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Women Innovators in Buffalo, Then and Now

September 26, 11am-3pm

As part of our 20th anniversary programming, the UB Gender Institute will host an all-day symposium at the Greatbatch Pavilion at the Darwin Martin House. The Symposium will honor the accomplishments of major women in Buffalo’s past and then turn to prominent women in the Buffalo community today. Click here for more information.


Despina Stratigakos

Wednesday, October 4
12:00-1:30 pm, 207 UB Commons, Gender Institute, North Campus

Despina Stratigakos, Professor of Architecture, will discuss the emergence of Architect Barbie in her book Where Are the Women Architects? (Princeton UP, 2016).

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Reclaiming Our Ancestors Conference

October 19-21

How does the nineteenth-century history of slavery still haunt the United States and how can we address this legacy of racial injustice today? This is the question that drives this year’s Gender Week conference, “Reclaiming our Ancestors: Community Conversations About Racial Justice and Public History.” This three day conference is co-sponsored with the UB Humanities Institute and organized by the Gender Institute’s former director Kari Winter. It will feature major scholars of U.S. literature and history such as Bill Andrews (UNC Chapel Hill), Carla Peterson (U of Maryland) and Barbara McCaskill (U of Georgia), together with public historians, artists, filmmakers and groups of descendants of prominent 18th and 19th century African American antislavery activists, authors, and slave owners. Speakers will address the role of cultural memory, city planning and memorializing history through multiple media. The conference will kick off with a reception and film screening of Regina Mason’s search for the history of her ancestor, the slave and author William Grimes. Other speakers include Niya Bates, Public Historian of African American Life and Slavery at Monticello, who has been in the news recently following the newly discovered bedroom of Sally Hemings in Monticello. 

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