TRUMP VS. CLINTON: What Should We Think about This Election? @ Schelfhaudt Art Gallery
Sep 22 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Necessary Voices Presents

TRUMP VS. CLINTON: What Should We Think about This Election?

How can the liberal arts help us approach the upcoming election and all the related static swirling around us?

Professors Timothy Eves (Philosophy), Steve Hess (Politics), and David Oberleitner (Psychology) will share insights from their disciplines as this particularly fractious election heats up. Q&A will follow each speech.

This presentation will help all of us step back from our preferences and biases and truly examine what is going on in terms of advertising and the media, misinformation, emotion vs. logic, group thinking, and individual identification.

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.

To RSVP, or if you have questions, email

Necessary Voices Lecture: “Solid Wall of Sound: Latin@ Literature of Attestation” @ Mandeville Hall, room 104
Feb 23 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Solid Wall of Sound: Latin@ Literature of Attestation

Edrik Lopez

As we put the 2016 year behind us, the writer and educator Edrik Lopez (Ph.D. Berkeley) will present Latin@ literary works as acoustic counterpoints to the literal and metaphorical walls rising in our country. Join us as we take a tour of contemporary Latin@ writers and artists to inspire us into 2017.  Free and open to all.

Necessary Voices Lecture: “Asian American Media: Stereotypes and Resistance” @ Mandeville Hall, room 104
Mar 30 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Asian American Media: Stereotypes and Resistance

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Using Asian American stereotypes in the media as an easy and visual entry point into Asian American history, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang will examine connections between Asian American media stereotypes, historical anxieties, and what contemporary Asian American creatives are doing to clap back. This history of resistance is more relevant than ever today, for all minorities—Wang challenges us to become critical readers, savvy media consumers, and activist content creators.

Necessary Voices Lecture: “Confronting Charlottesville: An Examination of Race in America” @ Mandeville Hall, Room 104
Sep 14 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Professor Afrah Richmond, Assistant Professor of Social Studies in the School of Education, will present, “Confronting Charlottesville: An Examination of Race in America,” a lecture remarking on the ethical, political, and historical implications of the tragic incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12.

Besides her work at UB, Dr. Richmond has written and spoken on the history of the Civil Rights movement and black student activism.

All members of the UB Community are encouraged to attend.

Questions or comments, email
An r.s.v.p. would be appreciated if you are bringing your class to the lecture.

Upcoming Necessary Voices lectures this fall:
October 19, 4:30, Mandeville 104—Associate Provost Aaron Perkus on the function of literature in the twenty-first century
November 9, 4:30, Schelfhaudt Gallery—Emily Larned, Associate Professor of Graphic Design: “Impractical Labor in the Service of the Speculative Arts”

Necessary Voices Lecture : “Dear Reader … Connecting Audiences with Books That They’ll Love” @ Mandeville hall, room 107
Mar 22 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The speaker, Sarah Begley, Books Editor for TIME Magazine, will discuss books and the art of sharing them through reviews, how she chooses books for her audience, and how she frames her articles to try to pair the right books with the right readers.