Alumni and student volunteer registration open for Alumni Global Day of Service

Alumni and student volunteer registration for the inaugural Binghamton University Alumni Global Day of Service on April 18 is live. This initiative, sponsored by the Alumni Association and Center for Civic Engagement, will unite alumni and students (locally) in service projects in their communities on Saturday, April 18, or at other times during the weekend. Alumni faculty and staff, students and their family and friends are encouraged to participate. Visit the Alumni Global Day of Service websitefor a list of local projects and to register. For more information, contact Melinda Holicky, associate director of alumni volunteer engagement. A Day of Service. A World of Difference!

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Free Chinese language and Beijing opera summer camp

Binghamton University will offer a free Chinese language/performing arts summer camp called “Sounds of China: STARTALK Learn Chinese through Beijing Opera Performance” from July 27 to Aug. 14. It is sponsored by STARTALK, a U.S. government program.

Open to students entering grades 6-12, who are looking to develop their abilities in basic Chinese conversation through a focus on learning Beijing opera, campers will learn Chinese and engage in Chinese culture-themed arts and crafts, and learn Beijing opera while using their recently acquired language skills. The camp will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, on campus. A free lunch is provided each day of the camp.

All students entering 6-12 grades are invited to apply by the Sunday, April 26 deadline! Applicants must complete and submit an application form, which can be found online, and include a personal statement of 300 words or less to explain why they would like to participate in this camp. A letter of recommendation from a teacher is also required. Documents can be mailed to Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera, c/o Shuang Liang, Binghamton University, 4400 Vestal Parkway East, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000.
Or, scan and e-mail the documents.

For the application form and more information, visit the “Sounds of China” website.

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Harpur Cinema presents ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’

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Harpur Cinema presents ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ (2014) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in LH-6. Billed as the first Iranian Vampire Western, this film is a joyful mashup of genre, archetype and iconography filmed in Farsi by Iranian-American Amirpour. Among her influences are Spaghetti Westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the cinema of the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch. Debuted at Sundance (Best First Feature Award) and opened MoMA’s New Directors/New Films Festival, 2014. Nominated: Independent Spirit Award, 2015. The film will be shown again at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in LH-6. Admission is $4. For more information, call 607-777-4998.

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Ural Federal University presentation

Ruslana Prosviriakova, Fulbright Fellow from the Russian International Education Administrators (RIEA) Program, will present on her home university, Ural Federal University (UrFU), from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, in UU-108.

Prosviriakova will provide an overview of her university’s structure, summer programs and scholarships available for students interested in studying abroad at UrFU, and highlights of the new Global Education program which is supported by the government of the Russian Federation. Russian stereotypes and facts will also be discussed. All University faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator, via e-mail.

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Happy as a Jew in France: Legacies, Crises, and Conscience

Gayle Zachmann, associate professor of French at the University of Florida, will present “Happy as a Jew in France: Legacies, Crises, and Conscience” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in UUW-324.

The well-worn and intriguing saying, “Happy as a Jew in France,” now begs a question: “What can happy as a Jew in France mean today?” In 1791, France stood alone as the first European country to emancipate the Jews of its territory. And yet, by the end of the 19th century, rampant anti-semitism would challenge the French republic, its institutions and the country’s national narrative as the home of human rights. In the 20th century, the citizenship of Jews was once again at issue, and it is widely noted that there has been a spike in anti-semitic activity since the turn of this, the 21st century. Speaking in the aftermath of the January 2015 attacks in Paris, as well as the national and world-wide reactions to follow, Zachmann reflects on recent events, unraveling the rich and complex history of post-revolutionary Jewry in French society and cultural production, as well as how “Jewish questions” have been a lightning rod for disputes over visions of France, French identity and values.

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Moroccan Sufism in the Age of Globalization talk March 24

Khalid Bekkaoui, Fulbright Scholar at Bridgewater State University, professor of English and cultural studies at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah University, Fez, Morocco, and director of the Moroccan Cultural Studies Center, will speak on “Moroccan Sufism in the Age of Globalization” from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in LN-1106, IASH Conference Room.

Bekkaoui received his MA in English literature from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah University and his PhD in comparative literature from Abdelemalik Essadi University. His teaching and research focus on cross-cultural representation and historical encounters between the Orient and the West.

His most recent publications include White Women Captives in North Africa (2011), The British Bride of Tangier: The Extraordinary Love Story of Emily Shareefa of Wazzan (2012) and Maghrebi Sufism Youth Gender Politics and the West (2013). He is currently completing a manuscript titled Muslim Discovery of America.

Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, this lecture is free and open to the public.

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March 10 – Italian Movie Night!

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Join us in watching some classic Italian films! It’s free and there will be a snack!

This week: Ciao Professore!

Tuesday, March 10 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Science Library 206

Read more here: Italian Movie Night Tuesday March 10

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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, March 6, in UU-Old Union Hall. 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 will also have the opportunity to learn about the event’s sponsor. This month’s sponsor is the Office of Residential Life. For more information, go online.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day 2015!

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Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world. It is a day designated to remember, recognize and celebrate the achievements of women in their progress to achieving equality with men. The Binghamton University Globalistas (BUGs) compiled a list of International Women’s Day events on campus. For more information, go online.

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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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