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POSTPONED: Humanities to the Rescue: An Evening with Nick Cave (2019-20 Eileen Silvers Visiting Professor in the Arts and Humanities)

March 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Photo courtesy of Nick Cave, still image from Up Right, ©Wright Bros.


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.

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.


2019-20 Eileen Silvers Visiting Professor in the Arts and Humanities, and CAI Artist-in-Residence, internationally renowned artist Nick Cave will present the short film Up Right: Detroit, followed by an on-stage discussion about his boundary-crossing, community-engaged, joy-filled work.

©John Schweikert

Please join us for this very special evening.

6:00pm | Center for the Arts Atrium

7:00pm | Center for the Arts Main Stage

  • Introductions by Robin Schulze (Dean, College of Arts & Sciences) and Christina Milletti (Executive Director, Humanities Institute)
  • Screening of Up Right: Detroit, presented by Nick Cave
  • On-stage discussion featuring Nick Cave with:

Humanities to the Rescue continues on Saturday with the symposium, “Performance, Publics, Possiblity.”

From the Jack Shainman Gallery website:


‘Nick Cave is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. He says of himself, “I have found my middle and now am working toward what I am leaving behind.” Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms based on the scale of his body. Soundsuits camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender, and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment.’

For a look into the world of Nick Cave, check out this interactive feature published by the New York Times.

About Buffalo String Works:

Buffalo String Works strives to foster vibrant, inclusive communities through the transformative power of music.

For our students especially, many of whom hail from all over the world, the universal language of music can be a lifeline. We aim to cultivate a positive space that supports our students’ development into curious, confident, committed individuals who make a difference in their new home: exemplary musicians who are also exemplary citizens. Through our intensive and thoughtful programming both in the classroom and on stage, we seek to transform our audiences, neighborhoods, and the Western New York community through the universal language of music. We strive to foster greater compassion and understanding across our city, offering a sense of belonging to new Americans and those who have long called Buffalo home.

Humanities to the Rescue is made possible through the generous support of the Eileen Silvers Visiting Professorship in the Arts & Humanities, the UB Creative Arts Institute Artist-in-Residence program, and the additional support of the UB Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Humanities Institute’s Performance Research Workshop, the UB Arts Collaboratory, Melodia E. Jones Chair Jean-Jacques Thomas, the UB Sustainability Initiative, the UB Gender Institute, and the departments of Theatre & Dance and Romance Languages and Literatures.



Directed by David Felder (SUNY Distinguished Professor and Birge-Cary Professor in Music Composition) and Bruce Jackson (SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture) the Creative Arts Initiative is a university-wide initiative dedicated to the creation and production of new work upholding the highest artistic standards of excellence and fostering a complementary atmosphere of creative investigation and engagement among students, faculty, visiting artists, and the community.

Through its Artist-in-Residence program and its innovative, interdisciplinary offerings for students, CAI is raising the profile of UB and Buffalo in world of artistic expression and revitalizing our proud tradition as a leader in contemporary art.



March 27, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Humanities Institute


Center for the Arts Mainstage