(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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Heart and Hearth: Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project Film Series

We’re so excited that the Unity Fellowship Church of Rochester is partnering with the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (based out of San Francisco, CA) to present the December film screening: Heart and Hearth, a focus on family at the Mocha Center. We hope you’ll take a couple of hours next Saturday to head out to the lovely Mocha Center to watch these great films and meet more folks from the Rochester community!

Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Mocha Center
189 Water St, Rochester
Doors at 6:30 pm, films at 7:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public (donations encouraged!)

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More about the short films:

A young lesbian discovers the strength to be herself after FINDING HOPE in an accepting community.
Even a STRAIGHT JACKET is no match for the gale force voice of a young tomboy.
A queer Mexicana couple journey through online dating and across borders to find their CORAZON DE MELON.
• The support of GIRLS YOU KNOW inspires a young girl to mold her environment.
For a Chinese-Vietnamese queer refugee, CASEY’S HOPE is found in starting a family of her own.
OBACHAN journeys from Tokyo to Little Rock where she is showered with the love of her chosen queer family.
•Black lesbians raising children reveal THE GIFT OF FAMILY

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Tonight: “What Rights? Police Brutality in Rochester” panel hosted by Students for a Democratic Society

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University of Rochester: Student protesters in Rush Rhees Library

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SBAI Awarded Grant from LGBT Fund for Greater Rochester!

Post by Sara Lewis ’15

For the third consecutive year, the Susan B. Anthony Institute has been awarded the LGBT Giving Circle Grant! The mission of the LGBT Giving Circle at the Community Foundation is to unite donors to support organizations that serve, are inclusive of, or are allied with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community to enhance and strengthen the Rochester area.

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The Institute received this support for the “Out At Work” project, which was developed by the SBAI and a representative from the Gay Straight Alliance at the Simon Business School.  “Out at Work” will be a great opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty at the University that will include panel discussions, workshops, a keynote lecture, and a networking breakfast. The events will be aimed at addressing a variety of issues that LGBTQI individuals encounter in applying to and working in professional jobs, as well as in choosing, applying to and attending graduate school.

Jane Bryant, SBAI Program Assistant and Angela Clark-Taylor, SBAI Program Manager

Jane Bryant, SBAI Program Assistant and Angela Clark-Taylor, SBAI Program Manager at the Award Ceremony on November 17, 2014

Thank you to Nora Rubel, Angela Clark-Taylor, and Jane Bryant for all of the hard work you put into creating a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQI students at the University of Rochester!

Stay tuned as we release information about the panels, workshops, speakers for the “Out at Work” event which we plan to hold in the late spring of 2015.

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Remembering Leslie Feinberg

Post by Sara Lewis ’15

The November 17th passing of renowned social justice activist and theorist, Leslie Feinberg, comes as a tragedy for communities served by her depth of knowledge, passion for truth, and devotion to radical liberation of the oppressed. Feinberg, who believed strongly in the necessity of self-determination, identified as an “anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist.” Her written works on the fluidity of gender, most notably the pioneering Stone Butch Blues published in 1993, and her revolutionary Marxist view of organizing for transgender liberation, remain foundational for Gender Studies and Human Rights Studies curricula across the world.

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Leslie Feinberg

Feinberg’s partner of 22 years, activist and poet Minnie Bruce Pratt writes in Feinberg’s obituary,

[Feinberg] said she had “never been in search of a common umbrella identity, or even an umbrella term, that brings together people of oppressed sexes, gender expressions, and sexualities” and… believed in the right of self-determination of oppressed individuals, communities, groups, and nations. She preferred to use the pronouns she/zie and her/hir for herself, but also said: “I care which pronoun is used, but people have been disrespectful to me with the right pronoun and respectful with the wrong one. It matters whether someone is using the pronoun as a bigot, or if they are trying to demonstrate respect.”

While Feinberg was especially widely known and respected within the academy, she most strongly identified with working-class people. Growing up in a working-class Jewish family in Buffalo, Feinberg encountered oppression in nearly every sphere of her life. She struggled to find steady work and eventually removed herself from her hostile and intolerant biological family. She became active in the Workers World Party and joined countless additional anti-war, pro-labor organizing campaigns throughout the course of her life. According to Pratt, Feinberg’s final words were “Remember me as a revolutionary communist.”

Feinberg was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2008, but sustained her political work and grassroots organizing in Syracuse, where she lived with her partner and taught at Syracuse University. When Feinberg could no longer speak, she turned to art and visual representation as a medium through which she could advocate for her beliefs. In her final years, up until the final days before her death at age 65, Feinberg blogged about the worsening of her illness as a result of healthcare disparities and inaccessibility of quality care for trans people. Feinberg’s passion and dedication to the liberation of the oppressed will be respected and remembered eternally.

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Undergraduate Conference Friday 11/14

We are hosting the 2014 Undergraduate Research Conference for Gender and Women’s studies this Friday, November 14 in the Gamble room of Rush Rhees Library.

The conference will feature a keynote address at 12:00pm discussing religion, gender and food in America, “What we talk about when we talk about food” with Nora Rubel, Director of SBAI and Associate Professor of Religion and Classics. Lunch will be provided, and the conference is free and open to the UR Community.

For a schedule of presentations, please see the poster below this information or visit the events page of our website.

SBAI Undergrad Research Conference



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Two Icons Lecture with Jennifer Harvey

Each year, the Susan B. Anthony Institute and the Frederick Douglas Institute honor the legacy of the two remarkable Rochester revolutionaries by bringing in a guest lecturer to explore the intersection of race and gender. This year, Jennifer Harvey, Associate Professor of Religion at Drake University, will deliver the annual Two Icons lecture. On Wednesday, October 29th at 5:00 pm in the Hawkins Carlson Reading Room, we invite you to join for hors d’oeuvres us as Harvey presents “Framing Ferguson: Religious Faith, Righteous Feminists and Holy Fire.”


Jennifer Harvey, Drake University

Harvey will engage us in a stimulating dialogue where she will draw similarities between the 1950s and today with regard to the Civil Rights Movement and the current unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. She will use the perspectives of lesser known righteous feminists and religious leaders during the Civil Rights Movement to reveal why Ferguson should have shocked none of us. Join us as we hear Harvey’s insight and analysis in which she will ultimately ask the most important question: where do we go from here?

The lecture is free and open to the public, no RSVP is required to attend!

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Kafka award ceremony and reading with Ru Freeman

SBAI is pleased to announce that author and activist Ru Freeman is the 2014 recipient of our annual Kafka Prize for Fiction for her novel, On Sal Mal Lane!

Join us for the award ceremony in the Welles-Brown room on Thursday, October 23rd at 5:00 pm. No RSVP is necessary for the event which is free and open to the public.

A reading from the novel, book signing, and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow the ceremony. Copies of the award-winning novel will be available for purchase.

Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman

Freeman’s novel was selected from over 120 works of fiction by this year’s Kafka Prize committee. “In this haunting novel of a Sri Lankan neighborhood in the years leading up to the country’s civil war, Ru Freeman explores the interactions, small events and increasing national tensions that gradually transform life on Sal Mal Lane,” writes Kathy McGowan, chair of the Kafka Prize committee of the winning novel. Read more about Freeman and her novel here.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

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