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November 06, 2008  Volume 30, No. 11
Author-activist Zinn to speak Nov. 8

Historian, playwright and social activist Howard Zinn will discuss “War and Social Justice,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Osterhout Concert Theater. The program is free and open to the public.

Zinn is best known for his book A People’s History of the United States. He served as chairman of the Department of History and Social Sciences at Spelman College in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where he actively took part in the civil rights movement. Zinn lobbied to end meetings of the Southern Historical Association at segregated hotels and worked alongside students in an effort to end segregation in Atlanta. In 1964, he joined the faculty of Boston University, where his classes in civil liberties were among the most popular on campus.

This event is co-sponsored by the Harpur College Dean’s Office, the Faculty Senate Convocations Committee and the College of Community and Public Affairs.
For more information, contact Reinhard Bernbeck at 777-2542 or

Program, date change for St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet

In December 2007, for the first time in Anderson Center history, an ice rink was formed on stage, where skaters mesmerized the crowd with a performance of The Nutcracker on ice.
The St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet was booked for a return engagement on Dec. 9 with Swan Lake; but due to scheduling issues internationally, will not be able to perform.

Instead, the Anderson Center has rescheduled a performance 0of Sleeping Beauty on ice, for 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. 

Additionally, the company will entertain local school children with Act II from Sleeping Beauty during a morning performance in association with the Kennedy Center National Partners in Education Program.

Tickets are now available for the 8 p.m. performance by calling 777-ARTS or by visiting Prices are: general public, $41; faculty/staff/senior citizens, $36; students, $21.

Sporkin will speak at 22nd annual Briloff Lecture

Judge Stanley Sporkin will be the speaker for the 22nd annual Abraham J. Briloff Lecture Series on Accountability and Society at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Chamber Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sporkin, a retired federal district court judge and director of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, will deliver a talk titled, “On the Road to Financial Shangri-La – What Happened.”

Sporkin served 20 years with the Securities and Exchange Commission, five years as General Counsel to the CIA and was appointed by President Reagan as U.S. judge for the District of Columbia. Sporkin’s current practice, the Gavin Consulting Group, consists of corporate counseling, mediation and arbitration services, and crisis management consultations.

The annual lecture series is named in honor of Briloff, the Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Bernard Baruch College and Presidential Professor of Accounting and Ethics at Binghamton University.

A reception will follow in the Anderson Center Reception Room.
The lecture series is sponsored by the Binghamton University School of Management.
RSVP to Debbie Standard at For more information, call 777-2314.

CDC sets student credentials deadline for Dec. 17

Have you been asked to prepare a letter of recommendation for a student who has a Jan. 1 or Jan. 15 application deadline?

The Career Development Center would like faculty and staff to be aware that, in light of the University’s curtailment of services from Dec. 24-Jan. 5, students wishing to have credentials mailed by Dec. 24 must submit requests to CDC by
4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. All letters that a student intends to send must have arrived in CDC when the request is submitted.

As Dec. 17 approaches, faculty and staff whose students face early January deadlines are asked to hand-deliver recommendation letters to CDC South between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Questions should be directed to Terri Kilcy, credentials coordinator, at 777-2400.

Graduate conference to focus on algebra, topology

The Binghamton University Graduate Conference in Algebra and Topology will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in Science 2.

The conference will give graduate students at universities from New York state as well as surrounding areas an opportunity to present either their own research or a paper of particular interest in the general areas of algebra and topology. 

More than 100 people are expected to attend the conference.
For more information, go to For questions, contact Elizabeth Wilcox at (518) 577-1147.

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