Upcoming Events

Chautauqua Suffrage Lecture Series

The Women’s Vote Centennial and Beyond

Monday - Friday - July 27 -31-  10:45 am each day

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As we join the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we also consider those who were left out of the mainstream suffrage movement, examine the slow progress toward gender equality in the United States, and look for relevant lessons from the fight for women’s suffrage and apply them to ongoing battles for equality.  

  • Monday, July 27Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, on "The Woman's Hour"
  • Tuesday, July 28Kimberly Churches, CEO of the American Association of University Women, on "Close The Gaps Forever"
  • Wednesday, July 29Errin Haines, editor-at-large at The 19th, on the role of journalism and media at the intersection of gender, politics and policy
  • Thursday, July 30Carol Jenkins, co-president and CEO, ERA Coalition and Fund for Women's Equality, on the work toward passage and enactment of the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Friday, July 31Barbara Mikulski, former U.S. senator from Maryland, reflecting on the themes of the week and how to use this anniversary to "remember, reflect and recommit"


Thursday,  July 30 - 6:00 PM EST - Zoom Platform

"Advanced Modeling for Water Distribution System Management."
To register:  https://tinyurl.com/y7bwe6fr

ASCE Women-Water Nexus Series Poster.

Upcoming for the Fall: 
Sept 1 – 4:   SARS-CoV-2 detection in wastewater
Sept 14-17:  Resource Recovery in Water Systems

Further details will be provided closer to the dates.

Fall Preview

Lisa Downing Lecture "On Selfish Women"

12 p.m. EST     Zoom Webinar

Book cover image featuring the text "Selfish Women" and "Lisa Downing" over an image of a woman in a futuristic silver suit curved against a silver globe.

In this lecture, Lisa Downing will discuss the key themes of her book, Selfish Women. The book offers a provocative rejoinder to many dominant ideas in mainstream culture, as well as in much feminist thinking, about the ethical character of women and the female proclivity to care, to be for the other. Selfish Women asks why difficult, unpalatable — selfish — women are treated with such ambivalent fascination and demonization. Focusing on controversial and influential figures who have espoused philosophies and politics of selfishness, including Ayn Rand and Margaret Thatcher, it asks whether their ideas of self-interest might, counterintuitively and used against the grain, lend something valuable to feminist politics — and, more broadly, whether progressive politics might be missing a trick in rejecting the notion of "self-interest."

Register here: https://bit.ly/LisaDowningWebinar

Registrants will be sent the Zoom link prior to the event.

Image of Lisa Downing. A woman with blue eyes and black hair styled in a bob.

Lisa Downing is Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is a specialist in interdisciplinary sexuality and gender studies, critical theory, and the history of cultural concepts, focusing especially on questions of exceptionality, difficulty, and (ab)normality. Recent books include: The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer (2013); Fuckology: Critical Essays on John Money’s Diagnostic Concepts (co-authored with Iain Morland and Nikki Sullivan, 2015); and After Foucault (as editor, 2018), as well as Selfish Women. Her next book project will be a short monograph-manifesto entitled Against Affect.

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Joseph Conte.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Zoom Platform

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Joseph M. Conte

Department of English

"Transnational America: The New Global Citizen in the Novels of Laila Lalami and Valeria Luiselli"

For well over a hundred years, migrants to the US were expected to assimilate as a foreign body into the dominant imaginary of a white, Rockwellian Protestantism. In the novels and nonfiction writing of Moroccan-born Laila Lalami and Mexican Valeria Luiselli, however, a transnational migrant asserts the full rights of the global citizen, one who changes the local culture in which she finds herself as much as she is changed by it. The end of nationalist isolationism comes only with the end of borders—cultural, geographic, linguistic, religious or sectarian.

Joseph M. Conte is Professor of English at the University at Buffalo, where he teaches twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. His research interests include the literature of migration, the post-9/11 novel, multimodal literature, and film adaptation of the novel. His latest book, Transnational Politics in the Post-9/11 Novel, was published by Routledge in November 2019.


Conversation on hit series, "Mrs America"

with Carrie Bramen and Karen King

Thursday, October 22, 2020
7:00 PM 
Zoom Platform

Carrie Bramen.

Carrie Bramen, UB Director of Gender Institute, Professor, Department of English

Karen King.

Karen King, Commissioner of Public Advocacy for Erie County and the Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.

Join us for a conversation on the new Hulu hit series, "Mrs. America."

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Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Margaret Rhea.

Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
 Zoom Platform

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Margaret Rhee

Assistant Professor
Department of Media Study

The Kimchi Poetry Machine: A Feminist New Media Story? 

Conceptualized in 2014, the Kimchi Poetry Machine is a feminist new media installation that reimagines how tangible computing can be utilized for poetic participation. Drawing from this prototype, the presentation offers a background and history--both analog and digital--of new media art and the current iteration of the project that focuses on pressing social issues such as #metoo and #BlackLivesMatters in the digital age. Currently scheduled performance/installation dates include the Smithsonian Art Museum APA Center, August 2021 and the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, January 2022 and excerpts from the in-progress book Poetry Machines: Letters to Future Readers (solicited by Duke UP) will be shared. Through a discussion of the project, the presentation aims to prompt discussion on feminist new media and offer an introduction to the participatory ethos and projects grounding the Palah Light Lab,  a feminist and queer media arts lab at the University at Buffalo. 

Margaret Rhee is a poet, scholar, and new media artist. She is the author of the poetry collection Love, Robot named a 2017 Best Book of Poetry by Entropy Magazine and the 2019 Best Book Award in Poetry by the Asian American Studies Association. Her new media project From the Center was the first implementation of a digital storytelling program in a jail or prison setting. For this work, she received the Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, and a Yamashita Award Honorable Mention. In 2018, she was awarded a Harvard College Fellowship in Digital Practice where she served on the committee to develop digital studies for the College of Arts and Humanities. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic studies with a designated emphasis in new media studies. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo. She founded and co-leads the Palah 파랗 Light Lab, a collaborative media arts lab on technology, poetry, and equality.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020    4:30 pm  - Zoom Platform

Wikipedia logo.

 - Set up a Wikipediia account

 - Edit existing pages

 - Use reliable sources and digital archives

No experience necessary!     Bring your laptops!

Cosponsored by the Women in STEM Cooperative

To register, please go to: https://bit.ly/STEMWikipedia

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Laina Bay Cheng.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Zoom Platform

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Laina Bay-Cheng

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development
School of Social Work.

"Agency Through Thick and Thin: How Girls Exercise Sexual Agency Amid Social Injustice"
I will offer a critical analysis of how common conceptions and depictions of “sexual agency” simultaneously overestimate the power of agency and underestimate the ways in which it is exercised and by whom. Drawing on one of my current studies (supported by the Gender Institute), I will spotlight how Martha Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach offers a different orientation to girls’ sexualities and to systems’ obligations.

Dr. Laina Y. Bay-Cheng is Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Since the beginning of her career, Bay-Cheng has concentrated her research on the imprint of social forces and material conditions on young women’s sexual lives. She combines empirical and conceptual analyses to shift attention away from individual-focused models of sexual risk and toward the systemic roots of girls’ and women’s sexual vulnerability: interlocked gender, class, race, and age-based inequalities and the ideologies that perpetuate them.