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April 03, 2008  Volume 29, No. 25
Annual Romano Lecture to focus on Rome, Jerusalem

Martin Goodman, professor of Jewish studies at Oxford University, will deliver the annual Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture at noon Friday, April 11, in the Anderson Center Reception Room.

Goodman has divided his intellectual life between the Roman and Jewish worlds. He has edited both the Journal of Roman Studies and the Journal of Jewish Studies. His most recent book, Rome and Jerusalem: the Clash of Ancient Civilizations, was published in 2007.

In 70 CE, after a war that had flared sporadically for four years, three Roman legions surrounded, laid siege to and eventually devastated the city of Jerusalem, destroying the Temple that had been rebuilt by Herod less than a century before.

Goodman’s lecture, titled “Rome and Jerusalem,” will investigate what brought about this conflict and why, contrary to normal practice and against the reasonable expectations of the Jews, the Roman state would not allow the Jerusalem Temple to be rebuilt, with momentous consequences for the future of the Jews and Judaism.

A reception will follow the lecture, which is sponsored by the Mario and Antoinette Romano Endowment and the Harpur College Dean’s Office. For reservations, call Diane Horvath at 777-4278 or e-mail her at

Autism spectrum disorders screening available April 5

The Institute for Child Development will offer a free screening clinic for autism spectrum disorders from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, by appointment only. This program is for children ages 1 to 5 and is not a diagnostic service. A representative will meet with parents to review important aspects of child development, interact with the child and provide advice.

Visit for information on typical developmental milestones and to learn more about autism. Call 877-788-4ASD or e-mail for more details.

Katharine Couper Watrous dies at age 81

Katharine Couper Watrous, 81, of Binghamton and Hallstead, Pa., died March 20 at Lourdes Hospital. She was an important supporter of the University.

In 2005, she and her brother, Richard Couper, children of Edgar W. and Esther Couper, received the University Medal, the highest honor Binghamton University can bestow.

Edgar Couper provided outstanding service to the state and the Southern Tier as a member and chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents. The administration building was rededicated in his honor following his death in 1988.

Watrous is survived by her five children and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held March 29 in Binghamton.

Free concert planned April 4 with Pamela Whitman

Flutist and producer Pamela Whitman will return to Binghamton with a free multimedia concert featuring Binghamton campus and community photographs.

The concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Binghamton’s West Middle School Theater, is titled Building Our Beloved Community in a Season of Non-Violence and will include a performance by the Greater Binghamton Beloved Community Gospel Choir.

The event, which is part of First Friday, is sponsored by the University’s Multicultural Resource Center.

PEC accepting nominations online

The Professional Employees Council will accept nominations electronically through Friday, April 11.

The elections, also being held electronically, will occur later in April. This year’s process will include nomination and election of Binghamton’s professional faculty senator (three-year term) to the Statewide Faculty Senate as well as council members (two-year term). A list of current council members, along with their terms, is available at

Nominations should be completed at Contact Darryl M. Wood, PEC Rules Committee chair, at or 777-2908 for more information.

Three-day program offers taste of college

The Summer College Experience, a three-day college preparation program, will be held July 21-23 on campus for students entering 10th through 12th grades.

The Office of Continuing Education and Outreach expects the program will provide youths with skills necessary to prepare them for college and the college admissions process.

The program focuses on personal awareness, writing essays, presentation skills and mock college interviews, time management and study skills, networking, leadership, health/wellness, a student leadership panel and more.

Register for the program, which costs $229, at or call 777-6857 for details.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08