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Unpacking the Culture Surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey

Please join the Susan B. Anthony Center, the College at Brockport, and co-sponsors for a 2-day event exploring the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy:

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Speaker: Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
7:00 pm
Seymour Union Ballroom, SUNY Brockport
U of R Live Stream: Morey 321, University of Rochester River Campus

Amy Bonomi is chair and professor of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. Bonomi has conducted multiple studies on Fifty Shades of Grey and its impact on popular culture and women’s health.

Pizza will be provided at the University of Rochester live stream.

Visit during the event to watch the live stream online.

This event will also be live streamed in Basil 135 at St. John Fisher College.


Discussion: Panel of Researchers

Thursday, October 13, 2016
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center, University of Rochester, 300 East River Road

Join speaker Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH, and guests Barbara LeSavoy, PhD and Holly Atkinson, MD in a dialogue about the Fifty Shades of Grey culture. LeSavoy, Director of the Women and Gender Studies program at SUNY Brockport, researches global and historical feminist perspectives on education and popular culture. Atkinson recently served as Director of the Human Rights Program at Mount Sinai, and now researches the relationships between human rights violations and women’s health outcomes as part of the faculty at the newly established CUNY School of Medicine.

UR students may take the Blue Line shuttle to and from the Bloch Center.



Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH

Amy Bonomi is Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Michigan State University. Trained in public health and health services research at the University of Washington, she has conducted studies of the violence experiences and related health impacts and health service utilization in adult and college populations; including studies involving in-depth interviewing, focus groups, survey methodology and automated health record data. Bonomi is Chair of Michigan State University’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee and works with campus-based providers on campus violence prevention efforts. Since 2010, she has served as Principal Investigator in studies of college students involving assessing relationship abuse, health impacts and risk factors. From 2002 to 2006, she served as Co-investigator, with colleagues from the Group Health Research Institute and University of Washington, on a study of the long-term health impacts of intimate partner violence in women and men. Bonomi’s research and collaborations have resulted in more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and 135 peer-reviewed research presentations, invited symposia and community-based trainings. In recognition of these scholarship and community-based efforts, in 2011, she was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology. Bonomi is an associate editor at the Journal of Women’s Health, writes a violence prevention blog for the Huffington Post, and has had her research featured in USA Today, MSNBC, ABC, Fox News, BBC News, New York Daily News, Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

Barbara LeSavoy, PhD

Dr. Barbara LeSavoy is Director of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where she teaches Feminist Theory; Global Perspectives on Women and Gender; Gender, Race, and Class; and a senior seminar on women and gender. Her research and publication areas include women’s global human rights, sex and gender in literature and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity/success, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. LeSavoy is founder and co-editor of the new Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal and is executive editor and founder of the student authored journal Dissenting Voices. LeSavoy serves as lead faculty for a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project that supports a global classroom linking students at the College at Brockport in NY and Novgorod State University in Russia and also has taught a summer Women and Gender Studies Seminar at the NY Institute of Linguistics, Cognition, and Culture at St Petersburg University in St. Petersburg Russia. The College at Brockport recognized LeSavoy’s teaching and scholarly accomplishments as recipient of the 2012-2013 Academic Advising Award, 2012-13 Outstanding Service to Students Award, 2013-2014 Diversity Engagement Award, the 2014-2015 Faculty/Student Scholarly Engagement Award, and the 2015-2016 Fannie Barrier Williams Woman of Courage Faculty Award.

Holly Atkinson, MD

Holly Atkinson has just joined the faculty at the newly-established CUNY School of Medicine in New York City, where she is Medical Distinguished Lecturer and serves as Medical Student Advisor and Learning Community Facilitator. She is also Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in an adjunct capacity, where she overseas the health and human rights educational initiatives. Prior to joining the faculty of the CUNY School of Medicine, Atkinson was Program Director of Human Rights at Mount Sinai and Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine. While at Mount Sinai, Atkinson was the founding Director of the Mount Sinai Human Rights (HR) Clinic, which treats asylum seekers in need of medical and psychological care.  Atkinson has a broad background in human rights, having served on the board of directors of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) for more than 16 years, including four years as President. She now serves as an expert medical advisor to the organization and is a member of PHR’s asylum network. Today, her research focuses on documenting the linkages between the human rights violations and health outcomes, especially as it applies to the well being of women and girls. Atkinson graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in Biology from Colgate University. She has an MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the AOA Honor Medical Society and the American Public Health Association. In addition, she is a Fellow of the American Medical Women’s Association, where she co-chairs AMWA’s Physicians Against Human Trafficking (PATH) initiative, and is on the board of directors of HEAL Trafficking, a group of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting its survivors. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



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UR Student Groups: College Feminists, MOVE, SEGway, and Active Minds

To request an interpreter or other accommodation for one or both events, email no later than September 28, 2016.

Representatives from UCC will be available at both UR events to address attendees’ immediate mental health care needs.