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RSVP for Pride Shabbat at Temple Sinai, “LGBT Jews and Israel”

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 11.38.41 AMAfter Rebecca T. Alpert’s lunchtime talk “The Life of the Scholar-Activist” with SBAI at the University of Rochester, Temple Sinai is hosting Alpert as their scholar for the evening, where she will present on the topic of LGBT Jews and Israel: Sexual Orientation and Political Perspectives.

This event is open to the public. The service, dinner, and program are all *free* to attend, but reservations are required for dinner by April 22. Call the Temple office to make reservations at 585-381-6890.

Temple Sinai
63 Penfield Road
Rochester, NY 14625

Friday, April 24
Service: 6:00 PM
Dinner (Dairy): 7:15 PM
Program: 7:45 PM-9:30 PM

Professor Alpert is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Religion in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia and was among the first women in America to be ordained as a Rabbi. Her specialization is in American, and especially Jewish American, religious history. She focuses on issues related to gender, sexuality, and race.

Dr. Alpert graduated from Barnard College before getting her PhD in Religion at Temple University and her rabbinical training at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Dr. Alpert’s research has focused on explaining and expounding the Reconstructionist tradition, the place of gay and lesbian individuals in Jewish religious history, and religion and sports. Her best known works are Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition (Columbia University Press, 1997), Whose Torah? A Concise Guide to Progressive Judaism (New Press, 2008), and Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball (Oxford University Press, 2011). Her latest book, Religion and Sports: An introduction and Case Studies, will be available from Columbia University Press in June 2015.

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Don’t miss “A Violence Indifferent to Hope: On an Image from Black Lives Matters”

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This Friday at 4pm, the Program in Visual and Cultural studies will present the keynote lecture for their 10th annual graduate conference. Jared Sexton, Associate Professor and Director of the Program in African American Studies, and Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Irvine, will present A Violence Indifferent to Hope: On an Image from Black Lives Matters in Goergen Hall 101, Sloan Auditorium.

Sexton’s work on state violence and anti-blackness began more than a decade ago, and he is currently working on the manuscript for his next book The Shadow of a Color Line: Racial Politics beyond Coalition. Sexton’s research examines the political culture and cultural politics of the post‐civil rights era United States, focusing on matters of race and sexuality, policing and prisons, multiracial coalition, and contemporary film.

Sexton’s talk will be followed by a panel on Labor and Self-Determination, which happens to include a talk by Ali Feser, PhD candidate in Anthropology at University of Chicago, who’s writing her dissertation on Kodak, labor, and the culture of photography, as well as other very promising-looking talks on labor in the “imaging industry.” The conference, entitled Drawing Together, Solidarities, Pictures, and Politics, will be terrific, so do stop in if you can! The full conference schedule is here.

We hope you will attend!

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Rainbow Lecture Tonight!

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Check out CAS 358: The Leadership Experience for fall 2015!

Check out this 2-credit course being offered fall 2015! It’s designed to allow students to reflect on and analyze their experiences on campus and in the community with reference to key writings, theories and models of leadership.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 12.59.10 PM

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Eastman Departmental Diversity Initiative presents Stephan Pennington

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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 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 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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