Final Week to Attend Events. Some last minute options (check back and email me events):


Robert Doran

University of Rochester

“How Theory Became Ethics”

Friday, December 2, 2016

IASH Conference Room (LN 1106)

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Presented by the Dean’s Speaker Series New Directions in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies”

This talk endeavors to examine the seeming contradiction of how the same Theory that, in its formative phase, was denounced as amoral, nihilistic, and quietist, due to its “ relativist, ” “ textualist, ” and “ anti-subjectivist ” bent, could also be the source of the “ political turn ” in the humanities as well as a wellspring for liberal activists. Was it a matter of an illegitimate appropriation? Was Theory hijacked by well-meaning but naïve academics and do-gooders? Or was the development of an activist-political dimension of Theory simply the logical or inevitable consequence of this discourse itself?

Bio:Robert Doran is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Rochester. He is the author of The Theory of the Sublime from Longinus to Kant (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and The Ethics of Theory: Philosophy, History, Literature (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2016), and has edited five volumes: Philosophy of History After Hayden White (Bloomsbury, 2013), The Fiction of Narrative (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010), by Hayden White, and Mimesis and Theory (Stanford UP, 2008), by René Girard, as well as special issues on 9/11 (SubStance, 2008) and Claude Lévi-Strauss (Yale French Studies, 2013).

Sponsored by Harpur Dean’s Speaker Series; Comparative Literature; Romance Languages; LACAS

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The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton University invites you to an evening of music, poetry, theater, and poster presentations dedicated to the Middle Ages!  We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share with you the richness and wonder of the multi-lingual and multi-cultural, pre-modern world that we study and teach.  

Friday Dec. 2, 2016

Binghamton University Downtown Center, 67 Washington St. 

Free and open to the public–all are warmly invited; refreshments will be served.


6:00……Welcome (Marilynn Desmond, Distinguished Professor of English and Director of CEMERS)

 6:05……Student Multimedia Presentations: What can we learn about books beyond the words on pages? And why are medieval books important? (Bridget Whearty, Assistant Professor, English and Medieval Studies)

 6:45……Performances of medieval and medieval-themed songs, theater, poetry, and skits by Binghamton University faculty and students (Introduced by Dana Stewart, Associate Professor, Italian and Medieval Studies)

 7:45……Concert by Piccola Banda Ikona

Piccola Banda Ikona is trio of musicians well known in the world-, medieval-, and folk-music scenes, both in Italy and internationally. The trio consists of Barbara Eramo on vocals, Stefano Saletti on oud, bouzouki, and guitar, and Pejman Tadayon on ney, sethar, and oud.

Through their music, Piccola Banda Ikona retraces the medieval sailing routes that connected West and East. These routes helped people exchange money and goods; they also brought together the sounds of Western medieval Europe with those of the Eastern Roman Empire (aka, the Byzantine Empire), the Persian Empire, and the caliphates.

–CEMERS–1966-2016: Celebrating 50 years as an organized research center at Binghamton University!


Thurs, December 1st (& 8th, after portfolios are due though)
5:30 to 7:30pm  
Create Your Own Website and Enjoy the Process! 

Seriously! I just know there are tons of you out there who need this workshop.
Location: CAP ArtSpace Gallery
Registration Required.  Full information & description here
Friday, December 2nd
5pm to 8pm 

Gallery Night at the CAP ArtSpace

Come to Barbara Mink’s opening reception for “Winter Journey,” a painting exhibit that explores the beauty of Ithaca in winter’s black, white, and shades in between.
More about Barbara’s Exhibit on our ArtSpace Page
All Gallery Night locations here
Saturday, December 3rd
10am to 3pm

First Saturday on the Art Trail!!
Eight awesome artist studios are open, many with holiday buying suggestions and deals! Kathy Armstrong, Margaret Corbit, Wes Blauvelt, Domenica Brockman, Hilary Gifford, Anke Hoffstaeter Cary Joseph, Barbara Mink, Daphne Sola!
Here’s the list.
More information about each artist at
See you on the Trail!

Past Events:

Jaimee Wriston Colbert and Christine Gelineau will be giving a reading tomorrow, Tuesday, November 15th, at 8 pm in Science 1, Room 149.

Jaimee will be reading from her new linked story collection Wild Things and Christine will be reading from her 2016 poetry collection, Crave.


Harpur College welcomes photographer, visual artist, TED Fellow, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow:

          LaToya Ruby Frazier

          Talk: “Art, in Defense of Equality:  Using Photography for Social Change”

          Thursday, November 3, at 7:00 pm

          Chamber Hall, Anderson Center, Binghamton University

          Frazier’s TED talk:

About Frazier’s book The Notion of Family: “her gorgeous and haunting shots amplify the voices of the most vulnerable and transform our sense of place and self.”

LaToya Ruby Frazier works in photography, video and performance art. In this talk, Frazier discusses how she has used photography to fight injustice—poverty, healthcare and gender inequality, environmental contamination, racism, and more. Drawing from her book The Notion of Family as well as from works of art by Frederick Douglass, August Sander, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Langston Hughes, she relates her conscious approach to photography, opens up more authentic ways to talk about family, inheritance, and place, and celebrates the inspirational, transformative power of images.

Lecture will be held in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall.  There is no charge for this General Admission event. Open to the public.

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Thursday, October 27 6:30 PM at RiverRead Bookstore A Book Launch Event with our own JAIMEE WRISTON COLBERT, author of the new linked stories collection WILD THINGS.  5 Court Street, downtown Binghamton, NY,


Tuesday, November 1, 6:30 pm Broome County Arts Council, 81 State Street, Suite 501, downtown Binghamton. The Literati Reading Series, a collaboration between the BCAC and the BU Creative Writing graduate students, pairs featured writers reading with our graduate students: Bernadette Roe will be “opening” for poet and novelist  Robert Morgan. Questions regarding the Literati series contact Clara Barnhart at<>.


Also onTuesday, Nov. 1, our recent alum Brian Fanelliwill be reading at RiverRead Bookstore in Binghamton with current Ph.D. student Jason Allen and also with poet Dawn Leas. All three have new books out in 2016: Jason will be reading from A Meditation on Fire, Dawn from Take Something When You Go, and Brian from Waiting for the Dead to Speak. The reading starts at 6:30 p.m. RiverRead is located at 5 Court Street in downtown Binghamton.


Congratulations to recent alum Dante Di Stefano on the release of his first book, Love is a Stone Endlessly in Flight. Martin Espada tells us, “Dante Di Stefano’s first book is absolute proof that poetry rises from the ruins . . . As the title tells us, love motivates the poems of Dante Di Stefano; love drives them to the page in the middle of the night; love will keep you turning the pages.”  On Saturday, November 5 at 6:30 pm Dante will read at RiverRead Bookstore, 5 Court Street in Binghamton, along with BU professor Liz Rosenberg, who will be reading from her latest novel,Beauty and Attention.


Finally, on Saturday November 5, Brian Fanelli will be reading with Dawn Leas at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, NY starting at 3 p.m. Also of note, Ocean Vuong will also be reading at Buffalo Street that same day, starting at 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 pm Science I Room 149   A Readers’ Series Faculty Reading with Leslie Heywood and Joe Weil.  Heywood will read from her new poetry collection, Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors, while Weil will read from his new collection, A Night in Duluth.


Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Pre-modern Book in a Global Context: Materiality & Visuality

Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2016

Binghamton University Downtown Center

This conference addresses all aspects of the study of the pre-modern book as artifact.

Plenary lectures include:

Bruce Holsinger, (University of Virginia), “Theologies and Biologies of the Book: Past and Present” (Friday, 12 noon)

Lucille Chia, (UC Riverside), “Impressions of East Asian Book Cultures: Print and Manuscript Culture in China and Japan, 7th-17th Centuries,” (Friday, 10:55 am)

Megan Hale Williams, (San Francisco State University), “Ideals and Realities in Late Fourth-Century Historical Research: Books and Libraries in Late Antiquity,” (Saturday 11:00 am)

David Roxburgh, (Harvard University), “Emulation in the Arts of the Book: The Early Fifteenth-Century Timurid Workshop in Herat.” (Saturday 5:00 pm)

A plenary panel, “Technical Futures and the History of the Book” will feature William Noel (University of Pennsylvania), Suzanne Paul, (Cambridge University Library), and Paola Ricciardi, (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge UK). (Friday 4:00 pm)

There are an additional 72 papers on the program in concurrent sessions.  For more information, including the full program, see:


The second Literati Reading of the semester will be held next week at the Broome County Arts Council, located at 81 State Street, 5th floor above Terra Cotta on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 6:30pm. There will be refreshments and a meet & greet with the authors to start, so feel free to arrive late if you need to come from class. There will be a Q&A to follow.

Our featured reader will be Christine Kitano. Kitano is the author of the poetry collection Birds of Paradise (Lynx House 2011). Recent poems appear in Crab Orchard ReviewSmartish PaceTar River Poetry, and Wildness. She is an assistant professor at Ithaca College where she teaches creative writing, poetry, and Asian American literature. Her second collection, Sky Country, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2017. Find her online at

Kitano will read with Binghamton University PhD candidate, Jason Allen. Jason Allen is an author and poet whose work has appeared in Passages North, Paterson Literary Review, Contemporary American Voices, Cream City Review, Ragazine, The Molotov Cocktail, and many other venues. He is currently a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Award, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journals Prize. His chapbook, Gunmetal Blue, was published in 2015, and his full-length poetry collection, A Meditation on Fire, was just released by Southeast Missouri State University Press. The BCAC will have copies of the book for sale and signing.

The Literati Reading Series was created by the Binghamton Center for Writers, in partnership with the Broome County Arts Council, and with generous support from the English Department, the Creative Writing Faculty, Office of the Dean of Harpur College, and the Binghamton University Research Foundation.


Wednesday, October 12,  5:00pm in Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall at SUNY Cortland: poet Camille Rankine will be reading from her book, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, as part of the Distinguished Voices in Literature series. All events are free and open to the public.


Saturday, October 15,  3-7pm Binghamton University’s Downtown Center  Crossroads: The Fifth Binghamton International Poetry Festival The Festival will feature poetry readings and poetry performances by authors from Persia, France, Italy, and the United States all speaking in their native languages and English.

“The festival aims to expose the students, the academic community, and the community of the city of Binghamton to a concrete cultural experience in which the general notion of multiculturalism takes the shape of an actual multilingual event,” said Mario Moroni, a professor of Italian at the University and the event’s organizer.

Part of the Festival’s programming will include 10 young poets representing the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University

Invited featured poets will also read pieces in their native languages along with English translations. Featured poets include: Mahmood Karimi-Hakak from Persia, Mario Moroni from Italy, Yvan Tetelbom from France, and American poets Peter Fulton, Emily Skillings, Joe Weil, and Emily Vogel.

“This festival will bring, to the Binghamton communities involved, poetry’s ability to transcend cultural and linguistic divides,” Moroni said.

The event is free and open to the public and parking is free, but limited. For more information contact Moroni at, or Jessica Femiani at


A LIVELY EVENING OF IRISH POETRY AND MUSIC! Thursday, October 6 at 6pm in the Underground Café, downstairs in the Old Student Union Building, Binghamton U.

Acclaimed North Irish poet Frank Ormsby will read new work with famed local poet and musician, Joe Weil. There will be live Irish music, free food and libations, and books for sale afterwards. All are welcome—this event is free and open to the public. For further information contact


Binghamton Poetry Project Fall Workshops