Visiting professor seeks to connect with faculty, students

The Department of Public Administration welcomes Mery Rodriguez from Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia, as a visiting professor now through Oct. 13. She is director of the master’s degree in peace studies and conflict resolution at Javeriana. Rodriguez holds a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University and is an expert in the Colombian armed conflict and peace processes; public policies of transitional justice; transformative memories; and the consideration of gender, race, ethnicity and other factors to improve community-level policy responses.

She is available to speak to classes on a variety of topics, including the Colombian armed conflict and the current peace process between the Colombian national government and the FARC; peace building and peace dynamics in Colombia at the local, regional and national levels; public policy during transitional justice times and policies of peace and development; application of the method of enfoque diferencial in which gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, race and class perspectives are considered in the design and application of methods and instruments within communities affected by the armed conflict; transformative memories and the process of working toward a memory that goes beyond crimes and damage and accompanies the communities and individuals to mourn and move on; and reflective practice in conflict resolution as a model to teach and learn in the field.

Rodriguez is interested in meeting with faculty, doctoral students and administrators to share ideas and to explore opportunities for future collaborations. Anyone interested in arranging a time to meet with Rodriguez during her visit should contact Nadia Rubaii in the Department of Public Administration.

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Notes from the Leningrad Underground

John Bailyn, professor of linguistics at Stony Brook University and the director of the SUNY Russia Programs Network, will speak about the underground rock scene in Leningrad in the 1980s from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in AM-189. Having been both personal participant in and professor observer of this quasi-dissident milieu, Bailyn offers particular insight into the dynamics and long-term impact of this cultural moment in the Soviet past. This talk is sponsored by the Russian and East European Program and German and Russian Studies.

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Celebrating International Translation Day 2015

Translation Studies GSO invites you to celebrate International Translation Day at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in FA-258, with a screening of the Interpreter! Pizza will be provided and the movie will be followed by a discussion of translation and interpreting. Open to the entire campus – so invite your friends!

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A Space to Develop: Mining and Indigenous Institution Building as Anti-Systemic Praxis in Guatemala

As part of the IASH Fellows Speaker Series, Sociology graduate student Samantha Fox will speak on “A Space to Develop: Mining and Indigenous Institution Building as Anti-Systemic Praxis in Guatemala” at noon Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the IASH Conference Room, LN-1106.

Since the emergence of mineral extraction as a central avenue of economic development in Central America, indigenous peoples have struggled to exert control over the pace and progress of mining. Conflict surrounding the Marlin Mine in Guatemala has challenged indigenous institutions to maintain solidarity and cohesion in communities as the mine expands. While the goal is to close the mine, communities realize that the only way to successfully challenge transnational mining projects is to prevent them in the first place. In a situation where the mine is already producing minerals, indigenous communities in Guatemala are addressing the problems created by the mine as autonomous subjects. This presentation examines how transformations associated with mining are being confronted through the creation of institutions that parallel the state and reinforce autonomy.

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Forum on China trade and investment Monday

The Center for International Business Advancement at Binghamton University and Empire State Development Corporation invite you to attend a China trade and investment forum from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in ES-2008, with Edward Kowalewski, director of International Investment Programs and private sector liaison to the World Bank Group, Empire State Development; and Matthew Koon, consulting manager at Tractus, building business in Shanghai, China. For more information and to register for the event, go online.

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Exhibition of artwork by Young Soon Oh

The Multicultural Resource Center invites all faculty, staff and students to attend an exhibition of artwork by Young Soon Oh, a celebrated Minhwa (traditional folk painting artist). Using traditional folk painting techniques and materials, she has been painting Minhwa for 35 years. This exhibition will feature her paintings in original sizes and materials. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about traditional Korean art and culture. Refreshments will also be provided.

This exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, June 15, through Wednesday, June 17, in the Multicultural Resource Center, LS-G549.

Go online to preview some of Oh’s art pieces. For questions, contact Mengchen Huang, MRC assistant director, at 607-777-6071 or via e-mail.

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Anderson Center 2015-16 series: Compañia Flamenca Jose Porcel – tickets on sale now

The Anderson Center 2015-16 series will open Friday, Oct. 16, with Compañia Flamenca Jose Porcel, featuring classic and traditional flamenco, accompanied by a live orchestra. Select local dancers will join the performance for a breathtaking finale.

Additional performances include Grammy award-winning legend Mavis Staples will team up with multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne with the “Solid Soul” tour on Monday, Oct. 26; the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China on Monday, Nov. 16; an all-Beethoven program by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016; and the full-length ballet Cinderella, performed by Moscow Festival Ballet on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Two specials will round out the season: the Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards bring a program of military tradition and precision to the stage on Wednesday, Jan. 27; and, with support from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Jazz Touring Network, Regina Carter, considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation will bring her Southern Comfort tour to the Anderson Center on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Tickets are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon-5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling 607-777-ARTS, online or at the door.


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Nukporfe ensemble to perform May 8

A concert of traditional African music, directed by Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music James Burns and Adjunct Lecturer Elikem Nyamuame, will be presented by the Nukporfe African Dance and Drumming Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, in FA-Watters Theater.

The presentation will include 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 are $5 per person at the door.

For more information, call 607-777-2592, go online or become a fan on Facebook.

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Korean Studies Symposium in 2015: Negotiating Gender and Politics in Urban Spaces of Korea

Keynote speaker Seungsook Moon, professor of sociology at Vassar College, will present “Negotiating Public Space in Urban South Korea: Women’s Access to Civil Society Organizations” from 2-6 p.m. Friday, May 8, in FA-258.

Speakers include Suzy Kim, assistant professor of Korean History at Rutgers University, Sue-Je Gage, associate professor of anthropology at Ithaca College, and Layoung Shin, doctoral anthropology student at Binghamton University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology. For more information, contact the Center for Korean Studies via e-mail.

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“Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Latin America” – Tuesday May 5

Ariel Armony, senior director of international programs and director of the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Latin America” from 1:15-3 p.m. Tuesday May 5, in S2-143.

Armony will share his current research on perceptions of China and the Chinese Diaspora in Latin America at this current historical juncture of China’s increased economic engagement with the region.

The event is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series titled “China in Latin America: Expanding Dimensions of South-South Development,” co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, LACAS and AAAS.

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