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 at

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Celebrate Chinese New Year at Phelps Mansion

Join the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera in celebrating the “Year of the Sheep” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Phelps Mansion, 191 Court St., Binghamton.

Performers will include Linghui Tu, an internationally known performer of Chinese opera, Shijun Cheng, a famous Chinese bamboo flute player, as well as Binghamton University faculty members — mezzo-soprano Hong Zhang and pianist Pej Ritz. Joining them are other excellent Chinese opera performers and dancers.

Tickets are $10 at the door. A reception will follow. The concert is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University and Phelps Mansion.

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CEMERS trip to the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will host a bus trip to the Cloisters and the Islamic Galleries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, March 13. A guided tour will be provided at both museums.

The cost is $30 for undergraduate and graduate students; $25 for declared MDVL majors/minors and $45 for faculty and staff. Pricing includes transportation, museum admission and tours.

Arrive promptly at 8:15 a.m. Buses will depart the Events Center parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and return to the Events Center parking lot at 10:30 p.m. Students must have a valid Binghamton University student ID card to board the bus.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Deadline to sign up is today, Friday, Feb. 27! For more information or to sign up, visit the CEMERS office, LN-1129, call 607-777-2730 or contact Erin Stanley via e-mail.

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New center to highlight Israel studies

Binghamton University will soon be a leading location for students interested in examining Israel, thanks to the recent approval of the Center for Israel Studies.

The center will be under the umbrella of the Division of Research and will offer research, programming, study-abroad and learning opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members. A minor and courses in Israel studies that focus on undergraduate education will begin in the 2015-16 academic year.

“This is absolutely unique – not just to Binghamton University, but to higher education,” said Randy Friedman, center director and an associate professor of Judaic studies and comparative literature. “It’s a fantastic benefit to students here to be able to study the complexities of Israeli society.”

The University has also received a multi-year grant from the Israel Institute in Washington, D.C., that is supporting the center by enabling the hiring of three tenure-track professors in the Judiac Studies Department who will work with center-affiliated faculty members in departments such as history and philosophy. The center will also cooperate with the Middle East and North African (MENA) Program.

“For faculty, it will allow more conversations and collaborations to take place across the disciplines,” Friedman said. “There are many people working in areas that touch upon Israel studies.”

The roots for the center were planted in 2011-12, when visiting Israeli scholar Maoz Rosenthal taught in the Political Science Department. Jonathan Krasno, an associate professor of political science, suggested that Friedman look into ways to bring more Israel-studies scholars to campus.

Read more here

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Harpur Cinema presents ‘The Missing Picture’

Harpur Cinema presents ‘The Missing Picture’ (2013) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in LH-6, with an introduction by Assistant Professor Tomonari Nishikawa. Rithy Panh’s critically acclaimed film begins as a personal quest to re-imagine a traumatic childhood marked by the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in the 1970s. Since propaganda footage is the only recorded artifact available, Panh constructs elaborate dioramas populated by detailed sculpted clay figurines to fill in the missing images from his memory. A poetic voiceover attempts to weave these disparate elements together to capture a historical moment that would otherwise be lost — not just to the filmmaker but to history. Won: Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes. Nominated: European Film Awards; Jerusalem, London, Cinemanila, Istanbul Film Festivals; Academy Award, 2013. The film will be shown again at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in LH-6. Admission is $4. For more information, call 607-777-4998.

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Material and Visual Worlds Speaker Series focuses on modern conflict in Spain

Alfredo González-Ruibal, archaeologist at the Institute of Heritage Sciences, Spanish National Research Council, will speak on “Visualizing War: The Materiality of Modern Conflict in Spain” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in LH-6.

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the ensuing dictatorship (1939-1975) have been the most decisive episodes in Spain’s modern history. Not surprisingly, thousands of books have been written about them: the Spanish war is allegedly the conflict about which more publications have been ever produced, on a pair with the Second World War. Being a recent phenomenon and one so thoroughly documented, we can wonder if there is any role left for archaeology, beyond helping in the recovery of the corpses of the killed and managing heritage sites. Gonzales-Ruibal will argue that the particular aesthetic regime of archaeology can be crucial in visualizing the conflict in alternative, powerful ways, fleshing out that archaeological aesthetics have far-reaching epistemological and political implications in this context. He will use his own experience working with the materiality of the war and the dictatorship in a variety of places (battlefields, mass graves and totalitarian spaces).

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Comparative literature talk

Erdağ Göknar, associate professor of Turkish studies at Duke University, will present “Mapping Orhan Pamuk from World to ‘Worlded’ Literature” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in LT-1506.

Sponsored by the Comparative Literature Department and the Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP).

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