Download the program PDF clickable button

Sept. 19-21 / 2019

Thursday, Sept. 19 | 6:30pm | Asbury Hall in Babeville
Humanities New York presents, Democracy and the Legacy of Racism: Ibram X. Kendi and Chenjerai Kumanyika in Conversation

6:00pm | Doors open. Please enter on the parking lot/south side of the building at the top of the ramp. Asbury Hall is located on the ground floor of Babeville.

6:30pm | Introductions with conversation following


Friday, Sept. 20 | 8pm | Asbury Hall in Babeville (7pm VIP reception in the Ninth Ward)
Spotlight Speaker: Matt Taibbi on Democracy in the Age of Post-truth

7:00pm | VIP reception in the Ninth Ward (basement) of Babeville. VIP festival pass holders should enter through the Ninth Ward entry on the parking lot/south side of Babeville. Accessible entry is available on the same side of the building at the top of the ramp. Elevator access to the basement level is in the lobby area outside of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.

7:30pm | Doors open for Asbury Hall, general admission. A cash bar will be available. General admission ticket/festival pass holders should enter through the accessible, parking lot/south side entrance of Babeville (the glass tower). Asbury Hall is located on the ground floor of Babeville.

8:00pm | Introductions by UB Humanities Institute Director David Castillo, UB College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robin Schultze, and Investigative Post reporter Geoff Kelly. Matt Taibbi will then take the stage, with a Q+A session facilitated by Geoff Kelly following the talk.

Have a question for Matt Taibbi? Click here to submit it online now.

A book signing session with Matt Taibbi concludes the evening.

A selection of Matt Taibbi’s books will be available for purchase on-site courtesy of Talking Leaves Books.


Saturday, Sept. 21 | 10:30am – 4:30pm
DEMOCRACY–Of the people? By the people? For the people? A full day of talks, panels, and performances | Rockwell Hall | SUNY Buffalo State


*Passes purchased before 11:59pm, Sunday, September 15 include lunch by West Side Bazaar. See our TICKETS page for the full list of lunch offerings. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available.

Image of Saturday schedule. Text version available on-page.

10:00am | Registration/check-in opens in the lobby of Rockwell Hall at SUNY Buffalo State. Accessible entry is available through the rear doors of Rockwell Hall on the west side of the building. Elevator access to the 2nd floor lobby/registration and 3rd floor presentation spaces is available through the rear entry.

10:30am – 11:15am | Don’t Stop the Presses! A panel discussion on how the rise of fake news and the decline in local news is threatening our democracy and what we can do to stop it. [Ciminelli Recital Hall]

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Licata. Panelists: Maki Becker, Geoff Kelly, Charlie Specht, and Matt Taibbi

11:30am – 12:30pm | Session 1

  • New Forms of Democracy, Power, and Representation | Moderator: Andrea Ó Súilleabháin. Panelists: Kristin Ksiazek, Tori Kuper, and India Walton [Room 301]
  • #TimesUp Hollywood! Or is it? | Ruth Goldman and Meg Knowles [Room 302]
  • The Moral Economy of Neoliberalism | Chad Lavin [Room 305]
  • Dancing Democracy: Empathy Rehearsals in Contemporary Performance | Ariel Nereson [Room 306]

12:30pm – 1:15pm | Lunch (provided by West Side Bazaar with festival passes purchased by Sunday, Sept. 15, 11:59pm)

1:15pm – 2:15pm | Session 2

  • The Gender of Democracy | Moderators: Susan Spierre Clark and Bronwyn Keenan. Panelists: Naila Ansari, Pam Glick, Ramla Karim Qureshi, and Jasmina Tacheva [Room 301]
  • “The People” Includes Immigrants, But For How Long? | Nicole Hallett [Room 302]
  • Democracy in Ancient Athens and Rome | Kathryn Williams [Room 305]
  • Doomed for Civic Death in Turkey | Mustafa Gökçek [Room 306]

2:15pm – 2:30pm | Break

2:30pm – 3:30pm | Session 3

  • Theatre/er: Riots, Censorship, Racism, and the Democratic Impulse | Anthony Chase [Room 301]
  • Walt Whitman, Poet of Democracy | Jennifer Desiderio [Room 302]
  • The Racial Allegories of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style Architecture | Charles L. Davis, II [Room 305]

3:30pm – 4:30pm | Closing reception featuring The Performance Truck, live music, and complimentary beer by Community Beer Works.