Archive: Spring 2016 Brown Bag Resources

Missed a Brown Bag this week? Didn’t want the conversation to end? Or just hungry for more? You can catch up and keep exploring feminist issues and topics that we talk about every week in the Center for Women’s Studies at our Tuesday Brown Bags! We’ve got books, videos, and articles to keep you thinking and learning on your own. Don’t hesitate to share with your friends!

1/19 - Where We Stand led by Ariyana Smith

Ariyana Smith's 4.5 minute on-court demonstration in Clayton, MO confirmed the galvanizing power of the student-athlete activist to raise consciousness and social change. Ariyana Smith has led workshops on topics including race, affirmative consent, and negotiating campus conflicts. Her current research centers on grassroots neighborhood iniatives in Englewood, Chicago, Illinois. Her presentation "Where We Stand" focused on reflections on current events and trends within the United States.

If you're interested in reading more on Ariyana Smith, athlete-activism , grassroots activism and student activism, here are some resources that are specifically focused on these areas! Enjoy!


  • Rebel Girls by Jessica K. Taft*
  • Grassroots: a field guide for feminist activism by Jennifer Baumgardner*
  • Colonize This! by Daisy Hernandez*
  • Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson

1/26 - Are You Mad? White Feminism 101

Christelle Boursiquot and Allie Fry led us in this brown bag on the identity of White feminism. 

Learn more about White feminism and Intersectional feminism with the help of some insightful Youtubers, books and articles breaking it all down (maybe beginning to burn it all down as Allie and Christelle would say) and helping us build ourselves back up to be more inclusive feminists.  


  • Dear White People by Justin Simien
  • Women of Color and Feminism by Maythee Rojas
  • Feminism is for everybody by bell hooks
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • When and Where I Enter by Paula Giddings
  • Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings by Alma M. Garcia
  • Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
  • Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa
  • Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa Harris-Perry
  • Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
  • This Bridge Called My Back: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa
  • Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire by Sonia Shah*
  • The Hidden Face Of Eve: Women In The Arab World by Nawal El Saadawi
  • Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins


2/2 - Black Women’s Experience with Sexual Assault

If you were intrigued by today’s brown bag discussion, please check out the website for the documentary as well as other resources online, and some books you can find here at the Women’s Studies library and elsewhere.

2/9 - Conference to Campus: Queering Colgate

Learn more about the issues raised today by the attendees of Creating Change Conference. From pinkwashing to undocuqueer folx, you can learn more at the links below! 

2/16 - Socialist Pasts and Queer Futures: LGBT life and Activism in Post-Socialist Romania

Learn more about the activism that is continuing in Romania by those concerned for LGBT rights in Romania.

2/23- Zines: Feminism & DO-it-yourself media

If you missed this great brown bag, or just want more info and exposure to zine culture, I hope these links help you channel your creative energies into making some zines of your own! Below is the resource page that Prof. Creasap handed out at the brown bag!

Also, if you want more information about NYC Feminist ZineFest, click here! Their facebook groups is here!

3/1 - The Medea Project: Where art and social activism meet

If you missed this wonderful brown bag with the fabulous Rhodessa Jones, an actress, activist, singer and teacher. Be sure to check out the video on our youtube channel, and check out these links below to learn more about Rhodessa's work and journey to where she is now.

The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women

3 / 8 - Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around  w/ Barbara smith and Alethia Jones

If you missed this Tuesday's brown bag with Barbara Smith, you can still learn more about her and her work through these links! Also be sure to check out the Women's Studies' youtube channel for the recording of this brown bag!

  • Texts
    • Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith
    • The Truth Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender and Freedom by Barbara Smith
    • Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology by Barbara Smith
  • Articles

3/29 - The monument quilt: a guide to upsetting rape culture

If you missed the brown bag today and want to see what you missed, please check out the links below! If you didn't and just want some more information about this powerful installation, see what interests you!

4 / 5 - the art and practice of disability justice

4/6 - Gay steelworkers: How queer bodies and working class bodies expand our understanding of queer experience

If you missed this brown bag, take the time to watch the video. Anne Balay is an amazing speaker and her experiences creating this book, Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers, are one of a kind. Don't forget to check out her website, Anne Balay

4/12 - Til it Happens to You PAVE with Julia  Dixon

If you wanted to find more resources connected with this weeks brown bag, get a look at these links! This is the website for Pave, the organization that Julia works with: PAVE . It has so many useful pages and resources listed, take some time to check it out. 

- Monica Hoh '16, Information and Technology Resources Intern

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