22nd Annual International Graduate Research Conference on Friday 3/20

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Don’t miss the 5th annual Susan B. Anthony Lecture!

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Women’s History Month Film Series begins on Sunday!

SBAI, along with the New York Council on the Humanities and the Little Theatre, is pleased to present our Women’s History Month Film Series, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives”. Admission to all films is $5. Special speakers, including local educators and women’s rights advocates, will lead audience discussions after the films. SBAI Director Nora Rubel is a featured speaker after the March 15th film showing, and Professor Jennifer Creech is featured after the March 29th film showing.

The series, presented on Sundays throughout March, is a mix of documentary and narrative films covering some of the most wonderfully revolutionary and productively unsettling figures in our history. Check thelittle.org for more details.

We hope to see you there!


Advanced Style examines the lives of seven uniquely stylish New Yorkers between 62 and 95 years old whose style challenges conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western culture’s obsession with youth.
(Documentary) Sunday March 8 at 3:00 p.m.
*This screening’s community partner is the Susan B. Anthony House

Esther Broner: A Weave of Women documents the evolution of Jewish feminism while simultaneously telling the story of Esther Broner, the writer who explored the double marginalization of being Jewish and female. (Documentary) S  unday March 15 at 3:00 p.m.
•    Nora Rubel (Associate professor of Religion and director of SBAI)
•    Rabbi Amy J. Sapowith (Temple Sinai)
*This screening’s community partner is the Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Violette: Born out of wedlock in the beginning of the 20th century, Violette Leduc falls for another woman, Simone de Beauvoir, in post-World-War-II Saint-Germain-des-Prés. An intense relationship follows based on a quest for freedom through writing. (Narrative) Sunday March 15 at 6:30 p.m.
•    Jean Pedersen (Associate professor of History at the Eastman School of Music)
•    Donna Wilkerson-Barker (Associate professor of French, Modern Languages and Cultures at SUNY Brockport)
*This screening’s community partner is the ImageOut Film Fest

Appropriate Behavior: Being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy for Shirin. Her family doesn’t know she is bisexual and her ex-girlfriend Maxine doesn’t understand her secrecy. Shirin embarks on a private rebellion of pansexual escapades while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine. (Narrative) Sunday March 22 at 3:00 p.m.
•    Director Desiree Akhavan (via Skype)
*This screening’s community partner is the ImageOut Film Fest

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
Resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. Using dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, stories of women who fought for equality are artfully conveyed. (Documentary) Sunday March 29 at 3:00 p.m.
•    Barbara LeSavoy (Director of Gender and Women’s Studies at SUNY Brockport)
•    Jennifer Creech (Assistant Professor of German and affiliate faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester) 

Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights: Personal stories of several black female Civil Rights advocates unearth the lesser-known tale of black women’s marginalization between the male-dominated Black Power movement and the predominantly white middle class Feminist movement. (Documentary) Sunday March 29 at 6:30 p.m.
•    Arlette Miller Smith (Associate professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, English and African American Studies director at St. John Fisher College
•    Alison Parker (Professor of History at SUNY Brockport)


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International Women’s Day Field Trip

Women’s History Month is approaching again! International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on March 8th, is a time to celebrate women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on gender equality. The United Nations began celebrating IWD in 1975, and this year the UN plans to use the holiday to highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a roadmap signed by 189 countries 20 years ago that laid out the plan for advancing women’s rights. Though there have been many achievements in the past 20 years, they hope to galvanize action to address the equality gaps that still remain.

SBAI will be celebrating with our annual International Women’s Day Field Trip on Friday, March 6 to The National Women’s Rights Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY. See the site of the first US women’s rights convention where Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott spoke, tour the Park museum, or stop in and shop at Women Made Products.


This trip is free and includes transportation, admission, and lunch! Registration is open to the greater University community. RSVP is required by Monday, March 2. RSVP to sbai@rochester.edu. Please note that if you RSVP you are required to attend the trip, as all expenses are prepaid.


9am – Depart Rush Rhees Library
10am – Arrive Seneca Falls
10:15am – Welcome and Chapel Tour
12pm –  Lunch at Happy Family Resturant
1:30pm – Tour Park Musuem and Village on Your Own
3:30pm – Depart Seneca Falls
4:30pm – Arrive Rush Rhees Library

We hope to see you there!

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Diversity and Inclusion Film Series

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“Secrecy, Sanctity, and Sexuality: Cross Dressing Saints in Christianity”

Anne Meredith

Anne Meredith

Don’t miss “Secrecy, Sanctity, and Sexuality:  Cross Dressing Saints in Christianity” next Thursday, February 12, at 4:30 in the Gamble Room.

The talk will be given by Anne Merideth, Senior Lecturer in Religion, for the annual Classics Lecture on Sex and Gender in the Ancient World presented by the Department of Religion and Classics.

We hope you will join us for this fantastic talk!

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“Black and…” series at Crozer Divinity School

The Black Student Caucus of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is celebrating Black History Month each Wednesday this month. They will be sponsoring a four part series entitled “Black And……”  They will celebrate African American history and have a dialogue on some of the current issues that Black people now face. Women, Youth, Clergy, and LBGT are the four areas of Black life that will be their topics of discussion. The films will be screened at the Samuel Colgate Memorial Chapel right by Highland Park in the City of Rochester.

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Metro Justice will have a table at each event to invite students and friends to learn more about the work they do in Rochester.



To RSVP, contact GP Dickerson-Hanks at (585) 340-9651 or email gdickerson-hanks@crcds.edu.


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Congratulations (en)Gendered Winners

SBAI would like to thank you our jury and everybody and made this year’s (en)Gendered a fantastic one. We’d also  like to congratulate the Prize Winners and Honorable Mentions (listed below). If you missed the opening, you can still catch these 12 pieces in the Art and Music Library through the end of February!

artwork made of beads and yarn to resember a computer motherboardsculpture of a tree made of paper umbrellas
Pictured above: “
Schrodinger’s Forgotten Hobby” and Águeda Umbrella Tree

We’re so pleased that the NewsCenter at the University worked with us to put together an article reporting on the 10th annual (en)Gendered exhibit “Between Identities and Environments.” (en)Gendered guest of honor and juror, Rachel Haidu, said this year’s theme presented “a way to think about how we ought to complicate ideas of gender beyond one context. … The submissions broaden the scope of what gender might mean within a range of environments—from the Rochester campus to the virtual realm.” So many of the pieces in the show this year were thoughtful reflections and responses to the theme. Thanks again to all of the undergraduate students who submitted. Please keep sharing your wonderful ideas with us in the future – we (and the rest of the UR community) love to see your work!

(en)Gendered Jury 2015
Rachel Haidu
, director of the graduate program in visual and cultural studies and associate professor of art history
Lauron Kehrer, PhD student in musicology at the Eastman School of Music
Joan Saab, chair of the department of art and art history, and associate professor of art history and visual and cultural studies

Jurors’ Prize Winners
Turning 21

by Daniel Hoffman ’15—Major: Music; Minor: Dance
I’m on a Diet
MJ Barbeau ’15—Major: Studio Arts
Águeda Umbrella Tree
Ciarán Spence ’16 —Major: Studio Arts

Honorable Mentions
Unknown Accountability
by Yonatan Bisnowaty ’16
Technology is Empathy by Sarah Kingsley ’17
Dwarfism by Anna Saltman ’15
Multiple Sclerosis by Anna Saltman ’15
Straight-laced by Rachael O’Neill ’15
Impartial Drawings by Sunny Yanyi Jiang ’15
Marztian Productions Presents: pARTy by Marz Saffore ’15
Hide Me by Bonnie Wu ’17
Schrödinger’s Forgotten Hobby by Jack Jones ’15


image of a painting in the style of a portraitThese Happy Tears by Melissa “MJ” Barbeau ‘15


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(en)Gendered opening Thursday 1/15 at 5pm

Kick off the spring semester with The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of Art and Art History at the 2015 (en)Gendered exhibit! The theme for the show this year is: Between Identities and Environments and we received many fantastic submissions this year ranging from painting and photography, to video and sculpture.

Rachel Haidu, Director of Visual and Cultural Studies and Associate Professor of Art History, will deliver a gallery talk during the opening, and the (en)Gendered jury will announce the recipients of the Jurors’ Prizes and Honorable Mentions. If you have work in the show, please attend so you can claim your certificates and prizes if you are selected. The opening is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

The (en)Gendered opening is always a wonderful way to begin the new year. We hope you’ll join us!

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Have a great break and happy holidays!

The end of the semester has arrived and SBAI will be taking a short break. We will close on 12/20/14 and will reopen on 1/5/15. Check back for spring updates and events when we return.

We hope that everybody has a safe and restful break, and we wish a happy holiday season to all of those who celebrate!

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