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Genocide in Rwanda; 25 Years Later

Kristin Doughty, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies                          

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm


This lecture will examine post-genocide justice in Rwanda, at the 25th anniversary of the genocide.  Specifically, it will look at Rwanda’s innovative use of genocide courts called inkiko gacaca in which genocide suspects were tried before their neighbors, without lawyers, before panels of citizen judges.  These courts involved a combination of principles of retributive justice, including punishment of up to 30 years, with restorative justice, with principles of forgiveness and an emphasis on reintegrating suspects into their home communities.  The lecture, based on extensive ethnographic research in Rwanda, will consider the complexity of how restorative and retributive models for justice worked, and did not work, to help people cope with recovering in the wake of genocide.


Let’s Talk Emotions

Solveiga Armoskaite, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics                                                              

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 

Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm


Emotion is a component of human communication. Hence, it is safe to assume it is expressed with language. We can observe expression of emotion directly and deliberately in our word choices. For example, we may say, “I am happy.”  It is, however, more fascinating to explore how we express emotion indirectly, namely through intonation, structure and, sometimes, silence.


Victoria: A Ruling Image

Andrea Reithmayr, Special Collections Librarian for Research & Collections; Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries                                         

Date: Monday, June 24, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm


In 1837, a month after her 18th birthday, Victoria became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. For the next 63 years, she ruled an empire that grew to span a quarter of the globe. Throughout her reign, images of Victoria were ubiquitous, though the iconography evolved over the decades—the girl monarch became blushing bride, devoted mother, grieving widow, and, finally, through her 9 children and their marriages, the ‘grandmother of Europe’.  In this talk we’ll consider how images of Victoria shaped expectations of and responses to the real and figurative Queen.


Health Education Collection; AIDS/HIV

Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books; Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries                                                                     

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm


Health Education posters serve as a graphic convergence of political activism, public health, education, and design. The best campaigns can reach an expansive audience to teach, provoke dialog and inspire positive change. One such example is the AIDS Education Posters Collection, which is over 8000 strong and growing, and includes posters from around the world, and in nearly 80 languages. Housed at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries’ Rare Books and Special Collections, it is one of the largest and richest collections of its kind, and is fully accessible online.  Join us to discuss the many fascinating facets of this important collection, how it is used in teaching and research, its connections with social and political history, and the collaborative vision for an upcoming major exhibition to be held at the Memorial Art Gallery, along with extensive programming, a book project, and more.


The Great Famine, 1842-1852

Stewart A. Weaver, Ph.D., Professor, Department of History                                                 

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm


The Great Famine was the defining and catalytic event in Modern Irish History.  Accompanied by unprecedented levels of starvation, disease, and emigration, it reduced the population of Ireland by 25% in the space of a few years.  It also intensely complicated relations between Great Britain and Ireland and, by way of mass emigration, directly affected the history of the United States.  In this lecture drawn from his course “England and Ireland since 1800”, Professor Weaver will discuss the complex causes and consequences of the Great Famine with particular attention to the various political and cultural mythologies that surround it.


Recent Events through Witty Poetry

Melissa Balmain, Adjunct Instructor, Department of English                                                                     

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm


Sick of grim news, both national and global? Then come for a dose of funny poems based on recent events–including some events so strange, you may be amazed to learn they really happened. Author, editor, and University of Rochester Professor, Melissa Balmain, shares verse by some of the wittiest poets around.

Melissa Balmain is a journalist, humorist, and editor whose subjects have ranged from popular culture to parenthood, from cattle ranchers to collies that surf.  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Details, American Arts Quarterly, Measure, The Spectator (UK), and many other publications.  She writes a column for Success magazine and edits Light (formerly Light Quarterly), an online journal of light verse.







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