Mark Ferrara’s book issued in paperback with new preface

Sacred Bliss by Mark Ferrara (English) was recently issued in paperback with a new Preface:

Sacred Bliss: A Spiritual History of Cannabis is a brief but scholarly history of the role of marijuana within spiritual and religious traditions from ancient India to modern Europe. Ferrara’s basic thesis is that humanity has for millennia used cannabis as an entheogen, or ritual drug, to stimulate what he calls ‘peak experiences’—a term borrowed from psychologist Abraham Maslow that refers to brief moments of sudden spiritual insight. [Ferrara’s message is] warmhearted and inviting.” —WASHINGTON POST

Andrew Bottomley interviewed on Radio Survivor podcast

Dr. Andrew Bottomley, Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Media, is the special guest on this week’s ‘Radio Survivor’ podcast. In a more than hour-long interview, Dr. Bottomley discusses his research exploring the history of audio podcasting in the early 2000s. The episode is titled “Alternative Histories of Podcasting.”

Radio Survivor is one of the U.S. radio industry’s preeminent sources for news and discussion, especially concerning college and community radio in the public interest. The Radio Survivor podcast is a weekly show that explores the future of community media, with a focus on community radio, college radio, low-power FM and public access TV, along with podcasting and internet radio. Hosts Paul Riismandel, Eric Klein and Jennifer Waits highlight the best and most innovative audio programming and keep listeners updated on the news that affects our ability to make, create, hear and see great community media.

Pearlie Baluyut presents at first International Art Education Conference in Beijing

BALUYUT - Photo Reference 2018

Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut, Ph.D., Lecturer of Art History at the SUNY Oneonta Art Department and International Committee Chair of the College Art Association (CAA) – the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts in the United States – joined international scholars at the first International Art Education Conference on November 2-3, 2018 held at the most elite art institution in the People’s Republic of China, the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), which was established in 1918 in Beijing (

Opened by the Leadership of the Ministry of Education, CAFA President Fan Di’an, and former UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, the two-day conference – with simultaneous and live interpretation in at least three languages as well as on-site transcribers – focused on cutting-edge issues in art education. Several keynotes were delivered by Semyon Ilyich Mikhailovsky, Ph.D. (President of Repin Academy of Fine Arts—Russia), Xu Jiang (President of China Academy of Fine Arts—China), Rem Koolhaas (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University—USA), Naren Barfield (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of Royal College of Art—United Kingdom), Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of Graduate School of Design, Harvard University-USA), and James Elkins (School of the Art Institution of Chicago—USA).

With the goal of promoting the theoretical study of art education, building a collaborative platform for global art education, and improving global art education, this conference generously funded more than one hundred international and national experts, scholars, and artists from different fields representing six simultaneous forums: the President Forum, the Design Forum, the Architecture Forum, the Art History Forum, the Art Administration Forum, and the Art Museum Forum. The Art History Forum on “How to Write A Global Art History” was chaired by Yin Jinan (Dean of the School of Humanities, CAFA—China) and James Elkins, Ph.D. (Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago—USA) and convened Shao Yiyang, Ph.D. (Dean of the School of Humanities of the Central Academy of Fine Arts—China).

Besides Yin, Elkins, Shao, and Baluyut, who presented her paper entitled “The Limits and Limitlessness of Legibility: On Writing A Global Art History,” Claire Roberts, Ph.D. (Department of Art History, University of Melbourne—Australia), Sean Roberts, Ph.D. (Art History Program, Virginia Commonwealth University—USA/Qatar; President of Italian Art Society—USA), David Roxburgh, Ph.D. (Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; President of the National Committee on the History of Art—USA), Eric de Chassey, Ph.D. (Department of Art History, l’École normale supérieure de Lyon; Director General of Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art—France), and Fred S. Kleiner, Ph.D. (Department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University—USA) also presented their papers on global art history. The concluding Art History Forum roundtable brought all speakers and CAFA President Fan to the stage, answering questions from the audience composed of faculty, students, and guests.

Through lectures and roundtable discussions, the conference comprehensively engaged with the development of art education, the contemporary transformation of traditional art, the future of design, the fusion of technology and art, issues of architecture, urbanization, and environmental protection, innovations in community art education, the study and expansion of the art-related humanities, and societal innovation in art institutions represented by the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, American Alliance of Museums, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Berlin Free University, British Museum, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Cornell University, Courtauld Gallery, Cuban National Art Museum, Geneva of Art and Design, Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, MIT, MOMA, Moscow State Academic Art Institute, Munch Museum, Museo Thyssen-

Bornemisza, National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, National Gallery Singapore, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Pinacoteca di Brera, Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, San Francisco Art Institute, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Syracuse University, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Architecture, University of Amsterdam, University of Bologna, University of Cambridge, University of Cape Town, and University of Mexico, among others.

On Saturday evening, all official delegates were transported 31 miles from Beijing to the province of Langfang, a prefecture-level city of Hebei Province, to witness the unveiling ceremony of the Langfang Gallery of the CAFA Museum at The International Cultural Exchange Center of The Silk Road, a large-scale public cultural service infrastructure inspired by the “flowing cloud” covering an area of 1 million square foot and a construction area of 2.7 million square foot that includes a theater, drama and philharmonic halls, art and history museums, multifunctional and commercial facilities, and other spaces to meet the demands of festivals, meetings, exhibitions, performances, and competitions. The evening concluded with an 18-course banquet and cultural performances such as Chinese opera, acrobats, and other artistic demonstrations to celebrate CAFA’s 100th year anniversary. The following day, an excursion to The Forbidden City allowed CAFA undergraduate and graduate students and international scholars to explore the rich cultural history of China. The International Art Education Conference was sponsored by the Xin’ao Group Co., Ltd., Leyard Optoelectronic Co., Ltd., Herman Miller Company Ltd., Tibet Qomolangma Glacier Water Resources Development Co., Ltd., Cathay View Art District, Generations Fund, CAFA Asset Management Co., Ltd., and the People’s Republic of China.

Nov. 16 Blood Drive scheduled

The Center for Social Responsibility and Community and the Red Cross are hosting a blood drive Friday, Nov. 16, at the CME in Lee Hall from noon until 5 p.m.

The Red Cross has issued an urgent call for all donors. You can call 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment.

Organizers: SUNY Pride was great success

On October 12 and 13, SUNY Oneonta hosted its 6th Annual SUNY Pride Conference. More than 200 attendees from 28 different institutions were present, along with local attendees from Oneonta Job Corps Academy and Walton High School. This year’s theme was Pride Without Borders: Sharing Our Stories Beyond the Rainbow, which was reflected in 17 different sessions that included topics such as intersectionality between race and sexuality, coming out experiences, supporting LGBTQIA+ immigrants, and more. This year, we introduced a Professional Track, to allow for educators, advisors, administrators, faculty, and staff to share resources between campuses.

Notable presentations by the SUNY Oneonta community include “Who Am I? The Politics of Erasure Within the Black Queer Narrative” by Emmanuel Woolard; “Analyzing Asexuality: What Does It Mean To Have Sex?” by Jillian Moczara; “Defining ‘Queer'” by Katherine Hebert; “Restorying the Binary: A Model for Gender Educators” by Dr. Kristen Blinne, “Mentorship as Bridgework: Queer Women of Color” by Dr. Melinda Brennan; “Beta Inclusivity” by Alexa Rojas and Angelica Duran; “Intersectional Normativity in the 21st Century” by Cassidy Herrera and Rosario Rodriguez; and “The Role of The Friendly Stranger: Helping the migrant LGBTQ Community at the US-Mexico Border” by Pathy Leiva and Dr. Alejandra Escudero.

Feedback on the event was overwhelmingly positive, with an overall 95% average rating of the conference meeting expectations. A few pieces to note include praise surrounding the variety in sessions presented, organization of the event itself, the opportunity to network with peers and professionals from different institutions, and a memorable keynote presentation by Doctor Jonathan Paul Higgins. Some notable off-campus resources invited to table at the conference include The Otsego Pride Alliance, The Gender Wellness Center at Susquehanna Family Practice, the Violence Intervention Program at Opportunities for Otsego, and Family Planning of South Central, New York.

Ron Zacchi, a representative of the NYS Governor’s Office presented on LGBTQIA+ Rights and Protections within the state, as well as sharing enthusiasm and support for the conference from the Governor.

The keynote for this year’s event, Dr. Jonathan Paul Higgins, provided a thought-provoking and engaging presentation about understanding truth to power, personal capacity within diversity and inclusion work, embracing your authentic self, and self-care. There was also tabling available to showcase on-campus student organizations and local off-campus resources.

Let’s take a moment for a special thanks to this year’s planning committee…

Emily Phelps, Chair, Student Life & Leadership/GSRC

Robb Thibault, Student Life & Leadership

Kathy Hewlett, Student Life & Leadership

Shinique Smith, GSRC

Emmanuel Woolard, GSRC

Rosana DeJesus, GSRC

Geneva Frazier, GSRC

Katie Hebert, GSRC

Jillian Mozcara, GSRC

Rowan Fitzgibbons, GSRC

Kayla Whispell & Gender & Sexuality Alliance E-board

Faith Tiemann, Equity & Inclusion

Melinda Brennan, Women’s & Gender Studies

Greg Hummel, Communications & Media

Pathy Leiva, College Assistance Migrant Program

Rob McCaffery, Residential Community Life

Elizabeth Brady, SUNY Central

Hunter Grey

Naiomi Santiago

Also, a huge thank you to our sponsors for this year’s event…

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, SUNY Oneonta

Office for Student Life and Leadership, SUNY Oneonta

Gender and Sexuality Alliance, SUNY Oneonta

Office of Equity and Inclusion, SUNY Oneonta

Office of Continuing Education, SUNY Oneonta

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, SUNY Oneonta

Sodexo Dining Services, SUNY Oneonta

The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association with fiscal support from the Fund for Oneonta at SUNY Oneonta

Additional thanks to Cheyenne Pommelle, the Equity and Inclusion intern who photographed the conference, and to Quwabe (Q) Rose and the SUNY Oneonta students who contributed artwork for this year’s buttons.

Lastly, a very grateful thank you to Dr. Franklin Chambers for providing the Welcome and sharing remarks, to Pitch Slapped for performing during the Welcome, and to Andrew Kahl and the Identity Play Reading Group for their performance at closing.

Next year’s SUNY Pride conference will be on October 18 and 19. If you are interested in participating in the planning committee for next year’s event, please contact Emily Phelps at and stay tuned for more information, as we will begin planning early next semester.