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Madness Symposium flier.

A symposium featuring Jesse Miller, Lisa Diedrich, Martin Summers, Lisa Johnson, Susan Cahn, Jessica Lowell Mason, Kathleen Brian, Michael Rembis, and Wendy Gonaver.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10:45am - 5:00pm
330 Student Union, UB North Campus

Cosponsored by Disability Studies Research Workshop, Humanities Institute, Gender Institute, Department of History, Department of English, Global Gender Studies, Science Studies Workshop.

Panel 1: Communities of Care    

Jesse Miller, Books as Technologies of Care
Lisa Diedrich, Graphic Trauma: Drawing as Working Through Sexual Violence
Martin Summers, Race, Community Control, and Mental Health Care in Chicago: The Woodlawn Mental Health Center in the Black Freedom Struggle

Panel 2: Diagnosing Madness

Lisa Johnson, Neuroqueer Feminism: Turning with Tenderness toward Borderline Personality Disorder
Susan Cahn, BPD
Jessica Lowell Mason, Making a Mad Community, from Attic to Attic

Panel 3: Institutional Care

Kathleen Brian, Dread and the Epistemology of Risk
Michael Rembis, ‘A fact was no less a fact because it was told by a crazy person’: Popular Responses to 19th Century Asylums



Professor of Chinese History
Chair, Department of History
Stanford University

“Abortion as a Topic for Feminist Historical Research: The Case of China”

Matthew H. Sommer .

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

What is the history of abortion and how should that history inform, and be informed by, feminist political goals?  Professor Sommer will address these issues from the standpoint of his research on abortion in Late Imperial China.


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STEM summit image.

Wed. May 1, 2019
Student Union Theater, UB North Campus
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dean Michael Cain, Dean Liesl Folks and Senior Assoc. Dean Nancy Nielsen will discuss the sexual harassment study released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and its implications for the fields of STEM and Medicine. This will be followed by a hands on workshop and networking session.  Light lunch will be available.



APRIL 17, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 pm
107 Capen Hall (Honors College, inside the Silverman Library), UB North Campus
Registration is requested:

Wazhmah Osman.

Wazhmah Osman is Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. Osman, a filmmaker and anthropologist, will examine the toxic masculinities that produce the misogynist culture of war.

She will also discuss the rise of right wing feminist groups and ways to imagine global feminist solidarity beyond this “imperial feminism” in our current age of hyper-masculinity and militarism.



APRIL 18, 2019
2:00 - 5:00 pm
330 Student Union, UB North Campus
Registration is requested:

image from movie, Postcards from Tora Bora.

Join filmmaker and anthropologist Wazhmah Osman for a screening of her documentary Postcards from Tora Bora (2007). The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

The Osman family fled Afghanistan at the height of the Cold War, leaving almost everything behind. In the chaos, their suitcase filled with family photos is stolen. Postcards from Tora Bora tells the story of how, after two decades of living in the United States, Wazhmah returns to her childhood home. On an alternately sad and humorous quest and armed only with rapidly fading memories, she recruits some unlikely and reluctant guides as she attempts to put together the pieces of her past.

Jewish Geographies: Jewish Space in Contemporary Art

Jewish Geographies poster.

April 11 - May 25, 2019
Center for the Arts Lower Gallery, UB North Campus

The artists in this exhibition envision, create, and critique Jewish space through a diverse range of media including painting, poetry, performance, and video. They traverse material and immaterial spaces, from synagogues to the space of memory. They investigate the politics of Jewish space, offering feminist critiques of Jewish practice under Orthodox law, satirizing the gender ideology of Jewish nationalism, and using Jewish history and experience to comment on current discourses of migration. Taken together, the works in this exhibition expand the concept of Jewish space beyond a simple binary between the State of Israel and a state of exile and draw renewed attention to the complexity of Jewish history and experience.



NY State Council on Women and Girls presents:


MARCH 15, 2019
2:00 PM
Pre-Registration is requested:

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Kelli Owens, Director of Women’s Affairs for Governor Andrew Cuomo, Monique Owens, Empire State Fellow for Women’s Affairs, Karen L. King, PhD., Executive Director, Erie County Commission on the Status of Women

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his 2019 State of the State Address where he outlined the 2019 Women’s Agenda. The Council on Women and Girls is hosting at least one forum in each region of the state and are partnering with colleges in NY with a long history and commitment of educating women.  

Check out the Women's Agenda Brief!

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Fernanda Negrete

Assistant Professor
Romance Languages & Literatures

Fernanda Negrete.

"Symptom and Sensation: Clinical Aesthetics in Experimental Literature and Art"

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

Professor Negrete
, recipient of a Gender Institute Faculty Research Award, to work on her book, Symptom and Sensation: Clinical Aesthetics in Experimental Literature and Art, will join us to present research findings from the project.

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Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Emily Grijalva

Assistant Professor
Department of Organization & Human Resources

Emily Grijalva.


Thursday, March 7, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus


Professor Grijalva, recipient of a Gender Institute Faculty Research Award, for the research project, “Gender and Perceptions of Leadership Emergence: An Updated Meta-Analysis”, will join us to present research findings from the project.

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Women in STEM logo.

Women in STEM Webinar

The Current State of Women in STEM: What the Research Says

March 6, 2019
12 pm - 1:30 pm
Webinar format, Shindig platform, Chrome browser friendly
To register/attend:


Liesl Folks, Ph.D, MBA is the Dean of the School of Engineering, University at Buffalo, is an internationally recognized expert in nanotechnology and magnetism. She holds 12 U.S. patents and is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed technical publications. She is also a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Folks served as president of the IEEE’s Magnetics Society (2013/2014) and was a member of a congressionally mandated panel for the Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, facilitated by the National Academy of Sciences, in 2012. She has an exemplary record of support for STEM education initiatives, from her promotion of innovative programs at the PreK-12 level, to her role in launching a magnetics summer school program through the IEEE, which provides summer study opportunities each year to nearly 100 graduate students from around the world. In 2013, Folks was recognized for her mentorship of science and engineering students with the national AVS Excellence in Leadership Award.

Maria (Mia) Ong, Ph.D, Technical Education Research Centers (TERC)
is an inspirational leader and C-level executive in technology, business, research and academia. Dr. Ong is a Senior Research Scientist and Evaluator at TERC, a STEM education research organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is also the Founder and Director of Project SEED (Science and Engineering Equity and Diversity), a social justice collaborative affiliated with The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA. For nearly twenty years, she has conducted empirical research focusing on women of color in higher education and careers in STEM and has led evaluation of several STEM diversity/inclusion programs.

The UB Women in STEM Cooperative is proud to offer the Helping STEM Students Thrive series, a webinar series collaboration between Harvard University and the University at Buffalo featuring the perspectives of national thought leaders and institutional representatives about expanding the participation of women in undergraduate STEM education at different scales as informed through the lens of higher education trends, institutional practices, learning spaces and introductory undergraduate courses in STEM.



March 5, 2019
11 am - 1 pm
210 Student Union, UB North Campus
Free and open to the public


Martina Anto-Ocrah.

Martina Anto-Ocrah, Ph.D., M.P.H, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center. An expert on "pink" concussions, Dr. Anto-Ocrah suggests that differences in recovery time for traumatic brain injury between male and female patients is due to gender differences in treatment.

Jodi Lynn Maracle


FEBRUARY 27, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 pm
107 Capen Hall (the Honors College inside the Silverman Library)
UB North Campus

Decolonize Graphic.

This workshop and talk with artist-scholar Jodi Lynn Maracle will explore personal, institutional, and pop culture relationships to western feminism. Given the location of the University at Buffalo on Seneca lands, Haudenosaunee contemporary and historical social and political formations will be centered as a lens for unpacking problematic feminist theory and practices.

Jodi Lynn Maracle is Kanien’keha:ka mother, artist and scholar whose work centers the creative resistance and decolonial practices of Haudenosaunee queer and non-binary people and Haudenosaunee women in the forms of material production, birth practices, language resurgence and place making.





Kate Manne

"On Himpathy and Misogyny”

Kate Manne.

October 25, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 pm
120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus   Free

Registration is requested:

Kate Manne is an Assistant professor of the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University, where she has been teaching since 2013. Before that, she was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2011 to 2013. She did her graduate work in philosophy at MIT from 2006 to 2011, with the generous support of a General Sir John Monash scholarship. She was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne (her hometown), where she studied philosophy, logic, and computer science.

More recently, her focus is on moral philosophy (especially metaethics and moral psychology), feminist philosophy, and social philosophy. She also enjoys writing opinion pieces, essays, and reviews for a wider audience

She was interviewed by Justin Caouette for the blog of the APA (American Philosophical Association) in January 2016. She was also interviewed by Clifford Sosis about a wide range of topics for his website, "What is it Like to be a Philosopher?" in January 2018. 

She has published an academic/trade "crossover" book called Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Oxford University Press: New York, 2018) about the nature, function, and persistence of misogyny. You can read more about it at  

Power Mapping Workshop with LittleSis

Thursday, September 27, 2018
107 Talbert Hall, UB North Campus

Map the Power graphic.

This workshop is a mix of theory and practice. We’ll walk through the basics of what power research is, how it is used in activist organizing, and its place in a social justice framework. Then we’ll get in to how to identify and start mapping the power elite using the LittleSis power research tools. These skills can be applied at any level, from federal level politics and big name multinational corporations to your local crony developers and patronage gigs. is a wiki-style research platform and database that tracks relationships between powerful people and organizations. The name LittleSis is the opposite of Big Brother so instead of looking down, we as a research community are watching back, keeping tabs on the powers that be. We believe that given the right tools anyone can do this kind of important research and hold power accountable. LittleSis was co-founded by two student activists who wanted to create an easy tool for people to more easily map out networks of influence. The database went live in 2009 and now contains over 300,000 entities and 1.3 million relationships connecting them. The database is overseen by our non-profit, the Public Accountability Initiative, a watchdog research group focused on corporate and government accountability. We specialize in something we call power research, that is identifying and mapping out the connections between corporations and wealthy elites that consolidate and maintain influence in our society and our economy.


Humanities Institute Festival 2018.

Humanities Festival Panel:



Saturday, September 22, 2018
Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo

The panelists will include:

Prof. Margaret Rhee, our new colleague in Media Study who is currently a Harvard College Fellow and will be flying in specially to participate on our panel.
Karen King, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.
Tosca Miserendino, a filmmaker and writer, who is completing her Master’s degree in Social Work at UB.

For more information and the full schedule:

Eating Disorders and Body Love: The Things Mama Didn't Tell You

Thursday, September 20, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 pm
120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus

Gloria Lucas.

Gloria Lucas is a Xicana womxn and the person behind Nalgona Positivity Pride. Straight from the Inland Empire, the DIY punk community in Riverside taught her how to organize since age 18. She has helped put together Ladyfest IE, Ladyfest LA, IE Riot Grrrls, and Women of Color for Decolonization. In 2014, she founded Nalgona Positivity Pride from years of dealing with the violent lack of women of color representation in the eating disorder-awareness community. Like the chingona womxn of color that came before, she creates spaces for marginalized folks to support each other and heal from the trauma of colonialism, eurocentric beauty ideals, and disordered eating in communities of color. She has lectured across the nation in different universities and community organizations. Gloria’s work has been featured at the Huffington Post, MiTú, Bitch Magazine, and The Body is not an Apology. Her most recent project is SageSpoon, an online support group for indigenous people and people of color with eating problems. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their cats, Pepita and Mister Orange.

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

"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!   

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.  

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