New Horizons Forum Series. Professor Yatani’s talk, “Personal Is Political: Threats to Scholarly Expression,” is drawn from his numerous scholarly publications and presentations. Scheduled for Wednesday evening, Sept, 28, in the Allegany Room of the Central Dining Hall on the Alfred campus from 7-8:30 p.m.
Forum director SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus Joe Flynn notes that the evening will include media records of “The Yatani Case” which documents the personal struggle and public uproar surrounding Yatani’s 44 days of incarceration in the summer of 1986 in a New York City federal prison upon his return from presenting a scholarly paper in the Netherlands. At the time, Yatani was a doctoral candidate at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island where he lived with his wife Nana and their two young children. Since his undergraduate days in Japan during the Vietnam War, Yatani has been committed to building cultures of peace with justice. Whether or not a scholar’s vision and work can or should be successfully isolated from the shaping forces of one’s socio-political-cultural context invites continuing debate. The presentation is designed to promote vigorous audience discussion.
Future Forum speakers and their topics include:
Tuesday, Oct. 11: Dr. Kasey Klingensmith, professor of biology (Keuka College), “Understanding the Marcellus Shale,” Engineering Technology Building, Room 215, 6:30-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26: ASC Professor Jeffrey Johnston, School of Management and Engineering Technology Department, “Sorrento Spring Semesters,” place and time TBA.
Wednesday, Nov. 2: ASC Professor Dr. Steve Jakobi, Physical and Health Sciences Department, “The Challenges of Saving the American Chestnut,” Allegany Room, Central Dining Hall, 7-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 16: Nadine Hoover, Alfred, author, international consultant, and massage therapist, “Conscience, Peace, and Healing: Always Local, Always Global,” Allegany Room, Central Dining Hall, 7-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1: Norm Ellis, ASC professor, Building Trades Department, “Restoring New Orleans,” place and time TBA.
The New Horizons Forum is sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences and offers programs which showcase scholarly, creative, and public service work currently engaged in by faculty, students, professional staff, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisers whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.