27 August 2017

reminder: CFP for grad conference


CFP: Law-Breaking and Theories of Resistance

Binghamton University
Graduate Conference on Law-breaking and Theories of Resistance

Keynote Speaker:
Gabriel Rockhill, Villanova University

Conference Description:
When is an act of political resistance justified? At minimum, it seems to require that the norms relevant to the act of the resistance must lack the moral authority required to demand compliance. But when does this occur? When norms lose their authority, are all forms of resistance justified? If there are limits to what kinds of resistance are permissible, how could they be determined? Might one resist by participating in an unjust system, but doing so in a deliberately inefficacious fashion? Alternatively, what can be said of methods of resistance that are intended to be effective, but fail to be so? Or, related, what likelihood of success is necessary (if any) in order for an act of resistance to be justified?
This conference aims to consider these and other questions related to political resistance. We welcome any papers which explore normative issues related to such questions. In this context, the contributions can cover, among others, the following topics:
•                Civil disobedience
•                Conscientious objection
•                Complicity with status quo
•                Solidarity
•                Violent disobedience
•                Strategic foot-dragging
•                When and how to resist in a nearly just democracy
•                The moral authority of democracy
•                Small acts of rebellion
•                Distribution of burdens associated with an act of resistance

Please submit abstracts or papers for consideration to BingConference2017@gmail.com by September 15, 2017. Acceptance notifications will be sent out by September 20. 

26 August 2017

Fall colloquia

can't remember if I posted this already



FALL 2017

08 SEPT Kate Manne, Cornell University

29 SEPT Richard Eldridge, Swarthmore College
(IASH Room – LN 1106)

20 OCT Chris Essert, Queen’s Law

22 August 2017

next eclipse

we're just south of the path of totality


So you missed the Great Eclipse of 2017.
Don’t worry. You can try again in 2,422 days.
On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will enter North America around Mazatl├ín, Mexico, and leave it just north of St. John’s, Newfoundland. In between, it will traverse the United States from Texas to Maine.
• New York: Buffalo, Lake Placid, Massena, Niagara Falls, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown

19 August 2017

SPEL Orientation

(does not include solar eclipse)

Monday, August 21

9:00 am-11:00 am
New Teaching Assistants meet with a few of our current graduate students.  Breakfast provided.
11:30 am-12:30 pm
New students meet with Professor Karnein who will provide an overview of the program and answer any questions.
12:30 pm-2:00 pm
All SPEL students (new and returning) and faculty will meet together. Lunch will be provided.
2:30 pm-4:30 pm
Individual meetings with Professor Karnein (in her office)

eclipse post

On Monday in Vestal:

The eclipse starts at 1:18p.

The eclipse will peak at 2:39:45 pm EDT, when the moon obscures 70.6% of the sun.

The eclipse ends at 3:56pm.


17 August 2017

Ithacans beware

Fall professional development workshops


Mandatory for all first- and second-year SPEL students other than terminal MA students unless noted.  Everyone else is welcome and/or encouraged to attend. Students going on the market should attend all Fall seminars.

28 SEPT         Making the Best of your Graduate School Experience
                        IASH Conference Room (LN-1106)

12 OCT           Teaching
                        IASH Conference Room (LN-1106)

16 NOV           Time Management
                        IASH Conference Room (LN-1106)

03 August 2017

Parking permits now available

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Parking permits are available for purchase online for the upcoming academic year or semester at the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) website. To log in, you will need your Binghamton University PODS ID.

First time permit buyer? You must first register your vehicle online with the University. If you are a returning customer, log in and follow the step-by-step instructions.

For those interested in purchasing a new proximity card permit, they will be available for first-time purchase Monday, Aug. 7. For current state payroll-deducted proximity card holders, no action is required on your part and your proximity card will automatically renew. All other proximity card holders must visit the Parking Services office to renew starting Monday, Aug. 7.

TAPS has integrated a new parking software that utilizes License Plate Recognition (LPR) that eliminates the need for parking decals. LPR is a plate-recognition technology that associates parking permits to a license plate and not a decal or hangtag. This technology virtually links license plates to a permit. Once a permit is purchased online a confirmation will be emailed and the permit is active. You will no longer need to affix a decal to your vehicle or pay to have a lost or stolen decal replaced. You can also update your vehicle information yourself from your online account.

Additional information on LPR and a full list of parking updates for the upcoming year can be found on the TAPS website. Any questions can be directed to Parking Services. TAPS is looking forward to a great 2017-2018 academic year!