Past Speakers/Conferences

Fall 2020 Colloquium Series

Dec. 10: alt_, a collaboration incepted by the artists Jon Veal and Jordan Campbell in response to the trauma of surrounding communities and the belief that art could be used as a tool for healing, presented “2020: A Revolution Re- imagined." (Pre-registration required at the link below.)
Dec. 3: Dena Fam and Michael O'Rourke, authors of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Failures: Lessons Learned from Cautionary Tales, spoke on "Warming Up to the "F" word: Failure in Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research"
Nov. 5: Hanna Garth, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, spoke on "Food Justice and Food Access in South Los Angeles."
Oct. 22: Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, associate professor of food studies at Syracuse University, spoke on "The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race and the Struggle for Sustainability."
Sept. 24: Jonathan Scott, assistant professor of economics at Binghamton University, spoke on "Isolating the Effect of the Shale Revolution on the U.S. Energy Mix: Evidence from the Natural Gas Pipeline Network."

Spring 2020 Colloquium Series

Feb. 20:  Robert Holahan, associate professor of environmental studies and political science, on "Technological change, institutional effectiveness and fracking in the commons: Economic experiments and database collection."
March 12: Barry Brenton, faculty engagement associate with the Center for Community Engagement at Binghamton University, on "Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment: Lessons on Sustainability, Community-Engagement, and Justice." 
March 26: Adriane Lam, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies at Binghamton University.
April 23: John Frazier, distinguished service professor of geography at Binghamton University, and Chengbin Den, associate professor of geography at Binghamton University.

Fall 2019 Colloquium Series

Nov. 7: Danielle Moyer, Living Building project coordinator, on "Sustainable Architecture Initiatives at Binghamton University: Updates on the Living Building and the Welcome Center."
Oct. 24: Louisa Holmes, assistant professor of geography, on "The Social Determinants of Environmental Health: Bridging Sustainability's Three E's"
Oct. 10: George Meindl, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, on "Course-based undergraduate research experiences in the Environmental Studies Program and Binghamton University

Spring 2019 Colloquium Series

Jan. 31: Pam Mischen, associate professor of public administration, on "Sustainable Communities Metrics"
Feb, 14: Kim Brimhall, assistant professor of social work, and Shelley Dionne, professor of leadership, on "Creating Healthy Communities for Rural and Socioeconomically Disadvantages Populations: A Study on Healthcare Leadership and Supportive Work Environments"
Feb. 21: Juliet Berling, city of Binghamton, on "Recent Sustainability Initiatives in the City of Binghamton"
Feb. 28: Ralph Garruto, professor of anthropology, on "Risk of Lyme and other Tick-borne Diseases in Built Environments"
March 28: Yu Chen, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Chengben Deng, assistant professor of geography; and Timothy Faughnan, associate vice president for emergency services, on "iSENSE: An Intelligent Surveillance as an Edge Network Service for Public Safety"
April 4: Rebecca Rathmell, Southern Tier Homeless Coalition, on "The status of homelessness in Broome County and the only real way to Solve it"
April 18: Andreas Pape, associate professor of economics, on "The Emergence of Monitoring"
May 2: Ken Chiu, associate professor of computer science, on "Water Quality Seed Grant"

Fall 2018 Colloquium Series

Nov. 15: Peter Kneupfer, associate professor of geological sciences and environmental studies
Is the frequency of large floods changing? Implications for community resiliency
Nov. 8: Beth Lucas, Broome County Department of Planning
Flood Resilience in Broome County
Oct. 25: Dan Filer, Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
Chesapeake Watershed Consortium
Oct. 4: Dick Andrus
Is Homo sapiens too clever to survive?
Sept. 20: Sean Cummings, manager of Binghamton University Acres
The little garden that could

Spring 2017 Colloquium Series 

Featuring a light lunch and Binghamton University faculty researchers. 
Noon-1 p.m. every other Thursday in AD-148, as follows:

Feb. 2: Qiusheng Wu, assistant professor of geography

GIS and Remote Sensing Applications for Wetland Mapping and Monitoring

Feb. 16: Jessica Hua, assistant professor of biological sciences

Poisons, Predators, and Parasites: Ecotoxicology in the Face of Environmental Change

March 9: Kirsten Prior, assistant professor of biological sciences

Invasive Species: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

March 23: Lisa Blitz, associate professor of social work

From Vulnerability to Resilience: Developing an Evidence-based Partnership Model for Transforming Rural Schools

April 6: Siobhan Hart, assistant professor of anthropology, and George Homsy, assistant professor of public administration

Neighborhodd Heritage and Sustainability Project

April 20: Robyn Cope, assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures

We are Your Neighbors: Representation, "Humanization," and New Narratives for Haiti

May 4: Ritam Chaurey, assistant professor of economics

Creditor Rights and Corporate Labor Policy: Evidence from a Policy Experiment 

April 21, 2016
9:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Center of Excellence, Room 2011
Healthography: How where you live affects your health and well-being

Dedicated to Florence Margai, professor of geography and associate dean of Harpur College who died in January 2015, this conference will include a keynote address by Professor of Geography Tim Frazier, titled "Overcoming Gaps in Public Health's Ability to Respond to Natural Disasters and Impacts from Climate Change," and sessions titled: 

  • Race, sexuality, and AIDS activism in Black same gender practicings men's communities in post-apartheid South Africa
  • Modeling reservoir, vector, spatial and human behavioral risk of Lyme disease in fragmented ecospaces within built environments
  • Health Consequences of Cultural Change in Vanuatu
  • Preschool asthma: does place matter
  • Determinants of Maternal Mortality in Rural Kenya. Is it still too far?

The conference is free and includes lunch, but an RSVP to Mary Stoner at is required.

March 23, 2016 
Anthropology for the City: Digital Storytelling and Collaborative Mapping in Detroit

Krysta Ryzewski and Andrew Newman, assistant professors of anthropology at Wayne State University, will discuss participatory research and transdisciplinary collaboration in Detroit, Michigan, from 1:40-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Alumni Center (Old O’Connor), Room 162.

Anthropology for the City aims to use Detroit’s rich history of grassroots democracy and community action to change the way scholars conduct research. They are working to create a “city’s anthropology” involving residents directly, making Detroiters partners and collaborators in urban research. Ryzewski is an historical archaeologist with interests in the consequences of disruptive social and environmental pressures on communities. She co-directs several excavation and interpretive projects in Detroit, using digital storytelling to engage communities. Newman is a sociocultural anthropologist who combines urban ethnography and anthropological approaches to environmentalism. He is currently working on the community-led mapping project, People’s Atlas of Detroit, and a collaborative project on sustainable food in the city. This talk is sponsored by Binghamton University’s Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence and Binghamton University’s Neighborhood Heritage and Sustainability Project ( The lecture is free and open to the public.

Feb. 19, 2016
Building Sustainable Places through Transdisciplinary Engagement lecture and reception

The Sustainable Communities TAE will host a lecture and networking reception, open to all, by Kenneth Reardon, professor and director of the Graduate Program in Urban Planning and Community Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Reardon will discuss participatory urban planning and transdisciplinary collaboration in South Memphis, Tenn., in a talk titled “Overcoming the Memphis Blues through Participatory Planning, Design, and Development.” Over his career, Reardon has also worked on community building in East St. Louis and New Orleans after Katrina. The lecture and reception will be from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in room 162 of the Alumni Center (Old O’Connor). The event is co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Heritage and Sustainability Project led by Siobhan Hart, assistant professor of anthropology, and George Homsy, assistant professor of public administration. 

Oct. 12, 2015 - A Conversations in the Disciplines Conference on Sustainability, Peace and Diversity

The MPA Program hosted a one-day conference on "21st Century Governance Challenges: International Perspectives on the Issues of Sustainability, Peace, and Diversity."

Scholars from Mexico, Venezuela, Armenia, Brazil, Belize, Kenya, Armenia, Colombia, Turkey and the U.S. will discuss research on social media, human rights, and sustainability. For the full conference schedule: 

The conference was funded by a Conversations in the Disciplines grant, the College of Community and Public Affairs' Latin American Partnership Fund, the Department of Public Administration and the Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence.

Oct. 31, 2014 - A presentation on aging issues titled Productive Aging and Families across the Globe will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in UDC-220. The session is co-sponsored by the Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) in Sustainable Communities, the Institute for Intergenerational Studies and the Department of Social Work in the College of Community and Public Affairs. Lunch will be provided.

Presenters and the presentation titles
     • Healthy Aging and Productive Engagement in Later Life in the U.S. and China, presented by Ada Mui, professor, Columbia University School of Social Work
     • Older adults as Primary and Co-Caregivers of Grandchilden in India, presented by Denise Burnette, professor, Columbia University School of Social Work
     • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in US: Intergenerational Trauma and Resiliency, presented by Youjung Lee, assistant professor, Department of Social Work, Binghamton University, and recipient of a TAE seed grant in July 2013

April 10-11, 2014 - Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing for Creating Sustainable Communities - a SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Conference

April 10, 2014 - Health Equity Conference focused on vulnerable populations

The keynote address – Health Equity: Protecting vulnerable populations – will be given by Dr. Cheryl Easley and Dr. Carol Easley Allen. Additional topics include:

     • The Affordable Care Act and vulnerable populations
     • Power for the People: Examining energy insecurity as a hidden dimension of risk among vulnerable populations
     • Confronting inequities associated with teen pregnancy and parenting: The Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
     • Using GIS to address nutritional health inequities

Nov. 2, 2013Fall 2013 Conference Program (pdf, 1.5mb)