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Womens History Month 2017

Inclusive Teaching Workshop: Women Students and Gender and Sexual Minority Students
March 3, 2017
10:00-11:30 am
Wilson Commons 121
Learn about inclusive teaching strategies for women students and gender and sexual minority students. Free and open to faculty
Sponsored by Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning & Leadership in Education Cluster of the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies.

The Scarlet Letter: From Page to Operatic Stage
March 4, 2017
7:00-8:30 pm
Howard Hanson Hall, Eastman School of Music
As part of the celebration of 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in NYS, composer Lori Laitman, whose new work “Are Women People?” will be premiered on March 5, will be giving a lecture “The Scarlet Letter: From Page to Operatic Stage.” Speaking about “The Scarlet Letter,” her first full-length opera with librettist David Mason, Ms. Laitman will discuss the musical and social themes of the opera as well as the journey of bringing a work from page to operatic stage, culminating in the 2016 World Premiere with Opera Colorado.

Women’s Voices: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in NYS
March 5, 2017
3:00 pm
The Eastman School of Music is pleased to collaborate with the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership in presenting Women’s Voices, a special concert offered as part of a year-long celebration throughout Rochester of the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State.
Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music
$10 to the general public, free with UR ID.
Sponsored by Susan B. Anthony Center for Music Leadership, Eastman School of Music, Howard Hanson Fund for American Music, Eastman Departmental Diversity Initiative (EDDI) grant

A Century of Women in Music
March 7, 2017
7:30 pm
Hochstein School of Music and Dance Performance Hall
This concert will showcase a century of piano music by noted (and soon-to-be-famous) women composers.  The performers–students of Eastman Professor Tony Caramia–are delighted to present compositions from 1917 through 2017 (including two World premieres by Composition majors at Eastman).  The program will highlight the variety, artistry, and exquisiteness of Women composers.
Sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Center
Free and open to the public

The Power of the Female Gaze Exhibition
May 19-September 3, 2017
Memorial Art Gallery
In honor of New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2017, this exhibition explores the power of the female gaze in creating potent and complex images of mothers, thinkers, vixens, heroes, creators, warriors, and agitators.
This permanent collection exhibition will include works on paper, paintings, and sculpture.
MAG admission, free to UR students, faculty & staff
Contact: Jessica Marten,

Who Run the World? Girls: Celebrating Women in Art
March 16, 2017
6:00 pm
Memorial Art Gallery
On this MAGsocial DeTOUR, we will look at the women in MAG’s collection who made magnificent muses, painted perfect portraits, and who altered our perceptions of feminism, the art world, and who gave women the rights of agency. We will reveal the secret lives of women from our past, share fun facts about present-day female artists, and celebrate all the wonders women have provided the art world and beyond.
Free for MAG members and $7 for the general public

Club Rochester
March 24, 2017
4:00-5:30 pm
Douglass Ballroom
Join the University Community in celebrating Women’s History Month. Come connect with our hosts and enjoy delicious free appetizers, as well as low cost beverages at this campus happy hour! Sponsored by Students’ Association Government, Dining Services, and Wilson Commons Student Activities.
Free UR Community
Contact: Jillian Burgess,

Trailblazing Women: Women’s History Month Film Series
March 5-26
The Little Theater, 240 East Ave.
The Little is celebrating Women’s History Month with a collection of documentary and narrative films about trailblazing women.
Special speakers, including local educators and women’s right advocates, will lead audience discussion after most of the films. Sponsored by a New York Council on the Humanities New York Action Grant, and co-presented by The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester.
Free for UR Students, $5 general public

On The Voice: Identity, Difference, Expression – the 24th annual SBAI International Graduate Research Conference for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
March 31, 2017
8:45 am -5:00 pm
Hawkins-Carlson Room24th Annual SBAI International Graduate Research Conference
On the Voice: Identity, Difference, Expression
What is voice and in what ways does it shape our identity? How do we understand the voice in various disciplines? Often the voice is considered in terms of its complex relationship to presence and absence, as a marker of identity in social space, and as a play between a material body and its discursive function. Understanding the capacity of the voice to call bodies to action while also functioning as a limit, horizon, and/or border, this conference invites discussions on the nature and the role of voice in relation to issues of gender, sexuality, race, disability, and more.
Sponsored by: Department of Art and Art History, University of Rochester Film and Media Studies Program, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Rochester, University of Rochester – AS&E Graduate Student Association, Frederick Douglass Institute for Africa

Distinguished Visiting Humanist: Wendy Doniger
March 22, 2017 – March 24, 2017
Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago where she has taught for over 45 years. She is the author of forty books, including Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva; Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts; and the controversial The Hindus: An Alternative History. Her research revolves around Hinduism and mythology, and her work addresses literature, law, gender, and zoology, as well as cross-cultural themes such as death, dreams, and evil.

  • Wednesday, March 22
    5 pm: “The Subversion of Religion by Science in Ancient India, and The Subversion of Science by Religion in Contemporary India” (Hawkins-Carlson Room)
  • 6:15 pm: Reception (Humanities Center)
    Thursday, March 23
  • 10 am: Office hours (Humanities Center Conference Room C)
  • 4 pm: “Life of Learning: How My Mother (who died in 1991) Prepared Me to Confront Hindu Fundamentalists in 2010” (Hawkins-Carlson Room)

Sponsored by: Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, The Department of Religion and Classics, The Humanities Center

“Hacking the Color Line: Black Lives Matter, Code-Switching, and the Entanglements of the Performative
March 31, 2017
1:45-3:00 pm
Hawkins-Carlson Room
Susan B. Anthony Keynote (a part of the SBAI International Graduate Research Conference for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies) lecture with Tavia Nyong’o, Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Theater Studies at Yale University.

Code-switching has historically been central to African-American culture. In the wake of the post-racial era (an idea recently disavowed by President Obama in his farewell address) what is the future of code-switching and double-consciousness as oppositional performative strategies? The recent phenomena of Black Twitter (and more generally, of digitally-encoded assemblages of intersectional black feminism) has been countered by the rise of an anti-Black Twitter, which has claimed many targets for harassment and helped elect a president. Is online activism fated to be drowned out by this “white noise”? Or will code-switching be reinvented for a digitally networked and increasingly post-literate age? This talk will investigate these questions in dialogue with recent queer and black feminist theories of hacking, coding, and entanglement.
Sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies


Past Celebrations