Conferences and Workshops

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Listed on this page are conferences sponsored since 2016 by The Baldy Center.
Our past conferences, sponsored from 1996 to 2015, are listed here.

Upcoming Conference

  • 10/8/21
    November 11 & 12, 2021: Join us for the conference, Global Glyphosate: New Challenges in Regulating Pervasive Chemicals in the Anthropocene. The conference location is Hayes 220, UB South Campus. Seating is limited: Event registration is required Conference Abstract: Synthetic pesticides are deeply woven into our landscapes and bodies, transforming ecologies and biologies in ways that we are only beginning to understand. Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, offers a window into the problematic of pervasive chemical compounds as agents in the Anthropocene, the geologic epoch in which humans have permanently changed the planet.
  • 8/23/21
    This summer join us for the June workshop Exploring The Law and Political Economy Difference. The multiple crises of the 21st century — covid, climate, financial instability, inequality, and rising authoritarianism – have spurred a new intellectual movement, Law and Political Economy (LPE). More than a set of policy preferences, LPE aims to re-frame basic assumptions, ideals, and methods of analysis to guide a better way forward for law, state, and economy. This workshop will bring together LPE scholars to flesh out how this emerging framework offers a new and different understanding of current problems and possibilities. LPE both consolidates decades of social justice-oriented legal theory and develops it further to address new challenges. The workshop is organized by Martha T. McCluskey, in collaboration with the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and Law (APPEAL).
  • 9/27/21
    Join us online April 22 and 23, 2021, for the virtual conference, Revisiting CRCQL v. Seif: Community-Based Environmental Movements and Legal Remedies. The conference brings together scholars, activists, lawyers, and community members whose work concerns environmental justice. 

Conferences and Workshops, 2016 to present


Tuesday, April 5, 2016    2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by Baldy Center, Buffalo Law Review, Jaeckle Center, Partnership for the Public Good, SUNY Rockefeller Institute

On Election Day, Nov. 7, 2017, New York voters will decide: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” (N.Y. Const., Art. XIX, § 2). 

Issues are: Campaign finance reform, redistricting reform, election administration reform, term limits, tax limits, public pension guarantees, environmental protection…  Is a convention “good medicine” or “snake oil?”


  • GERALD BENJAMIN, Director, Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives, SUNY New Paltz.
  • CHRISTOPHER BOPST, Chief Legal and Financial Officer at Sam-Son Logistics.
  • HENRIK DULLEA, Trustee, Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY)
  • PETER GALIE, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Canisius College.