IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series

The IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series continues from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, when Lisa Yun, English, will present “Testimonies and Debates of Coolie Trafficking: The Colonial Past and the Global Present” in LN-1106, the IASH Conference Room. Relatively little is known of the story of imported Asian coolies who arrived as migrant labor to the Americas in the 19th century. This talk examines a literary and historical “coolie narrative” of yesterday that contains profound themes related to a new form of slavery today. How might this hidden history of the past offer questions and insights for contemporary debates over global migrant labor, exploitation, freedom, and rights?

For more information, go online.

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Judaic Studies lecture Nov. 11

As part of the Passie Hinden Burch and Vivian Cohen Burch Lecture on Holocaust Literature, Robert Melson, emeritus professor of political science at Purdue University, will present a reading from his acclaimed memoir False Papers titled “Hidden Child during the Holocaust” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in SW-321.

The event is free and open to the public. Melson will be available to sign books after the reading. For more information, contact Paul-William Burch at 607-427-9653 or via e-mail.

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Harpur Cinema film showing this weekend


Harpur Cinema features an introduction by Assistant Professor Tomonari Nishikawa of Jia Zhangke’s film, “A Touch of Sin” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in LH-6. Do you understand your sin? In a totally original and experimental way, Zhangke attempts to answer that question by blending four stories “ripped from the headlines” with the Chinese “wuxia” or martial arts tradition in which heroes of the lower classes right wrongs. Zhangke’s signature landscapes weighed down with massive factories and construction projects are counterbalanced with decadent relaxation spas and luxury hotels — all illuminated by flashes of startling violence that highlight the displacements, discomforts and disorientations of inevitable modernization. Do you understand your sin? The question is posed at every level from the most intimate to the broadly political. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes; Best Foreign Language Film, Toronto, 2012. The film will also be screened at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in LH-6. Admission is $4. For more information, call 607-777-4998.

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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, Nov. 7, in UU-Mandela Room. 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 also have the opportunity to learn about the event’s sponsors. This month’s co-sponsor is the College of Community and Public Affairs. For more information, go online.

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The Department of Anthropology 2014-2015 Speaker Series

Tricia Redeker Hepner, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, will speak at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in S1-140. The title of her talk is “Anthropology, Asylum Seekers and the UDHR”.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies.

A reception will follow in S1-143. All are welcome.

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Immigration, Citizenship and the Dream Act: Who are the Americans of the Future?

Come and learn about the challenges facing immigrants to the U.S. and the perspective of the “Dream Act” as the most popular legislative initiative to address immigration.

• Why are certain immigrants granted a path to citizenship and not others?
• Who is being denied access to citizenship and for what reasons?
• How can you become engaged in work with immigrant communities?

Join David Campbell, associate professor and chair of public administration, for a discussion from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in UU-102.

Panelists will include:
• Aja Martinez, assistant professor of English
• Lisbeth Pereyra – MPA student
• Stephen Ruszczyk – PhD student, community activist

A Q & A session with panelists will follow. Pizza will be served!

For more information, go online.

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Public Lecture: What Role for the State in Development?

Fred Henricks, Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and former dean of humanities at Rhodes University, South Africa, will speak about “What Role for the State in Development? The Case of the Public Investment Corporation in South Africa.” Henricks is also co-director of the African Humanities Program of the American Council of Learned Societies. This talk will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in UUW-324.

The lecture will address the current consequences of the changes in the pension fund system of workers in the public sector during the dying days of apartheid from pay-as-you-go to fully funded. It questions the appropriateness of the resultant social policies of the democratic government in the face of the huge development challenges of ongoing racialized poverty, inequality and unemployment.

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What are you doing for International Education Week?

he Binghamton University Globalistas (BUGs) are gathering a list of campus events for International Education Week, to be held Nov.17-21. The BUGs hope that you will join in celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Your group or department is encouraged to plan a workshop, lecture, performance or other event with an international focus that week or close to IEW. The BUGs will help promote your activity. Send an e-mail to BUGs member Linda Torricelli, including the event title, date, time, location and brief description of no more than three sentences, by Wednesday, Nov. 5.

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VizCult talk to focus on art commemorating ties between France and Siam



The Department of Art History invites the campus to another talk in the Harpur College Speaker Series in Visual Culture. Meredith Martin, associate professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, will speak at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in FA-218, on “Imperial Reflections: Art, Diplomacy and Exchange between France and Siam, 1680s through 1860s.” The talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian and Asian-American Studies and the University Art Museum. Go online for the abstract and for more information about VizCult.

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Prisoners University Project topic of discussion Oct. 27

Distinguished Puerto Rican historian Fernando Picó will present a talk on his latest initiative, “Prisoners University Project, 1990-2002″ at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in UU-111.

Picó, who recently retired from teaching at the University of Puerto Rico, is one of the leading historians of Puerto Rico. He has written classic books on peasants, coffee production, slavery, prisons and the U.S. invasion of 1898, among other topics, as well as textbooks and a children’s book. He continues to be an active scholar and will speak on some of his more recent work on imprisonment. A Jesuit, he received his PhD at Johns Hopkins and is a past president of the Association of Caribbean Historians.

The talk is sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Sociology Department. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya via e-mail.

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