Webcast from the Library of Congress: Latino Poetry: Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition

Poet and critic Rigoberto Gonzalez delivers a lecture on Latino poetry and some of its most influential poets.

EVENT DATE: 2014/04/10
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)

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Watson dean honored for internationalization

Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari, dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, takes part in the school's Commencement ceremony in May in the Events Center. Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari, dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, takes part in the school’s Commencement ceremony in May in the Events Center.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

By Katie Ellis, JULY 11, 2014

His team kept the nomination quiet, so it came as a surprise to Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari when he received notification that he would be recognized with the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award for outstanding contributions to further international education in public higher education.

But the distinguished professor and dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science credits that same team of people with making the award possible. He said it takes everyone – faculty, students, staff and administrators – to create a culture of internationalization.

“This is a wonderful recognition of Binghamton’s efforts in globalization and it’s not done by one person,” said Srihari. “It’s an effort that’s been going on for a long time. We have always placed a focus on globalization and internationalization. This is something that is independent of who is in the Watson School and it will continue because Watson has a really good team. It’s not one human being.”

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Chronicling America’s Historic German Newspapers and the Growth of the American Ethnic Press

Scranton Wochenblatt. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.

Scranton Wochenblatt. Courtesy of Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries.

Extra!  Extra!  German Immigrants in the United States

Were Germans the most influential group in the ethnic press?  For a time, yes!  In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Germans came to the United States in droves.  For decades, Germans were the largest non-English-speaking immigrant group in America.  Between 1820 and 1924, over 5.5 million German immigrants arrived in the United States, many of them middle class, urban, and working in the skilled trades, and others establishing farming communities in the West.  Their numbers and dedication to maintaining their language and culture made Germans the most influential force in the American foreign-language press—in the 1880s, the 800 German-language newspapers accounted for about 4/5 of non-English publications, and by 1890, more than 1,000 German newspapers were being published in the United States.

Germans were the first non-English-speaking group to publish newspapers in America.  At least until the First World War, these newspapers were critical for maintaining German American identity.  For many German immigrants, the emphasis was on the first part of that identity—they were Germans first, and sought to become Americans without relinquishing their German-ness.  The group established a pattern that other immigrant groups followed later.  They came to America, settled into cultural enclaves, and constructed microcosms of their society in the new country. Maintaining their language and printing newspapers in their native language was critical to that process.  Some of the many German-language newspapers published in the United States may now be found in Chronicling America.

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Webcast from the Library of Congress: Conversation with Carmen Boullosa



In this webcast from the Library of Congress, Mexican poet and author Carmen Boullosa reads and discusses her work.

Carmen Boullosa is a leading Mexican poet, novelist and playwright. Her work is eclectic and difficult to categorize, but it generally focuses on the issues of feminism and gender roles within a Latin American context. She has won a number of awards for her works, and has taught at universities such as Georgetown University, Columbia University and New York University (NYU), as well as at universities in nearly a dozen other countries. She is currently Distinguished Lecturer at the City College of New York.

With Salman Rushdie, Boullosa co-founded the Mexico City House for Persecuted Writers at Mexico City, and together with Rushdie and Distinguished Professor of History Mike Wallace, she has been exploring the possibility of a similar operation being established on Governor’s Island.

Since 2005, she has co-hosted the CUNY-T.V. show Nueva York, in which she interviews major Spanish-speaking writers, artists and intellectuals.

In 2007 she co-founded Café Nueva York, a group of writers who work in Spanish and live in New York, dedicated to reclaiming the forgotten legacy of their forebears who also wrote in Spanish and lived in New York.

EVENT DATE: 2014/03/25
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)

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To learn more about Carmen Boulosa, visit http://www.carmenboullosa.net/esp/

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Society for Asian & Comparative Philosophy Conference

June 19-22, 2014, 9:00am-8:30pm

Location: C4 and LH-10

The 49th annual Society for Asian & Comparative Philosophy (SACP) annual conference, June 19-22, focused on the theme: Universality and Particularity.

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Webcast from the Library of Congress: World Christianity, Immigration & the U.S.

TITLE: World Christianity, Immigration & the U.S.: The Non-Western Church Comes to America

SPEAKER: Laurie Goodstein, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, Jehu J. Hanciles, Scott W. Sunquist, Virginia Garrard-Burnett
EVENT DATE: 2014/02/26
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 183 minutes
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Four religion scholars discuss the interconnectivity of the current state of world Christianity, immigration to the U.S. from the Global South, and the impact on American religion, particularly Christianity. How are the diverse practices of immigrants changing the landscape of American religion, culture and society?

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Webcast from the Library of Congress: 500-Year Legacy of Latino Americans

TITLE: Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation

SPEAKER: Ray Suarez
EVENT DATE: 2014/02/04
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 57 minutes
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Author and journalist Ray Suarez explored the rich history of Latinos in the U.S., encompassing experiences such as the early European settlements to Manifest Destiny, the Wild West, the Cold War, the Great Depression, globalization, and more.

Speaker Biography: Ray Suarez, is an American broadcast journalist and host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America. Suarez joined the PBS NewsHour in 1999 and was a senior correspondent for the evening news program on the PBS television network until 2013. He is also host of the international news and analysis public radio program America Abroad from Public Radio International. He was the host of the National Public Radio program Talk of the Nation from 1993-1999.

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Call For Papers: Japanese Association for DH 2014

JADH2014: Call for Papers

“Bridging GLAM and Humanities through Digital Humanities”

The deadline has been extended to 11:59PM (JST), 22 May 2014.

The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities is pleased to announce its fourth annual conference, to be held at University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, September 19-21, 2014.

The conference will feature posters, papers and panels. We invite proposals on all aspects of digital humanities globally, and especially encourage papers treating topics that deal with practices that aim to go beyond borders, for example, between academic fields, media, languages, cultures, and so on, as related to the field of digital humanities.

GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) have played prominent roles in the recent rapid evolution of the humanities in the digital environment. In this decade, digital methods have been illuminating new possibilities of their relationships. At JADH2014 we will be especially interested in hearing presentations that focus on these methodologies and practice in GLAM, but we nonetheless welcome papers on a broad range of DH topics.

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TODAY!! Nukporfe African Drumming and Dance Ensemble

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: FA-Watters Theater

Binghamton University’s Nukporfe African Dance-Drumming Ensemble, directed by Prof. James Burns, will present African music performed by a full ensemble of drummers and dancers. African dance-drumming typically juxtaposes several art forms together including storytelling, pantomime, oral history and community wisdom. It is an excellent way to introduce authentic African culture to anyone who may have little understanding of modern Africa. Tickets for the concert are $5 general public available at the door. For more information, call 607-777-2592, visit http://music.binghamton.edu or become a fan on Facebook. This event is sponsored by the Binghamton University Music Department.

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Students to present research results at Broome County Public Library

Binghamton University students will present the results of a community-based research project in a public poster session from 6-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court Street, Binghamton. All are welcome to attend. The students interviewed first- and second-generation immigrants who moved to the Greater Binghamton region from German-speaking and Russian-speaking countries, and collected “Immigration Stories” on elements of success, social and religious institutions, issues of assimilation and adaptation, and more. The research projects address these issues and other aspects of the immigrant experience. The students are currently enrolled in the course Germans and Russians in New York. For more information, contact Harald Zils or Donald Loewen.

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