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Feb 2, 2013 (5 years and 5 months ago)


Gender Week
Event Descriptions


8:30 a.m.


Years a

: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Conference Opening

dent Union Theater

Looking Back: The Attica Uprising and Aftermath

Scholars of the Attica Uprising and individuals with first
hand experiences of the
Uprising and its impact will recall the events leading up to the Uprising,

reconstruct the historical timeline, specifically discuss their role in the events that
followed the Uprising, and discuss the significance of those events to prisoners,
corrections, and to communities four decades later.

Malcolm Bell
, Former Special Assistant Attorney General (NYS Attica

Arthur O. Eve
, Former NYS Assemblyman &


Elizabeth Gaynes
, Executive Director, Osborne Association

Melvin Marshall
, 1971 Attica Inmate

Dee Quinn Miller
, Director, Forgotten Victims of Attica

Michael Smith
, Attica CO in 1971 and Hostage

Heather Ann Thompson
, Professor of History, Temple University

Teresa A. Miller
, Professor of Law, University at Buffalo


2:15 p.m

207 UB Commons (Gender Institute offices)

Lora Park (Psychology)

Women, Romance, and STEM: Predicting Interest in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math

Women are underrepresented in the fields of Science,

and Math (STEM).

In this talk, I discuss research on the effects of romantic goal
pursuit in shaping women's

interest in these traditionally male
dominated fields,
and di
scuss implications for women's

motivation and performance in

a Park
is an associate


in UB’s Department of


research program focuses broadly on questions pertaining to
the self, self
esteem, motivation, and interpersonal processes. In one line of
research, she examines how threats to domains of contingent self
worth, such as
experiencing failure, rejection, or
feeling unattractive, affect people's goal
pursuits and behavioral preferences. A second line of work examines how
sensitivity to appearance
based rejection affects people's mental and physical
health and interpersonal outcomes. A third line of research ex
amines how pursuit
of goals related to appearing romantically desirable versus intelligent shapes
men’s and women's academic performance and interest in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math (STEM). The overarching theme of Dr. Park’s research is
to d
emonstrate that goals and motives are shaped by aspects of the person and
the situation and have important implications for behavior, performance, and



3:45 p.m.

207 UB Commons (Gender Institute offices)

Erin Hatton (Sociology)

Introduction by
Gwynn Thomas (Globa
l Gender Studies).

"Equal Opportunity Objectification? The Sexualization

of Men and Women on the
Cover of

Rolling Stone

A number of journalists and scholars have pointed to the sexual

objectification of
women and men in popular media to argue that Western

culture has become
“sexualized” or even “pornified.“ Yet it is not

ear whether men or women have
become more frequently
or more

sexualized over time. In a
longitudinal content analysis of

images of women and men on more than four
decades of
Rolling Stone

magazine covers (1967
2009), we begin to answer
such qu
estions. Using a

unique analytical framework that allows us to measure
both the frequency and intensity of sexualization, we find that sexualized images
of men

and women have increased, though women continue to be more

sexualized than men. Yet o
ur most striking finding is the change in

but not men
are sexualized. Women are increasingly likely to be
hypersexualized but men are not. These findings not only document

changes in
the sexualization of men and women in popular culture over

me, they also point
to a narrowing of
the culturally acceptable ways

for “doing” femininity as
presented in popular media.

Erin Hatton
is an assistant professor

of Sociology
Erin’s research falls squarely within the sociology of work, while also
into the fields of gender, race, labor, political economy, and public policy.

recent book,

The Temp Economy: From Kelly Girls to Permatemps in Postwar
(Temple University Press) brings these themes together in an
examination of the tem
porary help industry and the rise of the new economy. Her
current projects examine the recent return of the strikebreaker industry and the
political, legal, and cultural makings of second
class work and workers.

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


UB Art Gallery,
Center for the Arts

This annual reception is an opportunity to meet new
faculty, congratulate
recipients of

faculty and student research

l about
der Institute

some good conversations

J. Winter and
Vice Provost for

Faculty Affairs Lucinda

will offer brief remarks.



10:30 a.m.

40 Years a

: Looking Back, Moving

“Prison Violence in Feminist Perspective:
Gender, Sexuality, and Race”

Student Union Theater

This panel examines and critiques masculinized, racialized narratives (both
historical and current) of prison violence in the United States by exploring the
phenomenon of prison violence in its many dimen
sions (e.g. guard on inmate,
inmate on inmate, guard on guard, psychological, physical, sexual). This panel
further demonstrates that by looking at prison violence through the lens of gender
and sexuality, as well as race) a broader understanding of the pe
rvasiveness of
violence in prison emerges.


Charles P. Ewing
, Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University at Buffalo

Anthony P. Farley
, James Campbell Matthews Distinguished Professor of
Jurisprudence, Albany Law School

Regina Kunzel
, Professor of History, University of Minnesota

Gabrielle Prisco
, Director of Juvenile Justice Project, Correctional Association of
New York

Athena D. Mutua
, Professor of Law, University at Buffalo (moderator)


904 Clemens

ne Anstey, Media Study

Introduction by Ruth Goldman (Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies)

“Gendered Games”

Video games are an increasingly powerful cultural force but remain locked into
rigid gender stereotypes: shooting and strategy games for men, casual and
social networking games for women. In this talk I will discuss two factors that
prolong this division a
nd cripple the dramatic and social range of interactive
story and game in general
: the problem of creating computer
controlled characters that can successfully respond to conversational, dramatic
and social situations; and the intractable bala
nce between authored story and
free play.

Josephine Anstey’s

main creative and research focus is the production of
interactive fiction & drama and intermedia

performance. Since 1996 she has
created virtual reality dramas populated by intelligent agents and networked
human actors. These dramas are experienced on large projection
based VR
systems such as the CAVE.

She is a founding member of the Intermedia Perfo
rmance Studio at the
University at Buffalo, an experimental center for collaboration among media
creators, dramatic performers, and computer technologists. She is also part of a
group of artists who have been exhibiting networked VR projects worldwide sinc
2001 and a related area of interest is research into low
cost VR systems.
Experiments with narrative and dramatic forms have been a constant theme in
her practice which includes a long collaboration with Julie Zando on a series of
art pieces. Her
other projects include interactive installations, documentary,
web and prose fiction. She is an Associate Professor in the Media Study
Department of the University at Buffalo (UB), where she teaches production and
analysis courses focusing on game studies,

interactive fiction, virtual reality and
responsive environments.


4:30 p.m.

904 Clemens

Agnes Williams
(Indigenous Women’s Initiatives
IWI) and

Diane D'Arrigo (NIRS Nuclear Information and Resource Service)

From Fukushima, Japan to West Valley, NY:
Feminist Culture & Environmental


The speakers will provide some history on the
West Valley Nuclear Waste
Reprocessing Project site, the impact of radioactive plumes le
aking into area
waterways, what
informed residents of the regional biosystem need to know and
what to do. Agnes Williams will discuss the concerns and potential impact
of the
West Valley nuclear and hazardo
us waste site on the downstream
errritory of the Seneca Nation as just one example of the

nuclear power and weapons fuel chain affecting indigenous people around the
world. She will also address t
he 2007 UN Declaration of Human Rights for
Indigenous People and how

industrial and energy
practices infringe on
sovereignty. Diane D'Arrigo will summarize a forthcoming NIRS paper on
radiation cancer danger being 50% greater for women than men. NIRS will
release this report shortly, in translation, to Japan, the Ukraine and the state of

Pennsylvania, sites of the world's worst nuclear power reactor disasters. All these
sites continue emitting radioactivity long after the initial 'events.' This is an
ially timely presentation, as nations and peoples around t
he world are
deciding the best
ways to

produce energy for human use

Agnes F Williams, Wolf Clan Seneca, is the Coordinator of the Indigenous
Women's Initiatives (IWI), 1272 Delaware Avenue, Buffal
o, NY and a Founding
Mother and current President of the Board of the Indigenous Wo
men's Network
based in Austin, Texas

Agnes lives on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians near
Springville, NY, which is downstream from nuclear waste
leaks. As a daughter,
grandmother, mother, sister and auntie, she works for a nuclear
ree future.
Agnes received her
MSW from Syracuse University in 1973 and is a licensed
social worker. She entered the graduate program in the Department of A
es at UB in 1988 a

became a Ph.D. candidate in 1991. She is the clinic
advisor for Native American
Community Services in Buffalo. At IWI she offers the
public a monthly Talking Circle on the second Thursday from noon to 3 p.m.
Agnes also hosts the
"Crossroads" radio show on the 5th Sunday at 6 am on
WJYE and 6:30

am on WBUF. She organizes two
events each year, one on
August 9, United Nations' Indigenous Peoples Day, and the other on December
10, United Nations Human Rights Day. In January 2011, Agne
s was recognized
by the National Federation of Just Communities for her community

volunteerism. She is a member of the West Valley Action Network and will talk
about the impact of nuclear waste on our drinking water.

Diane D Arrigo is the Radioactive Waste Project Director for Nuclear Information
and Resource Service (NIRS) and a member of the national Sierra
Club Nuclear
Issues Activist Team. She has a degree in chemistry and envi
ronmental studies
from William
Smith College and work experience in industrial and academic
analytical chemistry and biological research. Ms. D'Arrigo began researching and
tracking t
he West Valley, NY nuclear waste site in western New York as part o
the Coalition on West Valley
Nuclear Wastes and is now an active part of the
West Valley Action Network. She has worked at the New York Public Interest
Research Group (NYPIRG), Citizens A
lliance, Great Lakes Laboratory at Buffalo
State, FMC, Ecolo
gy and Environment and for the
Sierra Club Radioactive Waste
Campaign. She has closely followed the problems with radiation and radioactive
waste for decades, especially so
called "low
level" nucl
ear waste, working to stop
generation of new atomic powe
r and weapons waste, assisting
targeted with new dumps, helping to close and prevent expansion of existing,
leaking waste sites, tracking and preventing weakening of radiation standards
d fighting the international, national and
level moves to deregulate
waste into ordinary trash and commercial recycling.


Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop with Toni Pressley

207 UB Commons (Gender Institute offices)

Victoria Wolcott (History) will introduce

Toni Pressley

(African and African American Studies)

Bloodline/Bloodlust: Reading Race and Gender in Octavia Butler's

This paper argues that Butler’s

challenges the traditional image of the
as male and

European. It posits a gynocentric re
ading of the vampire by
overtly i
nvoking the myth of the vagina

dentata, the toothed vagina, as
representative of the threat of male castrati
on inside the vagina that some

argued the traditional vampire figure does covertly (Djiktra 1996; Cre
ed 1995).

Furthermore, I argue

that by making the protagonist, Shori Matthews, a black
woman who does n
ot take the lives of her hosts

(unless her life or the lives of
those close to her are threatened), Butler

redeems the antagonist of the

xenophobic imag
ination that created the traditional vampire.

4:00 to 5:15 p.m.

1004 Clemens Hall

A Cut Above: Women Surgeons at UB

: Gregory S. Cherr, MD FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery

Chief of Vascular Surgery, Buffalo General Hospital


Elisabeth Dexter, MD FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery and Oncology

Director, Thoracic Surgery Training Program

Clairice Cooper, MD

General Surgery Resident


Lauren Smithson, MD

General Surgery Resident


What led the pan
elists to specialize in surgery? Has their experiences as
surgeons been affected by being female? Are there still challenges for women in
this medical specialty? Intended for undergraduate pre
meds and others
interested in learning how to be “a cut above.




Maureen Jameson, Romance Languages & Literatures

1004 Clemens

“Analog Habits of Digital H

The Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo (DHIB) has no physical headquarters,
but the conceptual space
it inhabits lies in a demilitarized zone between the
sciences and the humanities. What is the view from this war
torn location, and
what opportunities does it afford? Researchers have adapted the tools of
computing to the projects of the humanities, to be
sure, with dazzling outcomes.
To learn Java or Ruby, much as with any language, is to begin seeing another
culture from the inside. To frequent that other culture is to marvel, at first, at its
achievements and advantages, and then slowly to discern those
features of our
own culture through which we might reciprocate.

Maureen Jameson

is Associate Professor of French and former chair of the
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures. She is concluding her term as
founding Director of the Digital Humanitie
s Initiative at Buffalo. Her disciplinary
training is in 19

and 20
century French narrative. She has written on Proust,
Flaubert, Stendhal, and Sainte
Beuve, and her most recent article is entitled
“Squid Ink: Jaron Lanier and the Shadow of the Humani
ties.” She has a rusting
familiarity with C++, html, css, and Javascript, pretensions in PHP and MySQL, a
decent backstroke and, for a person of her mature years, a nice ardha


Michael Rembis (History and Center for Disability Studies)

207 UB Commons (Gender Institute offices)

“The new asylums: Gender, race, madness, and mass incarceration in the
neoliberal era”

Prof. Rembis

will engage in review of recent historical literature on mass
incarceration in the United States with the eye of an historian operating from
what we could be considered a “feminist disability studies perspective” to
elucidate the critical importance of ge
nder, race, and madness

in the larger
history of mass incarceration in the postwar period, and in the process make the
argument for the centrality of disability studies in any analysis of US history.
owed by a wine & cheese reception.

Michael A. Rembi
, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the Center for Disability
Studies and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History.


10 a.m.

5:00 p..m.

112 Center for the Arts


This conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss
recent and ongoing scholarship on representations of the New Woman as an
figure and a global visual icon whose roots can be traced to the
revolutions of the eighteenth century and whose influence can still be felt today.
Starting in the later half of the nineteenth
century, photographic images of
women as suffragettes, flappers
, and modern girls

all incarnations of the
broader category of the New Woman

inspired political, social, and personal


11:00 am

12:15 pm

904 Clemens

“Emerging Technology for Women in Kitenga”

Katie Biggie (Center for Educati
onal Collaboration), Kate Kost (Social Work
Suzanne Tomkins (Law)

This presentation
provides an overview of the Buffalo Tanzania Education
Project (B
TEP) followed by a discussion by

the three presenters
on their
trips to Tanzania. These researchers are engaged in community development
initiatives focused on introducing solar, wate
r and health technologies in
response to the challenges of daily life faced by women in Kitenga, a remote
village in northwestern Tanzania. Opportunities for involvement in these and
future projects will also be presented.

Katie J. Biggie

Program Manager
, Civic Pathways, Center for Educational Collaboration

With a deep interest in cultures, Katie completed her Bachelors in Anthropology
at Buffalo State College in 2001 and combined it with her love of ancient history
to achieve her Masters degree in Anthro
pology with a specialization in
Archaeology from UB in 2005. After some exciting archaeological adventures in
both Denmark and across New York State, Katie was asked to serve on the
steering committee for His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to Buffal
o in
2006. As part of the committee, she directed the creation of educational materials
about Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism and culture, and His Holiness for local
schoolchildren. Since then, Katie has served as the coordinator of
Kids Voting
WNY, facilitates

educational and cultural partnerships between the

the many wonderful c
ultural institutions in Buffalo. Currently, Katie

a second year doctoral student in Educational Leadership & Policy focusing on
education, women, and girls in
Mara, Tanzania.

Kathleen A. Kost
, MA, MSSW, Ph.D.

Dr. Kost is an Associate Professor at the UB School of Social Work. She has
taught in the areas of social welfare policy, organizational behavior and
management, community practice and research methods.
Current research
focuses on models of organizational collaboration and their effects on agencies
and community development initiatives in resource poor communities, particularly
in their capacity to respond effectively to disasters.

Suzanne E. Tomkins
, J

Suzanne Tomkins
is a Clinical Professor of Law at UB School of Law where she
serves as the director of the Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic. In
addition to clinical teaching, she has taught courses on Domestic Violence Law,
Family Law, and M
ediation. Professor Tomkins has also served as a consultant
in Russia, Ukraine and Brazil assisting in the creation of coordinated responses
to domestic violence. She is currently

researching the impact of social entrepreneurship on women’s autonomy and
long term security.


250 Baird Hall

SUSAN HOWE, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, English

UB welcomes the return of one of the founding members of its Poetics Program.
Internationally acclaimed poet Howe is the author of numerous volumes of poetry
and two volumes of criticism. Her most recent volume
That This
appeared in
2010. In 2011 she recei
ved the Bollingen Prize for her l
ifetime contribution to


Thursday, September 22, 2011

3:00 p.m.
904 Clemens

Jane Tylus,NYU

“Gaspara Stampa, Louise Labe’, and the Return of Sappho”

Monday, September 26, 2011

3:00 to 4:15p.m.

330 Student Union

Science Studie
s, the Humanities, and the Arts:

Institute Research
Workshop host

"A Conversation with Isabelle Stengers"

Facilitated by Professor Steven Meyer (English, Washington University).

4:30 to 6:00 pm

830 Clemens Hall

Seminar with Isabelle Stengers

Workshop members and other participants are urged to read Stengers' essay,

"A Cosmopolitical Proposal," in advance of the seminar. That essay will form the
focus of our seminar discussion. Contact James B

for the link

to the essay

Isabelle Stengers

teaches philosophy of science at the Free University of
Brussels. She is the author of many books; some of the titles that have been
ted into English include,

Power and Invention: Situating Science

(University of Minnesota Press, 1997);

The Invention of Modern

(Minnesota, 2000);

Cosmopolitics I

(Minnesota, 2010)


(forthcoming); and

Thinking with Whitehead: A Free and Wild
Creation of

(Harvard University Press, 2011).