These events are sponsored by The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy


Premilla Nadasen

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Hybrid Event
Thursday, October 27, 2022
509 O'Brian Hall
3:30PM (EDT)

Register Here: https://bit.ly/Premilla-Nadasen

Premilla Nadasen is a Professor of History at Barnard College, Columbia University. Nadasen is the author of four books, most recently Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement, which is a new classic of history-from-below that reconstructs the work of mainly Black women domestic workers in the post-war period. Nadasen is the winner of the first Ann Snitow Prize for writers who combine intellectual pursuits with feminist and social justice activism. Her keynote will be based on her forthcoming book on social reproduction with Haymarket Press.

Book cover of "Household Workers Unite" by Premilla Nadase. A woman standing and holding red playcard and both hand and also holding a black bag in her left hand.

About the Book:

Telling the stories of African American domestic workers, Household Workers Unite,  resurrects a little-known history of domestic worker activism in the 1960s and 1970s, offering new perspectives on race, labor, feminism, and organizing.
In this groundbreaking history of African American domestic-worker organizing, scholar and activist Premilla Nadasen shatters countless myths and misconceptions about an historically misunderstood workforce. Resurrecting a little-known history of domestic-worker activism from the 1950s to the 1970s, Nadasen shows how these women were a far cry from the stereotyped passive and powerless victims; they were innovative labor organizers who tirelessly organized on buses and streets across the United States to bring dignity and legal recognition to their occupation.



Silvia Federici

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Hybrid Event
Thursday, September 22, 2022
509 O'Brian Hall
3:30 - 5:00 pm (EDT)
Reception to follow

Register Here: https://bit.ly/Silvia-Federici

Silvia Federici
 is one of the key figures among the group of feminists that spurred the new radical theorizing of social reproduction in the 1970s. In her keynote address, Federici will discuss the enduring relevance of social reproduction and how the theorizing of contradictions in this terrain are necessary for social movements dedicated to reorganizing everyday life and creating non-exploitative social relations.

Book cover of Patiarchy of the wage by Silvia Federici.

About the Book:
At a time when we are witnessing a worldwide expansion of capitalist relations, a feminist rethinking of Marx’s work is vitally important. In Patriarchy of the Wage, Silvia Federici, bestselling author and the most important Marxist feminist of our era, asks why Marx's crucial analysis of the exploitation of human labor was blind to women’s work and struggle on the terrain of social reproduction. Why was Marx unable to anticipate the profound transformations in the proletarian family that took place at the turn of the nineteenth century creating a new patriarchal regime? Patriarchy of the Wage does more than just redefine classical Marxism. It is an urgent call for a new kind of radical politics.
Get 25% discount with using the code: Silvia for any of Federici's title books at https://pmpress.org/.

This event is co-sponsored by the UB Departments of Philosophy, English, History and the Arts Management Program.

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