Ural Federal University presentation

Ruslana Prosviriakova, Fulbright Fellow from the Russian International Education Administrators (RIEA) Program, will present on her home university, Ural Federal University (UrFU), from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, in UU-108.

Prosviriakova will provide an overview of her university’s structure, summer programs and scholarships available for students interested in studying abroad at UrFU, and highlights of the new Global Education program which is supported by the government of the Russian Federation. Russian stereotypes and facts will also be discussed. All University faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator, via e-mail.

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Happy as a Jew in France: Legacies, Crises, and Conscience

Gayle Zachmann, associate professor of French at the University of Florida, will present “Happy as a Jew in France: Legacies, Crises, and Conscience” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in UUW-324.

The well-worn and intriguing saying, “Happy as a Jew in France,” now begs a question: “What can happy as a Jew in France mean today?” In 1791, France stood alone as the first European country to emancipate the Jews of its territory. And yet, by the end of the 19th century, rampant anti-semitism would challenge the French republic, its institutions and the country’s national narrative as the home of human rights. In the 20th century, the citizenship of Jews was once again at issue, and it is widely noted that there has been a spike in anti-semitic activity since the turn of this, the 21st century. Speaking in the aftermath of the January 2015 attacks in Paris, as well as the national and world-wide reactions to follow, Zachmann reflects on recent events, unraveling the rich and complex history of post-revolutionary Jewry in French society and cultural production, as well as how “Jewish questions” have been a lightning rod for disputes over visions of France, French identity and values.

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Moroccan Sufism in the Age of Globalization talk March 24

Khalid Bekkaoui, Fulbright Scholar at Bridgewater State University, professor of English and cultural studies at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah University, Fez, Morocco, and director of the Moroccan Cultural Studies Center, will speak on “Moroccan Sufism in the Age of Globalization” from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in LN-1106, IASH Conference Room.

Bekkaoui received his MA in English literature from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah University and his PhD in comparative literature from Abdelemalik Essadi University. His teaching and research focus on cross-cultural representation and historical encounters between the Orient and the West.

His most recent publications include White Women Captives in North Africa (2011), The British Bride of Tangier: The Extraordinary Love Story of Emily Shareefa of Wazzan (2012) and Maghrebi Sufism Youth Gender Politics and the West (2013). He is currently completing a manuscript titled Muslim Discovery of America.

Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, this lecture is free and open to the public.

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March 10 – Italian Movie Night!


Join us in watching some classic Italian films! It’s free and there will be a snack!

This week: Ciao Professore!

Tuesday, March 10 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Science Library 206

Read more here: Italian Movie Night Tuesday March 10

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International Coffee Hour Friday

Good company and complementary refreshments! Relax at this month’s International Coffee Hour from 3:30-5 p.m., Friday, March 6, in UU-Old Union Hall. International Coffee Hour is held each month during the academic year, providing a space where the entire Binghamton University community can meet in a relaxed atmosphere. International students, U.S. students, faculty, staff and community members are all welcome. Coffee hour participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the event’s sponsor. This month’s sponsor is the Office of Residential Life. For more information, go online.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day 2015!


Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world. It is a day designated to remember, recognize and celebrate the achievements of women in their progress to achieving equality with men. The Binghamton University Globalistas (BUGs) compiled a list of International Women’s Day events on campus. For more information, go online.

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Symposium on Ancient China and Korea

Two speakers will present at the Symposium on Ancient China and Korea from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in FA-212. Charles Sanft, assistant professor of pre-modern history at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, will present “Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China,” and Mark Byington, founder and project director of the Early Korea Project at the Korea Institute at Harvard University, will present “The Unapproachable History of Ancient Korea.”

Sanft’s research focuses on the political thought and practice of early imperial China from around the late third-century BCE into the first-century CE. Byington, also editor the Early Korea Project Occasional Series, focuses on the formation and development of early Korean states.

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IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series

John Cheng of Asian and Asian American Studies (DAAAS), will present “When (East) Indians Were White, Then Not: Racial Formation and Naturalization Law in the Early 20th-Century United States” at noon Wednesday, March 4, in LN-1106, IASH Conference Room.

For a brief period in the early 20th century, immigrants from India — or “Hindus” as they were referred to at the time — were allowed to become naturalized U.S. citizens using the logic that they were Caucasian and therefore “white.” The Supreme Court, however, ruled in 1923 that Hindus were not white and not eligible for naturalization. When the United States then revoked their citizenship, these previously American Indian immigrants and their families learned firsthand that race in practice was not based on biology or common ancestry; instead through the law, popular social discourse about Asiatic difference hardened into — and validated — exclusionary and discriminatory practices against anyone falling within the emergent category, “alien ineligible for citizenship.”

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Comparative literature, TRIP and Citizenship TAE sponsor talk

The Department of Comparative Literature, the Translation Research and Instruction Program and the Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging TAE will host a presentation by Kristin Dickinson, PhD candidate in comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in LT-1506. Her talk is titled “Zafer Şenocak’s ‘Turkish Turn’: Acts of Crosslinguistic Remembrance in Perilous Kinship and The Residence.”

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Tango Buenos Aires – “The Song of Eva Peron”

Day Tuesday, March 03
Time 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Where Anderson Center for the Arts, Osterhout Concert Theater

Spellbinding twirls and dips are sure to captivate the audience in a voyeuristic journey through dance and the music of the life of Eva Peron, the most important feminine character in Argentinian history. The program traces her life from her ascent to fame in the 1930s to her death in 1952. Direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tango Buenos Aires is considered the most authentic and uncompromising representative of tango today. General public, $45: Binghamton University faculty/staff, $40; senior citizens, $40; and students, $22. Buy tickets athttp://www.binghamton.edu/anderson-center/buy-tickets.html.

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