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February 18, 2010  Volume 31, No. 21
Celebrating the life, career of Richard T. Antoun

A celebration of the life and career of Richard T. Antoun, professor emeritus of anthropology, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall.

The campus community will celebrate a scholar who traveled the world over to understand diverse cultures, a teacher committed to guiding students in their intellectual pursuits, a man possessed of both strength and gentleness, a citizen who valued peace and compassion.

A reception will follow in the Grand Corridor.

Parking will be available in front of the Anderson Center (Lot C) and in the parking garage. Garage exit passes will be available from Anderson Center ushers.
Donations may be sent to the Binghamton University Foundation Memorial Account 10351 in memory of Richard T. Antoun. Mail to: Binghamton University Foundation, PO Box 6005, Binghamton, NY 13902-6005.

PEC seeks Distinguished Service Award nominations

The Professional Employees Council seeks nominations of professionals in the campus community for its Distinguished Service Award.

The award is given in two categories: to a professional with less than five years of service and to another with five or more years of service.

Colleagues, supervisors or students may make nominations by submitting a form and up to four letters of support. Winners will receive a monetary award and a framed certificate presented at the constituency luncheon in the fall. Their names will also be added to a plaque in the lobby of the Couper Administration Building.

Forms and selection criteria are available at Click on the blue field on the right side labeled Distinguished Service Award. If you have nominated a professional before but they were not a recipient, you are encouraged to resubmit the nomination.

Completed materials, as well as any questions, should be addressed to Oren Levi, Research Advancement, BI-1218, by April 2, at 777-5681 or

Cinema visiting artist series to begin Feb. 24

Todd McGowan will kick off the Cinema Visitors Series at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in LH-6, with a presentation on “Maternity Divided: Avatar and the Enjoyment of Nature.”

McGowan teaches film and critical theory in the English Department at the University of Vermont.  He has written books on the intersection of psychoanalytic theory, German Idealism, cinema and literature. He is now at work on a book analyzing the importance of the lie in the films of Christopher Nolan.

The series continues Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in LH-6, with Naomi Uman. Her works have been exhibited widely at the Sundance and Rotterdam International Film Festivals, The New York Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film festival among others.

Other visits include:

• Nicky Hamlyn: Tuesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., LH-6. The filmmaker/writer’s work has been shown at venues and festivals around the world. Recent screenings include the Royal College of Art, London (2006) and the New York and Toronto International Film Festivals (2007).

• Tony Conrad: Tuesday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., LH-6. Conrad’s movie The Flicker is one of the key early works of the “structural” film movement. He has produced more than 250 programs for public access cable in Buffalo.

The artists’ screenings are funded in part by Presentation Funds from the Experimental Television Center, which is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts. The series is co-sponsored by Harpur College Dean’s Speaker Series. All shows are free and open to the public. For more information, call 777-4998 or 777-4997.

‘Musica Nova’ concert will be held Feb. 21

The “Musica Nova: New Compositions for Voice” concert, coordinated by professors Mary Burgess and Timothy LeFebvre, will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 in the AC-Chamber Hall.

Pianists Margaret Reitz and William James Lawson will accompany the following Binghamton University voice students: Amanda Chmela, Jennifer Groves, Cabiria Jacobsen, Laura MacAvoy, Briana Sakamoto, Julian Whitley and Julie Williams. They will perform new compositions by Dominic Argento, Mark Adamo, Christopher Berg, Jake Heggie, Charles Ives, Lori Laitman, Ben Moore and Ned Rorem.

Tickets for this concert are $10 for the general public; $5 for faculty, staff and seniors; and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays by calling (607) 777-ARTS, online at or at the door.

For more information, go to The event is sponsored by the Binghamton University Music Department.

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