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April 28, 2005  Volume 26, No. 27
Wind ensemble performs May 1
The University Wind Ensemble presents its final concert of the 2004-05 season at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall. The program, “We Band of Brothers,” includes American, English and Scottish music drawing on common folk-song traditions. Works include “The Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Folk Song Suite,” Fisher Tull’s “Sketches on a Tudor Psalm,” “The Ghost Longship” by William Sweeney and the world premiere of “Oligopoly” by Binghamton’s Timothy Rolls. The concert is free. For more information, call 777-2592 or visit

Students take on conducting role during May 4 concert
The Student Conductors’ Concert will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in FA-Watters Theater. Students will conduct the University Chorus and the University Symphony Orchestra during a program featuring the music of Brahms, Purcell, Vivaldi, Walton and Warlock. The student conductors have been studying with faculty members Bruce Borton and Timothy Perry. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 777-2592 or visit

Economics of slavery focus of May 5 Romano lecture
Gavin Wright, the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Economic History at Stanford University, will deliver the Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in FA-Casadesus. Wright will speak on “Slavery and American Economic Development” and will focus on his interpretation of the economic advantages of slavery to owners and the reasons why slavery generated a backward economy compared to that of the free states. A noted scholar on American economic history, Wright is the author of numerous publications on U.S. economic performance, natural resources and economic development. A reception will follow the lecture in the FA-Green Room. For reservations, call 777-4941 or e-mail

Yiddish poets topic of April 29 lecture
Julian Levinson, assistant professor of English Language and Samuel Shetzer Assistant Professor of American Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), will discuss how the influence of the American Bard shaped the ways in which Yiddish poets represented the Jewish experience in the New World at noon Friday, April 29, in the UU-East Lounge. The talk is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Judaic Studies. For more information, contact Jonathan Karp at or 777-3070.

Senior Writers’ Forum
The Senior Writers’ Forum will hold its fourth annual event from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in FA-258. The program provides an opportunity for graduating seniors to read their original creative writing. The forum is free and will include refreshments and music. For more information, e-mail

Roundtable focuses on issue of racism in Broome County
A roundtable discussion, “Understanding the Problem of Racism,” will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at American Legion Post 80, 76 Main St., Binghamton. The first of four roundtable discussions on the problem of racism as it exists in Broome County and the greater Binghamton area, the free program will be moderated by Leo Wilton, assistant professor in the School of Education and Human Development. Dinner and a cultural performance will immediately follow the discussion. For more information, contact Gladys Jimenez at 777-2498 or Tanya Robinson at 777-4273.

Israeli-Palestinian lecture series concludes
Donald Quataert will speak on U.S. and Israel-Palestine relation-ships at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton (UUCB), 183 Riverside Drive, Binghamton. The talk is the third and final in a series of lectures jointly sponsored by Peace Action of Broome County and the Social Responsibility Committee of the UUCB — all featuring University faculty. For more information, call 724-4793 or 748-9825. The lec-ture is free and open to the public.

External organizational communications workshop
Essential External Organizational Communications will be offered by the Professional Development and Research Division in the School of Education and Human Development from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at 218-222 Water St., third floor, Binghamton. The fee is $135. Participants will learn why com-munication is crucial for long-term success, how to evaluate direct and indirect messages, how to develop new stakeholders and strategies for growth, how to utilize public speaking and media opportunities and how to design a plan for success. Karel Kurst-Swanger, assistant professor of public justice at SUNY-Oswego, will instruct. For more information or to register, contact 777-4447 or

Biology seminars planned on campus May 6
The Department of Biological Sciences will host two seminars on Friday, May 6. At noon, J. David Schaffer, research fellow from Philips Research Labs in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., will present Genetic Algorithms for Electronics, Manufacturing and Molecular Diagnostics, with an Excursion into Evolutionary and Computing Theory,” and at 4 p.m., Gregg Hartvigsen, associate professor of biology at SUNY Geneseo, will discuss “Modeling the Evolution of Interacting Species — The Confluence of Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science.” Both seminars will take place in S3-214 and are open to the University community. Anyone wishing to speak to either speaker while they are on campus can contact Susannah Gal at

Weed and feed taking place on campus April 30
A contractor will apply weed and feed to grass areas along Bartle Drive as well as lawn areas near West Gym and the Couper Administration Building on Saturday, April 30, weather permitting. If the applications do not take place on April 30, they will be rescheduled for May 2, 3 or 4, weather permitting. The application takes place on a yearly basis. More information about the University’s weed control efforts is available at.

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