Shahin Kachwala presents paper at NWSA

Dr. Shahin Kachwala (Women’s and Gender Studies) presented her paper “Gender, Islamophobia, and the Crisis of Secularism in India” at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Atlanta on November 9, 2018. This paper is part of Dr. Kachwala’s new project on the contemporary debates around secularism, gender, and women’s emancipation in India.

NWSA is the national conference in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies.

2019 Health Insurance for state employees


If you want to make certain changes to your health insurance enrollment, you may do so NOW THROUGH JANUARY 18, 2019.

Do you want to:

            Change plans (The Empire Plan vs. an HMO)?

            Change from family coverage to individual coverage?

            Cancel your coverage?

            If you opted-out in 2018, do you want to enroll in The Empire Plan or an HMO?

To find rates and coverage details, visit NYSHIP Online at or contact us in Human Resources.

To make changes, complete the PS-404, Health Insurance Transaction Form, available at and submit it to Human Resources, 208 Netzer, no later than January18, 2019.

If you have any questions, visit us in Human Resources, 208 Netzer, or call us at 436-2509 or email Gail Feuer at or Lorraine Hall at

David Fieni publishes article in online journal

David Fieni, French, has published an article in the b2o Review, an open-source online journal. The article, “‘Hold to poetic knowledge without creating a fetish,’ or How to Resist Disfiguring the Maghreb in Theory,” is part of a dossier celebrating the 40th anniversary of Edward Said’s field-defining book, Orientalism.

In the piece, Fieni asks how critique today can resist turning knowledge about the Maghreb – poetic or otherwise – into a fetish. He works through some of the ramifications of the confluence of Khatibi and Said regarding figuration and knowledge as it relates to the disciplines of Francophone studies, comparative literature, and postcolonial criticism.

The full text is available at