Harpur Dean's Distinguished Lecture

The Harpur Dean's Distinguished Lecture was inaugurated in 1998 as an annual forum to feature the exemplary research and scholarly and creative work that is being conducted across the disciplines in Harpur College. These lectures also provide an opportunity for distinguished members of the Harpur College faculty to address an audience of their peers and students, in addition to the wider local community. The Harpur Dean's Distinguished Lecture is open to the public.

*The Harpur Dean's Distinguished Lecture is co-sponsored by the Binghamton Chapter of United University Professions.


2020 Harpur Dean's Distinguished Lecture

Image: Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson
Predicting Marital Discord & Divorce

Matt Johnson, Professor/Chair, Department of Psychology
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 5 PM
Symposium Hall COE 2011, ITC - 85 Murray Hill Road

In his 2016 book, Great Myths of Intimate Relationships: Dating, Sex, and Marriage, Matt Johnson begins by asking a question: "Overall, how satisfied are you with your life?" He poses the question because the best way to predict the answer to this question is to answer a different question: Overall, how satisfied are you with your current intimate relationship? Predicting the answer to the second question has been Johnson's research focus for his entire career. In the 2019-20 Harpur Dean's Distinguished Lecture, Johnson will summarize what he has learned about marriage and other intimate relationships over the course of his 20 years at Binghamton University.  


Past Dean's Distinguished Lectures
2018-19   Anne Bailey, History
The Weeping Time and Divided America
2017-18 Max Pensky, Philosophy and Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Is the Battle Against Impunity Worth Winning?
2016-17 Subal Kumbhakar, Economics
Performance, Productivity and Profit: A Primer
2015-16 Tim Lowenstein, Geological Sciences
Predicting future climate change from study of Earth's past
2014-15 Nancy Um, Art History
A Mosque, a Tomb, and the Arabian Legacy of Coffee
2013-14 Benjamin Fordham, Political Science
Protectionist Empire: Trade, Tariffs, and United States Foreign Policy, 1890­–1914
2012-13 Karin Sauer, Biological Sciences
Disarming Biofilms - How to Turn a Microbe Against Itself
2011-12 Maria Mazziotti Gillan, English
William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, and Paterson: Poets of the City
2010-11 Donald Quataert, History
Views from Below and the Writing of Ottoman History
2009-10 Marilynn Desmond, English and Comparative Literature
Transitional Feminism and the Middle Ages
2008-09 J. Koji Lum, Anthropology and Biological Sciences
Human Settlement and Malaria of the Pacific
2007-08 Thomas Dublin, History
The Face of Decline - Deindustrialization in Pennsylvania Anthracite Religion