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Women, Race and Dignity: This Ain’t A Eulogy

Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 pm

While the global community addresses such issues as health security, peacekeeping, and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the voices of women of color are largely excluded. Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins founded Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) in 2017 to advance leadership and professional development of women of color in international peace and security. WCAPS created the forum “Peace, Security, and Art” to promote engagement between women of color artists whose work encompass these themes and women of color interested in and working in the policy field.

Join us for the WCAPS Art Forum’s inaugural event, a screening of Taja Lindley’s short film This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Lindley and Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins on the intersections of women, race, and dignity in our society through the lens of art and policy.

Presented by Art to Zebras, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU, and Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS).

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Taja Lindley (Hemi EMERGENYC alumna, 2014) is an artist, activist, writer, and healer, based in Brooklyn. Lindley holds a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She uses movement, text, installation, ritual, burlesque, and multimedia to create immersive works that are concerned with freedom, healing, and pleasure. In addition to being an artist, Lindley is actively engaged in social movements as a writer, consultant, and facilitator. She is the founder of Colored Girls Hustle and a member of Echoing Ida and Harriet's Apothecary. Her work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, Hammer Museum, New York Live Arts, the Movement Research at Judson Church series, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). She is currently developing a body of work recycling and repurposing discarded materials. | tajalindley.com.

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins is the Founder and President of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Jenkins was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009 as Special Envoy and Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State (DOS). She served in that position until January 2017. Jenkins was the DOS lead for the 2010–2016 Nuclear Security Summits and the U.S. Representative to the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. She led diplomatic efforts promoting the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), helped establish the GHSA NGO Consortium, and founded the GHSA Next Generation Network. | wcaps.org.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.