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Interviews with Faculty

Carrie Tirado Bramen

Beth Kuberka, a PhD. student in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, interviewed Carrie Tirado Bramen, Associate Professor of English and then Executive Director of UB’s Humanities Institute on February 4, 2011. Bramen describes the awakening of her passion for critical theory and archival research. She challenges each new generation of scholars to value the humanities as “a living archive of knowledges that have to be sustained. The humanities have to challenge the market economy rather than try to assimilate to its rules.”

Jennifer Loft, an MA student in Global Gender Studies, interviewed Susan Cahn, Professor of History, on February 8, 2011. Professor Cahn describes the emergence of her interests in women and sports, southern women's history, and feminist studies. She urges emerging feminist scholars to work hard, be true to themselves, and love what they do.

Alexis Masani DeVeaux

An internationally acclaimed artist-activist-scholar, Professor Alexis Masani DeVeaux (Global Gender Studies) is the author of a major biography of Audre Lorde and several award-winning works of fiction. In this February 2011 interview by Kamaria Busby, an MA student in American Studies, DeVeaux highlights a few aspects of her life and work from her childhood in Harlem to her scholarly specialization in Black diasporic women’s literatures. 

Rachel Snyder Lockman, an MA student in English Department, interviewed Lucinda M. Finley, former Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and the Frank Raichle Professor of Law, on March 2, 2011. Finley’s research into how the male serves as the normative has led her to look at “tort law from a feminist perspective.” She asks: “To what extent are the laws framed to male needs?  I found that, although there were not intentional biases, the laws didn’t fit women’s needs as well as men’s. This is especially true with tort law and what constitutes damage.”

Christine Ditzel, a PhD student in American Studies, interviewed Lois Weis, SUNY Distinguished Professor of  Educational Leadership and Policy, Graduate College of Education,on February 1, 2011. In this interview Professor Weis illuminates key issues in the underfunding of American schools at the same time that she exemplifies an empowering feminist praxis as a mentor of graduate students.