Immigration & Women Events Calendar, February 2015

Written by Arielle Kandel


February is the shortest month of the year, but there is still plenty to do! We’ve put together selected lectures and talks, festivals, exhibitions, and other events, some related to the immigrant experience in the US and in NY in particular, others to women and feminism. If you come across another amazing event we forgot to mention, feel free to add it in the “Leave a Reply” section at the bottom of the post!


February 2, 6:30pm-08:15pm

Talk: Where are the Women in Foreign Policy

In Manhattan: New America NYC, 199 Lafayette Street, Suite 3B

Women are still underrepresented in foreign policy positions in government, academia, think tanks, and media. Join a discussion to better understand why and explore possible solutions with the two co-founders of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an organization dedicated to amplifying female voices in this field, and several others.

Free, click here for more info & to RSVP


February 5, 7pm-08:30pm

Talk: MOCATALKS: Archivist of Chinese Americana

In Manhattan: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street

Reflect over the relationship between material culture and immigrant identity with a selection of objects collected by Chinese-American critic Hua Hsu from immigrant households – old suitcases, photographs, newspaper clippings, souvenirs.

$12 for adults, $10 for students & seniors, click here for more info & to register


February 6, 6pm

Storytelling/Poetry: Women of Letters

In Manhattan: Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street

Don’t miss this inspiring storytelling and poetry evening with female writers, comedians, and other artists. This month, guests include two women immigrants, Maria Popova, a Brooklyn-based Bulgarian writer, and Sabrina Jalees, a Canadian comedian and dancer now based in NYC. The event is hosted by Sofjia Stefanovic, a Serbian-born, Australian-grown writer living in New York.

$20, click here for more info & to buy tickets


February 7, 3pm-6pm

Theatre & photo exhibit: “Beyond Sacred” Community Forum and Opening Reception for the “Faces of Islam”

In Queens: Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

This event presented by students from La Guardia Community College will start with an interactive theater demonstration and Community Forum, focused on stimulating discussion around the perceptions and experience of the American Muslim community in post 9/11 America. It will be followed by the opening reception of the “Faces of Islam” exhibition, featuring portraits of local New Yorkers.

Suggested donation, click here for more info



We’re starting to run our LEAD Program!

In Brooklyn: 278 44th Street, 2nd Floor

Run by New Women New Yorkers in partnership with Atlas: DIY, LEAD is a 3-month skills training and leadership development program for young women immigrants between 16 and 24 years old. Through the 12 weekly workshops, final project, and field visit forming the program, you will gain a set of key skills and tools that will help you succeed in college or university and start off your career. There are still a couple of spots available, so just reach out to us if you’re interested in signing up, or if you know others who may be interested please sent them our way!

?subject=LEAD%20Program">Arielle as soon as possible to sign up – don’t miss this incredible opportunity, and help us spread the word!


February 17, 7pm-8:30pm

Workshop: Negotiation Skills Workshop for ambitious women in the workplace

In Manhattan: 216 East 47th Street, 8th Floor

Join this fantastic workshop facilitated by Jamie Lee – be ready to roll up your sleeves and flex your asking muscles in confidence-building mock negotiation sessions! Together, we will explore ways to take smart, calculated risks in the workplace through mutual win negotiation strategies. Instead of settling for what’s “safe or reasonable,” you’ll be challenged to think bigger for your future success. Instead of second-guessing, you’ll practice articulating your value in a clear and effective manner that places you firmly in a position of power.

All proceeds of the workshop will go toward funding New Women New Yorkers’ LEAD Program for young women immigrants from underprivileged backgrounds.

$35, click here for more info & to buy ticket(s)


February 19, 6:30pm-8pm

Panel discussion: Thriving at Thirty with Denise Restauri

In Manhattan: Wix Lounge, 235 West 23rd Street, 8th Floor

Join Leadarise NYC for an interactive discussion with Denise Restauri to hear her story and share your own. Denise is the Founder and CEO of Girl Quake, a Forbes contributor, and celebrated author of ‘Their Roaring Thirties: Brutally Honest Career Talk From Successful Women.” Denise will be joined by three other successful women business owners and change-makers – Grace Choi (CEO of Mink), Nicole Cramer (Senior VP at McCann Worldgroup) and Satya Twena (CEO of Satya Twena Fine Millinery).

$10, click here to buy ticket(s)


February 22, 1pm

Festival: 16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

In Manhattan: Chinatown, begins at Canal St & Mott St

Celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional lion and dragon dances, colorful costumes and floats, and food vendors.

Free, click here for more info


February 26, 3pm

Film: screening of “I Am A Girl”

In Manhattan: Cinema Village, 22 East 12th St

A powerful documentary exploring the challenges, strength, and resilience of six girls in six different countries, and reflecting over what it means to grow up female in the 21st century.

$12, click here for more info & here to buy ticket(s)





February 6, 6pm-9pm

La Lucha : Quisqueya & Haiti, One Island

In Manhattan: Rio’s Penthouse Gallery, 10 Fort Washington Avenue

Opening of new exhibit bringing together Haitian and Dominican artists to explore their shared history.

Free, click here for more info


Through April 16

Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond

In Manhattan: City Lore Gallery, 56 East 1st Street

New York is a living language lab where there are more spoken and endangered languages than any other city in the world. This exhibit will offer you a unique opportunity to discover and learn about NYC’s amazingly diverse linguistic communities.

Free, click here for more info



On TV/online


February 2 and 9 on PBS

3-part documentary series: A Path Appears

This must-see new doc series uncovers how young women become sex trafficking victims, also here in the United States.

“It’s time we acknowledge sex trafficking as an American problem, and that we take a hard look at prostitution and the notion of choice, especially by women,” Nicolas Kristof

Click here for more info



And a bit later in March, but don’t wait to buy your ticket(s)!


March 14, 7pm-10pm

New Women New Yorkers Launch Party!

In Manhattan: Centre for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th Street, Suite 325

It promises to be a very special and fun evening! You will meet our team and learn more about how we are empowering young women immigrants in New York City. The event will also feature DJ Taela Naomi on the decks, an open bar with wine and beer, yummy snacks, a fabulous silent auction, and more entertainment activities. All proceeds go towards funding our LEAD Program. Tickets are limited, so hurry and get yours now!

Click here for more info, and here to buy ticket(s) directly


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