Public Catastrophes, Private Losses


Each year, IRW's distinguished lecture series presents a variety of talks showcasing interdisciplinary work on women, gender and sexuality by a variety of eminent speakers. The lecture series revolves around an annual theme that is also shared by our interdisciplinary seminar and undergraduate learning community. In 2018-19 our annual theme is "Public Catastrophes, Private Losses."

Thursday, October 11, 2018
"The Inheritance of Loss: Transnational Families and Memory Work"
Grace M. Cho (Sociology and Anthropology, College of Staten Island, CUNY) and Katka Reszke (Writer, Filmmaker, Photographer)

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Thursday, November 1, 2018
"My City Was Gone: Gentrification, AIDS, and Urban Change"
Mindy Fullilove (Urban Policy and Health, Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, The New School), Amber Hollibaugh (Writer, Filmmaker, Activist), Carmen Vázquez (AIDS Institute of the NYS Department of Health)

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
"Slavery’s Shadows: The Afterlife of Dispossession"
Yvette Christiansë (Africana Studies & English, Barnard College), Marisa J. Fuentes (Women’s and Gender Studies & History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick), Christina Sharpe (Humanities, York University)

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
"Labor of Loss: Climate Change and the Emerging Economy of Care and Repair"
Naomi Klein (Journalist, Author, Activist)

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
"Whose Lives Matter? Drugs, Criminalization, and Social Justice"
Angela Garcia (Anthropology, Stanford University), Donna Murch (History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick), Jennifer Flynn Walker (Center for Popular Democracy)

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All talks are free and open to the public and will be held at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 162 Ryders Lane, Douglass Campus, Rutgers-New Brunswick at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception.


 Download the 2018-2019 IRW Distinguished Lecture Series Poster