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November 05, 2009  Volume 31, No. 11
Harpur College Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Nov. 6

Marilynn Desmond, professor of English and comparative literature, will speak on “Transnational Feminism and the Middle Ages” at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in FA-Casadesus.

The Harpur College Dean’s Distinguished Lecture is co-sponsored by the Harpur College Dean’s Office and the Binghamton chapter of United University Professions.
Desmond will explore how “Transnational Feminism,” a theoretical paradigm that developed out of post-colonial theory, works to separate feminist practice from the context of the nation-state in order to develop a vision of “feminism without borders.” Our modern understanding of genders and sexualities can be traced to medieval attitudes, and for that reason, medieval culture has much to contribute to contemporary feminisms in general and transnational feminism in particular. A reception will follow the lecture in the FA-Green Room.

To RSVP or for questions, contact Diane Horvath at 777-6799 or

Volunteers needed for Fall Commencement

Celebrate with students and their families by volunteering at the Fall 2009 Commencement at noon Sunday, Dec. 13, in the Events Center.

Volunteers may choose from the following opportunities: guest-seating usher; handicapped-seating usher; ticket taking; program distribution; VIP guide and seating usher; student registration; lost-and- found assistant.

Upon successful registration, volunteers will receive an e-mail with complete details: parking locations, training, arrival times, event dress, behind-the-scenes info, activity responsibilities and more.

To register, go to click on Fall Commencement, and then navigate to “Volunteer.”

Chancellor’s award nominations due in December

Nominations are sought for the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Professional and Classified Service. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 14, with completed dossiers due to the Office of the Vice President for Administration by Dec. 22.

Visit for more information. Contact Tracey Debnar at 777-2157 or with questions.

Medication collection to take place Nov. 7

Binghamton University will host “Save Our Streams,” a free medication collection event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the East Gym.

The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University’s Department of Campus Recreation, the Village of Endicott, United Health Services and the New York State University Police at Binghamton.

Unwanted prescription medications, veterinary medicines, and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals can be disposed of at the event. Medications being disposed of should remain in their original container with labels. For safety purposes, participants are asked not to bring sharp instruments, thermometers or medical waste to the event.

The Binghamton Outdoor Pursuits program is organizing this event to help fulfill its mission of fostering environmental awareness.

For more information, call 777-6414 or visit

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Last Updated: 10/14/08