Upcoming Events

Minding One’s Own Style: Versions of Singularity, Modes of Mediation, and the Contiguity between Marianne Moore and Susan Sontag

September 17, 2019
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
306 Clemens Hall
UB North Campus

Despite their positions in distinct moments of modernity, the common ground shared by Marianne Moore and Susan Sontag – two single-minded, powerful, and strikingly stylish writers and intellectuals – is their unconventional preoccupation with style, explored in this talk by way of two seemingly contradictory, yet interrelated paths.  Supported in part by The Humanities Institute Modernisms Research Workshop, English/Juxtapositions, English/the Butler Chair, and the Departments of Comparative Literature & Media Study.

Education, Gender, and Upward Mobility among China’s Single-Child Generation

Vanessa Fong.

September 18, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
555 Baldy Hall 
UB North Campus

Vanessa Fong, Amherst College graduate, will speak about her research based on 21 years of longitudinal surveys, interviews, and participant observation that tracked a cohort consisting of members of the first generation of Chinese citizens born under China's one-child policy from eighth grade through their mid-thirties, this talk looks at relationships between fertility decline, education, gender, and upward mobility in China. Though most of their parents had no more than a ninth grade education, most of this cohort have college degrees. Women of this cohort were also more likely than their male former classmates to attain college degrees, in sharp contrast with Chinese women of previous generations. This talk will explain how and why these transformations took only one generation for members of this cohort in China, instead of several generations as in most developed countries worldwide. Sponsored by the UB Confucius Institute, the Graduate School of Education and the UB Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.

Continuing the Conversation: A Civil Rights Series Film Screening: The Road to Brown

September 18, 2019
5:00 pm
310 Silverman Library  UB North Campus   
Free and open to the public         

The film tells the story of the legal assault on segregation that led to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, a major victory of the civil rights movement.
Commentary:  James Gardner, Bridget and Thomas Black SUNY Distinguished Professor, UB School of Law
Sponsored by the UB Libraries and the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence.

Buffalo African American History Tour

September 19, 2019
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  

Visit the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor, a nationally recognized neighborhood close to downtown showcasing Buffalo's rich African American history. Tour includes visits to:

  • Michigan Street Baptist Church: Underground Railroad station providing escaped slaves sanctuary before crossing to freedom in Canada.
  • Colored Musicians Club: gathering place for musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne.
  • WUFO Power 96.5: the only African American owned radio station in WNY
  • Nash House: former home of civil rights leader Rev. J. Edward Nash
  • Freedom Wall: celebrating struggles for social equality, portrays 28 notable civil rights leaders from America’s past and present

Free for UB Students! 
Transportation provided from North Campus.

Registration deadline: September 12.

To register, please visit: http://www.buffalo.edu/inclusion/projects/civil-rights/michigan_street.html
For more information, please contact: University at Buffalo, Office of Inclusive Excellence: vpix@buffalo.edu

Trailblazing Women of WNY: The Monument Project

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September 19, 2019
5:00- 7:00 pm 
InnBuffalo off Elmwood
619 Lafayette Avenue
Buffalo NY, 14222

Help honor our region’s trailblazing women.

Please join on Thursday, September 19, 5–7 PM, along with the host sponsor, InnBuffalo off Elmwood (619 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo) for a fundraising event for the Trailblazing Women of WNY Monument Project.

Tickets are $45 each. To get tickets, or for more information, go to:


Interfaith Seminars: The Role of Women as Nation Builders

September 19, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
724 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209

Throughout history, women have played a pivotal role in conflict resolution and nation building. However, their contributions are often overlooked or ignored. Policymakers at the global and national levels are slow to embrace the reality that women can do more than procreate and raise a family. The early struggles against discriminatory laws and socio-cultural attitude were based on the presumption that women were inferior to men. Today, in a quest for equality, women have made great strides in many spheres of social, political, and professional life.

This Interfaith Seminar will discuss how Education, Community Outreach, Political Involvement and Family Life can contribute to a Woman's Responsibility towards Nation Building.

Registration is encouraged, but not required. Please email interfaithseminar@gmail.com to RSVP.


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September 19-21, 2019
Of the People?   By the People?   For the People?

The 2019 Buffalo Humanities Festival will take on “democracy” with three days of conversations involving local activists and community organizers, nationally renowned authors, as well as scholars and artists from contributing institutions including Canisius College, Humanities New York, Niagara University, SUNY Buffalo State, and the University at Buffalo. Speakers include Ibram X. Kendi & Chenjerai Kumanyika and Matt Taibbi. 

Various Locations.
For more information, please go to: https://buffalohumanities.org/

Baldy Center Distinguished Speaker Series: Criminal Municipal Courts

Friday, September 20, 2019
12:00 - Lunch
12:30 - Talk, followed by discussion
509 O'Brian Hall

Alexandra Natapoff
Chancellor's Professor of Law at University of California, Irvine. 

Alexandra Natapoff is an award-winning scholar in the area of criminal law and procedure. Her book, Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal (Basic Books, 2018), describes the powerful influence that misdemeanors exert over the entire U.S. criminal system. It was selected by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2018. 

Asia at Noon Lecture Series: Peter Samuels "The Gift of Land in the Age of Capital: Sovereignty, Expropriation and Industrialization in Modern India"

September 20, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 pm  
280 Park Hall, UB North Campus  

All are welcome to attend. 

Samuels, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at SUNY Geneseo, where he teaches a range of courses on South Asian and global history. He is currently writing a book on the origins of land expropriation law in modern India.

India’s Land Acquisition Act of 1894 was created by the British colonial state, resembling the practice known in the United States as eminent domain. The 1894 Act was retained at the time of Independence in 1947. After a long and highly politicized campaign for its repeal, it was replaced by the NDA government in 2013 with the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act.
Using both cultural and economic lenses, this talk attempts to untangle the origins and evolution of India’s expropriation law by approaching practices of giving and taking (gifts, taxation, compensation, and expropriation) as durable elements of sovereignty over the long term.

For more information, please go to: http://asianstudies.buffalo.edu/event/asia-at-noon-peter-samuels-2/

PIPELINE by Dominique Morriseau

September 20, 2019- October 13, 2019
Thu/Fri/Sat @ 7PM • Sun @ 4PM
Ujima Theater
429 Plymouth Ave.
Buffalo NY, 14213

Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? 

With profound compassion and lyricism, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Morisseau pens a deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future — without turning her back on the community that made him who he is. 

*Pipeline includes adult language and themes

Tickets: Gen/$30 • Seniors/$25 • Students & Veterans/$15

Spiritualists and Suffragists: An Evening in Lily Dale

Spiritualists with tent.

September 28, 2019
7:00 pm
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    To register, please go here.

Literary Tourgée: Conference at the Chautauqua Institution


September 27-29, 2019
Chautauqua Institution 
101 Hultquist Center

Albion Tourgée (1838-1905) was a major force for social, legal, and literary transformation in the second half of the nineteenth century. Best known for his Reconstruction novels A Fool’s Errand (1879) and Bricks without Straw (1880) and for his role in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), Tourgée was a prolific writer who published more than a dozen other novels and a volume of short stories, as well as nonfiction works of history, law, and politics. This conference aims to change the way that we view Tourgée by highlighting his wide-ranging contributions as a writer and editor, as well as his support for African American writers. Foregrounding his literary writings and cultural engagements, we will uncover a Tourgée whose anti-racist commitments were the most prominent thread in the broader fabric of his work.   More information is available at https://chq.org and literarytourgee2019.org.

2019 Buffalo - All Access

Planned Parenthood.

October 2, 2019
6:00 pm
The Atrium at Rich's
1 Robert Rich Way 
Buffalo, NY 14213

Buffalo, NY  Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York is pleased to announce that Noelle St. Vil will be the featured speaker at the Buffalo All Access event, a benefit for Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York at Rich’s Atrium on October 2 at 6 pm. St. Vil’s talk will explore implicit bias and its effects on African American women’s health.

Registration and Fee Required: Here


Moya Bailey

"On Misogynoir"

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

Moya Baiiley.

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.


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

Alenka Zupančič: "A-sexual Violence"

Woman being stepped on.

October 10, 2019
4:30 pm
306 Clemens Hall
UB North Campus

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture.

The Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture (CSPC) is a trans-disciplinary center housed within the University at Buffalo English Department and supported by the department in conjunction with the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Center is devoted to preserving and developing the radical dimension of the Freudian discovery.

Alenka Zupančič: "The End and Its Doubles"

The End.

October 11, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 pm
1032 Clemens Hall
UB North Campus

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture.

The Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture (CSPC) is a trans-disciplinary center housed within the University at Buffalo English Department and supported by the department in conjunction with the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Center is devoted to preserving and developing the radical dimension of the Freudian discovery.

A Woman's Work: The NFL Cheerleaders' Problem Documentary Screening

Screening with Filmmaker Q&A
Friday, October 11, 2019
7:30 p.m.
North Park Theatre

A WOMAN’S WORK follows two former NFL cheerleaders who file class-action lawsuits against their teams and the league alleging wage theft and illegal employment practices. These young women expose the gender inequality at the heart of America’s favorite pastime, while facing exile from their communities and the job they love. Their fight is a microcosm of the battle for value women wage across all industries today.