September 26, 11am-3pm
Greatbatch Pavilion, Darwin Martin House, Buffalo, NY

As part of our 20th anniversary programming, the UB Gender Institute will host an all-day symposium at the Greatbatch Pavilion at the Darwin Martin House. The Symposium will honor the accomplishments of major women in Buffalo’s past and then turn to prominent women in the Buffalo community today. Professor Despina Stratigakos and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, director of the Capital Planning Group, will kick off the day with a discussion of late nineteenth century innovators, such as Louise Bethune (Architect), Mary Talbert (Civil Rights) and Helen Townsend (Urban Reformer) who donated one of the original buildings of what became part of the University of Buffalo. The afternoon session will look at contemporary leaders carrying on this important legacy today: Dr. Norma Nowak, Executive Director of UB’s NY State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Science, Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Deputy Director of PUSH, and Bernice Radle, owner of Buffalove Development, preservationist and member of the City of Buffalo’s Zoning Board of Appeals. This event, spearheaded by the Gender Institute and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, architect and director of Capital Planning at UB, is part of a month-long celebration of the Buffalo Niagara Tesla Festival, which highlights the inventions and innovations of Buffalo from the Gilded Age to today. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served, if you would like to reserve a complimentary lunch please RSVP to Becky Burke


Sept. 26-28

This year’s 3-day Festival will feature talks, music, performances, community debates, and other activities on the theme of “Environments,” focusing on issues of environmental justice and economic sustainability, local and regional activism and planning, and the global climate change crisis. Environmentalist author and social activist Bill McKibben headlines the festival with his talk, “The Desperate Climate Fight: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Moment.”  Click here to visit the Buffalo Humanities Festival website.


Thursday Sept. 28th, 6pm
Kelly Family Auditorium in the Science Center
SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia NY   Free and Open to the Public

Carol J. Adamsauthor of The Sexual Politics of Meat and numerous other books, will draw on the metaphor of fermentation to explore the role of activism and the lives of activists in creating meaningful social change as part of the Convocations Series at SUNY Fredonia. Ms. Adams will review Western New York’s unique role in the 19th century women’s rights movement, and the legacy of racism in that movement and in society. She will introduce the concept of ecofeminism and apply some of the insights of her work on interconnected oppressions. In her talk, Adams will also draw on her experience as the Executive Director of the Dunkirk-based Chautauqua County Rural Ministry in the late 1970s and 1980s.   More information here.

Book signing and vegan reception immediately following in the Costello Reading Room.


September 30, 6pm

Grindhaus Cafe, 160 Allen St, Buffalo NY

On Saturday, September 30, the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project, along with co-sponsor Grindhaus Café, will provide a historical and national context for this discussion. by hosting a screening of the film Screaming Queens. Directed by Victor Silverman and renowned trans activist Susan Stryker in 2005, Screaming Queens documents a 1966 riot by LGBTQ people of color against police brutality at Compton’s Cafeteria, San Francisco. This riot was the first of its kind, taking place three years before the Stonewall riots. Following the film, the History Project will host a panel discussion about race, class, gentrification, and LGBTQ spaces in Buffalo. Panel speakers will include Tinamarie and Denise Sweet, co-owners of Sweets Lounge and co-founders of the Black Intelligent Ladies Alliance; Reggie Griggs, founder of All About Us; Sherrill Cooper, the former owner of MC Compton’s bar on Niagara Street; Emily Terrana, a community organizer for PUSH; Bridge Rauch, co-founder of No Labels Clothing Cooperative; and Seth Girod, from the Dreamland Collective.

The screening will begin at 6 p.m. at Grindhaus Café (160 Allen Street). The admission fee is a suggested donation of between $5 and $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


October 4: Despina Stratigakos, Prof. of Architecture, will discuss the emergence of Architect Barbie in her book Where Are the Women Architects? (Princeton UP, 2016).  12:00-1:30 PM, 207 UB Commons, North Campus

October 18: Irus Braverman, Professor of Law, will preview her forthcoming book, Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink.
12:00-1:30 PM, 207 UB Commons, North Campus

October 25: Insights on Writing Successful GrantsDr. Glenna Bett, Vice Chair for Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology, will guide students and faculty through the basics of writing a successful proposal. 12:00-1:30 PM, 207 UB Commons, North Campus

For the full schedule, visit: http://www.buffalo.edu/genderin/programs/fra.html


October 5, 6 PM
Center for the Arts 112, North Campus

Kaja Silverman’s lecture, “Stopping with Astonishment Before Gustave Le Gray’s Sea and Sky," is presented by the Department of Art/Visual Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for Global Film and Media, Department of English. The lecture is scheduled for October 5 at 6 PM, Center for the Arts 112, North Campus.

Kaja Silverman is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of nine books: The Miracle of Analogy, or The History of Photography, Part 1 (2015); Flesh of My Flesh (2009); James Coleman (2002); World Spectators (2000); Speaking About Godard (with Harun Farocki, 1998); The Threshold of the Visible World (1996); Male Subjectivity at the Margins (1992); The Acoustic Mirror: The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema (1988); and The Subject of Semiotics (1983). 



October 19 - 21

How does the nineteenth-century history of slavery still haunt the United States and how can we address this legacy of racial injustice today? This is the question that drives this year’s Gender Week conference, “Reclaiming our Ancestors: Community Conversations About Racial Justice and Public History.” This three day conference is co-sponsored with the UB Humanities Institute and organized by the Gender Institute’s former director Kari Winter. It will feature major scholars of U.S. literature and history such as Bill Andrews (UNC Chapel Hill), Carla Peterson (U of Maryland) and Barbara McCaskill (U of Georgia), together with public historians, artists, filmmakers and groups of descendants of prominent 18th and 19th century African American antislavery activists, authors, and slave owners. Speakers will address the role of cultural memory, city planning and memorializing history through multiple media. The conference will kick off with a reception and film screening of Regina Mason’s search for the history of her ancestor, the slave and author William Grimes. Other speakers include Niya Bates, Public Historian of African American Life and Slavery at Monticello, who has been in the news recently following the newly discovered bedroom of Sally Hemings in Monticello. 


November 2, 5-7pm
101 Baldy Hall (Kiva Room), UB North Campus     Free

“You have a right to exist safely in digital spaces” — DIY Feminist Cybersecurity Guide

This workshop, hosted by PhD student in Media Study, Yvette Granata, will highlight techniques for personal safety that address domestic violence, stalking and cyber harassment.

Cybersecurity is often framed mainly from the point of view of the security industry, where security is aimed at protecting computing systems from the risk of hacks, spoofs, denied services, and as protecting private data from theft, leaks, and social engineering. Over the past decade, personal cybersecurity risks have been brought to the attention of the public with identity theft and doxxing, and in regards to the NSA’s surveillance activities. For many, however, digital safety includes other concerns often left out of mainstream cybersecurity discussions. As the DIY feminist cybersecurity guide points out, “threats to digital autonomy are gendered, racialized, queerphobic, transphobic, ableist, and classist in nature.” As such is the case, this workshop will highlight issues often overlooked by mainstream discussions and put forth ways in which ‘cybersecurity’ extends beyond computer vulnerabilities, and the various ways to begin to address these security needs.

We will look at what our data does and how others might use it, and review everyday tactics for digital safety for various individual needs, such as email encryption, protecting mobile device data and social media accounts, and anonymous web browsing. 

Ultimately, the aim of the workshop is to give an overview of various tools that allow participants to figure out what suits their own needs best for their identity, to create a space for knowledge sharing, mutual aid, co-learning, and to provide tools for passing on to others.  The workshop uses methods from various open source guides including Equality Labs Digital Defense Curriculum, the DIY feminist cyber-security guide, the DIY cybersecurity for domestic violence, and Granata's own tactics. 

Bring your laptop and your phone! No experience needed and all are welcome. Pizza will be provided.


November 9 - 19

A new musical in development about Buffalo’s 1901 Pan-American Exposition will be featured as part of UB’s Creative Arts Initiative .  Entitled AT BUFFALO, the musical’s Creative Team received a CAI residency to work toward completing the musical while their lead scholar Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin (a.k.a. Dr. Amma), will reside at UB as the Fall 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Professorship. An assistant professor in Theater and Film Studies and affiliated with the Institute of African American Studies at the University of Georgia, Dr. Amma creates artistic works based on archival research about black performance in the late nineteenth century. The musical uses cutting edge projection technology and multi-modal archival material to highlight how gender, race, and ethnicity intersect at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition to shed light on the dynamics that continue to shape US and international social relations today. During their visit, which is co-sponsored by the UB Gender Institute, the Creative Team—an ensemble of nine that includes actors, musicians, producers and writers— will work alongside UB faculty and students in classes and on design and production; this work will be discussed and showcased in a series of talks, public rehearsals, as well as concert readings of the musical scheduled for November 17 and 18. More information can be found on the HI Performance Research Workshop’s webpage or by contacting Christian Flaugh.