Women’s History Month Film Series!

We’re so pleased to be entering our 5th year of partnership with The Little Theatre and WXXI for the Women’s History Month Film Series! Click the image below to look inside the booklet and check out our upcoming screenings!

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Seneca Falls Dialogues – An Unusual Kind of Conference

We invite you – students, faculty, staff, and community members – to submit a proposal for a dialogue to be held at the 5th biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues organized and hosted by the Greater Rochester Consortium of Gender and Women’s Studies Programs and the Women’s Institute for Learning and Leadership (WILL).

The Seneca Falls Dialogues is a weekend conference held every two years in Seneca Falls highlighting the work and ideas of feminist activists in an intellectual exchange. Presenters do more than just read or talk about their work, they involve participants to help them answer complex questions, participate in educational activities, reflect on their experiences, and engage in meaningful conversation. It’s a truly unique gathering aimed at continuing the legacy of Seneca Falls, NY as a site for activism by encouraging students, scholars, and community members to share, listen, and collaborate.

This year we will feature award-winning documentarian Brenda Ann Kenneally as our keynote lecturer and WILL award recipient.


Photo from Kayla’s photo album in Kenneally’s “Upstate Girls” project

Kenneally is a mother and interdisciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her long-term projects are intimate portraits of social issues that intersect where the personal is political. Most recently, she has been completing work on a decade-long project, Upstate Girls. Read more about Kenneally and her work here.

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Happy Birthday, SBA!

On February 15th, 2016, SBAI held a celebration of Susan B. Anthony’s 196th birthday. Thank you to all of those who attended! During the celebration we recognized two student-selected guests of honor and enjoyed a talk about Susan B. Anthony in local, national, and international perspective.

The birthday cake! The yellow rose is a symbol of the Suffrage Movement, and is the perfect decoration for a cake celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s life and work.

Nora Rubel, Director of SBAI, welcomed attendees and introduced our guests of honor chosen by University of Rochester students for their leadership in the the university community.


Sasha Eloi

One of our guests of honor this year was Sasha Eloi. Sasha is an Academic Program Coordinator in the Office of Minority Student Affairs and an Instructor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester. We honored Sasha today in recognition of her service and activism in the university community, and for her indispensable support and guidance of students as they develop their own leadership skills. Sasha serves as a leader to her peers in the university-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and continues to be an outstanding advisor to the Black Student Union and the Douglass Leadership House.


Tobi Abubakare

Tobi Abubakare is a junior majoring in neuroscience and is an active member of the University of Rochester’s Debate Union. Today we recognized Tobi for her important advocacy work on intersectional feminism, particularly with regards to intersections of disability status and race with gender. Much of her work takes places within the debate team at the University of Rochester and the broader debate community, but she also spends time discussing feminisms, race, and disability informally with her peers. Tobi’s willingness to engage in challenging discussions about these topics in a variety of situations makes her an asset to the University.


Jean Pedersen delivering her talk on Susan B. Anthony’s international work

Jean Pedersen’s talk, “Susan B. Anthony in Local, National, and International Perspective” not only touched upon Anthony’s work in Rochester and the United States, but also her international travels, conversations with French and British activists, and her participation in the creation of the International Council of Women.

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen is Associate Professor of History at the Eastman School of Music, with additional appointments in the History Department and the Susan B. Anthony Institute. Her main research interests focus on the intellectual and cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth century France, and she offers courses on a wide range of topics in French history, European history, and comparative European and American history from the eighteenth century to the present day. She is currently teaching International Human Rights at the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.


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Transparent: A Multidisciplinary Symposium CALL FOR PAPERS

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies is pleased to announce that we are organizing Transparent: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium, which will be held in December of 2016.

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The symposium will be aimed at fostering conversations aimed at the nexus of sex and gender studies, Jewish studies, American studies, and media studies. Through this symposium, we hope to bring together scholars, writers, and critics who are asked to submit research and questions related to the show’s content, as well as the show’s soundtrack and score and changing patterns of television viewing.

Check out and share the call for papers here. Submissions are due no later than August 1, 2016.

We’ve already been hearing about buzz about the symposium from a variety of news outlets, and the symposium was even mentioned on twitter by the show’s creator, Jill Soloway on February 3rd!

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Keep checking our site for updates on specials guests and registration.

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Register for the Out at Work conference today!


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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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