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). http://www.intersexionfilm.com/about-2/

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

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“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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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 Ebony.com 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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Women of Character and Courage: Women’s History Month Film Series 2014

The 2014 Women’s History Month Film Series with SBAI and The Little Theater begins in just a little over a week! We will be screening seven films followed by discussions around this year’s theme, Women of Character and Courage. The series will explore the lives of women and girls in underserved populations across the globe, the inequalities and hardships they face, and the ways in which they have been able to create change. The question and answer sessions with the filmmakers and the discussions with voices from our community promise to be engaging and insightful, and we encourage you to be a part of them!

Below you will find a listing of the film screenings and discussions that will take place during Women of Character and Courage: Women’s History Month Film Series 2014.

large_2Aj88zjGQpVLXEd4BVpvAVsqOaqFriday March 21
The Punk Singer
Little Theater, Theater 5
7:00 pm
Tickets: $5

Screening followed by Skype Q & A with director Sini Anderson after show. Co-sponsored by the Little’s One Take: Stories through the Lens Doc Series & ImageOut Film and Video Festival.

girl_risingSaturday March 22
Girl Rising
Little Theater, Theater 5
3:00 pm
Free Show

Free Screening followed by a talkback with:

Moderator/Panelist
Barbara LeSavoy, PhD
Director, Women and Gender Studies
The College at Brockport

Panelist
Angela Clark-Taylor
Program Manager
Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies
University of Rochester

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Forbidden Voices
Little Theater, Theater 5
3:00 pm
Tickets: $5

Screening followed by a talkback with:

Moderator/Panelist
Barbara LeSavoy, PhD
Director, Women and Gender Studies
The College at Brockport

Panelist
Jennifer Creech, PhD
Assistant Professor of German
Department of Modern Languages And Cultures
University of Rochester

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Tapestries of Hope
Little Theater, Theater 5
7:00 pm
Free Show 

Free screening followed by a talkback with:

Moderator/Panelist
Kate Cerulli, JD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership
University of Rochester

Panelist
Barbara LeSavoy, PhD
Director, Women and Gender Studies
The College at Brockport

motherhood-archives_340pxTuesday March 25
The Motherhood Archives
Little Theater, Theater 5
7:00 pm
Tickets: $5

Screening followed by a talkback with:

Moderator/Panelist
Jennifer Creech, PhD
Assistant Professor of German
Department of Modern Languages And Cultures
University of Rochester

Panelist
Jill Swiencicki, PhD
Associate Professor, English (Writing and Rhetoric)
Director, Women and Gender Studies Program
St. John Fisher College

Panelist
Molly Ball, PhD
Instructor
Department of History
University of Rochester

4845f4a23df5607ed2a5106dec7d68a7Wendesday March 26
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Little Theater, Theater 5
7:00 pm
Tickets: $5

Screening followed by a talkback with:

Moderator/Panelist
Jennifer Creech, PhD
Assistant Professor of German
Department of Modern Languages And Cultures
University of Rochester

Panelist
Jean Pedersen, PhD
Associate Professor of History
University of Rochester
Associate Professor of Humanities
Eastman School of Music

Panelist
Eleana J. Kim
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Editor, Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures
Core Faculty, Visual and Cultural Studies
University of Rochester

MaidenTrip-posterThursday March 27
Maidentrip
Little Theater, Theater 5
7:00 pm
Tickets: $5

Screening followed by a Skype Q & A with director Jillian Schlesinger. Co-sponsored by Greentopia Film.

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Unfinished Business: A Conference Connecting History to Today’s Agenda for Women

Women’s history month brings into focus the 125th Anniversary of the National Council of Women of the US.  Founded in March 1888, the Council, located near the United Nations in New York City, has always promoted the status of women in search of full equality. Co-founders Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton would perhaps never have imagined so much work remains over a century later.

National council of women

On Friday, March 28, 2014 at Cooper Union, a conference will highlight opportunities for new partnerships and new directions to address the Unfinished Business at this time.  “We are proud of our partnerships with academia, business leaders, and activists to begin a conversation about the next blueprint for change to improve the status of women,” said Mary Singletary, President of the Council.  “Given issues such as technology abuse, human trafficking, family violence and the lack of representation of women in government, we have many opportunities to explore change.”  Through Unfinished Business, the Council expects to energize all sectors of society to continue the work started by these early pioneers.

The conference will feature speakers from across the country discussing a range of topics  from suffrage to women in the field of engineering. They keynote speakers of the conference are political psychologist Dr. Martha Burk, and managing editor of Women’s eNews Rita Henley Jensen. We are pleased to share that SBAI’s Program Manager, Angela Clark-Taylor, will be presenting at Unfinished Business to  discuss strategies from Rochester area colleges and universities on moving the dialogue on feminist student engagement forward, including place-based learning, community partnerships, and campus-wide initiatives.

To register for the conference, visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-womens-history-with-unfinished-business-exploring-new-horizons-for-societal-change-tickets-10074742827

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Now accepting applications for the Rocxxy: Summer Internship in Feminist Activism and Leadership!

RocxxyLogoSketchWe invite undergraduates at the University of Rochester to apply to be a part of the 2014 Rocxxy: Summer Internship in Feminist Leadership and Activism! With new internship sites, rich readings and discussions, historic field trips, service projects, on-campus housing, and much more, this internship opportunity is unlike any other in the area. Apply today! Applications are due Friday April 11, 2014.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION PACKET HERE

About Rocxxy:

Rocxxy (pronounced “Roxie”) is an 8-week summer program for undergraduate students coordinated by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester. The program combines a professional internship experience with guest speakers, field trips to historic sites, and readings and reflections on feminist activism and leadership. This combination of academic, experiential, and professional experiences is meant to inspire and equip students to become stronger, more prepared leaders for social change.

Logistics:

A cohort of eight students (women and men) will work for 20-25 hours per week for the 8-week summer semester, May 19th-July 13th. Internships will be held at several Rochester nonprofits that offer services based on feminist activism and leadership. Students will meet multiple times per week to participate in a speaker series event or to go on a field trip to a historic site. Students will also meet to reflect on experiences. At the end of the summer, students will be required to submit a journal that reflects their overall experiences in the community and in the cohort.  Students will receive housing on campus but will not receive credit or pay for the internship. Students will have the option of doing an independent study based on their internship in the following fall semester with a faculty member of their choosing.

2014 Internship sites include:

  • Planned Parenthood of Western and Central New York – Department of Community Affairs
  • The Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Alternatives for Battered Women
  • Girls Rock! Rochester Summer Camp
  • The Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership
  • Mocha Center
  • The Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley
  • Young Women’s College Prep Charter School

2014 Historic field trips include:

  • Seneca Falls, NY: Women’s Rights National Historic Park
  • Rochester, NY: The Susan B. Anthony Museum and House
  • Auburn, NY: The Harriet Tubman House
  • Fayetteville, NY: The Matilda Joslyn Gage House

Contact SBAI Program Manager Angela Clark-Taylor at sbai@rochester.edu with any questions!

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