now housed at the Barnard College Archives and Special Collections and in the process of becoming digitized for greater accessibility.
Participants will include current students involved in Black Lives Matter organizing, student-worker solidarity, and trans/gender justice, and alums from the class of 1971 who were catalyzed by their involvement in anti-war movements, anti-gentrification organizing, protests to end institutionalized anti-Black racism on campus, and their experiences of gender oppression within activist communities.
Together, this intergenerational group of activists will discuss:
- How does change happen and how long does it take?
- What is activism to you?
- How does/did activism fit into your education? How does activism fit into your life now?
Katherine Brewster ’71 is a Barnard alumni. She is also the director of the ATMA Center of Yoga and Healing, a holistic center offering Svaroopa yoga classes, yoga therapies and Reiki sessions, and experiential transformational workshops—all designed to support people in moving into a holistic relationship with themselves by integrating body, mind, and spirit. Brewster was involved in the Columbia student protests of 1968.
Janet Price ’71 is a Barnard alumni and education consultant. She previously worked as a lawyer, a high school history teacher and a principal. During her time at Barnard, Price was involved in the Columbia student protests of 1968.
Karla Spurlock-Evans '71 is the Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Senior Diversity Officer, and Title IX Coordinator at Trinity College. Previously, she was the Associate Dean of Students and Director of African American Student Affairs at Northwestern University, the Assistant Dean of Students at Lake Forest College, and the Director of Minority Affairs, Associate Dean of the College, and Affirmative Action Officer at Haverford College. Spurlock-Evans's scholarly focus is race relations and various aspects of African-American history and culture, earned her B.A. degree at Barnard, where she was a magna cum laude graduate in political science and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn an MA and completed all but her dissertation requirements for a Ph.D. in American studies at Emory University.
Katherine Acey is a BCRW Senior Activist Fellow and a leader in movement building and organizing for social justice and LGBTQ liberation from her 23 years at Astrea Lesbian Foundation for Justice to her ongoing involvement with the Griot Circle. Acey has been dedicated to various organizations that are powerful sites of support, engagement, and activism for the rights and wellbeing of LGBTQ folks who face racial, economic, gender, and age oppressions. Her extensive involvement in social justice organizing extends to groups such as: Women in the Arts, the Center for Anti-Violence Education, New York Women Against Rape, MADRE and Women Make Movies, National Executive Committee of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, and the Arab Women’s Gathering Organizing Committee.
This event is free and open to the public. The event is accessible to people with disabilities. Registration is preferred but not required.