BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Gender Institute and
other UB humanities’ presenters will offer a number of
lecture programs and other events related to topics that include
women’s relationships to the natural and built environment,
to ancient and contemporary cultures, and to the labor movement;
disability and housing in rural South; and the social identity and
opportunities available to young Asian American men.
All events are free and open to the public.
Jan. 30: “Messing with Eden.” Noon to 1:30
p.m., at the Gender Institute, 207 UB Commons, North Campus. Laura
Garofalo-Kahn, assistant professor of architecture, School of
Architecture and Planning, whose research and practice focus on the
relationship between the environment and architecture.
Feb. 5: Screening of “TEJID@S JUNT@S"/Stitched
Together: Workers, Students, and the Movement for Alta
Gracia,” 5:30-7 p.m. in 107 Talbert Hall, North Campus.
The film is a highly regarded and important documentary portrait of
Dominican workers and students who banded together to battle
rampant worker exploitation in the global garment industry. After
10 years they created Alta Gracia, an independently owned garment
factory, out of the ashes of a sweatshop that produced Nike TM
apparel, among other brands.
Feb. 6: “Meetings at the Temple: Locating Women in
Ancient Rome’s Urban Landscape.” Noon to 1:30 p.m.,
at the Gender Institute, 207 UB Commons, North Campus. Krishni
Burns, a graduate student in the UB Department of Classics who
specializes in Roman archaeology, will discuss the intersection of
sex, gender and religion and cult practices in ancient Rome.
Feb. 7: “Unanimemente/Worker and Student Voices in the
Fight for a Fair Global Economy.” 6:30-8 p.m., 215 Natural
Sciences Complex, UB North Campus. Filomena Critelli, PhD,
assistant professor, UB School of Social Work, will moderate a
discussion about workers’ rights and student organizing.
Guest workers from Central America will share their experiences
along with representatives from the Labor-Religion Coalition, UB
Students Against Sweatshops and the Cornell Organization for Labor
Action. Presented by the UB Society of Feminists, UB Gender
Feb. 8: Department of Sociology 2013 Spring Colloquium
Series: “Social exclusion of immigrant youth: Are Asian
American males especially vulnerable?" Noon to 1 p.m., 474 Park
Hall, UB North Campus. Grace Kao, PhD, professor of
sociology, University. of Pennsylvania, whose research focuses on
race, ethnic and immigrant differences in education outcomes, will
discuss research on Asian American male youth and young adults and
the extent to which they are excluded from friendship, dating and
marriage compared to non-Asian males and Asian American females in
their age cohort.
Feb. 22: “Southern Accents: Disability, Housing and
Identity in the Rural South (and North).” 4-6 p.m.,
Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Snyder. The UB Center
for Disabilities Studies will present Korydon Smith, EdD, associate
professor, UB School of Architecture and Planning, in a discussion
of identity development theory and the role of the built as an
agent of empowerment or disempowerment. The focus is on the rural
South where housing reveals the complex and often interlocking
meanings of race, poverty and disability in the modern United
States, and illustrates the reciprocal relationships between social
identity and the built environment.