Harpur College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest school in Binghamton University. With 39 departments ranging from math and physical sciences to social sciences, the humanities, the fine and performing arts, and interdisciplinary fields, it’s easy to feel a little lost.
Enter the first-ever Harpur Week, which runs from March 28 through April 1. Students will explore the many opportunities and areas of study available through Harpur College, and have a good deal of fun along the way. Events include a meet-the-faculty fair, department information sessions, film screenings, tours, trivia events with prizes, faculty flash talks and more.
Events take place both in person and on Zoom, so there’s something for everyone. Events may have attendance limits; students should register through B-Engaged.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27
1 – 4 pm, Zurack classroom
This “pre-game” event for Harpur Pride week is hosted by Harpur Edge. Learn valuable coding skills in this crash course. Seating is limited.
Monday, March 28
10:50 – 11:50 am on Zoom
Thinking about sociology? A Zoom panel of alumni sociology majors will tell you what they learned in the program, how it shaped their choices after graduation and more.
4-6 pm, UU-Mandela Room
Want to know more about a major, minor or department at Harpur? Now is your chance to meet faculty members from across the college and find the programs that interest you. Plus, if you ask questions, you will receive a prize!
6 – 7:30 pm on Zoom
More than 5,000 people are buried in the overgrown cemetery of Willard Asylum, which has long since closed. This panel, organized by Romance Languages and Literatures Lecturer AC Sieffert, examines how psychiatry dehumanized patients and offers a reconsideration of the history of mental illness in the context of patients’ lives and rights in New York state.
Participants include patients’ rights advocate, psychiatrist and author Peter Stastny, and Associate Professor of Theater Elizabeth Mozer, who authored two theatrical works based on patient stories from the Binghamton Asylum.
This event is sponsored by the Human Rights Institute; the Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence; the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; and the Theater Department.
Tuesday, March 29
1 – 3 pm, Fine Arts Room 179
The Binghamton University Art Museum’s internship program, offered through the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, provides the opportunity for Binghamton students to explore museum careers while earning academic credit. In this open-house event, learn about internship opportunities in curation, collections management and engagement from current interns and museum curator Claire Kovacs.
2 – 3 pm, Fine Arts Room 111
See the Music Department’s recording studio and chat with Laurence Elder, a lecturer in music technology. Undergraduate Director Sarah Gerk will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about majoring or minoring in music.
4 – 5 pm, University Union Room 111
We live in a highly digitized, datafied, networked and programmed world. Harpur College’s new minor in digital and data studies provides an interdisciplinary and hands-on immersion into digital literacy and data-inflected thinking, paired with critical and scholarly study. This minor will complement all of Harpur’s majors and provide knowledge, skills and expertise useful in many professional, academic and creative areas. Join us to learn more!
4 – 5 pm on Zoom
Learn about ways that gamification can benefit the classroom in this event with ’03 alum Jared Fishman, hosted by the education minor and Harpur Edge.
Wednesday, March 30
10:45 – 11:45 am, starting at the Fountain in the Harpur Quad (outside the library)
Learn about the history of the Binghamton University campus with Associate Professor of Art History Julia Walker. This recent architectural walking tour will take us from the oldest parts of campus to the most buildings, looking at the specific historic events and intellectual ideas that shaped the University and made it the unique place that it is today.
4:30 – 6 pm, Old Champlain atrium
Are you currently deciding between five different majors and changing your mind every other day? Looking for a minor that helps you stand out? In this interactive workshop led by professional academic advisors, you will identify your strengths so that you can find your perfect major and minor.
7:30 – 9 pm, Admissions Center Room 189
Catch a classic! This 1958 fantasy film was the first of three Sinbad films released by Columbia Pictures. It features animation by Ray Harryhausen, using a stop-motion technique called Dynamation. In 2008, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
Thursday, March 31
4 – 5 pm, Library North Room 1105 or via Instagram @HarpurEdge
Get centered with this guided meditation led by Angie Dellapenna of the University Counseling Center.
- Skills Lab: Designing a Skyline
4:30 – 6 pm, University Union Room 133A
Join alum Franklin Richards ’18, MPA ’20, for a walk through his work as a community liaison with the New York City Council. The political science graduate will share how he explored career paths and lead an exercise to teach students the skills he used every day. Skills labs are limited to 25 students; participants must register through hireBing.
5 pm until gone, Fine Arts Building Room 302
Let’s get creative! Art & Design students will help you make your own tote bag during this event, presented by the Art and Design Department and Harpur Edge.
6-8 pm, Old Champlain atrium
How much do you really know about Harpur College? Bring a team or join one for our Explore Harpur College Trivia Night! There will be prizes, along with free pizza.
6 – 7 pm, Marcy Hall Great Room
How much do you know about the amazing Latinx women in the entertainment world? Test your knowledge at this event, which also includes free pizza.
7:15 – 9:15 pm, IASH Conference Room, Library North Room 1106
Camelot is a silly place! Join us for this hysterical 1975 British comedy, coconuts optional.
7:30 – 9 pm, Appalachian Collegiate Center Room 111
Join us for the Italian film Il filo invisibile (“The Invisible Thread,” in Italian with English subtitles), which will include a short video message from the film director recorded specifically for us!
Friday, April 1
12 – 1 pm, Library North 1105
Explore your community service options during Binghamton’s Global Days of Service! Each participant will prepare a Kynd Kit and complete a project in support of a requested need in our global community. Make a difference with us and enjoy lunch.
1 – 4 pm, Lecture Hall 6
Harpur has some talented filmmakers! Check out a series of short films and videos made by Cinema students. Showings begin at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 pm
1 – 2:30 pm in Lecture Hall B-89
Participants will draw shapes and lines directly onto a 16mm filmstrip to create a short abstract animation. The workshop will include a brief lecture on the 16mm film medium and direct animation techniques, as well as a screening of short films from the collection of the Cinema Department Media Library. It will conclude with a screening of the animations created by each participant through a 16mm film projector.
3 – 4 pm, Fine Arts Room 258 and on Zoom
Harpur College has amazing faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner! A select group of Harpur faculty will talk about their research in these flash talks, which are sure to be fascinating. You won’t want to miss it — and since it’s on Zoom, you don’t have to, even if you can’t make it in person.