IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series

The IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series presents Randy Friedman, associate professor of Judaic studies, speaking on “Gods of Becoming” from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in LN-1106, the IASH Conference Room. For more information, visit ourwebsite.

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Wagelessness and deportation topic of public lecture

Jacqueline Hayes, graduate student in Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, will speak on “The Parallel Histories of Wagelessness and Deportation” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in UU-202. Sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Harpur College Dean’s Speakers Series on Understanding De/Incarceration: Prospects, Policy, Theory.

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IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series – Tuesday, February 25

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Location: LN-1106, IASH Conference Room

The IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series presents Bilge Firat O’Hearn, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Istanbul Technical University, speaking on “Political Documents and Bureaucratic Entrepreneurs: Lobbying the European Parliament during Turkey’s EU Integration.” For more information, visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/iash/.

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Global Engagement Program in NYC: Skype info session

Thursday, February 27, 2014 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Location: LN-G307

Come learn how you can spend a semester immersed in international affairs in NYC, gain a full semester’s worth of academic credit taking classes, and securing an internship at NPOs and government offices with an international focus such as the Foreign Policy Association, Center for Reproductive Rights, Doctors without Boarders and the United Nations Association of USA. Join Associate Professor ?. ?lgü Özler, faculty director for the SUNY Global Engagement Program, in a Skype information session as she explains the benefits of the program and the application process (http://www.newpaltz.edu/gep/application.html). Co-sponsored by the Career Development Center and Office of International Programs. For more information, contact the CDC at cdc@binghamton.edu.

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Second LACAS Latin American, Caribbean, Latin@ and Indigenous Undergraduate Student Conference

Join us as undergraduate students from campuses throughout New York State present their research at the Second LACAS Latin American, Caribbean, Latin@ and Indigenous Undergraduate Student Conference at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 1, in the UU-Tillman Lobby. Major conference themes include: education, politics, race, gender, culture and much more. The conference will be followed by a banquet, and lecture by keynote speaker Norma E. Cantú, professor of Latina/o Studies and English at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. The day will end with a performance by the local band Salsa Libre.

Conference: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Keynote: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Performance: 10 p.m-1 a.m.

This event is open to the public. The donation for the dance is $5 for non-students. The conference is sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program, and co-sponsored by the Corazón de Dahlia student organization.

For more information, contact Juanita Diaz-Cotoo.

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Webcast from the Library of Congress: Modernism, African Literature & the CIA

Peter Kalliney examines why the CIA sponsored post-colonial African writers in 1960s Africa.

EVENT DATE: 06/13/2013
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 59 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)


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Webcast from the Library of Congress: Djiboutian author Abdourahman Waberi


Djiboutian author Abdourahman Waberi read from his work and discussed the state of contemporary African literature, especially highlighting African languages and culture. Abdourahman A. Waberi is novelist, essayist, poet, academic and short-story writer.

EVENT DATE: 11/14/2013
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 64 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)


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Harpur Cinema to screen “Reality”


Reality (Matteo Garrone, 2012, Italy/France, 116 min.) will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 2. Anyone familiar with Garrone’s gritty and relentless mafia drama Gomorrah (2008) might be surprised at this film about a humble Neopolitan fish-monger who becomes obsessed with appearing on the reality TV show Big Brother. Garrone’s signature roving camera ushers Luciano on an inexorable and delirious journey across the boundary that separates his mundane life and into the Fellini-esque world of television fantasies of celebrity and luxury. The style is both neo-realist and fantastic, poignant and absurd, but always profoundly human. Winner: Cannes, 2012 (Grand Jury Prize); Nominated: Cannes, 2012 (Palme d’or), Golden Globes-Italy (Best Cinematographer, Actor, 2012). Introduction by Olivia Holmes, associate professor of English and medieval studies.

Admission is $4. For questions or information, contact Nancy Wlostowsky via e-mail, or call 777-4998.

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Chinese social network helps University connect with students 8,000 miles away

By John Brhel

You can’t access Twitter in China. Facebook is off limits, too. And forget about logging in to YouTube, Tumblr or other globe-spanning social networks most people take for granted – China’s government doesn’t allow them. But that’s not keeping eager students in Earth’s most populous country from reaching out and engaging with Binghamton University via social media.

Thanks to a recent “chat event” with Weibo, a popular social network in China, the University is now in the eye of tens of thousands more prospective students and their parents. Weibo (pronounced wee-bo) works a lot like Twitter – users create posts of up to 140 characters, use hashtags, share posts, etc. Launched by the Sina Corporation in August 2009, Weibo has become one of the most popular sites in China, used by more than 30 percent of Internet users in the country. In the few weeks since the live event, held Jan. 3, Binghamton’s fanbase on the social network has increased dramatically, climbing from just over 1,000 followers to more than 200,000.

“Our numbers have skyrocketed,” said Xuan Chen, a Binghamton admissions counselor originally from China who manages the University’s Weibo page and participated in the hour-long chat event. Along with a dramatic increase in followers, he said the University is now seeing a rise in engagement with Weibo users. “We get nearly a question a day from students. This is a trend that we’ve never seen before.”

With this massive boost in followers, Binghamton now has the second largest fanbase of any American university on Weibo − and is gaining new followers at a rate of about 5,000 a day.

A social savvy school

Always on the lookout for worthwhile social networks and ways to reach out to prospective students, Binghamton launched its Weibo page in February 2012.

“As new social media outlets appear, we try to make sure we have a presence on them,” said Ryan Yarosh, the University’s director of media and public relations. He and his social media task force manage the University’s main social accounts. “If we see it’s being used and we see it’s a good tool for us, then we invest more time and resources into it.”

Yarosh and his team have made pretty good use of these tools so far, especially Facebook. Binghamton currently has the largest Facebook following in the 64-campus SUNY system, a fact that Yarosh attributes to the University’s regular posting of compelling content.

“I think it all comes down to content,” he said. “There’s a lot going on at Binghamton, so we want to promote things on our social media accounts that represent all the great things that are happening here.”

Taking the University’s already primed-for-engagement social content and repurposing it for a Chinese audience, Chen helped build the University’s Weibo fanbase from a meager three followers to more than 1,000 followers leading up to the chat event.

It was Binghamton’s proactive activity on Weibo that led parent company Sina to invite Chen to participate in the chat event, said Zach Yoder, an editor for Sina’s Education Channel who1 helped organize and promote the event.

“Binghamton is quite active on Weibo and it is paying off in a big way,” said Yoder. “It’s extremely convenient for us to work with a Chinese native, and Binghamton is a very good school, so I jumped at the chance to invite them.”

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Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging TAE Spring Conference – CFP deadline extended

The Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence is hosting a spring conference from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014. Organizers have extended the deadline for proposals for individual and/or panel conference presentations of research projects that align with the TAE, its research themes and suggested research questions. The deadline for proposals is now Friday, February 10.

Proposals that identify other research themes and questions that fit under this TAE are also welcome. Panels will be scheduled for 1 ½ hours; presentations should be 15-20 minutes each.

For more information on the conference and how to submit a proposal, go onlineand click on Spring 2014 Conference Call for Proposals. For questions, contact Bat-Ami Bar On, chair of the Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging TAE.

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