Next DifCon to focus on buildings and names

Published February 13, 2019

“Legacies on the Landscape: Buildings and Names at UB” is the topic of the next session in the Difficult Conversations series being held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Landmark Room, 210 Student Union, North Campus.

In light of the recent national debate on how to address the legacies of some past academic and political figures whose names appear on university buildings and spaces, the session will tackle several questions: What does the broader landscape of names say about a university? Who do we remember at UB? And how can we make visible forgotten histories?

Panelists include Benjamin Blanchet, editorial editor, The Spectrum; Beth Del Genio, chief of staff, Office of the President; Carole Emberton, associate professor, Department of History; and Danielle Johnson, senior adviser/coordinator, Daniel Acker Scholars Program, Cora P. Maloney Center.

The session is free and open to all members of the UB community. Pizza will be served.

The Difficult Conversations, or DifCon, series aims to bring faculty, staff and students together to address critical issues and explore various viewpoints to provide new perspectives and deeper understanding on sensitive topics.

It is sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence.