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Reception honoring Ewa Ziarek

Carrie Bramen and Ewa Ziarek

Carrie Bramen (left), director of the Gender Institute, and Ewa Ziarek, recipient of the 2018 Mentoring Award

Reception to honor Ewa Ziarek, Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature, for her Gender Institute Excellence in Mentoring Award

Friday  May 11 -  2:00 – 4:00 PM
207 UB Commons, UB North Campus     

Following are some of the comments submitted on her behalf.

Professor Ziarek is one of the best instructors and advisors I have experienced throughout an undergraduate and graduate career that spans nearly a decade at three major research universities.”  - Seth Arico, PhD ‘18 GGSS

“Ewa is the first professor to whom I turn in times of controversy or crisis. Her professionalism, direction, and ability to listen impartially has earned my trust and respect.” - Cheryl Emerson, Graduate Student, Comp Lit

“It has been an honor to work alongside Ewa.” - Bill Solomon, Professor, English

“Ewa’s sense of instruction and mentorship does not stop at the seminar room or her office space. She is engaged in a continued conversation with her advisees, offering to them all the professional resources they need to succeed in an extremely competitive marketplace.”  - Kalliopi Nikolopoulou, Associate Professor, Comp Lit

Gender Institute Spring Lecture 2018

Dr. Musser

Amber Jamilla Musser, Washington University, St. Louis

"Working Around the Incommensurate: Brown Jouissance and Kara Walker's A Subtlety

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, 120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus

Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser's research is at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality studies. Her monograph, Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014) uses masochism as a lens to theorize different felt relationships to power. The book beings together debates on masochism within feminism, discussions of masochism from psychoanalysis and critiques of colonialism, literary presentations of masochism, and performance and visual art that draws on masochism's repertoire in order to make an argument about the relationship between sensation and knowledge production and the racialization of our current episteme of sexuality. Her current research project, "Brown Jouissance: Feminine Imaginings" uses women of color's aesthetic labors to re-imagine epistemologies of sexuality so that they center brown femininity.

Women in STEM Cooperative Summit


April 18, 2018
Student Union Theater, UB North Campus

(A Gender Perspective)

To coincide with Earth Day, the 2018 Women in STEM Summit on April 18th, celebrated women’s contributions to advancing sustainability.

Keynote: Liesl Folks, Dean of UB’s School of Engineering.

Discover what’s current in sustainability, science and policy with local thought leaders who are building sustainable solutions and influencing sustainable change. Meet organizations that support diversity and sustainability initiatives at our Information Fair. Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired, grow and connect with us!   

Humanities to the Rescue: An Evening with Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

March 9, 2018
8:00 pm
UB Center for the Arts, North Campus

The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce renowned author Margaret Atwood, as the 2017-18 Eileen Silvers Visiting Professor in the Humanities.

Ms. Atwood will deliver the keynote address on Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m. at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts to open “Humanities to the Rescue,” a weekend of programming presented by the university’s Humanities Institute.

Jayna Zweiman of the Pussyhat Project


March 7, 2018, 6:00 pm
403 Hayes Hall, UB South Campus

The Gender Institute joins the UB School of Architecture in welcoming Jayna Zweiman, an architect, and cofounder of the Pussyhat Project. Jayna has emerged as a national voice for craftivism (craft + activism), and her most recent project, Welcome Blanket, now on exhibit in Chicago, focuses on immigration.

LGBTQ Student Dinner & Film Screening

Major! poster

March 6, 2018, 6:00 pm
UB Intercultural and Diversity Center
240 Student Union, UB North Campus

This event is cosponsored by the UB Intercultural Diversity Center (IDC) and the Gender Institute is open to all students. The March 2018 IDC LGBTQ Dinner celebrates Women’s History Month with a screening of the award-winning documentary Major!, about 75 year-old Black transgender elder and activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. 

Behind the Headlines: OBGYN in the age of Larry Nasser

Panel poster

March 6, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 pm
210 Student Union, UB North Campus   

This panel will discuss topics including: 

·       What is appropriate/inappropriate in an OBGYN and other medical physical exam?
·       What to do if you feel uncomfortable in interactions with your physician?
·       Discussing abuse with your physician.  
·       Accompanying minors to Dr. Visits.
·       Resources and support available at UB.

The panel will include:  Dr. Faye Justicia Linde, Director of Medical Student Education, OBGYN, Sharon Nolan Weiss, Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Stefanie Berglas, Student, Global Gender Studies .

Sponsored by the UB Gender Institute Sex, Gender, Health Committee, UB OBGYN Department, UB Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: Theory & Practice Symposium

February 8, 2018, 9:30am-4pm
120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus

The Gender Institute, in cooperation with the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, will host an all-day symposium titled “Reproductive Justice: Theory & Practice,” with keynote Dr. Jamila Perritt, MD MPH FACOG. The term “Reproductive Justice” emerged over a decade ago to expand the aims of the pro-choice movement to include a larger spectrum of concerns that highlight racial and economic inequalities such as food insecurity and unemployment, access to affordable daycare, affordable health care and physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The aim of the symposium will be to discuss how national conversations revolving around reproductive justice impact local communities and vice versa. The symposium also included a local panel Reproductive Justice in WNY, with Dr. Katharine Morrison, Medical Director, Birthing Center of Buffalo; Vanessa Glushefki, CPA, Esq.; Dierra Jenkins, Buffalo Black Lives Matter; and Mary Badame, Board Member, New York Abortion Access Fund.

Reproductive Justice Symposium

On the preceding night, Wednesday, February 7,  6:30-8:30pmStudent Union Theater, UB North Campus, we screened the documentary “Jackson" (2016), about the last abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. Dr. Jamila Perritt led a post-screening discussion. Sponsored by UB Society of Feminists.  


Holiday Party and Retirement Celebration for Laura Mangan

This year, the Holiday Party honored Laura Mangan, who retired from UB in September after 28 years of service. Please enjoy some of the pictures chronicling this lovely event.

Holiday Open House
Laura Mangan Retirement Party crowd
Laura Mangan and retirement cake
Laura Mangan Retirement Party and Carrie Bramen giving a speech.
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September 26, 11am-3pm
Greatbatch Pavilion, Darwin Martin House, Buffalo, NY

As part of our 20th anniversary programming, the UB Gender Institute will host an all-day symposium, entitled “She Persists,” 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.

The first session (11am-12:15am) will focus on late nineteenth century women innovators locally and internationally, including the architect Louise Bethune, who designed the Lafayette Hotel, Harriet Townsend, founder of the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, and Maria Love, who opened the first daycare in the U.S. for poor working women. This session will feature Despina Stratigakos, Professor of Architecture at UB, and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, director of the Capital Planning Group, who will set the historical stage for the afternoon session, which will turn to current leaders and innovators in Buffalo.

She Persits participants

UB Law Professor and Vice-Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Teri Miller, will moderate the afternoon session (1pm-3pm), which will highlight the ongoing legacy of Buffalo women innovators in a panel that will include leaders in local and state politics, long-time Erie County lawmaker Joan Bozer; environmental activist and deputy director of PUSH/Buffalo Rahwa Ghirmatzion, a pioneer in human genomics research, Dr. Norma Nowak, who directs UB’s NY State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, and a leader of a new generation of local activists working on neighborhood sustainability, Bernice Radle. This event, spearheaded by Carrie Bramen, director of the UB Gender Institute, and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, is part of a series of events associated with the Buffalo Niagara Tesla Festival, which highlights the inventions and innovations of Buffalo from the Gilded Age to today. 

11:00-11:10: Welcome—Carrie Bramen, Director, UB Gender Institute
11:10-12:00: Session 1: Women Innovators of the Gilded Age: Despina Stratigakos, Professor of Architecture, UB, moderator, and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Director of the Capital Planning Group
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30pm Session II: Women Innovators Today: Teresa Miller, Vice-Provost for Inclusive Excellence, moderator
Panelists: Dr. Norma Nowak, Director, New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, Joan Bozer, Erie County lawmaker and environmentalist, Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Deputy Director of PUSH/Buffalo, Bernice Radle, owner of Buffalove Development and member of the City of Buffalo’s Zoning Board of Appeals

Naw Ruz, International New Year

Naw Ruz

March 31, 2017

Presented by the Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women
cosponsored by UB Gender Institute.

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Dr. Glenna Bett, Deputy Director of the Gender Institute, wins Ignite Award

March 2, 2017

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College recognizes successful women-owned businesses in the Western New York area with the Ignite Award.

Dr. Glenna Bett, deputy director of the Gender Institute, was among the 2017 awardees. 

Glenna Bett

Solidarity Party

Solidarity Party photos

Thank you to the hundreds of people who cosponsored, supported, and attended our Solidarity Party to Honor and Celebrate International Scholars, Students, Immigrants, and Refugees on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Asbury Hall. Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Commissioner Mark Poloncarz joined a host of musicians, artists, poets, lawyers, faculty, clergy, students, and others who expressed support and love for the entire community that comprises Western NY.

For information about the program and cosponsors:

UB News Center: "Solidarity Party to honor internationals and refugees..."

TWC News/Spectrum News:  Solidarity Party Celebrates Diverse ... Buffalo: "Solidarity party held to show support ..."

Gender Institute Faculty and Friends at Women's March

January, 2017