Crystal Fleming, Ph.D.

A Look Ahead: This Week at Buffalo State


Happy Leap Year! This final week of February is Civic Engagement Week at Buffalo State College, with a full slate of events to provide students, faculty, and staff with the tools to become more civic-minded community members. Follow the conversation on Instagram using #buffstatecounts.

We close out our celebration of Black History Month with a special keynote address, “Race Stupidity,” presented by Crystal M. Fleming, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Stony Brook University, on Tuesday, February 25, at 12:15 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Tower Auditorium. Author of the game-changing book How to Be Less Stupid about Race (2018), Fleming uses critical race theory, black feminism, classical sociology, and a brilliant sense of humor to provide a no-holds-barred style of critical analysis to help us solve the race problem once and for all. Her address is free and open to the public.

Here’s a look at some of the other things going on this week. Remember to stay connected all semester long with Life at Buff State on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. And don’t forget the many professional development opportunities (PDF, 132 KB) for Buffalo State faculty and staff members.



Civic Engagement and Study Abroad: Takeaways for Our Daily Practice
Chase Hall 109
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Join this panel discussion by Buffalo State faculty members who are designing courses that combine short-term study-abroad experiences with civic engagement to enhance global understanding via personal, professional, and academic development. More information and registration available through the Workshop Registration System.



U.S. Census Data Tools
Butler Library 314
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This hands-on training seminar from the U.S. Census Bureau will highlight introductory and advanced topics pertaining to the features and usage of the U.S. census data tools: QuickFacts, American FactFinder, and various mapping and data visualization tools. Laptops will be available, but you may bring your own. Lunch will be provided. Please register online and direct questions to Eugene Harvey, associate librarian, 878-3138.

‘Race Stupidity,’ Presented by Crystal Fleming
Black History Month Keynote Address
Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Tower Auditorium

12:15 p.m.

‘How Does the Census Impact Me?’
Rockwell Hall 306
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Learn how being counted in the 2020 census will affect you, your family, and the community for the next 10 years. See how the census affects your daily life and use your voice to create a message about the census that can be shared across campus and the Buffalo community to encourage others to be counted in 2020. Register online.

Russia through the Lens of Art: Four Weeks in St. Petersburg
Upton Hall 230
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Junior graphic design students Lauren Cox and Alain Pierre-Lys will present this first spring event in the Artists on the Road: Travel as a Source of Inspiration series, cosponsored by the Art and Design Department and the Center for Global Engagement.

Buffalo State Jazz Ensemble
Ciminelli Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Under the direction of Rick Fleming, professor of music, the Buffalo State Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary ensemble arrangements. The performance is free, and no ticket is required. For more information, call (716) 878-3005 or visit the Music Department website.



Erie County Board of Elections on Campus
Campbell Student Union Lobby
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Representatives from the Erie County Board of Elections will staff tables with voter registration and absentee ballot information. Stop by to learn more about the education, tools, and technology needed for fair elections and for the public to become effective and empowered voters.

Women’s Lacrosse
Coyer Field
4:00 p.m.
The women’s lacrosse team takes on the Nazareth Golden Eagles. 

Diaspora Dinner Theater featuring the ZUZU Acrobats
Campbell Student Union Social Hall
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Presented as part of the African Diaspora Project. Admission is free; RSVP required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

CANCELED: Lois Klein Recital Series Presents Dmitri Novgorodsky
Ciminelli Recital Hall
7:30 p.m.
Join the Music Department for a special performance by esteemed master pianist Dmitri Novgorodsky, assistant professor of performance studies in Ithaca College’s School of Music.



ConnectLife Blood Drive
Buckham Hall A114
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Donate blood to help local residents in need. Schedule your appointment at and enter sponsor code 001944 or call (716) 529-4270. Please bring photo ID. 

The Organizer’s Tool Kit
Rockwell Hall 306
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Step into the world of project management with the Civic and Community Engagement Office and the Anne Frank Project to learn how your organizational skills are a form of community activism and advocacy. Learn the steps to turn your ideas into a detailed event or advocacy campaign for social change. Register online.

Cultural Bazaar and Talent Showcase
Campbell Student Union Social Hall
8:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Part of the African Diaspora Project, the showcase will feature various student performances highlighting the diversity and multiculturalism of Buffalo State. Admission is free; RSVP required.



Tax Return–Preparation Workshop
Bacon Hall 123
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
File your New York state and federal taxes with these free self-assisted tax-return preparation sessions sponsored by Buffalo State’s Civic and Community Engagement Office. Staff members and volunteers from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will provide an overview of the computer software and be on hand to answer questions. Attendees will have 90 minutes to complete their filing. Several dates available. Register and learn more on the CCE website.

'A Closer Look at School of Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Young Man in an Armchair at the Memorial Art Gallery'
Ketchum Hall 320
3:00 p.m.

The spring 2020 “Conversations in and out of the Disciplines” series kicks off with this talk by Fiona Beckett, assistant professor of art conservation. The talk will be followed by a brief Q&A and a short wine and cheese reception. Everyone is welcome.



Defensive Driving Course
Ketchum Hall 113
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Save 10 percent on your New York state auto liability insurance and remove points from your license. This course is for Buffalo State faculty, staff, alumni, and students. Friends and relatives are also welcome if accompanied by a faculty or staff member, alumnus, or student. Class is $25 per person. Call Damien Lawrence, Buffalo State’s local representative, at (716) 984-9111 to register by Wednesday, February 26.

Pictured: Crystal Fleming, Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Stony Brook University

Photo by Diahann Williams