A Book Conversation with the Author

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Jessica Nordell
Writer and Science Journalist

"The End of Bias: A Beginning - The Science and Practice of Overcoming Unconscious Bias"

April 1, 2022
12 PM (EST) via Zoom

Register to receive link: https://bit.ly/Nordell

Jessica Nordell is a science and culture journalist who has been covering unconscious bias and its antidotes for ten years. Her essays and reporting on the subject have appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, the New Republic, the Washington Post, and many other publications. Educated at MIT and Harvard in physics, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison in poetry, she is a former writer and radio producer for American Public Media. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The End of Bias: A Beginning is her first book.

About the Book:

Book Cover: The end of bias.

The End of Bias is a transformative, groundbreaking exploration into how we can eradicate unintentional bias and discrimination, the great challenge of our age.

Unconscious bias: persistent, unintentional prejudiced behavior that clashes with our consciously held beliefs. We know that it exists, to corrosive and even lethal effect. We see it in medicine, the workplace, education, policing, and beyond. But when it comes to uprooting our prejudices, we still have far to go.

With nuance, compassion, and ten years' immersion in the topic, Jessica Nordell weaves gripping stories with scientific research to reveal how minds, hearts, and behaviors change. She scrutinizes diversity training, deployed across the land as a corrective but with inconsistent results. She explores what works and why: the diagnostic checklist used by doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital that eliminated disparate treatment of men and women; the preschool in Sweden where teachers found ingenious ways to uproot gender stereotyping; the police unit in Oregon where the practice of mindfulness and specialized training has coincided with a startling drop in the use of force.

Captivating, direct, and transformative, The End of Bias: A Beginning brings good news. Biased behavior can change; the approaches outlined here show how we can begin to remake ourselves and our world.

End of Bias book is available in paper copies in Lockwood Library. Book summary details can be found here.

12 PM (EST) via Zoom

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Lecture: "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning"

Cathy Park Hong
Poet, Essayist, and Professor at Rutgers University-Newark

Join Carrie Tirado Bramen, Director of the UB Gender Institute and professor of English, in conversation with the poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. In a book that fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history, Minor Feelings discusses the melancholy and shame Hong felt growing up in Los Angeles as the daughter of Korean immigrants, how the comedy of Richard Pryor helped her to address these “minor feelings,” and the dynamics of Asian American racism in the past and present of US race relations. Hong writes with candor and brilliant insight about identity and individuality, family and friendship, and art and politics. Minor Feelings won the National Book Critics Circle Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and a New York Times bestseller.

Cathy Park Hong is an award-winning poet and essayist whose book, Minor Feelings, is a searching work that ruthlessly reckons with the American racial consciousness. Hong is also the author of three poetry collections including Dance Dance Revolution (which won the Barnard Women Poets Prize), Engine Empire, and Translating Mo’Um. She is a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in PoetryThe New York TimesThe Paris ReviewMcSweeney’sThe Boston Review, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and full professor at the Rutgers University-Newark MFA program in poetry.

Recording Coming Soon...

The book discussed above is available at UB libraries, found here

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Presented with the Office of Inclusive Excellence 
“Let’s Talk About Race” Series


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Cassidy R. Sugimoto
Professor and Tom and Marie Patton School Chair
School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology

“The Magnification of Inequities During COVID-19 and Why it Matters for Science”

Thursday, November 4, 2021
12:00 PM (EST) via Zoom

Recording: https://youtu.be/ok4zKqZAb1c

Cassidy R. Sugimoto is Professor, School Chair, and Tom and Marie Patton Chair in the School of Public Policy. Her research examines the formal and informal ways in which knowledge is produced, disseminated, consumed, and supported, with an emphasis on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching award (2014) and a Bicentennial Award for service from Indiana University (2020), where she served on the faculty from 2010-2020. During her tenure at IUB, Sugimoto also served a rotation as the Program Director for the Science of Science and Innovation Policy program at the National Science Foundation. She has a doctoral degree in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Conversation with Faculty, Staff, and Students: Caregiving and Work Demands during COVID-19

Thursday, November 4, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 AM (EST) via Zoom

Join the conversation to discuss the ongoing effects on caregiving and work demands brought on by COVID-19.  We will share lived experiences and solutions as we grapple with the long-term impact of the pandemic.  Open to UB Faculty, Staff and Students. 


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Mónica Ramírez
Gender Equity Activist, Civil Rights Attorney & Co-Founder of Aliana Nacional de Campesinas 

“Authentic Leadership During Turbulent Times”

October 7, 2021
12:00 PM (est) via Zoom


Information to interact with the work that Mónica Ramírez is leading:

Humans that feed us: https://justice4women.org/the-humans-who-feed-us

LA Times Coverage of lack of representation of Latinx people in film/tv:

Latina Equal Pay Day: Oct. 21 -     https://www.latinaequalpay.org/about


Mónica Ramírez is the daughter and granddaughter of migrant farmworkers. She was born, raised and lives in a rural community in Ohio where her family settled out of the migrant stream. She is a long-time advocate, organizer, social entrepreneur and attorney fighting to eliminate gender-based violence and secure gender equity. For over two decades, she has fought for the civil and human rights of women, children, workers, Latinx(e) community members and immigrants, specifically addressing the needs of farmworker women across the U.S.

In 2003, Mónica created the first legal project in the United States dedicated to addressing gender discrimination against farmworker women, which she expanded to create Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center. In 2006, she launched a first of its kind national working group to address and prevent workplace sexual violence against farmworker women, which led to a national conference on this issue, the publication of a Best Practices Manual and helped inspire and inform the work of many advocates and lawyers around the country. Mónica consulted on the documentary “Rape In the Fields” and she has written several groundbreaking reports on gender discrimination in the U.S. food industry, including “Injustice On Our Plates.”

She has founded and co-founded several other major initiatives, including the Bandana Project, Justice for Migrant Women and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. In November 2017, Mónica wrote the “Dear Sisters” letter on behalf of Alianza that was published in TIME magazine from farmworker women to women in the entertainment industry that sparked the creation of the global TIME’S UP movement. Mónica also wrote and organized the Querida Familia letter to the Latinx community with Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Diane Guerrero, Olga Segura and Alex Martinez Kondracke, which garnered the support of over 200 Latinx leaders and was published in the New York Times in the wake of the El Paso massacre in August 2019.

Mónica co-founded The Latinx House in 2019, which focuses on uplifting the power and contributions of the Latinx community through culture change and narrative work, as well as power building, education and alliance building. In 2020, she joined 9 other Latina leaders to cofound and launch Poderistas, an organization aimed at uplifting and educating Latinas, while also amplifying their power, potential and many contributions.

Mónica is recognized as a thought leader and prominent voice in the Latinx community for her long history as an organizer and her innovative approach to advocacy. She has received numerous awards, including Harvard Kennedy School’s first Gender Equity Changemaker Award, Feminist Majority’s Global Women’s Rights Award, the Smithsonian’s 2018 Ingenuity Award and the Hispanic Heritage Award. Mónica was named to Forbes Mexico’s 100 Most Powerful Women’s 2018 list and TIME Magazine included her in its 2021 TIME100 Next list.

Mónica is also an inaugural member of the Ford Global Fellowship. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Law Center, Friends of the Latino Museum and she is a member of The Little Market’s Activists Committee. Mónica is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law and Harvard Kennedy School. She lives in Ohio with her husband and son.


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Presented with the Office of Inclusive Excellence 
“Let’s Talk About Race” Series


The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, in collaboration with the UB Gender Institute received a Humanities NY Grant to support a virtual reading group on Women’s Suffrage and Intersectionality, which will begin in May 2021. 

The series will be facilitated by Carrie Tirado Bramen, director of the UB Gender Institute. We are proud to announce our selection for the Woman's Suffrage Reading Group's books.
To Register, click here.

held on TUESDAYS from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

May 18, 2021:
Suffrage Reconstructed: Gender, Race, and Voting Rights in the Civil War Era
by Laura E. Free

Suffrage Reconstructed Gender, Race, in the Civil War Era.

June 15, 2021:
Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Euality for All
by Martha S. Jones


June 1, 2021:
The Women's Suffrage Movement by Sally Roesch Wagner


The Women's Suffrage Movement by Sally Roesch Wagner .

June 29, 2021:
Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement
by Cathleen D. Cahill

Recasting the Vote.

In partnership with Gender Institute, Humanities New York, Buffalo & Erie County Library, and Erie County Commission On the Status Of Women