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September 20, 2007  Volume 29, No. 4
Provost seeks proposals for 2008 symposia

Provost Mary Ann Swain calls for proposals for the Provost’s Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia 2008. The objective is to promote discourse among departments and schools and to increase visibility of research, scholarship and creative endeavors across campus and externally. The application deadline is Oct. 5.

For details, visit and click on the link under “Highlights.” If you have questions, contact Kelly Wemette at 777-4801 or

Patch Adams to speak on campus in October

Dr. Patch Adams will give two talks during a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser next month on campus. The seminars are part of an effort by the University’s Habitat for Humanity chapter to raise the $30,000 necessary to work on a special project with Binghamton residents to help build a library in an underprivileged region of Costa Rica in January.

A lecture on “Health and Humor” will take a look at the relationship between humor and the health of the individual, community and society. It will run from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the West Gym. A “Joy of Caring” workshop will focus on the magic and power of care, not only in the patient’s life but also in the caregiver’s. The session will run from 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Oct. 21, in LH-1.

Students Richard Zamore of Merrick and Christina Muscatello of Binghamton, members of the University chapter of Habitat, led the effort to bring Adams to campus.

Tickets for the Saturday event are $20 for the public; $10 for students. Tickets for the Sunday workshop are $20; $15 for students. Tickets will be available at the old Union box office from Oct. 5-19 and at the door. E-mail for more ticket information.

Internationalizing research, courses to be topic

A workshop titled “Internationalizing Your Research, Courses and Curricula through Online Collaboration” will be offered from 4:45-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in LH-4.

Jon Rubin, director of SUNY’s Center for Collaborative On-Line International Learning (the COIL center) and an associate professor at SUNY Purchase, will lead the session. He’ll discuss ways COIL can assist faculty in expanding the international aspects of teaching and research while collaborating with colleagues from other countries. He will also present examples and outcomes of existing COIL courses and will describe a conference to be held Oct. 19 at Purchase.

Former Guantanamo chaplain to speak

Former Guantanamo Bay Army Chaplain James Yee will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the FA-Watters Theater. Yee’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of a discussion titled “Dialogues on Diversity and Social Justice.”

The audience will be invited to join a discussion on the challenges of protecting national security and civil liberties. Yee, a West Point graduate, served as the Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay Prison’s Camp Delta, where he led prayer services and counseled detainees. Yee also advised the commanders of the camp on detainee religious practices and raised concerns about the abuses to which the prisoners were subjected.

Yee made headlines in 2003 when he was accused of spying, espionage and aiding the alleged Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners. The case was later dropped and now Yee is speaking publicly about his experience. Yee’s account of this experience is detailed in his book For God And Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.

For more information, call the Multicultural Resource Center at 777-4472.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08