FALL 2022


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.

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 part of Gender Institute's Social Reproduction Theory Lecture Series which is sponsored by  The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, and co-sponsored by the Arts Management Program.


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.

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.

Spring 2023 Signature Lectures

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
Details Coming Soon..!!

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African American Studies
Northwestern University

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American Political Activist
Registered Nurse

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Executive Director
PUSH Buffalo

Spring 2022 Signature Lectures

Cathy Park Hong

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"Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning"

April 21, 2022
12 PM (EST) via Zoom

Recording available upon request.

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.

The book discussed above is available in ebook format at UB Libraries, found here.

Jessica Nordell

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"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 the 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:

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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.

Fall 2021 Signature Lectures

Cassidy R. Sugimoto

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

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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Mónica Ramírez

“Authentic Leadership During Turbulent Times”

Thursday, October 7, 2021
12:00 PM (EST)
Via Zoom

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

Mónica Ramírez is an attorney, author and activist. She is the founder of Justice for Migrant Women and co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, The Latinx House, and Poderistas. Mónica has received numerous awards, including Harvard Kennedy School’s first Gender Equity Changemaker Award, Feminist Majority’s Global Women’s Rights Award and the Smithsonian’s 2018 Ingenuity Award. She 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. Mónica lives in Ohio with her husband and son.

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


Spring 2021 Signature Lectures


Barbara Smith

"An Evening Conversation with Lillian S. Williams”

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March 10, 2021
7:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Presented in collaboration with Africana and American Studies

Recording Here: https://youtu.be/xc_sfgFJlmE

Barbara Smith is one of the most important Black feminists in our time.  In 1974, Smith co-founded the Combahee River Collective in Boston, and Smith co-authored their now famous Combahee River Collective Statement in 1977, which became one of the earliest explorations of the intersection of multiple oppressions, including racism and heterosexism. When the Collective disbanded in 1980, Smith went on to found with Audre Lorde Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, which published their collection Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology. Smith's groundbreaking essay, “Toward a Black Feminist Criticism,” opened the door to serious critical consideration of Black women writers. Smith's most recent book is the award-winning Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith.

This event is a collaboration with the Department of Africana and American Studies and their 2021 Endowed African American Studies Lecture.


Loretta J. Ross

"Calling In, Not Calling Out"

Let's Talk About Race Series

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February 17, 2021   (via Zoom)

In honor of Black History Month, presented in collaboration with the Office of Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence.

Recording here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW7amaAlnso

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Fighting against oppression and injustice are the dues we pay for the privilege of being conscious and we are honored to be able to challenge it with great responsibility. We begin to build a unified and strategic human rights movement that weaves our strengths together, that uses our differences as a platform for modeling a positive future built on justice and the politics of love, rather than a return to the past based on the politics of fear and prejudice. However, to create this movement we need to make a commitment to recognize and support each other – Calling People in rather than Calling them Out. Loretta will talk about how we can transform the Calling Out Culture into a Calling In Culture in order to build a united movement for human rights. 

Loretta J. Ross is an award-winning, nationally-recognized expert on racism and racial justice, women's rights, and human rights. Their work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how intersectionality can fuel transformation.

Ross is a visiting associate professor at Smith College (Northampton, MA) in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, teaching courses on white supremacy, race and culture in America, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture.

Ross has co-written three books on reproductive justice: Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, winner of the Outstanding Book Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights; Reproductive Justice: An Introduction, a first-of-its-kind primer that provides a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field and puts the lives and lived experience of women of color at the center of the book; and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique. Ross' current book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture, is forthcoming in 2021.

Ross appears regularly in major media outlets about the issues of our day. Ross was recently featured in a New York Times piece, "What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?"

Ross was a co-founder and the National Coordinator, from 2005 to 2012, of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a network of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement. Other leadership positions have included:

  • National Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history with more than one million participants.
  • Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE)
  • Program Research Director at the Center for Democratic Renewal/National Anti-Klan Network where Ross led projects researching hate groups and working against all forms of bigotry with universities, schools, and community groups
  • Founder of the Women of Color Program for the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the 1980s
  • Leading many women of color delegations to international conferences on women's issues and human rights.

Ross serves as a consultant for Smith College, collecting oral histories of feminists of color for the Sophia Smith Collection which also contains Ross' personal archives.

Ross is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University and a second honorary doctorate degree awarded from Smith College in 2013. Loretta J. Ross is pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Ross is a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.