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TIER Talks® is a speaker series offered by your Alumni Association. We want to leverage Binghamton's greatest assets - our alumni and faculty - to give you thought-provoking perspectives on topics that are front of mind in today's world. 

The discussion “Our Political System on life support: A discussion on critical intervention as well as long-term care” took place at Homecoming 2016. Alumni and friends enjoyed a lively talk about the polarization of the American voters as well as the news media they consume, and how the lack of civic education has made it difficult for Americans to participate effectively in the political process. See the full session in the media player below. Links underneath the player will take you to breakout videos of each panelist.



Jean W. Harris ’82, MA ’86, PhD ’88
Professor, Political Science and Women's Studies
University of Scranton
Coordinator, Ready to Run Northeast Pennsylvania

Matthew R. Kerbel ’80
Professor and Chair of Political Science
Villanova University

David A. Schultz ’80, MA ’86
Professor of Political Science
Hamline University


"Chaos in the 21st Century? The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy" was the topic for the first TIER Talks® event held in New York City. The discussion on April 5, 2016, took place at the SUNY Global Center in Manhattan, and was an eye-opener on the position of the U.S. within the sphere of global politics. Our speakers were Eric Schwartz '79, former UN and White House official; and Ricardo Rene Laremont, professor of political science and sociology at Binghamton University. See the full session in the media player below.



"Making Waves: Mind-Blowing Breakthroughs in Neuroscience" took place at Homecoming 2015.
More than 350 alumni and friends enjoyed a lively discussion about pathways inside the brain, with implications for addictions, depression, neuropsychological disorders and cybersecurity. See the full session in the media player. Links below take you to breakout videos of each panelist.



Steve Treistman '67
Professor of Neurobiology
University of Puerto Rico

Christopher Bishop
Professor of Psychology
Binghamton University

Brandon Gibb
Professor of Psychology
Binghamton University

Sarah Laszlo
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Linguistics
Binghamton University



Rethinking Success: Thriving in the Modern World was the subject of the inaugural TIER Talks®, held on campus during Homecoming 2014. Fred Luskin '76, director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, joined three Binghamton faculty members in discussing what people should value in life and how they should define success. See the full session in the media player below. If you don't have time to watch the full discussion, we provide links below to breakout videos of each panelist.

Kimberly Jaussi

Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior and Leadership, Binghamton University School of Management
Fellow, Center for Leadership Studies

Matthew D. Johnson
Professor of Psychology, Binghamton University
Director, Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory

Frederic Luskin '76
Director, Stanford Forgiveness Project
Author of Forgive for Good, published by Harper Collins

Christopher Morgan-Knapp
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University


Last Updated: 4/11/17