Special lecture to mark 100 years since end of WWI

Dr. Stephen Heathorn will present “Commemorative Controversies: British Memorials in the Aftermath of the Great War, 1918-1939” on Nov. 5, 2018, at 7 p.m. in IRC 5.

Recent controversies over the purpose and meaning of Confederate memorials in the United States follow in a well-established tradition of people arguing over which commemorative objects ought to be found in the public square and for whom and what are they supposed to be meaningful. This talk will track some of the most heated controversies over commemorative monuments in the first two decades after the First World War in Britain: a period during which over 30,000 statues and monuments were raised – a number that dwarfs all previous periods of British history. Concentrating on London, it places this commemorative activity and the contestation it aroused in the longer context of British monument erection, details the debates about a handful of particularly contentious memorials, and advances an argument about why certain monuments attracted particularly hostile scrutiny and why some other schemes failed to be executed at all.

Stephen Heathorn is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at McMaster University (Canada), specializing in British and European cultural history.  He is the author of For Home, Country and Race: Constructing Gender, Class and Englishness in the Elementary School Classroom, 1880-1914(University of Toronto Press, 2000), Haig and Kitchener in Twentieth Century Britain:  Remembrance, Representation and Appropriation (Ashgate, 2013), and numerous other books and articles.  He is the editor of Volume 18 of The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell.

Sponsored by the College Senate Committee on Public Events, SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with Financial Support from the Fund for Oneonta, Redfield Lecture Series, and Departments of Anthropology and History.

William A. Starna and Leslie Hasbargen publish article

William A. Starna, Emeritus Anthropology, and Leslie Hasbargen, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, have published the lead article, “Before and After the Deluge: A New Assessment of the Clinton Dam, 1779,” in Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, 85, 4(2018): 441-59.

From the abstract: On the evening of August 8, 1779, soldiers knocked open the sluices of a temporary dam holding back Otsego Lake, the headwaters of the Susquehanna River. At nine o’clock the next morning they paddled and poled over two hundred batteaux, heavily laden with provisions, baggage, and munitions, on the now quickened and deeper current of a river that a few days before had lain quiet. The destination of the flotilla and its accompanying foot soldiers was Tioga (Athens, PA) in preparation for a raid into Indian country. Beyond the building of the dam and the military campaign, examined here is the dam’s design, the extent to which the lake’s waters were impounded, and once opened, how effective the discharge was in carrying the batteaux downriver. Was the flood sufficient to float Clinton’s batteaux, and can the contemporary reports on downstream effects, some as far away as Athens, be validated?

Hunt announces amended hours for Oct. break

Hunt Union Hours for October Break

Friday                   Oct. 5    7:30am-11:00pm

Saturday              Oct. 6    9:00am-11:00pm

Sunday                 Oct. 7    9:00am-5:00pm –Starbucks Open Only/Information Desk Closed/No Room Reservations

Monday               Oct. 8    7:30am-9:00pm

Tuesday               Oct. 9    7:30am-10:00pm

Library announces Columbus Day Weekend schedule

Milne Library Hours for Columbus Day Weekend 

  • Friday, October 5                                                           7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, October 6 – Monday, October 8                CLOSED
  • Tuesday, October 9 (No Classes)                                 Resume Regular Hours
  • Wednesday, October 10 (Classes Resume)                Resume Regular Hours     



  • Monday – Thursday                                                                  7:30 AM – 1AM
  • Friday                                                                                           7:30 AM – 9 PM
  • Saturday                                                                                      Noon – 9 PM
  • Sunday                                                                                        Noon – 1 AM


*Services available @ 8:00AM


Nov. 1 Convivium Luncheon announced

CONVIVIUM  LUNCHEON  AND  PROGRAM  –  Thursday, November 1, 2018

You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, November 1, from noon to 1 p.m., in Le Café, Morris. Dr. Howard Ashford, Assistant Professor of Africana and Latino Studies, will present a talk titled, “Jim Crow’s Children: Shaping Mississippi’s Color Line.”

Abstract: How did Afro-American women impact Mississippi’s color line? Jim Crow’s Children examines the interracial relationships between Afro-American women, white men, and white women and how these relationships complicated the notions of race and redemption in Mississippi’s post-Civil War society focusing primarily on Attala and Neshoba County. Using primary source material including governmental records, diaries, and photographs, the research explores the subtle yet important ways in which Afro-American women impacted Southern racial politics.

Seating is limited.  To reserve a seat, please call X2517 before October 30. Vegetarian meals are available.