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SYMPOSIUM | What We CAN Do When There's Nothing To Be Done: Strategies for Change

  • The Forum at Columbia University 605 West 125th Street New York, NY 10027 (map)


CSSD invites you to an all-day Symposium to celebrate 10 Years of the Center for the Study of Social Difference and 5 Years of Women Creating Change!

PLEASE NOTE: Registration does not guarantee entry, but seating will be first come, first served with priority given to registered attendees.

Full conference program available here.

How can we imagine justice, practice solidarity and create change across barriers of social difference in today’s political landscape? As the acceptance of inequality has become the new norm to a degree we might have deemed unthinkable, and as public dialogue has reached an impasse, protest and resistance continue.
This conference brings together scholars, artists, and activists from around the globe whose work can inspire new ways of thinking, seeing and listening, and productive strategies of intervention for our time.


Speakers include:
Ayse Gül Altinay
Sama Alshaibi
Carol Becker
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Judith Butler
María José Contreras
Ricardo Dominguez
Masha Gessen
Rema Hamami
Bernard Harcourt
Saidiya Hartman
Mae Ngai
Juan Carlos Ruiz
Debarati Sanyal
Lyndsey Stonebridge
Diana Taylor
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Jeanine Tesori

CSSD Anniversary Planning Committee:
Marianne Hirsch, CSSD Director
Lila Abu-Lughod
Meera Ananth
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Jack Halberstam
Jean Howard
Catherine LaSota
Ana Paulina Lee
Frances Negron-Muntaner
Kendall Thomas
Paige West

Co-sponsored by:

Center for Gender & Sexuality Law; Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought; Columbia Global Centers; Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion; School of the Arts; Dean of Humanities; Dean of Social Sciences; Department of Anthropology; Department of English and Comparative Literature; Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures; Division of Arts and Sciences; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; Institute for Research on African-American Studies; Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Middle East Institute; Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities; Barnard Center for Research on Women; Barnard College Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.