Bianca Tredennick gives invited talk for Hobart Book Village series

Bianca Tredennick gave a public lecture titled, “‘I shall tear myself to pieces’: Dickens’s Reading Tours of the UK and America” as part of the Hobart Book Village’s Winter Respite Series, on March 24, 2019. The talk focused on the public performances Dickens gave of his works, especially covering his tour of America between November of 1867 and April of 1868, in which he read to over 100,000 fans and made the equivalent of 1.5 million US dollars in modern money. The grueling reading schedule he maintained in America and back in the UK, however, had terrible effects on his health and almost certainly hastened his death.

Sallie Han co-edits journal issue on “Walls, Fences, and Barriers”

Sallie Han (Anthropology, SUNY Oneonta) and Jason Antrosio (Anthropology, Hartwick College) are the co-editors of the March 2019 issue of Open Anthropology on the theme of “Walls, Fences, and Barriers: Anthropology on the Border.”

In the 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, there has been a boom in the building of walls and the fortification of borders around the world. This issue of Open Anthropology brings together the work of anthropologists examining some of these walls, fences, and barriers and their effects and consequences for the people whom they are intended to keep out (or keep in)—and the actions that people themselves take to scale and navigate them. The collection features the Editors’ Note and eleven articles, two book reviews, and one exhibition review culled from the publications of the American Anthropological Association. The pieces examine walls, fences and barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border, near the disputed boundaries of Israel and Palestine, separating Protestant and Catholic areas within Belfast in Northern Ireland, and surrounding a Spanish city on the north African coast adjacent to Morocco.

All of the selections in this issue are available for free download at

Greg Hummel to present at Gender Out of Bounds event

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will present GENDER OUT OF BOUNDS “Genders, Everyday . . .” by Dr. Greg Hummel, assistant professor of Communication Studies in SUNY Oneonta’s Communication & Media department. The event will take place Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the CME Great Room in Lee Hall.

“Genders are rarely understood in and beyond the academy as everyday enactments and embodiments of culture. That is, we communicate our complicity with and resistance to our genders in the most mundane and seemingly innocuous ways, every day. Yet, these communicative enactments never happen in a vacuum, even when alone. Our performances of genders influence and are influenced by the relationships we cherish and the relationships we abhor, in space and time, and always in relation to power. Resisting hegemonic structures of gender binarism rooted in racist coloniality and the collapse of gender/sex/sexuality into one identity vector, this experiment in staging performances of genders hopes to nuance our understanding of gender embodiment in the everyday, to invite intersectional reflexivity (Jones, 2010) in our everyday lives, and to uplift the voices and bodies demanding genders’ resignifications to both survive and thrive, locally and globally, in cisheterosexist systems.

In this experimental performance, I situate four brief critical autoethnographies (Boylorn & Orbe, 2014) within a composite narrative of my everyday experiences with gender and/at SUNY Oneonta. Guided by gender and sexuality communication, critical intercultural communication, critical rhetorical theories, and performance studies, I work to move gender from body to paper to stage (Spry, 2011), infusing scholarship on gender as it relates to intersectionality and the material realities of everyday life.”

For more information about Gender Out of Bounds presentations, contact Charlene Christie at or the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at 436-2014.




Thank you from Cindy Meres

“I just wanted to thank everyone in the College Community for the cards, gifts, party and well wishes on my retirement. Most of all, I want to thank you for the help, cooperation, patience, friendship and sense of humor you provided to make my years at SUNY Oneonta so memorable. I will miss you, but it is time for me to move on to do my own traveling instead of auditing travel for all of you.

A special thank you to Terri, Krissy, Julie and Kristin, my Procurement and Travel family.  I’ll be keeping in touch with them so they will be able to give you any updates that you may want.

Once again, I appreciate everything you have all done for me.  Take care and be well.

Cindy Meres

Procurement and Travel Office