Second Annual Global Service Fair

Are you interested in global service? Join us for the Second Annual CCE Global Service Fair from noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the UU-Old Union Hall.

This is a great opportunity for students, community members, faculty and staff interested in global service to gather together and learn about some awesome global initiatives based right here in Binghamton! Learn how to get involved and network with others to address international issues such as youth empowerment, food security, housing, sustainability, peace education and healthcare. Questions or concerns can be directed to the Center for Civic Engagement via e-mail or at 607-777-4287.

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2015 Global Education Conference Starts Today

Today the fifth annual Global Education Conference kicks off. This is our free, five-day, online event that brings together educators and innovators from around the world, with sessions held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones. With over 250 sessions and 30 keynotes, it is an incredible opportunity to connect with and learn from educators, organizations, and students focused on globally-connected learning and supporting cultural awareness and educational access.

To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page. To continue to receive daily conference schedule lists by email, be sure to join the conference network. Follow the conference through Twitter using the hashtag #globaled14. Session recordings are posted immediately following each session.

Volunteers are need to help moderate sessions! Sign up and information here. It’s a ton of fun, you’ll be doing some good, and you’ll have the undying gratitude of the conference organizers!

See you online!

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VizCult talk to focus on social realism and photography in the People’s Republic of China

The Department of Art History invites the campus to attend an upcoming talk in the Harpur College Speaker Series in Visual Culture. Dengyan Zhou, doctoral student, will speak at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in FA-218, on “Going Deeply to Search and Select: Social Realism and Photography in the People’s Republic of China in the Late 1950s.”

Go online for the abstract and for more information about VizCult.

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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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