Grants Development Information Session – Friday, September 22

The Grants Development Office (GDO) is offering a “Navigating Internal and External Grants at SUNY Oneonta” information session on Friday, September 22 from 1-2 pm in Room 130 Morris Conference Center. Whether you are new to SUNY Oneonta or have ‘been around the block’ this session will inform you about finding campus-based and external support for your projects and programs, and the services provided by the GDO and other related offices. Please RSVP to Kathy Meeker (x2632) if you wish to participate.

English Department To Host the 21st International James and Susan Fenimore Cooper conference

The English Department will host the 21st International James and Susan Fenimore Cooper conference September 28-30. This biennial conference will feature twenty four scholars presenting their current research on the writings and cultural impact of James Fenimore Cooper and Susan Fenimore Cooper. The theme of this year’s conference is “Watershed,” referring both to geographical location and a moment of sudden change. The conference will be held in the Craven Lounge in the Morris Conference. Members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

James Fenimore Cooper is one of the foundational figures of American literature. Best known as the author of The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper penned over thirty novels plus several volumes of travel writing, history, and political commentary. Susan Fenimore Cooper, James’s daughter and executor of his literary estate, was herself a prolific writer of fiction and essays. Rural Hours, her account of the natural and cultural history of Cooperstown in the mid-nineteenth century, is considered a seminal work of early American environmental writing.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Matthew Wynn Sivils, Associate Professor of English at Iowa State University. His lecture, “Blood in the Watershed: Systems Ecology, Violence, and Cooper’s The Pioneers,” will take place on Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 pm in the Craven Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Cooper conference is made possible by support from the English Department, the Office of the Dean of Humanities, and the Public Events Committee.

For more information, contact Roger Hecht at

Matt Sivils Lecture poster

African American Tourists in Upstate New York Lecture

Dr. Gretchen Sorin, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, gave a lecture on September 15, 2017 on the history of African American resorts in the Catskills. The lecture will be held in Rochester, New York at 7:00 pm. This follows Sorin’s research on African Americans and their efforts to live as middle-class citizens in mid-20th century America.

UUP Labor Film Series – Monday, September 18

UUP Labor Film Series – Monday, September 18
Economic development, environmental politics, and anti-government extremism collide in the powerful documentary The Fire Next Time.
Join us for a viewing and discussion at Hunt Union Red Dragon Theater, 6-7:30 p.m. Find out how a Montana community struggled with anti-environmental extremism fed by talk radio, threats to local officials, and rebuilt bonds with a grassroots anti-hate program, Not in Our Town. All members of the campus community are welcome. Please share the attached flyer. For additional information contact Gina Keel at

Fire Next Time flyer