Associate Professor of Public Administration Thomas Sinclair, in collaboration with Bruce Neubauer, associate professor of public administration at Albany State University in Georgia, developed “Living with the Rivers” as part of their respective core introductory MPA courses (PAFF 520, 21st Century Governance and PADM 5011, Public Administration Scope, Development and Ethical Environment). Collectively, the courses won the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Social Justice Curriculum Award (co-sponsored with the NYU Wagner School and the UCLA Luskin School) for Binghamton University and Albany State University for promoting the incorporation of a social justice lens into the core curriculum of a NASPAA school; a faculty member or faculty team will show how social justice principles have been incorporated into the syllabus and teaching activities of at least one core course.
The web pages for the two courses, https://sites.google.com/a/binghamton.edu/21st-century-governance/ and http://www.robertcat.net/spring2013.padm5011/ provide the syllabi, project description and resources provided to students from both classes. The collaboration came about because both the Albany, Georgia and Binghamton, New York areas have been significantly affected by severe floods in recent years, and represented a common experience for the students from diverse racial, regional, professional and cultural backgrounds.
All members of the New York State Police at Binghamton University, including chiefs, lieutenants, investigators, officers, security services assistants and dispatchers recently completed a training program titled Cultural Competency conducted by Nicole Sirju-Johnson, director of the Multicultural Resource Center. Diversity, inclusion and cultural competency were included in the training.
Steve Seepersaud, communications manager for the Office of Alumni Relations and School of Management, was named to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II Opportunity & Inclusion Committee. CASE is committed to the diversification of the educational advancement profession.
The following Binghamton University personnel taught Lyceum courses recently:
* Bruce Lercher, professor emeritus, mathematics - “More Numbers: Imaginary, Complex, Transcendental” - Sept. 23, 30
* Alice Mitchell, Bartle professor emerita, music - “The Symphony” - Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7
* Dara Silberstein, executive director, women, gender, sexuality studies; Moulay-Ali Bouanani, lecturer, Africana studies; Seokyung Han, Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Program - “Feminism, Gender and Nation” - Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15
* David Clark, associate professor, political science - “NATO: Crisis—What Crisis?” - Oct. 2
* Barry E. Jones, associate professor, economics - “The Future of the Euro” - Oct. 16
* Richard Boswell, professor emeritus, Romance languages - “So You’re Going to Paris” - Sept. 26, Oct. 3
* Elliot Kamlett, lecturer, accounting - “Good Guys or Bad Guys” - Sept. 26, Oct. 3
* Albert Hamme, professor emeritus, music - “Music in Two Parts: Jazz and Big Band” - Oct. 9
* Jonathan Cohen, photographer; Diane Butler, director, art museum - “Photography: Technique and Art” - Oct. 10, 17
The Campus Recreation 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Team placed 8th out of 275 teams for the Oct. 19 walk at Rec Park in Binghamton. Over 40 members participated on the team, raising a grand total of $2,329, almost $1,000 more than last year!
Martin Bidney, professor emeritus of English and comparative literature, has published Poems of Wine and Tavern Romance: A Dialogue with the Persian Poet Hafiz (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013) pp. xxxi + 197. It features 103 poems by the 14th-century Sufi monk, translated by Bidney from the 1814 German version of Joseph von Hammer which inspired Goethe to reply with his 1819 West-East Divan (translated by Bidney in 2010). It also includes 103 “reply” lyrics by Bidney.