Past Events

Symposium: Collateral Damage: Wartime Atrocity and Trauma

October 17th, 2016, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

The Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues and Human Right Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is co-organizing the symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Collateral Damage (Sep. 8th – Oct. 21st, 2016) at Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This exhibition examines issues of rampant violence during WWII, the Vietnam War, the rise of the Khmer Rouge, and other conflicts where innocent non-combatants were affected. The exhibit especially focuses on “comfort women” who were abused during WWII by Japanese military. The symposium will discuss diverse approaches and interpretations of wartime atrocities as recurrent human rights violations, literary narratives of sexual violence, postcolonial discourses, and historical readings of geopolitics. Read More »

Collateral Damage

September 8-October 21, 2016

This exhibition examines issues of rampant violence during WWII, the Vietnam War, Khmer Rouge and other conflicts where innocent non-combatants were affected. While these conflicts impacted everyone, women, children, elderly and the infirm suffered to a greater extent because of their vulnerability. Women especially were the subject of sexual assault and exploitation, and their bodies were often and still are, violated as a war tactic. The plight of women who suffered during times of conflict continues in the aftermath of war, not only because of the enormous psychological and emotional trauma that has marked them, but also the social and cultural stigma attached to their horrendous experiences.

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Woman: Mother, Daughter, Wife, Friend…

On view from September 15 through November 04, 2016

The President’s Gallery

This exhibition celebrates women and their varied roles as seen in the works of global artists. From the beginning of time and seen in mother religions, and different ethnic mythologies woman was sought out as nurturer, shaman, and goddess. In matrilineal societies, descent has been passed down through the mother as evidenced in Egypt, Sri Lanka, Northwest India, in the Mosuo people of China, the Basques of Spain and France, and in Judaism. In Catal Huyuk, Asia Minor and Mesopotamia we came across her as the mother goddess Astarte, also known as Ishtar or Inanna. In Minoan culture the female was worshipped together with the bull god and their sanctuaries were situated between two mountains meant to act as corollary to both male and female sexual Read More »


On view from July 25th through August 19, 2016

President’s Gallery

The President’s Gallery of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice is pleased to announce Stratifications by acclaimed Greek sculptor Antonia Papatzanaki. This second exhibit of the summer by a visiting professor for the Department of Art and Music includes two bodies of work: Exceeding Limits, a series of wall reliefs incorporating light, andCellular, engraved Plexiglas works in a series that includes archival prints. Read More »