March 10, 2005 Volume 26, No. 21
Graduate student volunteers sought for research symposium
The Office of Research Ad-vancement is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve in a variety of capacities during Des-tination Discovery ‘05, a major statewide research symposium. The event will be held Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24, at the University. Volunteers will receive event t-shirts, free food and a certificate of appreciation. To volunteer, call 777-4791.
Muslim, Jewish relations focus of program, exhibit
A lecture on Muslim and Jewish relations at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in FA-Casadesus, is being given by the co-directors of Children of Abraham, an inter-national organization that seeks to break down the barriers between Jewish and Muslim youth. The opening celebration for the Univer-sity Art Museum’s exhibit of the Children of Abraham’s “A Journey of Discovery,” which combines text and images to highlight the commonalities that Islam and Judaism share, will follow the program. The exhibit will be on display at the museum through March 19.
Panel focuses on national scholarships
A panel presentation for both graduate and undergraduate students on major scholarships available nationally and at Bing-hamton for research and study abroad will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in UU-West Lounge.
Topics include Fulbright grants, Rotary scholarships, the Freeman-Asia Program and the National Security Education Program. Pan-elists include alumnus Jonathan Akeley ‘98; Nancy Appelbaum, assistant professor of history, Bing-hamton Fulbright Committee; and Katharine Krebs, director of the Office of International Programs.
The program is sponsored by the Binghamton Fulbright Com-mittee and the Office of Inter-national Programs.
Toastmasters Club hosts Spring speech contest
Leaders and Learners, the Toastmasters Club on campus, will hold a spring speech contest at noon Friday, March 18, in UU-B08. The event showcases inspir-ational and humorous speakers from the club. Winners of the club contest will go on to compete with winners from other clubs in the area. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome.
Award-winning University alumna to give free reading
Award-winning author and Binghamton University alumna Diana Abu-Jaber, ‘86, will give a reading of her new book, The Language of Baklava, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Borders Café in the Carousel Mall in Syracuse. The event is free and open to the public.
Abu-Jaber, who earned her doctoral degree at Binghamton University, was born in Syracuse, N.Y., to a Jordanian father and an American (Irish-German) mother. Her new book is a humorous memoir of her life in upstate New York, illuminating the two cultures of Abu-Jaber’s childhood and the richness and difficulty of straddling both.
Abu-Jaber’s first novel, Arabian Jazz, won the Oregon Book Award and was a finalist for the National PEN/Faulkner award. She is also the author of Crescent, which received the 2004 PEN Center USA Award for literary fiction and the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. She taught at the Uni-versity of Oregon and UCLA, and is writer-in-residence at Portland State University, where she teaches creative writing, feminist voices, Middle Eastern literatures and postcolonial literatures.
Abu-Jaber’s reading in Syracuse is co-sponsored by Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and the Alumni Association. For more information, call 777-4700.
Garber Lecture Series
The Department of Comparative Literature continues its Spring 2005 Garber Lecture Series at noon Wednesday, March 16, in LT-1506 with “Orientalism and the Clash Of Civilizations: Between Edward Said And Samuel Huntington” by Ali A. Mazrui, professor and the Schweitzer Chair of the Humanities.
Other programs in the series, which will be held at noon in LT-1506 include:
“Cold War Cosmopolitanisms: Radical Transnationalisms in the Shadow of the U.S. Em-pire,” presented by Joseph Keith, assistant professor of theory and modern literature, Wednesday, March 30.
“The Cosmopolitan State Of Exception: Kant, Schmitt, Agamben,” presented by Max Pensky, professor of philosophy, Wednesday, April 6.
“Narrative and Identity: the Case of Cardenio (Don Quixote I),” presented by Salvador J. Fajardo, professor of romance languages and literatures, Wed-nesday, April 13.
Turning negative thoughts to positive actions
“Turning Negative Thoughts to Positive Actions” is the topic of the Small Business Develop-ment Center’s Women Business Owners Roundtable discussion from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, March 25, at the Binghamton Regency on Water Street in down-town Binghamton.
Cynthia Palka, president of Future Map, Inc., will examine the source of negative thoughts and teach techniques to turn those negative thoughts into positive actions. Palka will also explore ways to reconnect to core strengths and passions.
Palka is a certified coach with areas of expertise that include per-formance coaching, career plan-ning and organizational change.
The roundtable costs $8 per person, payable at the door, and includes a continental break-fast. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards and brochures to share.
Advance registration is required. Call 777-4024 to register.
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