The Baldy Center Magazine.

Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2020

The Baldy Center Magazine

Message from Samantha Barbas, Director

Samantha Barbas.

Samantha Barbas

Welcome to the Fall 2020 edition of The Baldy Center Magazine, our inaugural issue. The Baldy Center, along with many others around the world, shifted to remote work in March 2020. The months since have offered challenges to us all, as we adapt to virtual research, online engagement, and socially distanced lives. The Baldy Center's past and present fellows and grant recipients have demonstrated their resilience throughout, adapting and advancing their important research in these changing and unusual times. We invite you to learn about their cutting-edge work at the intersection of law, legal institutions, and social policy in our virtual magazine.




  • 9/7/21
    April 14, 15 & 16, 2021: While medical humanities have tended to focus almost exclusively on humans, a medical posthumanities, by contrast, would take seriously the role of "more-than-human" actors to explore the complex entanglements of human, animal, and ecological health. Given that the human individual has long served as the subject of liberal societies and the systems of governance to which they gave rise, the legal implications of a medical posthumanities are immediate.
  • 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.
  • 5/18/21
    June 25, 2021, Marx, Law, and the Administrative State, workshop organized by Matthew Dimick.  The online event is sponsored, in part, by: The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; the University at Buffalo School of Law; and Legal Form.
  • 7/6/21
    The Del Cotto Professorship, The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Buffalo Law Review are pleased to announce publication of the symposium issue Serious Fun: A conference with & around Schlegel!  Essays focus on legal and economic history, legal scholarship, and teaching. Serious Fun is being planned. The 2021 symposium issue is here.
  • Hadar Aviram, Book Talk: March 5, 2021

    Join us for an online talk by Hadar Aviram, March 5, Friday, at 12:00 p.m. The author will discuss her recent book, Yesterday's Monsters The Manson Family Cases and the Illusion of Parole (UC Press, 2020). Aviram specializes in criminal justice, civil rights, law and politics, and social movements. Her research employs socio-legal perspectives and methodologies. Her blog, California Correctional Crisis, covers criminal justice policy in California. In related news, it was reported that an imprisoned follower of Manson convicted in the 1969 killing spree was denied parole for the fourth time in four years. The Baldy Center book talk is co-sponsored by the UB Department of Sociology. Learn more.

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Multimedia Production Team

Summer/Fall 2020 Multimedia ProducTION TEAM at The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy

Aldiama Anthony, BS
UB School of Law JD expected 2021
Blog Producer, magazine writer

Rebecca Dingle
UB College of Arts & Sciences Honors College, BA expected 2021
Social Media producer, magazine writer

Caroline Funk, PhD
Associate Director of The Baldy Center

Cecilia Meyer, BA
UB School of Law, JD expected 2021
Magazine writer and editorial staff, podcast transcriber

Azalia Muchransyah
PhD Candidate, UB Department of Media Study
Podcast producer

Laura Wirth, MS
Assistant Director of The Baldy Center