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Homecoming to feature lectures

By : Steve Seepersaud

A number of stimulating lectures and presentations are on the schedule for Homecoming 2007, making the premier on-campus event for alumni educational as well as enjoyable.

Alumni and friends of the University working in intellectual property and patent law will discuss their insights on one of the fastest-growing career paths for people interested in technology and law. The Watson School and Harpur Law Council are sponsoring this session for alumni, current students, faculty and staff at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in UUW-324.

Professor Libby Tucker will discuss campus ghost stories at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in LH-5. Her presentation will include narration of the most compelling American college ghost stories and discussion of how ghost stories help freshmen adjust to life on campus.

Also on Saturday morning, Tim Schum, who served as men’s soccer coach from 1963 to 1992, will make a presentation at 10 a.m. in LH-4. He’ll acknowledge the people who have contributed the most to the University’s athletic program during the past 60 years. The lecture, “From Colonials to Bearcats,” shares a title with his new book, which will be available at a signing at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Events Center.

Gerald Kadish, distinguished teaching professor, will lead one of five presentations scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. He and founding members of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society at Binghamton will discuss why many of today’s brightest students decline the invitation to join America’s oldest academic honor society. The session will be in LH-3.

Geoffrey Gould, former director of undergraduate admissions, will give advice on choosing a digital camera at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6, in LH-4.

At the same time in LH-5, Trista Merrill, MA ’98, Ph.D. ’03 will discuss the remnants of ancient stories and character types being reborn and reinvented in modern tales, such as Harry Potter. Merrill says these characters can teach us about ourselves and the stories illustrate our real desires and dreams as we seek fulfillment.

Accomplished author and clinical psychologist Joel Haber ‘79 will discuss how to help children with the lifelong challenge of dealing with bullies. Haber has more than 20 years of experience in identification, prevention and reduction of abusive behaviors. His presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6, in LH-12.

Distinguished Professor David Sloan Wilson will discuss how Charles Darwin’s theory can change the way we approach our lives. At this 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6 presentation in LH-7, Wilson will talk about EvoS, a campus-wide program of study that explores everything from speed dating to religion from an evolutionary perspective. Afterward, he will sign copies of his book Evolution for Everyone.

To see a full schedule for Homecoming, visit

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Last Updated: 10/14/08