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Symposium: “She Persists: Women Innovators in Buffalo, Then and Now.”

September 26, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

As part of their 20th anniversary programming, the UB Gender Institute will host an all-day symposium at the Greatbatch Pavilion at the Darwin Martin House on Tuesday, September 26th from 11am to 3pm. The Symposium will honor the accomplishments of major women in Buffalo’s past and then turn to prominent women in the Buffalo community today. Professor Despina Stratigakos and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, director of the Capital Planning Group, will kick off the day with a discussion of late nineteenth century innovators, such as Louise Bethune (Architect), Mary Talbert (Civil Rights) and Helen Townsend (Urban Reformer) who donated one of the original buildings of what became part of the University of Buffalo. The afternoon session will look at contemporary leaders carrying on this important legacy today: Dr. Norma Nowak, Executive Director of UB’s NY State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Science, Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Deputy Director of PUSH Buffalo, and Bernice Radle, owner of Buffalove Development, preservationist and member of the City of Buffalo’s Zoning Board of Appeals. This event, spearheaded by the Gender Institute and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, architect and director of Capital Planning at UB, is part of a month-long celebration of the Buffalo Niagara Tesla Festival, which highlights the inventions and innovations of Buffalo from the Gilded Age to today. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served (if you would like to reserve a complimentary lunch please RSVP to

Sponsored by the Gender Institute in collaboration with UB Capital Planning, NY State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Science, Buffalove Development, PUSH Buffalo.


September 26, 2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Gender Institute


Greatbatch Pavilion at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex
125 Jewett Pkwy
Buffalo, NY 14214 United States
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