Lectures

Susan B. Anthony Keynote Address

The Susan B. Anthony Keynote Address is presented annually in conjunction with the Susan B. Anthony Institute’s International Graduate Student Research Conference.  It addresses issues of gender and/or women from a scholarly perspective.

Past speakers:

2017      Tavia Nyong'o, Yale University, "Decrypting Blackness: Assotto Saint with Gilles Deleuze"

2016      Jasbir Puar, Rutgers University, "Debility/Disability: From Narrative Prosthesis to Disaster Capitalism"

2015      Jin Haritaworn, York University, "Queer Regenerations: Transitioning Bodies in Transitioning Environments"

2014      Qwo-Li Driskill, Oregon State University, "Doubleweaving Resistance: An Asegi Manifesto"

2013      Julie A. Nelson, University of Massachusetts, Boston, " Work, Profit, and Care: Some
             Reflections From Feminist Economics"

2012      Nancy Cott, Harvard University, “Feminism in Relation to the Past, Present, and Future”

2011      Laura Kipnis, Northwestern University, “In Defense of Penis Envy, and Other Unsayables:
             Tarrying with the Unprogressive"


Two Icons Lecture

In the 2008/2009 academic year the Susan B. Anthony Institute and the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies inaugurated the annual Two Icons Lecture to explore the intersection of race and gender.  The lecture honors the legacy of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, two iconic individuals based in Rochester whose deep commitment to civil rights and social justice changed the course of history.

Past speakers:

2016      Sikivu Huthison, UC Berkeley, "White Nights, Black Paradise: Black Women of the Peoples Temple Movement,
             The Culture and Politics of the Jonestown Era, and The Problem of Organized Religion.

2015      Alondra Nelson, Columbia University,"A Portal to the Past, A Beacon for the Future: DNA and the Politics of Racial Reconciliation"

2014      Jennifer Harvey, Drake University, "Framing Ferguson: Religious Faith, Righteous Feminists, and Holy Fire"

2013      Duchess Harris, Macalester University, "The Political History of Contemporary Black
             "Feminism"

2012      Michelle Gordon, University of Southern California, "'Baby, You Could Be Jesus in Drag':
             Lorraine Hansberry and Black Domestic Workers on Being The Help"

2011      Hershini Young, University of Buffalo, “Making Merciful Space: Performance Geography
             in Jeremy Love’s Bayou, Vol. 1”

2010      Michele Mitchell, New York University, “Entirely Too Idle? African American Women,
             Gender, and Sexuality During the Great Depression”

2009      Khalilah Brown-Dean, Yale University, “Identity Politics in the Age of Obama”


Rainbow Lecture

The Rainbow Lecture was inaugurated in 2012 to address LGBTQI issues from a scholarly perspective.  It is presented annually during LGBTQI Awareness Month at the University of Rochester.

Past speakers:

2017      William Cheng, Dartmouth College, "Locker Room Talk: Pussies, Guns, and Video Gaymers"

2016      Kathryn Lofton, Yale University, "State Secrets, Gay Marriage, and The Morning-After Pill: Conscience in the Age of Corporate Religious Freedom"

2015      Ann Pellegrini, New York University, "Protesting Death, Queer Mourning"

2014      Kristen Renn, University of Michigan, "Creating Environments for LGBTQ College Student Success"

2013      Rev. Patrick Cheng, Episcopal Divinity School,"Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit"

2012      William Eskridge, Jr., Yale University Law School: “The Long Road to Marriage Equality, 1970-2012 and Beyond”

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