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Sunday, March 29, 2015
3:00 PM

Daystar/Rosalie Jones, founder and artistic director of Daystar Dance Company, leads a performance of personal and tribal stories of Indian America titled, “No Home but the Heart – An Assembly of Memories.”

Tickets are $5 for University of Rochester students and $10 for the general public. For more information visit the Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester at or call (585) 273-5150.

Women's History Month Film: She's Beautiful When She's Angry The Little Theatre 240 East Avenue
Sunday, March 29, 2015
3:00 PM

 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.

Speakers: Barbara LeSavoy, director of Gender and Women’s Studies at SUNY Brockport; and
Jennifer Creech, assistant professor of German and affiliate faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester.

The film series is open to the public. All films shown at the Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester. The Women's History Month Film Series is presented by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Rochester, the Little Theatre, and WXXI. Admission is $5. For more information, visit

New Directions Symposium: Intimacies and Assemblages Wilson Commons Gowen Room
Thursday, April 2, 2015
5:00 PM

Dior Konate,

The symposium is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.

Intimacies and Assemblages Symposium Rush Rhees Library Welles-Brown Room
Friday, April 3, 2015
8:30 AM

The half-day symposium will feature keynote speaker Jeffrey McCune of Washington University with a talk on "Black Sexuality Beyond the Closet."

 The schedule also includes:
Elliott Powell, University of Minnesota - "Supa Dupa Freak: The Queer Intimacies of Missy Elliott."
LaRon Nelson, School of Nursing at the University of Rochester - "Queer Eye for the African Guy: Recognizing and Resisting the Neo-Colonial Enterprise in HIV/STD Prevention with Men who have Sex with Men in Ghana."

Moderated by Ed Brockenbrough, Warner School of Education.

The symposium is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. For more information, call (585) 276-5477 or email

Africa Video Series: <i>Tengers</i> Wilson Commons Gowen Room
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
5:00 PM

The series will feature a screening and discussion of the animated film, Tengers. The film tells the story of tackling day-to-day life in Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa. The screening is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. For more information, email

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at the Medical Center Flaum Atrium Medical Center
Thursday, April 9, 2015
8:00 AM

The Second Annual “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at URMC” Exhibit will highlight the broad range of diversity and inclusion activities and resources at the Medical Center. The event aims to increase employee, student, and patient awareness of diversity-related initiatives at URMC and help folks connect to these efforts as appropriate.

If you would like to present at the exhibit, please contact Grace Fuller by March 31. She’ll need the title or topic and the authors/presenters as well as your display needs (easel, 40 x 60-inch foam board, table, etc.) and location—Flaum or Strong Lobby.

No need to r.s.v.p. for the event if you’re not interested in presenting.

Plutzik Reading Series: Terrance Hayes Rush Rhees Library Welles-Brown Room
Thursday, April 9, 2015
5:00 PM

Terrance Hayes is the author of five books of poetry; How to Be Drawn (2015); Lighthead (2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box, winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.The series is free and open to the public. 

He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, two Pushcart selections, eight Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Fence, The Kenyon Review, Jubilat, Harvard Review, and Poetry. His poetry has also been featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

For more information, contact the Department of English at the University of Rochester at (585) 275-9255 or visit

Rainbow Lecture: Ann Pellegrini Rush Rhees Library Hawkins-Carlson Room
Thursday, April 9, 2015
5:00 PM

Ann Pellegrini, professor of social and cultural analysis and performance studies and director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, will give the talk, “Protesting Death, Queer Mourning.”

The annual lecture is free and open to the public. Presented by the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester. For more information, call (585) 275-8799.

Diversity & Inclusion Film Series: <i>Documented</i> Hoyt Auditorium
Thursday, April 9, 2015
7:30 PM

The Diversity & Inclusion Film Series presents Documented, a film by Jose Antonio Vargas. Screening followed by a panel discussion.

Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in a ground-breaking essay published in The New York Times Magazine in 2011. The article stunned media and political circles throughout the country and attracted world-wide coverage. Vargas has since testified at a United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, and has been at the forefront of challenging the media's coverage of undocumented immigrants.

"Vargas is a firm believer that to change the politics of immigration and citizenship, we must change the w
ay we portray undocumented people and their roles in society, compelling him to write, produce, and direct the film Documented. The documentary chronicles his own journey while closely exploring the plight of other undocumented immigrants in America and the politics that surround the hotly contested issue of “legal status.” Following the high praise the film’s initial screenings received, CNN debuted the film in June 2014. Vargas is also the founder of Define American, a media and culture campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in a changing America."

Jose Antonio Vargas is the keynote speaker for the 6th Annual Diversity Conference - From Bystander to Ally held on April 17, 2015. There is still time to register for this event:

The film is open to the public. Closed captioning available.

Book Signing and Community Reception: The Plight of Invisibility College Town Bookstore
Friday, April 10, 2015
6:00 PM

Attend a book signing and reception to celebrate a new book that explores resources that support the needs of Latino/a students.

Location: Barnes & Noble, 1305 Mt. Hope Avenue

Higher education specialists, Donna Marie Harris and Judy Marquez Kiyama, have written the innovative new volume, The Plight of Invisibility: A Community-Based Approach to Understanding the Educational Experiences of Urban Latina/os, published in the Critical Studies of Latino/as in the Americas series, by Peter Lang Publishing. See more on the Facebook event.

Appetizers and refreshments will be provided by El Latino Restaurant.

Latino Expressions Frederick Douglass Dining Hall
Saturday, April 11, 2015
3:00 PM

The cultural program will showcase the Latino presence at the University and the city of Rochester. The focus of the event will be on how (Latino) culture exceeds in higher education through performances, a keynote and tabling participants.

All are welcome to attend.Sponsored by the Spanish and Latino Students' Association (S.A.L.S.A.) and the Hermanos of the La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc. (LUL)

Annual Diversity Conference River Campus
Friday, April 17, 2015
9:15 AM

Representatives from across the University will gather to discuss diversity and inclusion at the 2015 Diversity Conference: “From Bystander to Ally.” The keynote speaker is Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration activist. Visit the conference website to learn more about the keynote and the 18 workshops planned for the day.

The conference is free and open to the public.

Flamenco Workshop Spurrier Dance Studio River Campus
Saturday, April 18, 2015
12:30 PM

The flamenco workshop will be given by Rebecca Thomas, founder of A Palo Seco Flamenco Company. The workshop is free. For more information visit the Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester at or call (585) 273-5150.