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UB Arts Collaboratory Invites students to apply for new interdisciplinary experiential class-Fall 2022

Posted by Tim on May 2, 2022 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Workshops

UB Arts Collaboratory invites all students to apply for a
Fall 2022 new interdisciplinary experiential class
400 level, 3 credits, no pre-reqs. for undergraduates
500 level for graduate students
Working Artists Lab with Dara Friedman
Fridays 2:30-4:50pm, and select Saturdays during September and October 3 credits. No prerequisites.
Directed by Prof. Maria S. Horne and Arts Collaboratory Director Bronwyn Keenan, this course presents students with the opportunity to witness and participate in the production process of live art and to collaborate across disciplines with international guest artists, UB faculty, students and community partners. Our Fall ‘22 UB Arts Collaboratory Working Artists Lab will host international guest artist Dara Friedman, in residency, as Dara leads us through the creation process of a labyrinth, River Hill, at Silo City under the care and guidance of ecologist Josh Smith. Additionally, the Lab has invited professional artists and researchers from multiple disciplines to join us in this inspiring project. To quote Robin Wall Kimmerer, “Perhaps that is what we need. Artists as foresters…poets as ecologists.”
Specifically, this course aims to bring together a “company” of students. Company here is understood as a group of students who come together, united with a shared purpose to work, learn, provide friendship and enjoyment in sight of fulfilling a shared purpose. The shared purpose of this course is to deepen our understanding and commitment to conflict resolution. We will be using the below noted modalities to collectively learn how to navigate blockages, perceived or otherwise, in order to heal and gain wisdom in our relationships: personal, interpersonal, and with the world at large. At the same time, the course itself is an artwork, a Gesamtkustwerk, created from our collective parts.
TH 411 Theatre Workshop/ TH 513 Special Topics*
Rolling admissions with early decision for applications received by May 1.
To apply, fill out the application form included below. Seats are limited.
Application will remain open until all seats are filled.
Collaborate on the creative process and construction of a labyrinth, River Hill, at Silo City

  • There is the possibility of scholarships for graduate students.
    (Please make a note if you would like to be considered for such a scholarship.)
    Course Descirption
    For more information about the Arts Collaboratory’s Working Artists Labs, please visit:
    The focus and second classroom of this course will be centered around the creation of a labyrinth, River Hill, at Silo City under the care and guidance of ecologist Josh Smith. The hill will become a highly attractive, hardy and fine smelling pollinator garden transforming the current brownfield at Silo City and consisting of a 1,450 ft long path mowed through introduced yarrow. The intention of River Hill is to be an active monument used for positive transformation and growth. The design of this labyrinth is a confluence of the striking meander of the Buffalo River, Silo City’s location, and ancient, sacred Ariadne style labyrinth design. As a filmmaker Dara understands the physical movement through the labyrinth as a movie of sorts with the potential for an emotional development or shift. The saying goes, “It’s a movie. Make it move.”
    What the labyrinth does as a walking meditation is physically pivot the body to see the world (inner and outer) from opposite perspectives. This winding and unwinding physically changes the walker’s point of view along the path. While designing and building the labyrinth we will also be learning conflict resolution through the physical practice of Aikido led by artist Spencer Sweeney. Aikido uses spiraling movements to shift the direction a challenger’s, or our own nose is facing. This spiraling circular motion is called aiki and is born from a commitment to peaceful resolution when antagonized by refusing to play a zero-sum game of winners and losers. We will work on creating a muscle memory of the spiraling and pivoting motion with the understanding that a change of perspective can happen in the blink of an eye.
    Additional modalities addressed in the class will be Game Theory, Breathwork, Contact Improvisation, Land Art, Chladni patterns to chart physical vibration, Filmmaking and screenings, and the concept of Reciprocal Giving, among others. Texts covered in the class will be Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul by Jill Purce; Giving in to Get Your Way by Terry Dobson; Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert, and Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer among others.

About the UB Arts Collaboratory Working Artists Lab
The UB Arts Collaboratory Working Artists Labs are designed to allow Buffalo artists, UB students, faculty, and visiting artists to develop new work and collaborate across disciplines. Leading figures in the arts are invited by the Arts Collaboratory to engage with the UB and Buffalo arts communities, and over the course of a semester, UB students learn what it’s like to be out in the world as a working artist. Previous Labs have been led by Grandmaster Flash (Fall 2021), Cecily Brown (Spring 2021), Michael Mwenso (Fall 2020), and Alan Zweibel (Spring 2020). To realize many of these Labs, the Arts Collaboratory forged an essential partnership with Maria S. Horne, Director of the IACE Program and associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
About Dara Friedman
Dara Friedman is a German born artist and filmmaker working in Miami. She uses everyday sights and sounds as the raw material for film and video artworks that reverberate with emotional energy. With a background in structural film and dance, Friedman’s cinema calls for a radical reduction of the medium to its most essential material properties. In place of linear storylines, her films typically portray straightforward actions and situations that unfold according to predetermined rules and guidelines. Yet for all of Friedman’s strenuous logic and discipline, her approach remains unabashedly sensual and emotive. Bearing rich imagery and a strong emphasis on bodily experience, her films generate moments of high-pitched, cathartic intensity as well as serene, even euphoric interludes.
Dara Friedman, River Hill labyrinth plan, Silo City, Buffalo

Working Artists Lab with
Dara Friedman
We invite you to complete the Working Artists Lab with Dara Friedman student application for Fall 2022. Please address ALL the questions within each section. If you would like more information about the Lab, please contact Bronwyn Keenan, Director for the Arts Collaboratory, by email at
UB Email Address:
Phone Number:
Instagram Handle:
Academic Department:
Academic Level and Anticipated Graduation Date:
Personal Statement:
Please write a brief statement indicating why you are interested in participating.
*Graduate students ONLY: if you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please address it here.


Fulbright Scholarship Information Panel May 3 on Zoom

Posted by Tim on April 25, 2022 in Community Announcements, Fellowships, Information Session, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

Join a panel of UB experts and past Fulbright recipients as they go
into detail about the process, the experience, and how YOU can
best prepare yourself as a Fulbright Scholarship Applicant!
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
at the link below by May 1st (registrants will be sent the ZOOM
coordinates prior to the event):

Program Planner and Facilitator:
Melinda Lemke
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy


Meet the Author of a New Book about Niagara Falls’ Love Canal Catastrophe April 20

Posted by Tim on April 19, 2022 in Event, Workshops

The Honors College is excited to host author Keith O’Brien for a small group discussion about his new book, Paradise Falls: The True Story of an Environmental Catastrophe.

“The staggering story of an unlikely band of mothers in the 1970s who discovered Hooker Chemical’s deadly secret of Love Canal—exposing one of America’s most devastating toxic waste disasters and sparking the modern environmental movement as we know it today.”

KEITH O’BRIEN has written for The New York Times, Politico, and The Boston Globe. A longtime contributor to National Public Radio, he has appeared on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and This American Life, among other programs. See a short trailer for the book here.

The first fifteen people who RSVP for the event will receive a free copy of the book. 

  • April 20th
  • 1:00-2:00
  • Capen 107

RSVP here


Women’s Athletic Revolt: Title IX at 50 April 14 in 107 Capen

Posted by Tim on April 8, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Workshops

Join Dr. Susan Cahn on Thursday, April 14 at 4:00pm in 107 Capen Hall (Colloquium Room) for a discussion on Title IX’s 50th anniversary and a celebration of Susan Cahn’s retirement!

Susan Cahn is a Professor Emerita of History, and Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, at the University at Buffalo.
Her research and teaching focus on the history of women, girls, and LGBTQ people in the U.S. She also studies the history of sport, adolescence, and psychiatry. Dr. Cahn is the author of Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Sport, 2nd ed. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015).

Sponsored by the UB Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, Inclusive Excellence and the Department of History.

For more information, please contact Gwynn Thomas:


Graduate School Funding Workshop April 26 in 107 Capen

Posted by Tim on April 8, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Fellowships, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

How to fund graduate school workshop Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 1:00pm in the Colloquium Room (107 Capen Hall)

Thinking about graduate school, but don’t know how you’re going to pay for it? Now is the time to start figuring it out. Come hear Elizabeth A. Colucci, Assistant Dean for Graduate Professional Development, discuss funding opportunities. April 26 @ 1:00 in Capen 107 Register here:


Clotting in COVID-19 Honors Faculty Fellows Presentation with Honors Alum and Pharmacy Professor Maya Chilbert April 5

Posted by Tim on April 4, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Workshops

Join us Tuesday, April 5 at 2:00pm in the Don Schack Student Lounge for a special Faculty Fellows Presentation with Dr. Maya Chilbert, Pharmacy. Her talk with focus on Clotting in Covid-19.

All are welcome!


Research Lunch Invitation: April 1st FREE

Posted by Tim on March 21, 2022 in Event, Fellowships, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research, Workshops

Upcoming Research Lunch

Join us for free lunch and innovative research!


Presenter: LaShekia Chatman, Schomburg Fellow
Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: 107 Capen
RSVP Here to attend by Wednesday, March 30.

Presentation Information

Contrasting Motivations Among Black Reproductive Professionals: 

Competing Paradigms for Reimagining Liberation

LaShekia’s second year thesis began as an exploration into the Black midwife and doula movement as a source of cultural and political empowerment, yet evolved into a rarely-explored narrative on the struggle for cultural capital among emerging ethnomedical practices, ideas on professionalism, the future of medical education, and the need for reimagining what culturally resonant care means for not only patients, but BIPOC practitioners. 


SUNY Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors: Are you ready for Grad School? Webinar April 13

Posted by Tim on March 18, 2022 in Academics, Graduate School Programs, Workshops


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 • 3:00PM – 4:30PM
Register for Webinar

Black Men in White Coats Film, Reception and Discussion March 24

Posted by Tim on March 18, 2022 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Workshops

Register Today!       Black Men in White Coats   This 80-minute documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large.   Film Screening, Reception and Panel Discussion   Register Here       Thursday, March 24, 2022
  In-Person Event

M&T Auditorium, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 
955 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14201
  5:00-6:20 PM   Film Screening

6:20-7:00 PM   Light Refreshments

7:00-8:00 PM Panel Discussion featuring:

Mr. Shawn Gibson, Medical Student
Mr. Aswad Jackson, Medical Student
Dr. Anthony Wright, Resident, Anesthesiology
Dr. Fred Archer, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Discussion Moderator: Dr. David Milling,
Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Internal Medicine   Register here to attend the in-person event     This in-person event is open to members of the Jacobs School community, UB, and the larger Buffalo community.

Learn about the experiences of black physicians in our community to learn, grow, and build inclusive health care.        Prefer to view film virtually?
  March 22-24, 2022   Registration required to obtain a viewing code at
Up to 300 viewing codes available for use individually or for group screenings (1 per group).
No viewing code required for those attending event at the Jacobs School on March 24.   Sponsored by: UB Jacobs School Offices of Inclusion, Graduate Medical Education, Curriculum, Student Affairs, and Medical Advancement; the Diversity, Inclusion, and Learning Environment Committee; Dr. Allison Brashear, Dean and Vice President for Health Sciences; Medical Alumni Association; and the American Medical Association     

Master of Public Health Information Session March 29

Posted by Tim on March 18, 2022 in Academics, Graduate School Programs, Information Session, Workshops

Thinking about grad school? Want to improve the health of people and communities?

Come to the in-person info session highlighting the Master of Public Health!

SPHHP is hosting an in-person info session on Tuesday, March 29th from 11-1:30 to promote our Master of Public Health degree program. Speak with program directors from the 6 MPH concentrations offered. 

No need to stay the entire time. Pop in, get your questions answered and snag some free food!

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2022!

The MPH info session will be held in 210 Student Union.

Register Today!