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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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