New WST Summer Course “Women in Law”

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New Summer Course!
Looking for a way to incorporate the SBAI into your summer? There is still room to enroll in this new WST summer course! The course may not be offered next summer, so we hope that you take advantage of this opportunity.

Course Number: WST 248
Course Title: Women in Law: As Defendants, Practitioners and Victims
Course Description: This course will explore the role of gender in criminal and civil law from the lens of defendants, practitioners and victims. The class will used mixed methods and include research, film and guest lectures. Court watching will be required as will writing exercises. Topics include, but are not limited to: domestic violence, criminal law, human trafficking, specialty courts, professional development, and being good consumers of media regarding women and law.
Credits: 4.0
Meeting time: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 am – 12:45 pm
Course Dates: Monday, May 19th – Friday, June 27th
Location: Lattimore 540

About The Professor

Dr. Cerulli is the Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV), Associate Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of Rochester.  The National Institute of Mental Health awarded Dr. Cerulli a five-year grant to conduct a randomized control trial in Family Court to assess whether enhanced mental health enables intimate partner violence (IPV) victims to better navigate safety. 

Professor Catherine Cerulli

Professor Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD

She was also to the Co-Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Justice award to assess whether victim participation in prosecution impacts their subsequent safety.  She was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, New York, where she created a special misdemeanor domestic violence unit in 1995. She has been working on issues surrounding domestic violence and child abuse for almost three decades, in a variety of capacities.  Dr. Cerulli currently has funding from the Center for Disease Control to work with a national IPV hotline to help address the intersection of violence and mental health. She works internationally to ameliorate violence against women and currently is assisting with a project addressing the health and welfare of sex workers and trafficking victims in Laos. She is a founding and current Board Member for the Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester, Inc., a grass roots organization providing emergency respite care for greater Rochester area families with young children.


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3rd Annual Rainbow Lecture Tonight!

We are looking forward to this evening’s Rainbow Lecture with Kristen Renn, PhD, Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. Dr. Renn will present “Creating Environments for LGBTQ College Student Success”. The lecture will take place at 5:00 pm in the Welles-Brown Room of the Rush Rhees Library. For information on parking at the University, please visit the visitor parking page of the University website.

Dr. Renn’s research centers on identity in higher education, with current projects focusing on bi and multiracial college students, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender college students, a national study of new professionals in student affairs, and a study of women’s higher education institutions around the world. We are so pleased to have her with us today and hope that you will join us for the 3rd annual Rainbow Lecture!

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies would like to acknowledge the generous support of the LGBT Fund for Greater Rochester for the 2014 Rainbow Lecture.

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Out in Reel Film Series begins April 10!

We will kick off the Out in Reel LGBTQI Film Series with a screening of Intersexion on Thursday April 10 at 7pm in Hoyt Auditorium.

“Intersexion looks beyond the shame and secrecy that defines many intersex births, and explores how intersex people ‘with their very different bodies’ navigate their way through childhood, adolescence, relationships and adulthood, when they don’t fit the binary model of a solely male and female world.
-About Intersex. (2012).

We will continue Out in Reel next Wednesday with Diagnosing Difference, and the following Wednesday with Shoulders to Stand On. The Shoulders to Stand On screening will feature a panel organized by the University of Rochester’s Pride Network. More details will be available soon. For film and screening details please see the poster below.

The Out in Reel series is one of many LGBTQI Awareness Month events. For a complete listing of LGBTQI Awareness Month events at the University of Rochester please see our “April is LGBTQI Awareness Month!” post.

Out in Reel Film Series

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Women in Translation

Women in Translation, a Reading The World Conversation Series Event will take place Thursday, April 10 at 6 pm in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Bulgarian authors Albena Stambolova (Everything Happens as It Does) and Virginia Zaharieva (Nine Rabbits) will join Danish author Iben Mondrup (Justine) and her translator Kerrie Pierce, to discuss their writing and careers – both in their home countries and abroad.

Women in Translation


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Black Queer Affection


“Black Queer Affection” with Abdi Osman is tomorrow (Wednesday April 9) at 5:00 pm in the Welles-Brown Room.

Abdi Osman is a Somali-Canadian multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on questions of black masculinity as it intersects with Muslim and queer identities. Osman’s video and photography work have been shown in Canada and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. He holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, and B.A. in African Studies from the University of Toronto. Previous work has been supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council. His photographs are also in private collections and the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts. Some of his work was in the year-long group show DiaporaArt: Strategy and Seduction by Canadian Artists from Culturally Diverse Communities at Rideau Hall. Abdi was a 2010 artist-in-resident at the McColl Centre for Visual Arts in Charlotte North Carolina. Most recently in 2012, he was a fellow at The Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Creativity (ICCC) at the University of Saskatchewan.

This event is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies, the Art & Art History Department, and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender & Women studies.

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April is LGBTQI Awareness Month!

Multiple groups, offices, and individuals contribute to LGBTQI Awareness Month. The current list of offerings is below. Please contact the sponsoring group directly for further information. We hope you will take part in the 2014 LGBTQI Awareness Month events at the University of Rochester!

LGBTQI Awareness Month

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Register for the Sexual Assault Prevention Conference

The Second Annual Sexual Assault Prevention Conference Call to Action: Creating and Maintaining Safe Campuses will bring voices from the University of Rochester and Western New York higher education community to discuss, examine and collaborate to create best practices in the prevention and response to incidents of gender violence on campus. Incidents of gender violence (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, interpersonal violence and stalking) prevent members of our community from fully participating in the diverse and rich experiences our classrooms and co-curricular activities provide.

We invite you to register for the conference which will take place Thursday April 2 – Friday April 3, 2014. Please see below for a full conference schedule. We are pleased to announce that SBAI Program Manager, Angela Clark-Taylor will be facilitating the workshop Gender Based Violence and One Billion Rising: A Campus Response. To view the full conference schedule and to register, visit the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership listing for this event.

Wednesday, April 2
Reception: Activism Through the Arts
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Staybridge Suites, 1000 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611
Cost: $20, free for UR students

Thursday, April 3
Day-long Conference
8:30 am – 9:30 pm
Staybridge Suites- 1000 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611 and University of Rochester’s River Campus
Cost: $35, free for UR students


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The Last Clinic nominated for the National Magazine Award!

On March 19th we screened Maisie Crow’s The Last Clinic as a part of our Post/Feminism/Media Humanities Project, and it was just announced that the film is one of 5 final nominees for the 2014 National Magazine Awards. Congratulations to filmmaker Maisie Crow and journalist Alissa Quart for this wonderful news! To learn more about the National Magazine Awards and the other finalists, read the announcement of finalists here.

Alissa Quart discussing her work with "The Last Clinic"

Alissa Quart discussing the essay she wrote for “The Last Clinic”

We are so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet and speak with Maisie and Alissa, and to share The Last Clinic with the University community!

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Register for the Hijabi For A Day event!


GetFileAttachmentStudents’ Association for Interfaith Cooperation (SAIC) and the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA)  invite you to participate in their upcoming event, Hijabi for a Day. Through this program, SAIC and MSA hope to increase awareness and understanding for the hijab, a symbol of modesty, de-objectification, and commitment to God in Islam, yet one that is often misunderstood. In order to show our solidarity for women on our campus and beyond who choose to wear it, this event will give participants the chance to experience wearing the hijab for a day.

Hijabi for a Day will take place on Wednesday, April 2nd; you are also welcome to attend our introductory mixer on Tuesday, April 1st and our reflection on Wednesday, April 2nd. If you are interested in participating, please sign up by March 29th using this link. If you are a female participant, you can choose to participate either by wearing the hijab or by wearing a sticker of support. If you are a male participant, you can choose to participate by wearing a sticker of support.

We will provide you with more details about the the event as the date approaches. If you would like to learn more about the significance of the hijab, here are some helpful links (Hijab: Modesty, Humility, and Dignity) (World Hijab Day).

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Meet Tanya Fields, Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Seneca Falls Dialogues

We are looking forward to the 2014 Seneca Falls Dialogues “Ecofeminism: Cultivating Place and Identity.” The Dialogues will take place October 17-19 in Seneca Falls, and will feature Tanya Fields, BLK ProjeK Founder and Eco-Warrior as the Keynote Lecturer.

TanyaTanya Fields is a leading food justice activist, educator, urban farmer, food blogger, and the founder and executive director of the BLK Projek. She is inspired by her experiences as a single working mother living in a marginalized community.

Fields founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009 as a response to sexist institutional policies, structurally reinforced cycles of poverty, and harsh inequities in wealth and access to capital that result in far too many women being unable to rise out of poverty and sustain their families. The group was nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award and Tanya has the honor of being a Green for All Fellows, through which she connects with a national cohort of environmental justice change agents.This Bronx-based food justice and health organization serves underserved woman of color by creating women-led economic development opportunities and is committed to urban farming and the elimination of food deserts. Fields and her work are gradually revolutionizing low-income neighborhoods in one of  the poorest congressional districts in the country.

Fields also writes a twice monthly column on food and food justice for and contributed a chapter for the book, The Next Eco-Warriors by Emily Hunter. She has appeared on numerous TV programs including MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes” and “The Melissa Harris Perry Show.”

Fields’ passion for food and social justice, and her background in activism will certainly make for a speech not to be missed!

We encourage students, activists, and teachers to submit proposals for this October’s Seneca Falls Dialogues.  Join us and participate in a weekend of dialogue on the following themes: Gender and the Environment, Politics of Space, Activism, Food and Nourishment, Sustainability, and Identities and Bodies. You can find the official Call For Dialogues here. We hope you submit a proposal and attend the 2014 Dialogues!

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