A Suitable Girl
Oct
1
5:30 PM17:30

A Suitable Girl

Join MIT-India, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Global Studies and Languages, Women's and Gender Studies and the Open Documentary Lab for a special screening of the film followed by a conversation between director Sarita Khurana and DJ Rekha/Rekha Malhotra (CMS '19). Khurana is an award-winning filmmaker, educator, and organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University and an Ed.M from Harvard. Her work focuses on South Asian subjectivities and representations.

Winner of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival New Director Award, “A Suitable Girl” follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Ritu, Dipti and Amrita represent the new India. Educated, financially stable and raised with a mix of traditional and contemporary values in the urban cities of Mumbai and New Delhi, they have access to the world in ways their mothers did not. Yet their lives take a dramatic turn when the pressure to settle down and get married hits. Career aspirations become secondary to the pursuit of a husband, and the women struggle with the prospect of leaving their homes and families to become part of another.

 

Documenting the arranged marriage and matchmaking process in vérité over four years, the film examines the women’s complex relationships with the marriage, family, and culture; the many nuanced ways society molds them into traditional roles; and a rarely-seen portrait of India’s urban middle class.

 

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Amahl Bishara: Against Fragmentation: Palestinian Women's Engagement Across the Green Line
Oct
3
5:30 PM17:30

Amahl Bishara: Against Fragmentation: Palestinian Women's Engagement Across the Green Line

Against Fragmentation: Palestinian Women's Engagement Across the Green Line

3-133

Women's mobility across the Green Line that divides Israel and the West Bank is shaped by both traditional forms of economic and cultural practices as well as by Israel's gendered policies of division and enclosure of different Palestinian populations. 

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Sonic/Scenes Symposium
Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Sonic/Scenes Symposium

Sonic/Scenes Symposium
Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:30-5:30
Mezzanine Lounge, W20-307 (MIT Student Center)

Keynote Speakers:
Tina Campt
Roshini Kempadoo

Please Register: tinyurl.com/sonicscenes

Image: Roshini Kempadoo (2004) From the series Ghosting. Courtesy of the Artist.

This event is hosted by MLK Visiting Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown. Funded and co-sponsored by WGS, Council for the Arts at MIT, ICEO, Literature

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Tyehimba Jess poetry reading
Apr
13
5:00 PM17:00

Tyehimba Jess poetry reading

Poetry reading with Pulitzer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess.
Room 3-133 at 5pm on Fri 4/13
Copies of his book Olio will be available for sale.

Co-sponsored by the Dean's Office of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Literature; the Center for Art, Science and Technology; Women's and Gender Studies; and Comparative Media Studies/Writing.

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McMillan Stewart Workshop: Feminist Interventions in Armenian Studies, Armenian Interventions in Feminist Studies
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

McMillan Stewart Workshop: Feminist Interventions in Armenian Studies, Armenian Interventions in Feminist Studies

A workshop organized by Melissa Bilal and Lerna Ekmekcioglu, MIT History

MIT Campus, building 4 room 4-237

Sponsors:
MIT McMillan-Stewart Chair, Women and Gender Studies Program
Institute of International Education
Armenian International Women's Association
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
Mirak Family Foundation

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WGS Intellectual Forum: Nneka Dennie & Kera Street
Apr
4
12:00 PM12:00

WGS Intellectual Forum: Nneka Dennie & Kera Street

WGS MLK pre-doctoral fellow Nneka Dennie presents "From Abolition to Suffrage: Mary Ann Shadd Cary and Black Feminist Nationalism".

Anthropology MLK pre-doctoral fellow Kera Street presents “Everyday Purity: Black Evangelical Women and Living Right in a Digital Age"

E51-275
Wednesday, April 4th 2018
RSVP for lunch wgs@mit.edu

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Women Take the Reel: Birthright: A War Story
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Women Take the Reel: Birthright: A War Story

This documentary tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children.

Bartos Theatre, MIT building E15

6:30pm Pizza
7:00pm film start time

Film to be followed by Q&A discussion with Luchina FIsher, co-executive producer and writer on from the film Birthright.

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Cancelled: Women Take the Reel: Step
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

Cancelled: Women Take the Reel: Step

**CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!**

This documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Senior girls on the high school's Step Team as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college – and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.

Bartos Theatre, MIT building E15

6:30pm Pizza
7:00pm film start time

Followed by a discussion with MLK Visiting Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown.

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WGS Intellectual Forum: Kimberly Juanita Brown
Dec
7
12:00 PM12:00

WGS Intellectual Forum: Kimberly Juanita Brown

"Plantation Weddings and the Arc of Antebellum Desire"

Plantations wedding venues, particularly in the US South, spatially reconstruct antebellum slave mansions as serene sites of joy. This talk will examine the politics of race, gender, and patriarchy that center on the unfreedom of others.

E51-095
Lunch provided, please RSVP to wgs@mit.edu

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Gender, race & place: perspectives on Adichie’s Americanah
Nov
2
5:30 PM17:30

Gender, race & place: perspectives on Adichie’s Americanah

“Gender, race & place: perspectives on Adichie’s Americanah
Room 4-270

Panel featuring
Helen Elaine Lee, CMS/W Professor and WGS Director
Amah Edoh, Global Studies and Languages Assistant Professor
Kimberly Juanita Brown, WGS & LIT MLK scholar
Nneka Dennie, WGS predoctoral diversity fellow

co-sponsored by My Sister's Keeper and MIT Reads

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