May 13: V-Day Congo Director & Director of City of Joy Christine Schuler Deschryver, in conversation with Eve Ensler

On Tuesday, May 13, V-Day and ABC Home are so proud to present a new RISE4JUSTICE event with V-Day Congo Director & Director of City of Joy Christine Schuler Deschryver, in conversation with Eve Ensler.Join us as we discuss the City of Joy, including new programing, the V-World Farm, and an update about the fifth graduating class! Hear directly from Christine about what is happening in the DRC, the issue of violence against women in the region, and what women and men on the ground are doing to end it.

Simply email RSVP@VDAY.ORG with your name and number of tickets you require.

WHAT: V-Day Congo Director & Director of City of Joy Christine Schuler Deschryver, in conversation with Eve Ensler
WHEN: Doors at 6pm, event from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: Deepak Homebase at ABC Carpet & Home
888 Broadway at East 19th Street, NYC
TICKETS: $10 Activist Tickets – email

100% of proceeds will go to the City of Joy in Bukavu, DRC

‘Maison des Reves’ at Planet Connections Festivity

In 1909 Samara, Russia, Alexe Popova confessed to killing over 300 men to ‘liberate’ the women of her community from their abusive husbands.  She fought the War on Women in her own way, with a little lethal poison!  Based on this true story, Talie Melnyk’s solo show, ‘Maison des Reves’ plays at Paradise Factory in this year’s Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York City’s eco friendly/socially conscious not-for-profit festival.


Wednesday, 5/21 @ 7pm

Friday, 5/23 @ 7pm

Saturday, 5/24 @ 4pm


Paradise Factory

Downstairs Theatre

64 E 4th St. (b Bowery & 2nd Ave.)

New York, NY  10003


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What’s Developing in a World in Crisis? Holzman/Salit @ NYU

What’s Developing in a World in Crisis? 

Meet Some of the Innovators 
on the Front Lines of Development

A conversation with Lois Holzman & Jacqueline Salit

Friday, June 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Classroom 220

40 Washington Square S. (betw. Macdougal & Sullivan Sts.)

Fee: $45; $25 Retired/Student/Unemployed

(Early registration $40; Retired/Student/Low Income $20)

Amidst the global culture of revolution and counterrevolution, ethnic and religious battles, natural disasters, poverty and growing disparities in wealth that impact us all, nations and communities face pressing human development challenges. Many are trying to identify and meet these needs, some with old and tired tools and some with new and innovative ones. Don’t miss this conversation with Lois Holzman, director of the East Side Institute and founder of Performing the World, and Jacqueline S. Salit, president of, as they introduce and discuss the work of an array of performance activists and play revolutionaries from Japan to Uganda – who are experimenting with cultural-performatory approaches to human development.
Their presentation will include documentary video reports from these “developmentalists” sharing the on-the-ground struggles, joys, disappointments and discoveries that come with supporting people to transform.
   Lois Holzman, Ph.D., is the Institute’s director and a co-founder. She is well known for her pioneering work in exploring the human capacity to perform and its fundamentality in learning how to learn. As a leading proponent of a cultural approach to human learning and development, she has made the writings of Lev Vygotsky relevant to the fields of psychotherapy, education and organizational and community development. She is particularly respected as an activist scholar who builds bridges between university-based and community-based practices, bringing the traditions and innovations of each to the other. Holzman has written and edited seven books and over sixty articles on human development, psychology, education and social therapy – among them: Vygotsky at Work and Play; Performing Psychology: A Postmodern Culture of the Mind; and with Fred Newman, The End of Knowing and Unscientific Psychology. 
   Jacqueline Salit is a cutting-edge democracy strategist.  She is a political  independent, community organizer and one of America’s leading proponents of nonpartisan politics.  She is President of, the country’s largest and most innovative strategy and organizing center for independent voters, and the co-founder of, an innovative legal and coalition-building tactic designed to challenge the taxpayer funding of partisan activity.  Her efforts to bring nonpartisan political reform to every state in the country include work on the successful passage of nonpartisan primaries in California; a 12-year effort with former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg to bring nonpartisan elections and governance to New York City; strategizing of Lenora Fulani’s historic 1988 independent presidential run. Salit’s book Independents Rising (Palgrave, 2012) is considered by many to be the most comprehensive look yet at the contemporary independent movement.
For more information or to register contact Melissa Meyer at, 212-941-8906, ext 304.

New Feminist Internships, Fellowships, and Volunteer Opportunities Available


Weekly Feminist Jobs Digest: 4/18/2014

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New Feminist Jobs

Medical Sales Representative
Teleflex (Southeast)

Internal Audit Manager
Teleflex (East Coast)

Development Associate
WV FREE (East Coast)

Director: Business Development
Teleflex (East Coast)

Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
McKesson (Nationwide)

Finance Manager
McKesson (West Coast)

Senior Product Analyst: Strategic Accounts
McKesson (West Coast)

Business Development Manager
McKesson (Nationwide)

Warehouse Worker
Mobius Industries USA, Inc. (Northwest)

SQL Software Engineer
McKesson (Southeast)

Customer Service Account Manager
Mobius Industries USA, Inc. (Southwest)

Sr. Accounting Manager: International Accounting Group
McKesson (West Coast)

CannonDesign (DC Metro Region)

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CannonDesign (East Coast)

CannonDesign (East Coast)

Architect/Project Manager
CannonDesign (Midwest)

Environmental Graphic Designer
CannonDesign (DC Metro Region)

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CannonDesign (East Coast)

Paralegal: National Prison Project
ACLU (DC Metro Region)

Marketing Coordinator
CannonDesign (Midwest)

CannonDesign (West Coast)

Structural Engineer
CannonDesign (Midwest)

Legislative Advocate
National Nurses United (DC Metro Region)

Digital Design Associate
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Medical Sales Representative
Teleflex (East Coast)

CannonDesign (Midwest)

Case Manager
Haven Hills (West Coast)

Writer and Editor
Center for Reproductive Rights (East Coast)

Senior Clinical Marketing Specialist: Vascular Access
Teleflex (Northeast)

Operations Manager
Mobius Industries (Southwest)

Senior Electrical Engineer
Mobius Industries (Northwest)

Workplace Strategist
CannonDesign (Midwest)

Architect & Project Manager
CannonDesign (East Coast)

Telecom & Technology Engineer
CannonDesign (East Coast)

Anesthesia Sales Specialist (Remote)
Teleflex (International)

Grade III Senior Organizer: Higher Education Campaign
SEIU (West Coast)

Legal Director
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (East Coast)

Braiding Technician
Teleflex (Midwest)

Financial Analyst
Teleflex (International)

Director of Field Services: Committee of Interns and Residents
SEIU (East Coast)

Senior Project Manager, Team Lead
NetCentrics Corporation (DC Metro Region)

Director of Communications Support
Progressive Change Campaign Committee (Nationwide)

Infrastructure Solution Manager
McKesson (Southeast)

SAP Application Director
McKesson (West Coast)

New Feminist Internships, Fellowships, and Volunteer Opportunities

Government Relations Intern
Center for Reproductive Rights (DC Metro Region)

Summer Program Fellow
Sexual Health Innovations (East Coast)

Summer Design Intern
Sexual Health Innovations (East Coast)

Summer Development Intern
Sexual Health Innovations (East Coast)

Summer Intern
Alliance for Justice (DC Metro Region)

Corporate Accountability International (East Coast)

Internship with Ms. Magazine
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Internship at Feminist Majority Foundation
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Judy Chicago at the Brooklyn Museum and Environs – Apr 26

On Saturday, April 26, in celebration of the artist Judy Chicago’s 75th birthday, she will conduct a pyrotechnic performance called A Butterfly for Brooklyn. The event will take place at 7:30 in Prospect Park, at the north end of Long Meadow. For details, see vent/butterfly-brooklyn


The butterfly has long been associated with Chicago. For instance, in The Dinner Party (1974-79), winged patterns are referenced with mirrored images on ceramic plates of the 39 place settings celebrating significant women throughout history. In this context, they function as symbols of liberation. Now permanently housed in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, The Dinner Party was the subject of much controversy, to the extent that it was debated by the US House of Representatives for its apparent pornographic undertones. Clearly, not everyone appreciates the virtual miracle of it being on display at long last. On the week-end, I overheard a young woman enter the room and say in an exasperated tone, “We have to walk around. $&@#!”


Chicago is in good company in using pyrotechnics as an art form. Her contemporaries, Ana Mendieta (1948-85) and Marina Abramovic (1946-) have both created powerful works using fire outdoors. Archival photos of Chicago’s pyrotechnic works exploring colour through smoke on the West Coast are currently on display in the temporary exhibition, Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1963-74, on the same floor as The Dinner Party.  The show follows her career up to The Dinner Party, even including colour tests on ceramic plates that informed the installation.


My first impression at the entrance of the show was surprise at how different her minimalist sculptures of repeated geometric shapes are from the vulvic images for which she is known. Elsewhere in the show, the artist reveals that she had to emphasize structure to get by in art school, because there was a lack of appreciation for symbolic imagery. Colour may be the one unifying element in her oeuvre. Looking through the negative space of the sculptures, the viewer can appreciate the consistent palette—a rainbow of pleasant colours suited to sorbet—by noting their repetition within various works.


Chicago saw herself as ‘one of the boys’ and became skilled in construction as a sculptor. This may seem like it would be par for the course, but in that era, there was a large contingent of artists who eschewed fabrication, reveling in the notion of using readymades like bricks in Duchampian fashion. Conceptual art was emerging, and with it the perspective that genius was a myth and that the idea behind a work was more important than who made it. Curiously, there was also emphasis on the labour of artists, seen in particular in the Art Workers Coalition, which promoted itself with images such as artists lugging sculptures as big as Chicago’s. Her practice was as much physical as it was conceptual, and she passed her technical skills onto female students at Fresno State College and later the California Institute of the Arts. Emphasizing this part of her practice, noteworthy though it is, is risky. The exhibition wall text, for example, notes that, “Chicago took a boat-building course to learn how to use fiberglass, another nontraditional medium with masculine associations.” Highlighting this fact could reduce her to her gender even while stressing that she acted outside of its confines.


Also deviating from the feminine is a recent recreation of a piece called Birth Hood (1965). On a car hood with rounded cut-outs where headlights would be, she painted biometric forms in the same colours as her minimalist sculptures. Created not long after her first husband died in an automobile accident, it reads as an unconventional memorial to him, and by virtue of the title, as an allusion to her survival in a new form–not unlike a butterfly. Although interpreting work in relation to autobiographical details is also risky, it seems appropriate for an artist who changed her family name to her hometown as a publicity stunt coinciding with a change in art dealers. Chicago is no stranger to autobiography, having written her memoirs in two parts. Personally, I have found them to be a case of TMI but her narrative texts are compelling in a series of drawings called Rejection Qunitet (1974) with secondary titles like How Does It Feel To Be Rejected? and Female Rejection Drawing. The majority of the paper is filled with undulating vulvic forms and the bottom has text written in pencil that resembles diary entries in content. One piece recounts the story of her attending a party at a collector’s house with her husband at the time. Upon leaving, she thanked the host for having them and he said, “I haven’t had you yet.” She then thanked him for ruining her evening.


In another drawing, she asks, “How many women are willing to face rejection and rejection and rejection and rejection and rejection and rejection and rejection and still insist on exposing their femaleness?” To contextualize personal observations like this, the show displays an Artforum article from 1974 by Lucy Lippard in which the critic observes that Chicago’s work had not been written about in an article in spite of 11 years of exhibition experience. Since Chicago knew she wanted to be an artist from age 5, when she began art classes, the event on April 26 also marks an impressive 70 years.


To read other posts by Heather Saunders about Judy Chicago, see and


APRIL 6 OPEN HOUSE Minding the Body: An introduction to the WTCI Training Program on Eating, Sex, Surgery, Subversion, and Creativity

The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute

New York, NY  /  /  (212)721-7005

Post Graduate Training Program

Minding the Body: Disruptions and Possibilities

Eating, Sex, Surgery, Subversion, and Creativity


Our unique 18-month post graduate training program offers an integration of psychoanalytic, attachment, trauma, and social theories to study the spectrum of embodiment — from secure and cohesive to troubled and dissociated. Through a critical feminist lens, we analyze social hierarchies of race, class, sexual orientation, body size, gendered identities and expressions, and normative notions of health and illness.  We explore the internalization of family and culture in relation to body based symptoms and body modification practices, food and eating, trauma and sexual abuse, aging, reproduction and caregiving, and the indwelling of psyche in soma.  The WTCI model, individual supervision, and an experiential group enrich the clinician’s use of self, including attention to somatic countertransference and to the meeting of bodies/subjectivities in the therapeutic setting. Graduates have the opportunity to become part of a vibrant community of alumnae/i and faculty.

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Minding the Body: An introduction to

The WTCI Training Program on Eating, Sex, Surgery, Subversion, and Creativity

 April 6, 2014      Noon to 1:30

Contact for location: or (212)721-7005