David Leavitt, professor of English at the University of Florida, was this year's convocation speaker. Leavitt's most recent work, The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Origins of the Computer, is a biography of Alan Turing, mathematician and father of modern-day computer science. Turing is one of the 15 "great minds" presented in Buffalo State's 2006-2008 academic theme. This podcast also includes remarks from author and honorary SUNY Doctorate of Letters recipient Pat Mora and presentation speeches for the nine faculty members who accepted Chancellor's and President's Awards for Excellence at this year's convocation.
In this podcast, a Buffalo State faculty panel discusses the important historical, geographical, political, cultural, and contemporary issues in the sensitive relationship between China and Tibet. Speakers included Michael Lazich, associate professor, History Department; Zhang Jie, professor and director, Center for China Studies, Tao Tang, associate professor, Geography and Planning Department, and Lin Xia Jiang, chair and professor, Fine Arts Department. Laurie Buonanno, chair and professor, Political Science, moderated the discussion.
On September 14, Buffalo State celebrated Constitution Day with a panel discussion about the background and meaning of the U.S. Constitution. Buffalo State panelists Gary Marotta and David Carson of the History and Social Studies Education Department and guest panelist Joe Golombek of Buffalo's Common Council discussed the document's origins, mechanics, and continued significance for modern politics.
Bill Ganley, professor, Economics and Finance Department, discusses the department's involvement with community revitalization efforts, partnership with the Grant-Ferry Association (GFA), applied economics graduate program, and more. This spotlight, one in a series, was coordinated by the College and Community Partnerships Office.