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.

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

James Ebert, Paul Bischoff lead workshop at 123rd Conference of Science Teachers Association of NYS

James Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Paul Bischoff, Secondary Education, along with Glenn Dolphin, University of Calgary, led a workshop entitled “New Models for Earth Science Concepts and Processes” at the 123rd Annual Conference of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS).

The STANYS conference was held in Rochester from November 2 through 5. Drs. Ebert, Bischoff and Dolphin are principal investigators on the NSF grant “GP-EXTRA: Authentic Research Experiences for Earth Science Education Majors.” The main presenters in the workshop were SUNY Oneonta students Melissa Amigon (AEES 2020), Madeline Every (AEES 2019), Sarah Jones (AEES 2018), Ryan Layman (AEES 2019) and SUNY Cortland student Brian Murphy (AEES 2019). These students have been participants in Summer Earth Science Model Research and Design Institutes supported by the NSF grant.

Robert Bensen publishes poems, essays

Robert Bensen (Adjunct in English) has recently published three poems:  “Assassination Nation” on the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in The Piltdown Review (online), and in La Presa (online) the poems “1959” and “Acres of Birds for Santa” on his uncle, a veteran of World War I. Three critical essays appear in Geography in Literature from ABC-Clio, including the introductory piece, “Poetry and Place, The Word and the World,” and essays on two poets:  “The Geography of Travel: Elizabeth Bishop’s North and South America,” and “The Geography of Paradise:  Derek Walcott’s Caribbean.”

Tyra A. Olstad named prose editor for The Hopper

Tyra A. Olstad (Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability) has been named a Non-Fiction Prose Editor for The Hopper, a literary magazine that publishes environmentally-themed poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction essays, and visual art ( ).

Last year, Olstad’s creative non-fiction essay “Topophilia,” published in the 2017 print issue of The Hopper, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.