Buffalo Humanities Festival: Gender Bender
Wednesday 23rd Sep, 2015 → Saturday 26th Sep, 2015

Various locations throughout Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
Time: 6-8pm
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Are we bound by gender?  With presentations, performances, and conversations, the 2015 Buffalo Humanities Festival will attempt to answer that question by going beyond the traditional oppositions of male/female and gay/straight.  Some experts claim that we live in a “post-gender” era, with stay-at-home dads, female CEOs, and transgendered characters on TV.  Yet history, literature, music, and the arts suggest that the story of gender is more complicated – and more interesting – than we often take it to be.  Join us from September 23rd to the 26th for a festival of mind-bending ideas.

Wednesday, September 23rd:

Kickoff event: Do Clothes Make the Man? at the Buffalo History Museum

**Free and open to the public**

UB History Prof. Patrick McDevitt explores the history of the man’s suit; arrive early for a pop-up exhibit of men’s fashion from the History Museum’s collection and a reception!

Reception at 7pm, lecture from 7:30–9pm. Read more about this event on our blog.

Thursday, September 24th:

Book Group at Sweetness 7

Join us for good food and conversation! This open book group will meet to discuss Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman at the Sweetness 7 Cafe at 301 Parkside Ave. from 7:30–9:30pm. 

Buy local and get your copy of Lepore’s book in advance from Talking Leaves and get it signed at the Friday reading!

Friday, September 25th:

Jill Lepore at the Buffalo Humanities Festival

Book signing/VIP event at 7pm at the Albright-Knox Gallery, followed by a reading and on-stage discussion of The Secret History of Wonder Woman at 8pm at the Albright-Knox Gallery. Read more about Jill Lepore and her book here. Preceded by a VIP event with Jill Lepore in person!

This event builds on the free UB Gender Institute symposium, “Wonder Women and Super Men,” 9:00am to 6:00pm, Student Union Theater, UB North Campus.

Saturday, September 26th:

The full-day festival includes talks, conversations, and roundtables led by local faculty and experts. Also featured: a curated program of independent short films, live music, a drag break, kids tent, and, for all who buy tickets by Wed., Sept. 23rd, a free boxed lunch from the West Side Bazaar!

The Buffalo Humanities Festival: Gender Bender


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