You’re Invited! To a Screening of Free CeCe Documentary at City Tech 2/23

Screening of Free CeCe Documentary at City Tech 2/23
Jac Gares (Director)
Thursday, Feb 23, 2023/12:45-3:00 PM
Academic Complex Theater

In 2011 CeCe McDonald survived a brutal attack, only to be incarcerated for defending her life. Her story inspired an international movement advocating for her freedom, and since her release she has worked to critique the prison-industrial complex and to advocate for reforms to the criminal justice system. Featuring CeCe McDonald and Laverne Cox, the documentary Free CeCe confronts the culture of violence surrounding transwomen of color.

Join City Tech’s African American Studies Department and Gender & Sexuality Studies Program for a screening of Free CeCe at City Tech on Thursday, Feb 23 at 12:45-3 pm in the Academic Complex Theater. Director Jacqueline (Jac) Gares will present the screening with opportunity for Q&A. The viewing will be followed by refreshments in A105

Jac Gares is a New York-based filmmaker and freelance television producer. From 2009 to 2012, she served as series producer for “In The Life” on public television; during her tenure, the series garnered awards from NLGJA, GLAAD, and Webbys. Gares has worked as a freelance producer on television specials and documentaries for the History Channel, Food Network, and USA Networks. Her first documentary Unraveled, which concerns genetic testing and Alzheimer’s Disease,  won a Freddie Award in 2008, and her short film Remnant won a TELLY Award in 1999.  She has received awards from the Ford Foundation and the Jerome Foundations as an emerging film/video artist.

The event is free but a reservation is recommended. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

This event is sponsored by the BRESI grant on Black and Latinx Girlhood for Black History Month.

Black & Latinx Transgender Solidarity Day

Monday November 21st, 4:00-6:00 pm at City Tech, 300 Jay Street

An evening of solidarity, community, and remembrance as we honor the lives of the Black and Latinx victims of gender-related violence.

Join City Tech’s African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies in an evening of solidarity, community, and remembrance as we honor the lives of the Black and Latinx victims of gender-related hate crimes. We will share some food together while we create T-shirts, buttons, and other memorabilia to honor the Black and Latinx transgender community members we have lost over the past year.

Location: 300 Jay Street, Library Building, First Floor

NOTE: you must have a CUNY ID with Cleared4 pass to enter the campus


painting with shades of sea green to blue with collage pieces of faces and body fragments.
Howardina Pindell, Autobiography: Water (Ancestors/Middle Passage/Family Ghosts), 1988. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.

Welcome to City Tech’s working space for “Where My Girls At? Bringing Black and Latinx Girlhood from the Margins to the Center,” a project that works to bridge the divide between the needs of City Tech’s student population and the lack of research and attention to Girlhood Studies in higher education more broadly. The experiences of girls and women who identify as Black and Latinx are often excluded from any meaningful discussion of girlhood, for much of the research written about girlhood focuses on the experiences of those who identify as White and cisgender. “Where My Girls At?” seeks to correct the invisibility, misrepresentation, and devaluing of Black and Latinx girlhood in popular culture and scholarship. The project aims to both support college-bound girls and to provide resources and support to those CUNY students who lacked this type of program in their youth. We follow in the footsteps of other girlhood scholars by highlighting the flexibility of and between the stages of girlhood and womanhood and showcasing what happens when “girlhood operates as an organizing construct, not as a static category of identity” (R.N. Brown, Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood, 2013). Watch this space for upcoming events and how to get involved.

For more information, please reach out to Renata Ferdinand, Department of African American Studies,