Academic Job Search Workshop with Professor Cindy Wu on Thursday at 3:00


General Commencement, Alumni Arena, 2014Photographer: Douglas LevereGraduating this weekend?

Professor Cynthia Wu will be hosting a workshop on the academic job search for Department of Transnational Studies graduate students on:

Thursday, May 12, 3-4:30 pm in 1004 Clemens

We will cover essentials such as the cover letter, cv, statement of
teaching philosophy, and sample teaching materials.

If you are planning to launch a job search in fall 2016, this workshop
will help you arrange those materials over the summer and get them
into perfect condition.

Disability and the Arts Symposium on Friday, April 1st



The Center for Disability Studies is hosting a one-day symposium on Friday, April 1 on Disability and the Arts.  It is co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute, Cultures and Texts, and the Departments of Art, English, Comparative Literature, and Transnational Studies.  The event will be held in the Center for Tomorrow Ballroom.

Doors open; coffee served

Introduction by Michael Rembis and Cynthia Wu

Panel I: Susan Cahn (History, University at Buffalo), chair
Ann Fox (English, Davidson College), “Unexpected Anatomies: Extraordinary Bodies in Contemporary Art”
Denise Nepveux (Occupational Therapy, Utica College), “Singing the Ida Benderson Blues: Creating a Community Performance with Elder Activists”
Susan Schweik (English, University of California at Berkeley), “Here the Diaries End: or, A Basic Kit to Confront the Human Disposal Authority”
Hershini Bhana Young (English, University at Buffalo), “Sound Knocking at My Door: Kuduro Dance and the Poetics of Debility”

Buffet lunch

Panel II: Tanja Aho (Transnational Studies, University at Buffalo), chair
Kylie Boazman (Disability Studies, University at Buffalo), “‘Cripping the Museum’: Intersecting Art and Activism through Curating”
Elif Ege (Transnational Studies, University at Buffalo), “Thinking Through Binding: The Art of Judith Scott”
Natalie Fleming (Transnational Studies, University at Buffalo), “‘I’d Prefer Not To’: Melville’s Challenge to Hegemonic Identity in Bartleby, the Scrivener”


Performances by artists from the community


For more information:

Today at 2:30 – On The Bridge between WAR and PEACE, Response of Ukrainian Civil Organizations to Armed Conflict, Human Rights, and Free Press


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The Department of Transnational Studies Invites you to a Faculty and Student Colloquium:

On The Bridge between WAR and PEACE
Response of Ukrainian Civil Organizations to Armed Conflict, Human Rights, and Free Press

March 24, 2016
2:30- 4:30 pm
732 Clemens Hall, North Campus

This colloquium is organized by the Department of Transnational Studies and is made possible in part by the International Institute of Buffalo. The delegation is visiting Buffalo through the Open World Leadership Program, a Congressional exchange program which brings young political and civic leaders from nine post-Soviet states to the United States for short- term professional trips.

For more information contact Barbara

Today at 12PM: Humanities Institute City and Society Research Workshop Lecture with Professor Nightingale



Please join Professor Carl Nightingale today, Wednesday March 9th, for a talk for the  Humanities Institute City and Society Research Workshop in Clemens 1004 at noon. Lunch will be provided.

“Some of the world’s most divided and notoriously conflictual cities are located in societies founded as settler colonies. Can we then say that these conflicts fundamentally connected? This talk will at once embrace and explode settler colonial theory as a means to enhance a transnational or what I prefer to call a “diascalar” urban history. In particular it asks how theoretical ideas such as the combination of migration and territorial conquest, the idea of permanence, the distinction between settler and sojourner colonies, the “triangular” settler-metropole-native political order, the identity of settler, the concept of “population economy,” and the thesis that colonial settlement is more enduring than formal imperial institutions all help us understand connections, disconnections, similarities, and differences between the urban politics of four settler cities: Chicago, Johannesburg, Algiers, and Tel Aviv. Affirming the crucial role of cities in settler colonialism, it interprets the foundational dialectic between conquest, conflict, and radically complex practices of segregation in these examples by historicizing notions of conquest, permanence, and settler; by embracing deep variation and complexity in the politics of settler cities; by highlighting connections to “sojourner” colonial cities; and ultimately by reaffirming the crucial relationship between urban political theater and metropolitan institutions—as well as “the imperial” more generally–in the longevity of urban settler colonialism.”  – Nightingale

12th Annual Indigenous and American Studies Storytellers Conference Call for Papers



The 12th year of the Storyteller’s Conference focuses on the theme of visual sovereignty – the use of mass media to create new forms of indigenous representation. This year we welcome activist and social worker Amanda Blackhorse (Dine’ of the Áshįįhí clan, born for the Yé’ii Dine’é Táchii’nii Clan). Blackhorse, founder of Arizona to Rally Against Native American Mascots and lead complainant in the successful case to cancel the federal trademark registrations of Washington’s NFL team, is an international speaker on the harmful effects of offensive Native mascots and colonization and historical trauma’s contribution to racism and oppression of Indigenous people.

The founders of our program, John Mohawk (Seneca) and Barry White (Seneca) amongst others, envisioned Native Studies as a framework to examine our varied histories, knowledges, and current realities, Indigenous and non-indigenous alike. This vision continues to center the Storytellers Conference as well as our department here at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Maintaining this tradition, we see this year’s gathering as a celebratory renewal of our predecessors’ work and commitment to community, story, and scholarship.

We encourage abstract submissions from all academic disciplines. All scholars, activists, educators, and community members are invited to submit theoretical, practical, traditional, and non-traditional presentations that broadly address this theme.

Please submit a 250 word proposal via email to


Friday, Nov. 13th – The Fourth Annual Haudenosaunee Research Symposium at UB




The Haudenosaunee-Native American Studies Research Group cordially invites you to join us on Friday, November 13th for our Fourth Annual UB Haudenosaunee Research Symposium.

Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Center for the Arts, Lower Gallery B45, UB North Campus

This informal symposium highlights UB faculty and student’s current research projects in Haudenosaunee and Indigenous studies. The purpose of this symposium is to emphasize the continuity of the vibrant tradition of Haudenosaunee research at UB and for participants to receive comments and feedback on their work.

This symposium is free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events:
Opening:  Jodi L. Maracle and Rahwatsironnyons
Welcoming: Theresa McCarthy
Morning Session: 9-12pm

“Parts Unknown”: Non-traditional Parts of Speech – Karin Michelson, Professor, Linguistics

The Theory and Praxis of Language Revitalization on Tuscarora – Montgomery Hill, PhD Candidate, Linguistics

Kaha:wi Means ‘To Carry’: Indigenous Dance Performance as Remembrance and Cultural Continuity. – Jennifer Loft, PhD Candidate, Global Gender Studies

Walking in two worlds: Returning to traditional Haudenosaunee ways of identity – Aaron L. VanEvery, PhD Candidate, American Studies

“The Best that Our Tradition Has to Offer”: Haudenosaunee Women Lacrosse Players and Healing – Sharity Bassett, PhD Candidate, Global Gender Studies

Recipes of Peace: Considering Jikonsaseh and the Power of Haudenosaunee Women’s Food-Seed Responsibilities in the Great Law of Peace Narrative – Laticia McNaughton, PhD Candidate, American Studies

Afternoon Session: 1-4pm

Counting on Care: Canada’s Challenge in Tracking and Reporting Aboriginal People’s Health Care – Margaret Moss, Associate Professor, Nursing and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Media and Cultural Revitalization at Tuscarora – Teri Rueb, Professor, Media Study, Jodi L. Maracle, PhD Student, American Studies, and Waylon Wilson, Undergraduate Student, Media Study.

Experiential Philosophy from the Borderlands: The Overlooked Haudenosaunee Influence on Euro-American Thought – Natalie Fleming, PhD Student, American Studies

“Outside the Circle”: Evictions, expectations and not being the Iroquois you had in mind, in conversation with Audra Simpson’s Mohawk Interruptus – Theresa McCarthy, Assistant Professor, American Studies


If you have any questions please contact Theresa

Who we are: Comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous allied faculty and student scholars from across disciplines at UB, the Haudenosaunee-Native American Studies Research Group provides a forum for discussion of recent academic work in the ever-emerging interdisciplinary field of Indigenous studies. Through our work we promote the acknowledgement of UB’s location on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee people.

This symposium is sponsored by the UB Humanities Institute, The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, and The UB Native American Graduate Student Association.


TNS Professor Lakisha Simmons at Gender Bender: Buffalo Humanities Festival




Professor LaKisha Simmons
September 26, 2015
Ketchum Hall, Room 113, Burchfield Penney

The #BlackLivesMatter civil rights movement is bringing international attention to issues of police brutality in African Americans’ lives. Many people have focused on the dangers black men and boys face, but lost in this discussion are black girls’ encounters with police violence. LaKisha Simmons begins this presentation with a short history of police violence against African American girls. She then focuses on the injustices black girls face and black girls’ activism today. African American youths have been speaking out, proclaiming that #BlackGirlsMatter, insisting that we understand how gender affects experiences of racial violence in America.

The Buffalo Humanities Festival’s mission is to foster dialogue, the sharing of ideas, and the enjoyment of the humanities among the public, scholars, and artists. We believe that the understanding of history, culture, literature, arts media, and the diverse traditions of the humanities are an essential part of life and that this greater understanding fosters civic engagement. Each year, the festival draws on our city’s many rich academic traditions and resources to engage the most pressing questions of our time. This year’s theme, “Gender Bender,” will go beyond the traditional oppositions of male/female and gay/straight to examine how art, culture, and history are shaped by questions of gender.

This annual event was started in 2014 and is presented by the University at Buffalo’s Humanities Institute in cooperation with Buffalo State College, Canisius College, Niagara University, and SUNY Fredonia as well as cultural institutions including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Arts Center.

For more information:
Buffalo Humanities Festival Program

AMS PhD Student Jodi Lynn Maracle Works to Create Sculpture to Promote Tuscarora Language at ArtPark




As part of ArtPark’s inaugural Working Artist Residency Program, MFA students from five universities were selected to create large scale outdoor sculptures. UB Department of Art MFA student Caroline Doherty, in collaboration with UB American Studies PhD student and Tyendinaga Mohawk scholar-activist Jodi Lynn Maracle and Tuscarora linguist Montgomery Clayton Hill, developed signage in the Tuscarora language to reinvigorate a respectful relationship with this particular landscape and with contemporary Native peoples, specifically, citizens of the Tuscarora Nation.

A reception will be held on Friday, June 19th, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Artpark, 450 South 4th Street, Lewsiton, NY, 14092.  The work will remain installed through the summer.

Limited edition prints as well as on site-site screen printing (bring your own shirt, bag, hoody, etc. to be printed on) will be available for a donation to benefit the Tuscarora Language Immersion Program from 4:00-8:00pm on Friday June 19th.

12th Annual Turkish Day – Co-Sponsored by AMS GSA


12th Annual Turkish Day Flier

The Turkish Graduate Student Association invites you to the 12th Annual Turkish Day on April 6th from 11am – 3pm in the Student Union Lobby.
Come and see calligraphy and water marbling (ebru) art demonstrations and performances. Learn more about Turkey and Turkish music and enjoy Turkish delight, traditional food, desserts and Turkish coffee. Lahmacun (Turkish pizza), baklava and home-made foods will be served. Event co-sponsored by the AMS GSA.