The Gender Institute and other UB humanities’ presenters
have organized a number of lecture programs and other events next
month 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. The lectures:
- Feb. 5: Screening of “TEJID@S JUNT@S"/Stitched
Together: Workers, Students and the Movement for Alta
Gracia,” 5:30-7 p.m., 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 The Commons, North Campus. Krishni
Burns, a graduate student in the 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, North Campus. Filomena Critelli, assistant
professor in the 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 Institute.
- 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, North Campus. Grace Kao, professor of
sociology at the 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, associate
professor in the 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.