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Leading a Feminist Life from a Conservative Christian Background: A Conversation with Mackenzie Junjulas

Episode 2
November 6, 2019
Produced by Hilary Vandenbark, with assistance from Chris Cheung, Office of Media Services, University at Buffalo Libraries.

This week, host Hilary Vandenbark speaks with Mackenzie Junjulas, a 21-year-old Senior, studying English and Psychology with a concentration in Legal Studies here at UB. After she graduates, Junjulas hopes to pursue a career in Law and will be applying to law schools soon. 

In this episode, we discuss our similar upbringings in conservative non-denominational Christian households and our journeys to become feminists. We tackle some of the difficulties of managing these ostensibly contradictory identities and discuss how our understanding of religion, politics, feminism, and family have evolved. 

The Unpredictability of Memory: A Conversation with Artist Tricia Butski

Episode 1
October 8, 2019
Edited and produced by Chris Cheung and Omar Brown, Office of Media Services, University at Buffalo Libraries.


This week, on the inaugural Gender Matters podcast, Graduate Assistant Hilary Vandenbark speaks with local artist and UB alumnus Tricia Butski (MFA, 2015). Butski's charcoal on paper works, "Errant" and "Tenuous," are on display at the Gender Institute

Butski is a fine artist and educator living and working in Buffalo, NY. Butski studied traditional drawing and oil painting, receiving her BFA from SUNY at Fredonia in 2013 and her MFA from the University at Buffalo in 2015. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Buffalo Arts Studio. She also works as an adjunct professor at Erie Community College and SUNY Fredonia, where she teaches drawing, painting and digital design courses.

Butski’s work has been included in several group exhibitions, most recently in shows at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo (‘19), Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, NY (‘18), the Trimain Center in Buffalo (‘18) and the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center in Niagara Falls (‘17). Some of her most recent solo exhibitions include shows at the Nichols School Gallery in Buffalo (‘19), Revolution Gallery in Buffalo (‘18), the Roz Steiner Art Gallery in Batavia (‘17) and the Buffalo Arts Studio (‘16). Butski has also participated in public arts collaborations, working on murals on Niagara Street, Clinton Street, and Ash Street in Buffalo, NY, and on 3rd Street in Niagara Falls, NY.

Butski’s recent works have primarily been portraiture, and her exploration into the blurred lines between realistic representation of her subjects and abstractionism. To learn more about Butski and her work, please visit her website,