Renee Walker has book chapter published

Renee B. Walker (Professor of Anthropology) has published a book chapter titled “The Role of Dogs in Everyday Life” in an edited volume. The volume, Investigating the Ordinary: Everyday Matters in Southeast Archaeology, was edited by Sarah E. Price and Philip J. Carr and published by the University of Florida Press.

Rhea Nowak featured in solo exhibition

Art Department Associate Professor Rhea Nowak has a solo exhibition at the Earlville Opera House Gallery. The opening reception is Saturday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. and will include a brief artist talk. All are welcome.

The exhibition will run until March 23. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon until 3 p.m.

April Harper publishes article on domestic violence, sex crimes in the Middle Ages

April Harper, Associate Professor in History, published the peer-reviewed article “Punishing Adultery: Private Violence, Public Honor, Literature, and the Law,” in Haskins Society Journal 28 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2017), 167-184.

This research was made possible by a grant from the SUNY Research Foundation, discretionary funds and departmental support.

In the article, Dr. Harper connects the rising rates of domestic violence in etiquette texts, literature and legal records in 11th century England with the changes in English law after the Norman Conquest (1066). Her article follows the changes as Norman law replaced Anglo-Saxon law and legal language in England, and conflated all sex crimes, including adultery, under a single legal term – raptus. Raptus was a crime against a woman’s body and therefore a felony under Norman law that called for the death penalty.

While scholars have hailed this change in law as a distinct movement in the legal position of a woman from property to person, Dr. Harper shows the reality was far different. Her research shows that legal frustrations created by this grouping, and the need to prosecute any sexually criminous act as rape, resulted in rising rates of domestic violence.

Under Roman law, which formed the basis of Norman law, rape was considered a crime against a virgin and therefore negated the ability to legally prosecute the rape or any consensual, extra-marital sexual acts of a wife in which she may have engaged. The article examines the cultural and legal role of men’s honor and why many men chose to punish their wives in the heterosexual environment of the home, when denied the ability to punish their wives’ abductors, lovers, or attackers in the homosocial realm of the court.

The article charts a wide variety of sources to show the correlation between legal frustration and domestic violence that only begins to abate with the Statutes of Westminster in 1285 – a legal revision of Norman law that once again separated the individual crimes grouped under raptus (abduction, incest, fornication, adultery, and rape) allowing men to prosecute men for their crimes against a husband’s honour, rather than against the bodies and/or the persons of women.


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry to host viewing of opioids webinar

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry will host a viewing of the live interactive webinar, “Opioids: Combating Addiction with Chemistry,” on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Speakers will include Rita Valentino, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Dan Sutherlin, vice president of Genentech.

The chemical sources of opioid addiction will be discussed, as well as current efforts to develop alternative treatments for pain therapy. The event will be held in Physical Science 237 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more details, contact Kelly Gallagher at

Workshop on dossiers/applying for tenure Friday

Contract renewal coming up?  Planning on applying for a promotion or tenure? Join members of the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) and representatives from IT to learn about completing a dossier and the process of applying on Feb 23, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in the Butternut Room at Hunt Union.


Join members of the Promotion and Tenure committee and representatives from IT to learn about completing a dossier and the process of applying on Feb 23, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the Butternut Room at Hunt Union.

Coffee will be provided. Sign up here or by emailing

For more information, contact Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs at