Our three-part Diversity Dialogue Series has gained a reputation for combining the use of interactive activities and dialogues as a means for participants to discuss issues of diversity, inclusion, conflict, and social justice. The Equity and Campus Diversity Dialogue Series has also been hailed for its ability to bring together Buffalo State’s students, faculty, and staff.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
6:00pm - 7:30 pm
online via Zoom - RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/gcUZ2MtMFndYq4AG9
John Torrey is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and a contributing professor in the Africana Studies unit at SUNY Buffalo State. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Morehouse College and an MA and Ph. D in Philosophy from the University of Memphis. His research interests are in the intersection of social and political philosophy and African-American philosophy, specifically how social recognition affects moral and political deliberations regarding calls for Black reparations in America; applied ethics, and pre-college philosophy. He has published on the theoretical underpinnings of Black Lives Matter and on doing precollege philosophy, and was featured on the UnMute Podcast in 2020. He also has developed precollege philosophy programs since 2010, including the July 2019 Buffalo State Lyceum.
Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm
online via ZOOM - RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/aemFaM9vCNi85gKG9
You can access the recording of this event here: https://www.facebook.com/BSC.EquityandDiversity/videos/837969740293216
A native of Buffalo, New York, Naila Ansari (she/her) is an award-winning choreographer, director, and performing artist. She is a distinguished MFA graduate from the University at Buffalo in Dance and a Cum Laude undergraduate of Point Park's Conservatory of Performing Arts Program. Ansari is an original and former principal dancer for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. The company was named “Top 25 Dance Companies to Watch” in Dance Magazine for the 2012-2013 season, featured at Jacob's Pillow and SummerStage NYC at Central Park. Ansari has danced and performed works for the legendary Lula Washington Dance Theatre out of Los Angeles, CA. She has had the privilege of dancing works by Robert Battle, Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sidra Bell, and Trebien Pollard, to name a few. Ansari's choreography has been set on a host of colleges, universities, professional theatres, and commercial projects. As an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Africana Studies at SUNY Buffalo State College, Ansari has merged artistry and scholarship to build and create works through community and collaborative processes that facilitate conversations on race and Black performance. She has published articles in Theatre Journal, received numerous grants and awards such as the New York State DanceForce Grant, and The Pittsburgh Courier 40 under 40 awards. Ansari is a research assistant and assistant choreographer for AT BUFFALO the Musical and the recent AT BUFFALO TED TALK under award-winning artist and scholar Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin. Ansari's award-winning choreographed work "Mine Eyes Have Seen" was selected and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C for the American College Dance Association awards in 2018. Ansari is a collaborator with the UB Arts Collaboratory under the direction of Bronwyn Keenan. Her most recent project and a forthcoming book, The Movement of Joy, focuses on the performance of joy through the creative archiving of oral histories, movement histories, live-performance, and film. Ansari is currently the Dance Director for Ujima Theatre Company, selected by the late Lorna C. Hill.
Photography credit: Jacob Vogan
All Buffalo State College faculty and staff members are invited to our November Diversity Dialogue, "A Self Care Panel" featuring Dr. Meg Knowles, Leasa Rochester-Mills, Dr. Camilo Maldonado, Dr. Pixita Del Prado Hill, Dr. Ruth Goldman and Dr. Heather Maldonado. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 17th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom videoconference. RSVP is required.
Each of our panelists boasts a successful career with multiple academic achievements and professional accolades. How do these individuals practice self-care and balance the, sometimes conflicting, demands of professional and personal life? Join us to hear what our panelists have to say and to ask your own questions of them! We hope you will join us.
These Diversity Dialogues are a way to highlight Buffalo State faculty members' work and engage in meaningful and sometimes difficult conversations on contemporary topics. Diversity Dialogues are sponsored and organized by the Equity & Campus Diversity Office. For more information please visit our website:https://equity.buffalostate.edu/diversity-dialogue-speaker-series
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