News and Events Archives

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Message from the Director (Fall 2020)

Dear Gender Institute Community,
On the eve of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (August 26th), and less than three months until the US presidential election, it is important to recognize the progress that women—in all of our diversity and complexity— have made in many aspects of life, while at the same time acknowledging the deeply embedded obstacles that still face us.  This summer, in the midst of a pandemic, there has been a historic reckoning with the racial and economic injustices that continue to plague our nation. The spirit of public protest and the suffragist call to “make noise” continue to shape the ongoing struggle for equal rights and to inform the work of the Gender Institute.

This semester, the UB Gender Institute will continue the conversation begun at our symposium last March on “Legacies of Suffrage: Women’s Activism Then and Now,” with virtual programming for all of our events. 

We are also kicking off a year-long virtual Black Lives Matter Book Club, featuring recent work by black feminists. This is a graduate student led series, initiated by our Graduate Assistant Hilary Vandenbark and our Dissertation Fellow Dana Venerable, together with Visiting Assistant Professor Mope Ogunbowale. If you are interested in joining this reading and discussion series—and all are welcome---please contact Hilary directly at

We are looking forward to sustaining our UB Gender Institute Community virtually this semester and hope to “see” you at one of our events.

In solidarity,

Message from Director (Summer 2020)

Painting by Lili Schmid.

Dear Gender Institute Community,

I write to you today to share my sadness, anger, and grief over the events of the past few days. The brutal killings of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and Tony McDade in Florida, together with the blatant act of racism against Christian Cooper in New York City, all point to the fact that we have a long way to go before we become a truly inclusive and progressive nation.

These recent killings also point to the intersectionality of hate, where racism against African Americans is coupled with misogynoir (Breonna Taylor) and transphobia (Tony McDade).

This injustice is further highlighted by the fact that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted communities of color in the US, especially in our own state of New York. This global pandemic has exposed the persistent racial, social, and economic inequities that continue to exist in our city, our state, and our nation.

Angela Davis once said “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” With those words in mind, let us all take this opportunity to recommit ourselves to the struggle for justice in all its forms.

Despite recent events, I am hopeful about our future as I see the younger generation—the generation of our students and soon-to-be students-- peacefully protesting against injustice in truly diverse and inclusive groups. I share their outrage and their hope for a more democratic future.

In the spirit of hope, I share with you a painting that my fifteen-year old daughter completed last night.
In solidarity,

Letter from the Director Regarding COVID-19

Dear Gender Institute Community,
As we shift to online teaching this week, I want to reach out to all of you about changes we have made at the UB Gender Institute for the remaining weeks of the semester. In light of Governor Cuomo’s SUNY guidelines regarding COVID-19, we have canceled all remaining events. Many of those will be rescheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Despite these cancellations, I am pleased to report that our services to graduate students will continue through online meetings. Thanks to our Graduate Assistant, Hilary Vandenbark, our doctoral dissertation writing workshop will continue meeting online weekly; and our work-in-progress seminars with Gender Institute and Humanities Institute Dissertation Fellows will also continue online.
We have also extended the deadline for the 2020-2021 Gender Institute Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowship to Monday, April 20th. For more information about this opportunity including application materials, please click here.
Even from a distance, you can continue to stay in touch with the Gender Institute.  You may enjoy our Gender Matters podcast featuring recent events and members of the UB community in stimulating conversations about policy, research, and art. You can also catch past programming on the Gender Institute YouTube Channel. We hope to have the video/audio from the Legacies of Suffrage: Women's Activism Then and Now symposium posted to our YouTube Channel shortly.
If you would like to spearhead any collaborative workshops to keep us connected (online reading groups, online writing groups), please feel free to contact me and we can post in next Monday’s e-newsletter. 

In these unsettling and uncertain times, we will do our best to facilitate a (virtual) community as we adjust together to the new demands and challenges ahead.
Warm wishes,

Past Events


Lisa Downing "On Selfish Women" Lecture

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Lisa Downing is Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is a specialist in interdisciplinary sexuality and gender studies, critical theory, and the history of cultural concepts, focusing especially on questions of exceptionality, difficulty, and (ab)normality. Recent books include: The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer (2013); Fuckology: Critical Essays on John Money’s Diagnostic Concepts (co-authored with Iain Morland and Nikki Sullivan, 2015); and After Foucault (as editor, 2018), as well as Selfish Women. Her next book project will be a short monograph-manifesto entitled Against Affect.



September 17, 2020
12:00 p.m.

Zoom Webinar

Video available by request for University at Buffalo community members.



Book cover image of Selfish Women.

Selfish Women (2020, Routledge)

In this lecture, Lisa Downing will discuss the key themes of her book, Selfish Women. The book offers a provocative rejoinder to many dominant ideas in mainstream culture, as well as in much feminist thinking, about the ethical character of women and the female proclivity to care, to be for the other.  For an excerpt, please click here.

Selfish Women
 asks why difficult, unpalatable — selfish — women are treated with such ambivalent fascination and demonization. Focusing on controversial and influential figures who have espoused philosophies and politics of selfishness, including Ayn Rand and Margaret Thatcher, it asks whether their ideas of self-interest might, counterintuitively and used against the grain, lend something valuable to feminist politics — and, more broadly, whether progressive politics might be missing a trick in rejecting the notion of "self-interest."

Paying Tribute to Retiring Professors

The Gender Institute is celebrating the retirements of three of our steadfast supporters, Barbara Bono (English), Arabella Lyon (Global Gender and Sexuality Studies), and Susan Udin (Physiology, Jacobs School of Medicine). We are profoundly grateful for their commitment to gender justice, feminist scholarship, and our UB community during their service here. We know they will be greatly missed. We invited colleagues to share their tributes and well wishes with us. We hope you join us in congratulating them on this well-earned milestone! 

Barbara Bono, Associate Professor of English

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I have known Barbara since her tenure party. This world-shaking event celebrated the awarding of tenure to THREE women at the same time, one of whom was Mary Bisson my colleague and the reason for my presence at the party. Barbara and I stayed in touch.  In addition to Shakespeare (after Jim and family) she was passionately devoted to teaching, especially undergraduates, sometimes to the detriment of her career....She was devoted to them and they were devoted to her.
We wish her a happy, healthy retirement. UB needs faculty who truly care about students and she will be missed."
    -- Gail Willsky, Biochemistry, Professor Emeritus

For the full faculty tribute and a brief biography of Professor Bono, please click here.

Arabella Lyon, Professor of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

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"I will always remember Arabella Lyon as the colleague who, when other faculty may have had questions about how best to help a struggling graduate student, got the latter to write, finish, and defend a thoroughly researched and well-written dissertation in what felt like no time. I never quite knew how she did it, but I suspect that her no-nonsense, encouraging yet firm, step-by-step and erudite approach to scholarship and the profession have a lot to do with her remarkable mentoring skills. 
She has also always been as generous with her younger colleagues as she is with students, and I for one am someone who has benefited the most from her savoir faire, other-directedness, and commonsense. 
Arabella is a public humanist who values disagreement, democratic deliberation, and brainstorming as basic conditions of a healthy community, and community is always what she strives to facilitate and model."
--Carine Mardorossian, Professor of English

For the full faculty tribute and a brief biography of Professor Lyon, please click here.

Susan Udin, Professor of Physiology (Jacobs School of Medicine)

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Susan has always been passionate about supporting the careers of other women in science. She has organized the Women Faculty lunches that have been very useful for establishing connections among UB women faculty who, because of our unfortunate geographical distribution, would otherwise not be likely to encounter each other. 

Susan’s efforts on behalf of women have been very much appreciated, and I hope her involvement will continue after her retirement. Finally, Susan and I became friends, getting together many times over the years for meals, concerts, plays etc. (remember those?). Since she is planning to stay in Buffalo these of course will continue-once we are allowed to return to the world.

--Joan S. Baizer, Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Jacobs School of Medicine

For the full faculty tribute and a brief biography of Professor Udin, please click here

The Women in STEM Cooperative presents Webinar Series: Helping STEM Students Thrive

Women in STEM Webinar flyer.

May 13, 2020

"Graduate students in STEM"
1:00 - 2:00 pm  EST (note updated time)
Webinar Platform: Zoom

This year’s theme is Adult Learning Pathways.  The demographics of our students are changing, the avenues that they travel are many and varied.  We will explore these pathways and the various ways these students needs can be met to help them succeed and achieve their goals. Those who register will receive a recording. 

For more information:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Tea Time Chat

Wednesday, April 22
2:00 - 3:00 pm   Zoom webinar

Kari Winter, Professor
Global Gender Sexuality Studies

Hilary Vandenbark, PhD Candidate (GGSS)
Gender Institute Graduate Assistant

Please join Professor Kari Winter and GGSS  Doctoral candidate/Gender Institute GA, Hilary Vandenbark for an informal Zoom discussion of Vandenbark's doctoral work on sexual violence, as well as sex education reform and domestic violence.

Vandenbark's dissertation analyzes how different components of government respond to sexual violence (the legislature, bureaucracy, and the criminal justice system) and the role of activists, advocacy organizations, and social movements in shaping government policy at the state and federal level.  

Open to all UB students, faculty and staff.


Women's Activism Then and Now

combined poster of film, Knock Down The House, and a photo of a march for suffrage with women and men carrying banners.

Screening of "Knock Down the House"

March 5, 2020
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Burchfield Penney Art Center  Buffalo State College  Free

Women's Activism Then and Now Symposium

March 6, 2020    
9:00 am- 1:00 pm
Location: 112 Center for the Arts (Screening Room)
UB North Campus

1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: 250 Baird Hall, UB North Campus

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Gender Institute, The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, 1st Amendment, 1st Vote organization.

For further details:

UB Women in STEM Cooperative Annual Summit

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   March 4, 2020

   8:30 am Registration 
   Program begins at 9 am.

   9:00 am - 2:00 pm

   To register, please go to:

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

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tonya Matthews,
Director of STEM Learning Innovation, Associate Provost for Inclusive Workforce Development, Wayne State University 

Dr. Matthews is part of the WSU leadership team setting a vision to address the challenge of an inclusive STEM student success pipeline and pathway from “preK-to-Gray.” Matthews is responsible for implementing the vision of the STEM Innovation Learning Center as an interdisciplinary learning center for WSU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a hub for WSU K-12 outreach.

According to Matthews, “STEM is about science, technology, engineering, math – and any other letters we need to activate the curiosity and genius of all of our students and our entire workforce to drive innovation, spark invention, and create a world in which we all thrive.” 

Prior to joining the WSU community, Matthews served as President and CEO of the Michigan Science Center (MiSci), leading its journey to reclaim Detroit’s science center legacy and become a STEM Hub for the state of Michigan. While at MiSci, Matthews founded The STEMinista Project, an international initiative that encourages and supports middle school girls’ interest in STEM and STEM careers.  

Known as a thought-leader STEM equity, education, and employability, Matthews has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Michigan by Crain’s Business (2016) and honored as a Trailblazer by Career Mastered Magazine (2017).    

Dr. Matthews received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and her B.S.E. in biomedical and electrical engineering from Duke University. Matthews is a board member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education. She is currently serving her second term on the National Assessment Governing Board as its Vice-Chair.

The Politics of Knowledge Production—An Intellectual Sojourn into Understanding; Epistemology and Practice of African Gender History

Nwando Achebe.

Feb 13, 2020
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
509 O’Brien Hall
UB North Campus

Nwando Achebe details her personal journey into becoming an Africanist and gender historian. Along the way, she considers questions relating to the ownership and production of Africanist knowledge; while highlighting several influential interpretive voices that have shaped received canon in ways that are at best, problematic; and at worst, Eurocentric. These voices have worked to interrupt and/or disrupt true understanding and knowing about African women and gender. She ends by offering up her own African- and gender-centered intervention into existing discourse and production of history. Reception will follow lecture.
Cosponsored by the UB Department of History, Gender Institute, School of Law and the Office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence.


Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Meredith Conti


Thursday, November 21, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

American Girls, American Guns: Whiteness and Transgressive Womanhood in the Sharpshooting Performances of Annie Oakley and Lillian Smith

Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
Professor Conti, recipient of a Gender Institute Faculty Research Award  

In the wild west show of the late 1800s, an entertainment genre dominated by feats of muscular athleticism and simulated violence, the acts of female sharpshooters operated as deviations from the show’s staple depictions of frontier masculinity, as well as appealing, if not problematic, amplifications of the mythic narrative of the U.S. American West. In this talk, nineteenth-century theatre historian Meredith Conti considers the shooting acts of celebrated markswomen Annie Oakley and Lillian Smith, both of whom made their careers wielding that most hyper-masculinized of objects, the U.S. American firearm. As Conti will assert, Oakley and Smith performed divergent versions of “frontier femininity” through their expert spectacles of gunplay and by positioning their stage identities as “Western girls” in relationship to two adjacent variants of womanhood: an elite white womanhood revered by Victorian Britons, and an indigenous womanhood only partially inspired by the native inhabitants of the land occupied by the United States. 

The Women in STEM Cooperative Presents: "New Models of Learning"


Nov. 20, 2019 
12:00 - 1:30 pm  EST
Webinar Platform: Zoom
Zoom link:

This year’s theme is Adult Learning Pathways.  The demographics of our students are changing, the avenues that they travel are many and varied.  We will explore these pathways and the various ways these students needs can be met to help them succeed and achieve their goals.

Join the conversation: @UBWISC #UBWISC

Nov. 19, 2019     8:00 am- 5:00 p.m.


Asia at Noon Lecture Series and Film Screening: Janani’s Juliet

Asia at noon.

Friday,  Nov. 8, 2019

12:00- 2:00 p.m.
CFA Screening Room
UB North Campus

"an intimate view of a theatre group as they rehearse a politically charged rendering of Romeo & Juliet, reworking it into the real-life matrix of caste, class and gender".

All are welcome to join us for our Asia at Noon lecture series. These public lectures by visiting faculty or UB faculty and graduate students present new research from many disciplines. The lectures are held on Fridays at noon.

For more information:

This event is cosponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the Department of English, the Gender Institute, the Department of Media Study, and the Melodia E. Jones Chair (administered by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Paisley Currah

"On Transmisogyny”

Thursday, November 7, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: 509 O'Brian Hall  North Campus   Free


Paisley Currah, Professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY, is a founding editor, with Susan Stryker, of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, a new journal from Duke University Press. He is co-editor of Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and Knowledge and Transgender Rights.  He also co-edited Transgender Rights, which won the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Recent articles have been published in Theory & EventSocial Research, and Hypatia. Currah sits on the editorial boards of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian StudiesWomen’s Studies Quarterly, andSexuality Research and Social Policy. He served as the Executive Director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York from 2003-2007, where he helped launched the International Resource Network (, a global network of researchers, activists, artists, and teachers sharing knowledge about diverse sexualities.
He has an upcoming book, "Sex is as Sex Does: Transgender Identity and the Politics of Classification" forthcoming from New York University Press. Professor Currah’s current teaching and research interests include the politics of identity, queer and transgender theories and politics, biopolitics, and legal/political/theoretical ethnographies of state apparatuses.

Masterclass with Paisley Currah

10:00 am – 11:30 am
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus 

For Graduate Students and All Faculty

Join Professor Currah to discuss a short chapter from his upcoming book, “Sex is as sex does: Transgender identity and the politics of classification”.

Space is limited, please register by emailing Hilary Vandenbark at

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Sarah Robert

Sarah Robert.

Associate Professor, Learning and Instruction
Graduate School of Education

Thursday, October 24, 2019
12:00-1:30 pm
207 UB Commons
North Campus

How Gender and Policy "Work" in Education: A View From the Americas.


Dr. Sarah A. Robert narrates a personal and professional journey to understand how intersectional gender as identities, patterns of relations, and resilient system of oppression shapes and is shaped by education policies and politics. She emphasizes the word “work” in her title to reflect her concern for historicizing and conceptualizing the gendered nature of policy processes related to school work and workers; school-based knowledge; and the labor that transformation and reflection of both require. The journey starts in North America, continues in Central America, on to South America, the Caribbean, and back to North America. Along the way, she reflects from the feminist roles of educator, mama, researcher, and activist.

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Women in STEM Webinar

Helping STEM Students Thrive: Adult Learning Pathways

Wednesday October 23, 2019 
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Webinar format,  Zoom platform

Harvard Graduate School of Education and SUNY University at Buffalo collaboration 

Join these online discussions with national thought leaders who will share ideas about broadening the particiapation of women in undergraduate STEM education as framed by the lens of higher education, institutions, learning spaces and introductory undergraduate STEM courses. Join us as we explore the following topic: Community Colleges

To receive a recording, please register at: WiSC Webinar Series

Zoom link for the webinar:

Isabel Marcus Retirement Celebration

The UB School of Law & Gender Institute hosted a tribute celebration to honor Teacher + Scholar + Activist + Friend Isabel Marcus. Marcus founded the Gender Institute in 1997 and has been a fixture of the UB community.

Saturday October 19, 2019    1:00 pm - 3:00 p.m.
South Lake Village Community Room,  UB North Campus

The $40 fee covered lunch and a donation to two funds Isabel supported.

Please consider a donation in Isabel’s honor.
Visit here to donate to the Isabel Marcus International Research Fellowship, supporting student research related to women and gender outside the U.S.
Visit here to donate to the Women & Children’s Social Justice Fund, supporting law students’ research and summer jobs in the field of domestic violence.                  

Photo Credit: University at Buffalo School of Law.
For all event photos, click here.

Wikipedia Workshop: History+Gender

Wikipedia Event.

October 16, 2019
240 Capen Hall
North Campus

Come learn how to edit Wikipedia, evaluate sources, manage digital archives, and rebalance entries on women, trans* and nonbinary people. 

Bring your laptops!

Refreshments provided.

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Rebecca Borowski

Rebecca Borowski.

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Educational Policy and Leadership

Thursday, October 10, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

Women Leaders in STEM Disciplines: A Comparative Case Study on Leadership and Disciplinary Culture

In this talk I present dissertation findings on leadership styles for women in the disciplines of biology and engineering. Findings show that while women in both disciplines experienced a masculinist culture, women in disciplines with more women, such as biology, were able to use their gendered experiences to create an empathetic and empowering leadership style, while women in disciplines with less women, such as engineering, adopted gender neutral narratives to utilize a leadership style which was “not personal” and data driven.

On Misogyny Lecture Series: Dr. Moya Bailey, On Misogynoir


October 3, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 pm
509 O'Brian Hall, UB North Campus

Moya Bailey is an Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University. Named to Essence Magazine’s Woke 100 Women for 2018, Professor Bailey coined the word “misogynoir” in 2010, a term that describes the intersection of race and gender-based bias that black women face in popular culture. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.

Dr. Bailey visited UB as the penultimate speaker in the Gender Institute's On Misogyny Lecture Series. Dr. Bailey spoke extensively about Misogynoir which she coined to articulate Black women's experiences of misogyny and anti-Blackness.

For more photos of the event, click here.  

Spiritualists and Suffragists: An Evening at Lily Dale

Spiritualists .

September 28, 2019 
7:00 p.m.
Bough House Restaurant 
1 Melrose Park, Lily Dale, NY 14752

Join UB Gender Institute Director Carrie Bramen as she hosts an evening at the historic Lily Dale Spiritualist community, to learn about how famous nineteenth-century Spiritualists and Suffragists convened at Lily Dale to advocate for women’s rights. On the eve of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, when women gained the right to vote, this event will look at the role a small Spiritualist community in rural Western New York played in women’s reform movements nationally.  The evening will begin with a dinner buffet at the new Bough House Restaurant in the heart of the village, followed by a historical re-enactment performance by the Lily Dale Women’s Event Committee. There will be a curated exhibit of artifacts for display of women's rights in Chautauqua County. The evening will conclude with a demonstration of mediumship.    Cost including dinner: $35    Register here.

2019 Annual Welcome Reception

Our Annual Welcome Reception for New and Returning Faculty was another success full of collaborations, music, and great conversation.  


For photos of the event, click here.


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

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop


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.


See more Feminist Research Alliance events.



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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 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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