Upcoming Events

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Joseph Conte.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Zoom Platform

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Joseph M. Conte

Department of English

"Transnational America: The New Global Citizen in the Novels of Laila Lalami and Valeria Luiselli"

For well over a hundred years, migrants to the US were expected to assimilate as a foreign body into the dominant imaginary of a white, Rockwellian Protestantism. In the novels and nonfiction writing of Moroccan-born Laila Lalami and Mexican Valeria Luiselli, however, a transnational migrant asserts the full rights of the global citizen, one who changes the local culture in which she finds herself as much as she is changed by it. The end of nationalist isolationism comes only with the end of borders—cultural, geographic, linguistic, religious or sectarian.

Joseph M. Conte is Professor of English at the University at Buffalo, where he teaches twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. His research interests include the literature of migration, the post-9/11 novel, multimodal literature, and film adaptation of the novel. His latest book, Transnational Politics in the Post-9/11 Novel, was published by Routledge in November 2019.


"Encryption and Privacy: Tools to Protect Your Digital Life"

October 6, 2:00-4:30: PM (EST) - Virtual workshop

Presenter, Andrew Lison, Assistant Professor, Media Study

Workshop covering some ways that you can protect your personal communications, smartphones,and computers from myriad existing threats. It will cover the basics of encryption, easy-to-use secure messaging applications like Signal, and more advanced applications like the encrypted web network Tor, built-in operating-system level disk encryption with BitLocker (Windows) and FileVault (Mac), and secure email with PGP. No previous experience with these tools is expected and these are tools to be used on personal devices, not UB computing equipment.

Registration: https://booking.lib.buffalo.edu/event/6714286

Presented in collaboration with the Digital Scholarship Studio and Network

Distinguished Visiting Diversity Scholar Lecture

Mishuana Goeman.

Mishuana Goeman

“Electric Lights, Tourist Sights: Gendering Dispossession and Settler Colonial Infrastructure at Niagara Falls”

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 4:00 PM (EST)  Zoom  

Mishuana Goeman is a a 2020-2021 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of Gender Studies, American Indian Studies, and affiliated faculty of Critical Race Studies in the Law School, UCLA Presented in conjunction with the Center for Diversity Innovation.

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Conversation on hit series, "Mrs America"

with Carrie Bramen and Karen King

Thursday, October 22, 2020
7:00 PM 
Zoom Platform

Carrie Bramen.

Carrie Bramen, UB Director of Gender Institute, Professor, Department of English

Karen King.

Karen King, Commissioner of Public Advocacy for Erie County and the Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.

Join us for a conversation on the new Hulu hit series, "Mrs. America."

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Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Margaret Rhea.

Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
 Zoom Platform

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Margaret Rhee

Assistant Professor
Department of Media Study

The Kimchi Poetry Machine: A Feminist New Media Story? 

Conceptualized in 2014, the Kimchi Poetry Machine is a feminist new media installation that reimagines how tangible computing can be utilized for poetic participation. Drawing from this prototype, the presentation offers a background and history--both analog and digital--of new media art and the current iteration of the project that focuses on pressing social issues such as #metoo and #BlackLivesMatters in the digital age. Currently scheduled performance/installation dates include the Smithsonian Art Museum APA Center, August 2021 and the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, January 2022 and excerpts from the in-progress book Poetry Machines: Letters to Future Readers (solicited by Duke UP) will be shared. Through a discussion of the project, the presentation aims to prompt discussion on feminist new media and offer an introduction to the participatory ethos and projects grounding the Palah Light Lab,  a feminist and queer media arts lab at the University at Buffalo. 

Margaret Rhee is a poet, scholar, and new media artist. She is the author of the poetry collection Love, Robot named a 2017 Best Book of Poetry by Entropy Magazine and the 2019 Best Book Award in Poetry by the Asian American Studies Association. Her new media project From the Center was the first implementation of a digital storytelling program in a jail or prison setting. For this work, she received the Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, and a Yamashita Award Honorable Mention. In 2018, she was awarded a Harvard College Fellowship in Digital Practice where she served on the committee to develop digital studies for the College of Arts and Humanities. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic studies with a designated emphasis in new media studies. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo. She founded and co-leads the Palah 파랗 Light Lab, a collaborative media arts lab on technology, poetry, and equality.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020    4:30 pm  - Zoom Platform

Wikipedia logo.

 - Set up a Wikipedia account

 - Edit existing pages

 - Use reliable sources and digital archives

No experience necessary!     

Cosponsored by the Women in STEM Cooperative

To register, please go to: https://bit.ly/STEMWikipedia

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Laina Bay Cheng.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Zoom Platform

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Laina Bay-Cheng

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development
School of Social Work.

"Agency Through Thick and Thin: How Girls Exercise Sexual Agency Amid Social Injustice"
I will offer a critical analysis of how common conceptions and depictions of “sexual agency” simultaneously overestimate the power of agency and underestimate the ways in which it is exercised and by whom. Drawing on one of my current studies (supported by the Gender Institute), I will spotlight how Martha Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach offers a different orientation to girls’ sexualities and to systems’ obligations.

Dr. Laina Y. Bay-Cheng is Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Since the beginning of her career, Bay-Cheng has concentrated her research on the imprint of social forces and material conditions on young women’s sexual lives. She combines empirical and conceptual analyses to shift attention away from individual-focused models of sexual risk and toward the systemic roots of girls’ and women’s sexual vulnerability: interlocked gender, class, race, and age-based inequalities and the ideologies that perpetuate them.

Spring 2021 Preview

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Libby Otto.

Libby Otto

Associate Professor
Global Gender Sexuality Studies

Wed., February 10, 2021 
12:00 - 1:30pm
Zoom Platform

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Melinda Lemke.

Melinda Lemke

Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Education

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 
12:00 - 1:30pm
Zoom Platform