David Bisaha, Assistant Professor of Theater at SUNY Binghamton joined host Clare Sheridan to discuss this remarkable and trailblazing woman who lived most of her life in Rockland County. Among her many contributions include writing the definitive book of theatrical costume history, The Book of Costume. Published in 1948, it remains the gold standard. In 1991 the Costume Society of America established the Millia Davenport Publication Award recognizing excellence in costume scholarship. [Read more…] about Millia Davenport & The Book of Costume
Archaeologists from Binghamton University, State University of New York have started their search for the remains of the French and Indian War’s Fort Bull, an important British military outpost on Wood Creek at the Oneida Carry near Rome, NY.
Rome Historical Society (RHS) is working with Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) to locate and identify cultural features related to the British fortification. The research is a first step in the path to preservation for Fort Bull. [Read more…] about Archaeological Survey Begins Search For Fort Bull
The Upstate Early American History Workshop, hosted by Binghamton University, and under the supervision of Doug Bradburn and Andrew Fagal, invites graduate students and scholars to present work in progress on any topic in American history before the mid-19th century.
The workshop meets on Fridays four times per academic semester. Papers are pre-circulated and, if possible, a guest commentator with particular expertise will offer initial thoughts. The organizers invite anyone at all levels who would like to present an essay, dissertation chapter, or portion of a book manuscript for constructive feedback. [Read more…] about The Upstate Early American History Workshop
For over 65 years, the New York Folklore Society (NYFS) has held an annual conference, typically with guest speakers, such as master artists and academic scholars, who have addressed a particular theme. This year, in collaboration with Binghamton University’s English Department, NYFS invites graduate students to present their work on legends and tales. In this way, students will be given a platform at a local conference to share their work and connect with other young academics from around the state. The NYFS seeks to encourage young scholars to continue their studies and become active contributors to the fields of folklore, ethnomusicology, anthropology and more. This conference presents students with the opportunity for feedback on works-in-progress and mentorship from the academy.
Theme: Legends and Tales
Legends and tales present characters under duress in extraordinary circumstances. They preserve cultural patterns and facilitate social change. Legends such as “The Vanishing Hitchhiker” and “The Killer in the Back Seat” have a kernel of truth; tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Armless Maiden” are clearly fictional but have complex layers of meaning. When legends and tales inspire literature and films, they bring richly resonant traditions to the minds of readers and viewers.
This multidisciplinary conference welcomes papers about legends and/or tales from graduate students in literature, folklore, anthropology, American studies, cultural studies, film studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, social and cultural history, and other fields. The conference organizers especially encourage papers related to the cultural traditions of New York State.
The NY Folklore Society Graduate Student Conference will be held November 12, 2010
at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.
Students are encouraged to submit proposals by August 15; the final deadline for submission is September 15.
More information can be found online.