Art Conference 2018 schedule

The annual Art Conference will take place Thursday,  April 5, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hamblin Theater in the Fine Arts Center. The program is as follows:


“Opening Remarks and Introduction”

Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut


“Prisoners-of-War (POW) Art of Singapore”

Jeffrey Say

“Occupying the Spaces In-Between: The Force of  Geography on Singapore’s Contemporary Art”

Elaine Teo


“David Chan: A Provocation Through Contradiction”

Carolyn Peck and Jessica Tyler


“Worth A Thousand Words”

Teresa Memole


“Cynical Realism and the Freedom of Expression in Chinese Contemporary Art”

Yvonne Chan



Xiaoyi Zeng

“Subodh Gupta and The Power of Ordinary Objects”

Rossana Murillo


“Beyond Reality: Locating the Sur-Real in Thai Photography”

Clare Veal

“Photographing the Rape of Fallujah”

Ivy Lam

“Fernando Amorsolo’s Defend Thy Honor: Triangulating Japan, The Philippines, and Singapore”

Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut

“Closing Remarks”

Yolanda Sharpe


Shantel George to give presentation

Dr. Shantel George from the Departments of Africana & Latino Studies and History will give a presentation titled, “Kola Nut: A Small Object That Has Shaped the World,” on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in 303 Fitzelle Hall at SUNY Oneonta.

Over the past few decades, there has been increasing scholarly interest in the global history of commodities. However, scholars have not adequately addressed the global significance of the African kola nut which was circulated through transatlantic networks from the fifteenth century.

By tracing this single object, George’s research interrogates its connection to enslavement, religious practices, and medicine over time and space. In doing so, her research contributes to debates on the exchange, production, and consumption of commodities, particularly the ways in which small objects have shaped the cultures and experiences of people of African descent.

Community Economic Revitalization panel scheduled for April 5

Downtown Renewal: Community Economic Revitalization, a panel program, is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Otsego Grille, Morris Complex at SUNY Oneonta. Downtown Renewal: Community Economic Revitalization is co-sponsored by the Oneonta Chapter of United University Professions (UUP) as well as the SUNY Oneonta departments of History, Political Science, Sociology, and Africana & Latino Studies

The program is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. The event will examine community economic renewal.

Panelists will include Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, SUNY Oneonta Sociology Chair Dr. Alex Thomas, and President/CEO of The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Barbara Ann Heegan.

Dr. Michael McAvoy, Chair, SUNY Oneonta Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, will introduce and moderate the program. Following panelist presentations, audience questions and comments will follow.

For more information about the program, contact UUP President Bill Simons at 607-436-3498.

Nominations for 2018 Lavender Graduation due April 6

This is a reminder that the planning committee for this year’s Lavender Graduation Recognition Ceremony is still accepting award nominations. Awards will honor graduating Seniors and Faculty/Staff members for exceptional service, leadership, and activism on behalf of the LGBTQIA community. Award nominations are due by noon on Friday, April 6.

To RSVP and/or submit award nominations, go to the Lavender Graduation page on the GSRC website at

Please see below for award details:



Recognizes a Senior and member of the LGBTQIA community for:

  • Extraordinary service and outstanding leadership to support and build the LGBTQIA campus community and to promote LGBTQIA issues and awareness at SUNY Oneonta;
  • Commitment and outstanding contribution to raising awareness and being an activist and voice for change;
  • Contribution to and involvement in SUNY Oneonta LGBTQIA life and enduring commitment to building community and educating the campus about LGBTQIA issues; OR
  • Tremendous effort to serve the LGBT community through building coalitions across groups at SUNY Oneonta.


Recognizes a Senior for their important contributions as a (heterosexual and cisgender) friend and ally of the LGBTQIA community. Honorees may have:

  • Been an active member of the SUNY Oneonta LGBTQA community;
  • Helped with special projects;
  • Raised awareness and participated in activism; OR
  • Provided both a safe space and a voice for LGBTQIA issues at SUNY Oneonta.


Recognizes excellence and commitment in building connections between the LGBTQA community and broader student life (Residential Life, Greek life, Athletics, Multiculturalism, Student Association, etc.)


Recognizes outstanding dedication, service, and leadership to the LGBTQIA Students and SUNY Oneonta Campus Community.