Art@BTI: Juxtaposition of Light and Texture by Nancy V. Ridenour
Mar 7 – Mar 8 all-day

On display through March 2018 at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI)

The photography showcased as part of Art@BTI covers a wide range of approaches to floral and abstract photography, including digital montages, natural settings, and staged macrophotography.

Nancy V. Ridenour’s photo montages exhibit an overall sense of tranquility and compositional foresight. She emphasizes the beauty and diversity in both architectural and botanic subjects.

Through the juxtaposition of light and texture devoid of physical context, Ridenour urges viewers to reorient themselves, to grasp the possibility in the work, and ultimately attain serenity and a deep sense of pleasure in her subjects.

Many of the floral photographs featured in the exhibit were taken in Nancy’s personal gardens and ponds. Additional subjects include cement sculptures found in the Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Arboretum.

The exhibit is available for viewing during normal business hours and is free and open to the public. BTI will also host a special reception in March 2018, where guests will be able to meet with Nancy and learn more about her work.

About Nancy V. Ridenour: Nancy spent her youth in Schenectady, NY, surrounded by a large family involved in the florist business. Flowers and gardens were central to those years, which led to a major in biology while at Cornell University. The natural science thread has been strong throughout her career as a biology teacher at Ithaca High School, in her personal life of gardening and flower arranging, and now her focus in retirement on digital artistic photography.

To learn more about Nancy’s work, visit her studio website (Lotus Studios) or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Beginner Gardener Series- What is pH?
Mar 7 – Mar 8 all-day

Beginner Gardener Series-March 8th-What is pH?
*Basic soil testing options
* Sending a sample
*Reading your soil test results
*How to you raise or lower your pH

Develop a Business Plan for Your Farm
Mar 7 – Mar 8 all-day

Let’s Write Your Agricultural Business Plan
Thursday evenings, March 8th through 29th
840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905
During this four part series hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and led by Laura Biasillo, Agricultural Economic Development Specialist, participants will work through the various sections of a business plan for their agricultural venture. This is applicable whether you are considering a food-based business, growing fruits or vegetables, raising livestock or starting an agri-tourism based operation. Using a set of templates created by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture as well as the NYS Small Business Development Center, sample worksheets will lend a practical perspective and illustrate how real farm families set goals, research processing alternatives, determine potential markets, and evaluated financing options. Blank worksheets will help participants to develop a detailed, lender-ready business plan or map out strategies to take advantage of new opportunities.
This series is set up so that farms can work on the worksheets between sessions and come back to discuss, get input from peers and professionals in the community and refine their plan.
The final session will be dedicated to each participant presenting their business plan to their peers, as well as a panel of those representing finance, marketing, agricultural businesses and production.
The cost to attend this workshop is $75/farm or family (this includes two registrations). This includes a workbook to walk through the five sections of a business plan, as well as dinner and other handouts provided at each meeting. Pre-registration is required.

Enchanted Asia
Mar 7 – Mar 8 all-day

Do you have a lucky charm? Before embarking on a course of action do you say a special mantra, check your astrological chart or perform a small ritual? If so, you are one of millions over thousands of years in a quest to ensure good fortune and protect against evil forces. The Enchanted Asia exhibit explores sorcery and witchcraft, charms, chants, rituals and magic in Asia that have been used for protection and to bring good luck, or alternatively, to cause harm to others.

Go Figure: The Fashion Silhouette & the Female Form
Mar 7 @ 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Curated by Rachel Doran (’19), “Go Figure: The Fashion Silhouette & the Female Form” explores perceptions and representations of Euro-American beauty ideals across the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Through outerwear and undergarments, this historical costume exhibition shows how women’s bodies have been manipulated and shaped to fit fashionable silhouettes at different moments in time. From corsetry and girdles to diet and exercise, shaping the human body is critical to fashion change and illustrates the fluctuating and dynamic nature of socio-cultural conceptions of “beauty.” Funded by the Charlotte Jirousek Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection and located on Level T of the Human Ecology Building.

The World Bewitch’d: Visions of Witchcraft from the Cornell Collections
Mar 7 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The exhibition “The World Bewitch’d” explores the origins and spread of the belief in witchcraft across Europe. It features rare and unique books and documents—from 15th-century witch hunting manuals to 20th-century movie posters—and it examines themes such as gendered stereotypes, belief in night flying, shapeshifting, demonic pacts, and the witch epidemics that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands. “The World Bewitch’d” offers a rare glimpse of the treasures of the Cornell Witchcraft Collection, established by Cornell University’s first president, Andrew Dickson White, and now the largest in North America with more than 3,000 items.

The exhibition is on view from October 31, 2017 to August 31, 2018, in the Hirshland Exhibition Gallery in Carl A. Kroch Library, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click on “see more dates” at the top for more information, or check the library hours website for updates and Saturday hours:

This exhibition is funded through the generous support of the Stephen E. ’58 MBA ’59 and Evalyn Edwards ’60 Milman Exhibition Fund.

Economics: Coffee & Conversation
Mar 7 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

During the academic year, the very popular Coffee and Conversation program is held each Wednesday from 10:00am-2:00pm in the lounge. Enjoy free coffee, tea, and snacks while getting to know some other Economics majors!

If your economics related program, class, or organization would like to host a Coffee and Conversation contact Sarah Schupp, Undergraduate Experience Coordinator at This is a popular time for students to enjoy the lounge, work on an assignment, and socialize with faculty.

About The Undergraduate Economics Lounge

The Undergraduate Economics Lounge is a small, relaxed atmosphere workspace for undergraduate students. The lounge is often used by students to have group meetings, get some work done, or hang out in between classes.

This facility is equipped with comfortable chairs, a large whiteboard, and work tables for students to complete assignments. Various economics journals, office supplies, and a copy of The New York Times are also available daily. Information about the major, upcoming events, and economics opportunities are posted within the lounge.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Undergraduate Students
Mar 7 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program supports college graduates conducting research or teaching in any field in more than 150 countries. Applications are due in the fall; students who wish to begin the program immediately after graduation are encouraged to start the process in their junior year.

Reflections on the Struggle for Sexual Minority Rights in Zimbabwe
Mar 7 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

In this talk Prof. Marc Epprecht (Queens University) examines the history of sexual minority rights activism/advocacy in Zimbabwe in light of the critique of “NGO-ization,” ennui, and burnout within the lgbtiq activist “movement” on the continent more generally. It first provides an overview of the coming out by Zimbabwean sexual minorities and the reactions against that in the context of wider anti-feminist tendencies in society and by the Zimbabwean state. This is followed by an analysis of factors that have enabled the first and still pre-eminent lgbtiq rights association (GALZ) to survive while, paradoxically, inhibiting its effectiveness as an ally in the struggle for women’s liberation and human rights more generally in the country. Engaging with the insights of de Vos (2015), Larok (2017) and Theron, McAllister and Armisen (2016), the paper conclude with some reflections on what Zimbabwean sexual minority rights advocates might consider to strengthen the movement.

Arnika Fuhrmann, “In the Mood for Texture: Hong Kong, Bangkok and Shanghai’s Urban and Media Revivals of Chinese Colonial Modernity” @ Toboggan Lodge (38 Forest Home Drive)
Mar 8 @ 4:45 AM – 5:45 AM

This lecture explores two concomitant occurrences: the prominent contemporary phenomenon of the superimposition of three cities in East Asia and Southeast Asia onto one another and the revival of the aesthetics of ‘Chinese colonial modernity.’ Examining the doubling of Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Shanghai across the cinemas and hospitality industries of East and Southeast Asia, I gauge the valences of a transregional Chineseness that is both virtual as well as anchored in material structures. I analyze contemporary cinematic texts and material sites to investigate how a historical transnational formation—that of Chinese colonial modernity—continues to inform the present. As film directors (e.g., Wong Kar-wai) as well as hotels, bars, and clubs revive 1930s Shanghai and 1960s Hong Kong modernities—as well as exploit the Chinese past of Bangkok’s old European trading quarters—the colonial is emerging as a primary signifier of the good life. I ask how invocations of twentieth century translocal Chinese modernity point to enduring regional imaginaries that diverge from those of One Belt One Road and similar policies. How do a Shanghai-themed club in Bangkok (“Maggie Choo’s”), or Hong Kong cinema’s use of Bangkok as a filming location, rely on referencing a Chinese modernity that emerged under, but also exceeded, conditions of colonial governance? How does this relate to contemporary re-regionalization? Combining ethnographic and archival investigation of the revivification of Chinese modernity with cultural studies analysis, my investigation focuses especially on texture, or the features of the built environment and the feminine sartorial styles highlighted both in the cinematic materials and exploited in Bangkok’s hospitality industry.

ARNIKA FUHRMANN is an interdisciplinary scholar of Southeast Asia, working at the intersections of the region’s aesthetic and political modernities. Her book Ghostly Desires: Queer Sexuality and Vernacular Buddhism in Contemporary Thai Cinema (Duke University Press, 2016) examines how Buddhist-coded anachronisms of haunting figure struggles over sexuality, personhood, and notions of collectivity in contemporary Thai cinema. In a new research project, Fuhrmann focuses on new media and how the study of the digital allows for a perspective on the political public sphere that transcends commonplace distinctions between liberalism and illiberalism. This project intersects with her interests in the transformation of cities in contemporary Southeast and East Asia. Fuhrmann’s recent writing has appeared in Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Oriens Extremus, Diogenes, and positions: asia critique. She is Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies in Cornell University’s Department of Asian Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact as soon as possible.

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