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News about UB’s arts and humanities programs and related events.


More than 1,200 planners, urbanists, architects and leaders of the emerging cities movement are in Buffalo this week for the Congress for New Urbanism’s national conference, and faculty members and students from UB’s School of Architecture and Planning are among those leading the conversation.

Nancy Napierala

“My age never intervened in anything I accomplished at UB,” says Nancy Napierala, 78, who will receive her PhD in American studies this week from the Department of Transnational Studies.


The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute will present “UB in the ’70s: Radical Arts” on May 6 in the auditorium in Allen Hall, UB South Campus, which will focus on what made Buffalo’s arts scene in the ’70s an internationally recognized hotbed for experimental media, performance art and architectural theory.


Sound artist Ernst Karel will present a free public talk and screening of his unusual and engaging work at 4 p.m. May 5 in the Screening Room, 112 Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo North Campus.


On May 21, the University at Buffalo Department of English will present a free public reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Dennis from his new collection, “Another Reason,” at the Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.


Every year, 1,500 to 2,000 refugees and asylum-seekers come to Buffalo, one of the top refugee resettlement areas in the United States, driven by social and political upheaval, war, economic and agricultural distress, and poverty. To explore these challenges and develop models for exemplary refugee health care systems, the University at Buffalo will sponsor Buffalo’s first collaborative Refugee Health Summit 2014 on April 24.


The collections relate to the Cold War, and Buffalo's Polish history


Deborah Reed-Danahay, PhD, of Buffalo, professor of anthropology at the University at Buffalo, has received a 2014 summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Research Programs to complete the draft manuscript of her fifth book.


Carla Mazzio, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the University at Buffalo Department of English, has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for 2014-15 for her book-in-progress, “The Trouble With Numbers: The Drama of Mathematics in the Age of Shakespeare.”

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Hal Langfur, PhD, associate professor of history at the University at Buffalo, has published for more than a decade on indigenous Brazilian groups faced with colonization and armed subjugation by the Portuguese, as well as on the mythologies that grew up around their cultures.