Bruce Buckley Lecture to highlight dance traditions

You are invited to the 2018 Bruce Buckley Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium in Cooperstown.

Mick Moloney, Irish Folklorist and musician, will be presenting “Close to the Floor? Percussive Dance Traditions in North America,” which discusses the evolution and relationships between multiple percussive dance forms in North America ranging from Appalachian and African American flat foot and clogging to Irish sean nos and step dance, Quebecois, Ottawa Valley, Cape Breton and tap.

This event is free to the public.

Matthew Hendley publishes chapter

Matthew Hendley, Department of History, recently published a chapter titled “Conservative Women and the Primrose League’s Struggle for Survival, 1914-1932,” in Julie Gottlieb and Clarisse Berthezene (eds.) Rethinking Right-Wing Women: Women, Gender and the Conservative Party, 1880 to the Present: (Manchester University Press, 2018), pp. 66-88.

This book stems from a conference organized in 2015 at Oxford University on gender and the British Conservative Party at which Dr. Hendley presented a paper.

Dr. Hendley’s chapter investigates the post-war experiences of the Primrose League, a supposedly nonpartisan organization created in the Victorian period and credited as a pioneer for women’s involvement in British politics. At its peak, the Primrose League had over 2 million members (many of them female) and was well known for its canvassing in support of the Conservative Party during elections as well as a wide range of popular social activities, including garden fetes and whist drives.

Dr. Hendley re-examines the assumption that the Primrose League had no place in British political culture after women first gained the national vote in 1918 and the Conservative Party began organising its own women’s organizations. He argues that rather than fading away after the war and becoming a redundant collection of “superfluous women”, the League helped build Conservative support by becoming an agency for political education for new voters (especially women) and a vehicle for sometimes strident anti-socialist Conservative opinion. It also became a strong voice for a consumption-driven feminised vision of popular imperialism. In these ways, the Primrose League remained a useful weapon for the Conservative cause throughout the 1920s (if reduced from its pre-1914 glory days).

New student art exhibits in galleries

Two new student art shows will open this week in the Project Space Gallery and the Martin Mullen Annex in SUNY Oneonta’s Fine Arts Center.

“Doodles” by Anthony Ferris will be displayed in the Martin-Mullen Annex Gallery (the gallery lobby area), and “Old Dogs New Tricks,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Gerry Falco and Rich Page, will be located in the Project Space Gallery.

“Doodles” consists of a series of silkscreen prints, etching prints and books of doodles in a display case. On the wall behind the case are hundreds of the doodles reproduced from the “Doodle” sketchbooks.

In “Old Dogs New Tricks,” Falco and Page display examples of portraiture and landscape. Page explores a range of portraits with personalities ranging from dark and dangerous to lighthearted expressions. Falco presents a series of landscape close-ups revealing seasonal changes celebrated with color, form and abstractions found in nature. The two very disparate styles work surprisingly well together in this two-person show.


The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery and Project Space Gallery are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday when the college is in session and during special events. For more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions, contact Gallery Director Tim Sheesley at (607) 436-2445, (607) 436-3456 or visit

Climate change Advocacy Training set for March 26

There will be an Advocacy Training on Monday, March 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center.

Climate change has been one of our greatest conservation challenges and is a leading threat to people, birds and other wildlife. This training, sponsored by Audubon New York, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, SUNY Oneonta Office of Sustainability and Environmental Activism Club, will prepare you to become a climate advocate on the local, state and national level! You don’t need to be an expert on birds, politics or climate change – everyone is welcome!

Being the messenger: Tips for having productive conversations on climate change, how to speak to representatives, and identifying stakeholders.

Being the solution: Changes we can make in our own homes, our backyards, and in our community that birds and people need for a safe, resilient, sustainable future.

Being an advocate: Why organizing matters, how to start a campaign, and concrete steps we can take today to be a voice for birds.

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March 23 Seminar Series in Biology

The Seminar Series in Biology will present “Hosts and Hemoglobin: Using Genomics to Understand Malaria and other Haemosporidians” at 4 p.m. Friday, March 23, in Science I, Room 121. The talk will be presented by Susan Perkins, American Museum of Natural History.

In this presentation, Dr. Perkins will discuss malaria, well known as a major disease in people, but humans are only one of the hosts of this diverse group of parasites, known as haemosporidians. Other vertebrates, including other types of mammals (bats, rodents, ungulates) as well as lizards, birds and turtles are infected with different species of these parasites. Though all share the same basic life cycle, key differences between them open up new areas of research.

This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.

Dr. Susan Perkins is the Curator of Molecular Systematics, Principal Investigator, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School. Dr. Perkins conducts research on the malaria parasites that use vertebrates other than humans, such as lizards, bats, and birds, as their hosts. She applies phylogenomics approaches to the study of the systematics and evolution of these organisms. Her lab is also interested in the interaction of these parasites with the microbiome of both the vertebrate host and the insect vector. Other research projects in the Perkins lab have included projects of the parasites that cause Chagas Disease, population genetics of canine heartworm, and genomics of encephalitis viruses.


April 11 Faculty Convivium to highlight Flamenco

You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Wednesday, April 11, from noon to 1 p.m., in M-201, Fine Arts Building.

Dr. Adam Kent, Assistant Professor of Music, will present a talk titled, Flamenco: Co-Existence in Music.” 

Abstract: Andalusia, Spain’s southernmost region, was the cradle of Roman senators, the birthplace of the Jewish philosopher Maimonides, site of the most extensive Islamic Caliphate outside the Middle East, and a gateway to Africa for the European continent. Since the Middle Ages, Andalusia has been characterized by the co-existence of diverse peoples, all of whom left their imprint on the area’s popular music.

In the nineteenth century, the gypsy population of Andalusia developed a unique musical style known as Flamenco. Spain’s great classical composers—Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, and others—found their own personal paths to transmitting the sounds and sensations of this deeply expressive, participatory art form to musicians and music lovers the world over.

In Flamenco: Co-Existence in Music, SUNY Oneonta Music Department member Adam Kent situates this musical phenomenon in an historical context, explores the cross-pollination between popular and classical idioms, and provides live performances of Flamenco-inspired solo piano works.