Calendar of Events

Fall 2015


September 23, 2015, 4:30, Jacobus Lounge

Robert Spitzer, “Did Bob Get His Gun (Permit)? What Local Gun Laws Tell Us About the National Gun Debate”

America's love-hate relationship with guns has been framed in modern times as a zero sum struggle between gun laws and gun rights—that a gain for one side is a loss for the other, and that the two are incompatible. But is that true? My research on the history of gun laws concludes the reverse--that in most of our history, the two went hand in hand.


October 1, 2015, 7:00 pm, Brown Auditorium, Old Main

Cortland Old Timers Band Concert

Local community bands have a long history in the Untied States. The Cortland Old Timers Band can trace its origins to 1911.  This concert, under the direction of conductor Edward O’Rourke, will feature classic and contemporary band music related to the band’s long tradition. The event will be introduced by retired band conductor and SUNY Cortland Music Professor Emeritus, Dr. Samuel Forcucci.

October 8, 2015, 4:30, Jacobus Lounge

Martin Ogle, “Land Ethic and Gaia Paradigm; The co-evolution of two great ideas” 

Martin Ogle, a long-time champion of Gaia Theory, has been expanding the concept as the “Gaia Paradigm” – the confluence of our best scientific understandings of Earth as a living system with cultural understandings of human society as a seamless continuum of that life.  The Gaia Paradigm is gaining traction and is a most apt partner to Leopold’s Land Ethic. 

Join Mr. Ogle for a fascinating exploration of the synergy between the Land Ethic and the Gaia Paradigm and how they may both be necessary for us to successfully address the environmental and social challenges of our day.    

October 12 – December 18, 2015, Robert Sherrill, “Landmarks,” Dowd “Hallway” Gallery

October 13, 2015, 5:00 pm, Dowd Gallery

Robert Sherrill, “Artist’s Talk”

Robert Sherrill pairs photographs with drawings in his ongoing Landmarks project. After photographing a local landscape, he uses charcoal, chalk and graphite to transfer the image into a drawing. His interest lies in exploring the nature of spatial experience and the rhythms inherent in both the landscape and the process of making marks. These drawings are not a documentation of any specific place but rather are based on the dynamic of space and how it is experienced. Presented in this exhibition are eight studies for larger works.

October 15, 2015, 4:30 pm, Jacobus Lounge

Gerald Grant, “Hope and Despair in the American City”

Gerald Grant’s talk, “Hope and despair in the American City,” compares two cities - his hometown of Syracuse, New York, and Raleigh, North Carolina - in order to examine the causes and consequences of the nation’s ongoing educational inequities. He explores the central question of why education reform keeps failing, tracing the answer back to public policy decisions such as redlining and blockbusting in the wake of World War II and the 1972 Supreme Court decision in Milliken v. Bradley which hardened the lines of school segregation by preventing the state of Michigan from merging Detroit’s public schools with those in surrounding suburbs. In shining a light on some of the nation’s deepest educational challenges the discussion also points toward the potential for school reform that remains today.

October 20, 2015, 7:00-9:30 pm, 1890 House  “Local Tales of Terror”

Co-Sponsored by: The 1890 House and Hollenbeck Cider Mill

1265 NY-392, Cortland, NY 13045

Phone:(607) 835-6455 Opening day is 9/26/2015

Please join us one and all at Cortland’s fabled 1890 House for an evening of “Local Tales of Terror”, ghost stories and dramatic readings in the “Spirit” of the season.  

November 4, 2015, 7:00 pm, Jacobus Lounge

Get to Know Your Local Dirt:

A Community Roundtable on Local Agriculture and Nature Preserves
Main Street Farms
New York Agricultural Land Trust
Lime Hollow Nature Center
Whole Heart Café (The Local Food Market)
Moderators: Christa Chatfield and Scott Moranda

Description: Around the country, the local food movement is booming. In addition to concerns about factory farming’s environmental and food safety record, consumers want to support local farmers. By connecting with the local landscape, residents build relationships with each other and with nature. While many support this movement, some wonder how well it reaches out to lower-income families. Participants in this roundtable will share their experiences developing a culture that connects residents to locally grown food and nearby natural treasures. We will discuss the benefits of local agriculture as well as landscape and farmland preservation. At the same time, the discussion will highlight the possible challenges faced by this movement.

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7 P.M., Exhibition Lounge, Corey Union

Poetry of Place

 Using Cortland as its locus, this program of readings will explore how some poets reveal who they are by looking at where they are, and in so doing, illustrate how important a sense of place is to larger human endeavors. As poet Maxine Kumin has written, ”In a poem one can use the sense of place as an anchor for larger concerns, as a link between narrow details and global realities. Location is where we start from.” 

Thursday, November 19, 7 pm, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge

Khuram Hussain, “From Charity to Solidarity: Rethinking Student Service in Urban Communities”

From tutoring kids to stocking food pantries “service to the community” is now a cornerstone of the college experience. Yet it is criticized for being little more than community charity. Moreover, in an era of economic dispossession, mass school closings and rising urban protest, college campuses and their surrounding communities need more from each other than charity. This talk explores the radical possibilities of service learning as: place-based, democratic and mutually empowering for students and community members. Specifically a yearlong urban education project titled Tools for Social Change is examined as a model of service that focuses on intergroup dialogue, collaborative learning, and community organizing to build transformative student-community alliances. Ultimately the talk outlines practical and ethical considerations for pre-professional students to use urban institutions to work in solidarity with urban communities.

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In Translation: A Multilingual Poetry Reading

Poetry is common to all languages and cultures. Much of a poem's meaning is contained in the sound and rhythm of the language it is written in and often that part of the poem's resonance is lost when it is translated. "In Translation: A Multilingual Poetry Reading" will feature readings of poems in their original languages, read by exchange students and faculty who are native speakers, with the English translations read by their counterparts.