Welcome to the Gender Institute


A university-wide research center founded in 1997, the Gender Institute promotes research and teaching related to women, gender, and sexuality. We offer grants and awards to faculty and students to support research on women and on the intricate connections between gender and other social forces, such as sexuality, race, class, health, age, religion, and place. We also organize and cosponsor lectures, workshops, conferences, film screenings, art exhibitions, and community events.


"Reclaiming Our Ancestors"

In October 2015 the Gender Institute hosted a three-day workshop, "Reclaiming Our Ancestors," for which descendants of 18th- and 19th-century antislavery authors and activists flew in from across the United States to discuss slave narratives, history, memory, and trauma. The principal goals of the workshop were to promote public (black) history and to support the participants’ educational, creative, and scholarly enterprises related to illuminating the legacies of slavery as well as the roots/routes of current forms of human trafficking and exploitation. Participants included descendants of Dred Scott, Solomon Northup, Venture Smith, William Grimes, Jeffrey Brace, Lewis Clarke, Moses Grandy, and other figures.

Learn more about this event in The New York Times and on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered".

Lynne M. Jackson, a descendant of Dred Scott and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri, speaks at the downtown Buffalo & Erie County Public Library on Friday, October 30, 2015. Photo: Nancy J. Parisi

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