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March 25, 2010  Volume 31, No. 26
Conference to examine ‘Global Africa and Asia’

The 2010 Annual Conference of the New York African Studies Association will take place March 26-27 at the University Downtown Center.

“Global Africa and Asia in the Age of Globalization” will be hosted by the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University and co-sponsored  by the Department of Africana Studies at Binghamton University and the Department of African and African-American Studies at Penn State University.

The conference begins with registration at noon Friday, March 26, and features an afternoon of sessions. The keynote address, “Emerging Trends in Afro-Chinese Relations: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives,” will be given at 2:30 p.m. March 26, by Seifudein Adem, associate director of the Institute for Global Cultural Studies.

The conference continues Saturday, March 27, with more sessions, including a panel on Haiti, and closing remarks from Ali A. Mazrui, director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies.

For more information and to see a preliminary program, go to

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

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


Center for Writers to present poet Marilyn Chin on April 13

Marilyn Chin, whose books have become Asian American classics and are taught all over the world, will read from her latest release, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (Norton, 2009), at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in EB-110.

Chin’s books of poetry include Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, The Phoenix Gone, Terrace Empty and Dwarf Bamboo.

The reading is sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers with support from the English Department and Poets & Writers, Inc.

For more information, visit, 777-2713 or e-mail

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Last Updated: 10/14/08