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Spring 2020 HI Events: COVID-19 situation response from the Humanities Institute

March 11, 2020

Dear Friends of the UB Humanities Institute,

In light of the rapidly changing situation responding to Coronavirus/COVID-19 and today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo of the transition to remote learning format for all SUNY and CUNY campuses, the UB Humanities Institute is assessing our Spring 2020 events programming. We will update our web events calendar as quickly as we can to reflect confirmed status changes of events organized by us and other departments/units whose events we promote on the calendar. For the most up-to-date information, please check the website of the organizing entity for any event.

In terms of upcoming Humanities Institute events, below are some key updates:

March 11 | 4:00pm | Scholars@Hallwalls: Christian Flaugh

  • Taking place, as-scheduled
  • Status of the remaining Scholars@Hallwalls schedule for Spring 2020 is currently unknown, but we are exploring different options for featuring the work of our 2019-20 Faculty Fellows.

March 27-29 | Humanities to the Rescue | Postponed

Humanities to the Rescue is an event series intended to bring the broader Buffalo community together to celebrate the humanities. We have been closely monitoring how current health and travel issues are evolving with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). After consultation with University at Buffalo leadership and a great deal of deliberation, our proactive feeling is that the best thing we can do for our community is to limit non-essential large gatherings. As such, the UB Humanities Institute is postponing An Evening with Nick Cave (March 27) and Performance, Publics, Possibilty (a one-day symposium scheduled for March 28), with the hope of rescheduling in Spring 2021.

Additional updates will be provided as soon as possible.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with these precautionary measures.