Sean Shannon presents paper at legal studies conference

Dr. Sean Shannon ’89, a Lecturer of Law in the School of Economics and Business, presented a paper, “An Assessment of Justice Antonin Scalia’s Role in the Use of Legislative History in Statutory Interpretation and Judicial Decision Making,” at the Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business’ 2018 Annual Conference in Monterey, California, on March 10.
The paper assesses the impact of Justice Scalia’s efforts over almost thirty years to limit the use of legislative history and other secondary sources in statutory interpretation in judicial decision making and evaluates countervailing and alternative approaches to statutory interpretation. Statutory interpretation, particularly in the area of business law, is a fundamental tool to understanding legislative intent, and the paper contributes to understanding trends on the United States Supreme Court and the impact on business law.


Barbara Vokatis presents at 14th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society

Barbara Vokatis from the Department of Elementary Education and Reading and her colleague from the University at Albany, Jianwei Zhang, presented in a round table discussion at the Fourteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, at St. John’s University (Manhattan Campus), in New York City, on March 2.

The title of the presentation was: “Building Knowledge through Literacy and Technology in Cross-community Interaction.” This study aims to provide the description of an example of scientific knowledge building, through literacy, to inform implementation of new learning standards. It also aims to inform researchers’ and practitioners’ knowledge of literacy development in the area of the roles of literacy in building knowledge to contribute to developing the much-needed connection between literacy research and knowledge building.

Lecturer launches campaign to bring art to mental health spaces

Visual artist and SUNY Oneonta Lecturer Madeline Walker has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to cover an artist residency this summer, wherein she will produce the remaining installation parts for her series, “Bloom.”

“Bloom,” a traveling art installation about OCD, is a large-scale art installation by Madeline Walker that opened in May 2017 and has since traveled to California, Nevada and New York. Bloom integrates painting, sculpture and ceramics with technologies like 3D Printing and CNC routing to create the installations.

The installation is inspired by Walker’s experiences with repetitive OCD thoughts and panic attacks. These experiences are brought to light in this visual art series, which seeks to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health topics.

Walker’s goal is to take the installation to mental health centers, making art more accessible to those living with mental health conditions.

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Alejandra Escudero gives lecture on Luminous Letter Project

Alejandra Escudero of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures was invited to give a lecture at Rhode Island College on February 22-23 on The Luminous Letter Project she runs at SUNY Oneonta with her students.

Escudero’s lecture was part of the Hidden and Forgotten Histories lecture series, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences. Students, staff, faculty and administrators attended the lecture and were inspired by what SUNY Oneonta students are doing in terms of Applied Learning initiatives in order to support the LGBTQ+ community in various Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers and state prisons across the United States.

Oneonta Faculty Convivium luncheon to take place March 15

You are cordially invited to a luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Thursday, March 15, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Le Café in Morris Hall. Dr. Theron Verdon, Associate Professor of Communication and Media, will present a talk titled, The Longest War: Afghanistan and the new Great Game.”

Seating is limited.  To reserve a seat please call X2517 before March 12. Vegetarian meals are available.

Abstract: For 16 years, the western coalition of the United States and their fellow members of NATO have been in Afghanistan working to help provide security and stability leading to a sustainable and sovereign Afghanistan while combating an ever-changing insurgency. To better comprehend the current conflict in Afghanistan you have to look past the physical war and explore and analyze the influence war taking place.

This influence war is not just between the western coalition and the Taliban but a multitude of interests including but not limited to the western coalition, Taliban, ISIS, Pakistan, Russia, and the Failed State Narrative. All of them battling it out for the future of Afghanistan and potentially Central Asia. This talk will explore and explain the current influence war in Afghanistan and its impact on the world.