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February 19, 2004  Volume 25, No. 21
Noted scholar, activist to visit Binghamton University
Teacher, writer, scholar and activist Angela Davis will visit campus on Saturday, February 28, to help the Black Student Union (BSU) celebrate Black History month. Davis is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. in LH-1. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Davis’ political activism began as a youth in Birmingham, Ala. In 1969, she came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position at UCLA as a result of her social activism and membership in the communist party.

In 1970, Davis was placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List and was the subject of an intense police search that drove her underground, culminating in one of the most famous trials in recent history. A massive international “Free Angela Davis” campaign led to her acquittal in 1972. Harnessing the momentum of that campaign, she co-founded the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression.

Davis’ articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is an author of five books, including Angela Davis: An Autobiography; Women, Race & Class; and the recently published Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.

Davis has lectured in all 50 states, as well as in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the former Soviet Union. She is a professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Davis has been appointed to the University of California Presidential Chair in African American and Feminist Studies. For more information, contact the BSU at 777-2885.

Poets, fiction writers to speak during creative writing series
Poets and fiction writers will travel to Binghamton University this spring as Creative Writing sponsors the “Writing Life: Conversations with Writers/Editors” series. The poets and fiction writers serve as editors or directors of literary journals, book presses and literary centers.

Martha Rhodes will speak from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 26, in PSPC-C. Rhodes is an author of three collections of poetry, Mother Quiet, Perfect Disappearance and At the Gate, as well as the director and one of the founders of Four Way Books, an independent press that publishes poetry, short fiction and novellas. Rhodes also serves as the executive founding director of the CCS Reading Series, also known as Readings on the Bowery.

Other events will feature Glenna Luschei, editor and publisher of Solo Press and publisher of poetry, on Thursday, April 1; and Kate Gale, founding editor of Red Hen Press and publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, on Thursday, April 22.

Both events are scheduled for 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the PSPC-C.

Multicultural Weekend to attract international populations
In an effort to increase enrollment of underrepresented populations, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will host its annual Binghamton Multicultural Weekend from Friday, February 20, to Saturday, February 21. The program is designed to acquaint academically talented students of color with the resources of the University. The weekend will consist of an academic session, a student organization fair, student services panel, a keynote speaker and campus tours.

Visiting parents and students will have an opportunity to interact with alumni and current students to gain insights on the “Binghamton Experience.”

For more information, contact Yamiley Saintvil at 777-4010 or email at

Financial planning courses offered during series
The Office of Continuing Education & Outreach will present a three-part series of financial classes to advise a person on how to start or refine their financial planning processes. BU alumnus Gregory Ronneburger, a financial consultant with AXA Advisors in Vestal, who specializes in financial planning for educators, will teach the course.

“Financial Planning 101” will be presented from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 18. “How to Plan for Retirement” will be presented from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 10. Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 25. “Estate Planning and Long Term Care” will be presented from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 3. Registration costs $39 per person or $70 per couple before the deadline, and $45 per person after the deadline. Those who enroll in all three sessions will receive a special rate of $99 per person and $179 per couple. To register, call 777-6857 or visit

Suspected PCB evaluated in Reserve Reading Room
Work has begun on the Library’s Reserve Reading Room, which was closed in January to allow for an environmental contractor to evaluate and remediate suspected Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) residual from a removed fluorescent light ballast leak.

A small containment area has been set up in a window of the Reserved Reading Room and a truck will occasionally be used as part of removal efforts. The affected area will remain closed until all Environmental Protection Agency clean-up standards are met and confirmed.

The most likely exposure from PCBs is through skin absorption and the potential risk of exposure is low. The regular Reserve Room circulation of materials will be unaffected and the Library Instructional Lab will remain open.

For more information on the project, contact Joe Batchelder at 777-2513 or email For more information about library services, contact Marti Klionsky at 777-4842 or email and for more information on safety issues, contact Stacey Whallon at 777-6835 or



The winter edition of Environmental Health and Safety’s newsletter Safety Prose is now available online at

New York University’s Kristin Ross will present a lecture titled “European Noir: Crime Fiction and Postwar History” from 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 1, in the Reinhardt Room (LNG-332). The Comparative Literature GSO is sponsoring the event.

The Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations will host a seminar presented by Caglar Keyder, professor of sociology, titled “Law and Legitimation in Empire,” from 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 22, in AA- 330. The event is free and open to the public.

Syracuse University’s Gregg Lambert will discuss “Toward a Minor Literature: Once More, With Feeling!” from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the Reinhardt Room (LNG-332). The Comparative Liter-ature GSO is sponsoring the event.

Voter Registration forms are being distributed to on-campus students in their mailboxes and to off-campus students who have requested on-campus mailboxes. Forms are available to all students at NYPIRG, UU West-Information Desk, Multicultural Resource Center, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, Registrar’s Office, Residential Life office and the vice president for student affairs office.

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