Spring 2022 Lecture Series

Published March 21, 2022

March 9, 2022

Headshot of Dr. Mopelolade Ogunowale.

"'We are Stubborn Women’: Feminist Practices Among Reggae Dancehall Women in Nigeria.”

Professor Ogunowale, Africana and American Studies Department, University at Buffalo

Professor Ogunowale explores the conscious and subconscious feminist resistances of reggae-dancehall women against a misogynic and sexist reggae-dancehall music industry located in an Ajegunle, an urban slum in Lagos. 

March 16, 2022

Headshot of Dr. Michael Boston.

"They Have a Story to Tell:  African Americans in the Cataract City."

Michael Boston, PhD, Africana and American Studies Department, SUNY Brockport

Professor Boston examines the shifting African American population as it moves from the South to Niagara Falls in the post-World War era and its impact upon the city.

March 30, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Headshot of Dr. Catherine Fisher-Collins.

“Women and Health Policy”

Dr. Catherine Fisher Collins, distinguished educator, author, health advocate and member of the New York State Board of Regents.

Dr. Collins has dedicated much of her personal and professional life to promoting the twin issues of good health and a sound education, with a special emphasis on the needs of underserved youth/women and individuals in Western New York. She is a forceful and passionate advocate in promoting the success of all students in New York state.

Her talk will focus upon the health issues confronting women and African Americans in western New York and policy implications. 

April 6, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Headshot of Dr. James Ponzo.

“‘The Prophet within us:’ Frederick Douglass and the American Experiment.”

James E. Ponzo, PhD,
Africana and American Studies Department, University at Buffalo

Professor Ponzo discusses the philosophy and teachings of Douglass and his impact on American democracy.

April 13, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Headshot of Professor Jennifer Barclay.

"The Mark of Slavery: Disability, Race, and Gender in Antebellum America."

Professor Jenifer Barclay, Department of History, University at Buffalo

Professor Jenifer Barclay, University at Buffalo, Department of History, will discuss her book that addresses slavery and the ways in which disparaging beliefs about disability were linked to ideas about Blackness, thereby revealing the deep historical connection between racism and ableism.