Buffalo Humanities Festival to explore gender issues
Noted scholar and critically acclaimed author Jill Lepore is the featured speaker at the second annual Buffalo Humanities Festival, taking place Sept. 23- 26 at cultural and educational centers throughout the community. Sponsored by UB’s Humanities Institute, this year’s festival theme, “Gender Bender,” explores whether individuals are bound by gender. Presentations, performances and conversations will investigate gender issues beyond the traditional oppositions of male-female and gay-straight.
The festival seeks to raise the level of discussion locally by exploring sex and gender through history, literature and the arts. “The festival’s mission is to foster dialogue and idea-sharing among the public, scholars and artists,” says Erik Seeman, professor of history and director of the Humanities Institute. Lepore’s headline event at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is a discussion of her best-selling book, “The Secret History of Wonder Woman,” winner of the 2015 American History Book Prize.
Lepore is a professor of American history at Harvard University and affiliated faculty at the Harvard Law School. In addition to her research and teaching, she has been a contributor to the New Yorker since 2005. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Journal of American History, the Yale Law Journal, American Scholar and American Quarterly. Lepore is a past winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, the Berkshire Prize and Time magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of the Year.