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Dr. Nagaraja Harshadeep to Present Environmental Studies Lecture

Monday, September 21st, 2015

This is from his LinkedIn Page and it’s fucking blurry

Dr. Nagaraja Harshadeep will present his lecture, “Modernizing Approaches to Address Environmental Challenges in the Developing World” this evening on behalf of Skidmore’s Environmental Studies Department.

A Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Food Bank, Harshadeep focuses on climate change and water resource management.

6:30-7:30 in Gannett

What Your Yankee Mother Never Told You

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
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This could be you


Skidmore Unofficial Presents: What Your Yankee Mother Never Told You (A Go-To Guide for Skidmore Girls)

Four score and seven years ago your Mom and Dad (Mom and Mom, Dad and Dad, etc.) dropped you off, kissed you on the forehead, and drove away six speeds to the wind back to New Jersey (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, they’re having an amazing time without you). (There’s also a seventy-eight percent chance they’re having sex on your childhood bed right now).

Meanwhile, you are either the coolest person on campus or you’re sitting on a rock outside of Kimball crying on the phone to your BFF Jill from UMass Amherst. You may even be thinking of throwing yourself off Jonsson/Johnson Tower (I’ve been there) (don’t do it).

Whether you’re disenchanted, riddled with insecurity, or experiencing complete euphoria, below is some advice/wisdom/stupidity. Take it or don’t, it’s not like I talk to people born after 1995 anyway.

Roommates (ugh)

If you like your roommates, congratulations. I’d rather live in a fucking Halfway House than share a 10′-7″ x 19′-10″ room with two eighteen-year-old women. My friend from Bard’s roommate took a shit on her bed freshman year and she’s never been the same.


I can promise you it’s super lame if you’re still hanging with your high school friends Hudson and Jemma from Packer Collegiate Institute or whatever two point five years into being here.

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Psychology Professor Tim Kasser to Present Dowd Lecture Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Yep, looks like a professor

On Wednesday, September 16 (i.e. tomorrow), psychology Professor Tim Kasser will present the Charles Dowd Lecture discussing “Capitalism, Values, and Quality of Life: An Empirical, Psychological Approach.”

A professor at Knox College, Kasser mainly focuses on studying “materialistic values,” and how those values pertain to well-being.

Click here for the lengthy rundown. 

5:30 to 6:30 PM in Gannett


Friday, October 24th, 2014






OSDP Keynote: An Evening With Janet Mock

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
She's coming to a Gannett Auditorium near you.

She’s coming to a Gannett Auditorium near you.

On Thursday, Janet Mock is going to be delivering the OSDP Keynote Lecture at Gannett Auditorium. Mock is a former editor at Peoples Magazine, the author of the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, and instigator of #GirlsLikeUs, a viral Twitter movement to promote trans women visibility and pride.

Mock came out publicly as a trans woman in 2011 and since has been writing and speaking about her experience and identity and the importance of trans activism. She’s been given accolades left and right for her work–just take a look at the honors featured on her site:

The Anti-Violence ProjectADCOLOR Awards and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have honored Janet for her work. She was also named Woman of the Year in 2013 by the feminist site Vitamin W and named to OUT magazine’s Out 100 list, GOOD magazine’s GOOD 100, the Center for American Progress’s 13 Women of Color to Watch, the Huffington Post’s 23 Inspiring Women Blazing Trails for the LGBT Community and The Grio’s 100 most influential African-Americans. Her work has been nominated for a Women’s Media Center Award and a GLAAD Media Award.

She’s spoken all over the world about her life and passion for social justice and tomorrow she’ll be at Gannett at 7pm speaking to you.

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Marky Ramone Comes To Skidmore, Who Gives a Fuck?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
He also owns a pasta sauce.

He also owns a pasta sauce.

Tomorrow night Marky Ramone graces Skidmore College with his presence. The only surviving member of the longest running Ramones lineup, Marky has embarked on a speaking tour of campuses around the country. Skidmore is his final stop before he spends most of the summer months touring Spain and South America. This tour may seem like a washed up rock star trying to reclaim his fame, and to some extent it may be, but it comes at a critical moment in punk rock’s history.

This past October, Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) produced and directed the nearly unwatchable CBGB: The Movie, 101 minutes of caricatures and corny dialogue meant to capture the rise of punk rock’s most famous institution. Luckily, many who were involved with CBGBs in the mid-1970s had the good sense not to license their likeness to the film, Marky included. The CBGB movie is just another exploitation of the club’s legacy. Punk rock is going through an identity crisis. The movement in the 1970s defined itself in its own terms, rejecting mainstream culture and embracing do-it-yourself music and art. However, CBGB’s closing in 2006 led to a slew of revival attempts including the movie and the CBGB music festival which will be going into its third year this summer.

But why?

The answer is both extremely simple and complex: punk rock is scary.

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Prof. Pfitzer To Deliver Moseley Lecture

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Don't you just wanna go out in the backyard and have a nice catch with this man?

Don’t you just wanna go out in the backyard and have a nice, quality, Americana catch with this man?

Skidmore’s annual Moseley Lecture is the highest honor a professor can be bestowed by his colleagues. This year’s lecturer is American Studies professor and all around really fucking kind and thoughtful human being, Gregory Pfitzer. The title of his lecture is “The Unpopularity of Popular History’: A Scholar’s Pursuit of Non-Scholarly Things” and it will take place in Gannett Auditorium tomorrow, February 26th at 8pm.

Here’s the description a la Beau Breslin:

What is “popular history” and how does it differ from the kind of history pursued typically in academic institutions? This lecture distinguishes between popular history (vernacular approaches to the past offered by journalists, fiction writers, pictorial artists and untrained public figures) and professional history (as written and practiced by trained academicians employed by colleges and universities). It focuses on the efforts of popularizers to expand the scope and cultural relevance of historical studies and on the criticisms they received from scholars for trying to do so. Professor Pfitzer considers how popular history influenced public discourse and behavior in the United States during the nineteenth century, concentrating on the ways in which collaborative interactions among publishers, writers and illustrators of non-scholarly, popular books influenced the emergence of an American historical imagination.


Identity Conference Is A Pretty Big Deal, Or Should Be

Thursday, November 7th, 2013
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You are not alone…. kinda.

People at Skidmore love talking about our identities. Personal identity: how we define ourselves, and cultural identity: how the society and the people around us define ourselves, is important, no? Well the English department thinks so, and so does resident washed-up, long-haired skinny man Robert Boyers (who–worth noting–is smart), and so, he and his literary journal Salmagundi, along with the Skidmore English department have decided to sponsor a conference all about identity.

For the next two days we’ll be hosting an identity conference in Gannett and Davis Auditoriums. The conference actual features some prominent scholars and thinkers and is kind of a big deal. Starting off the whole thing is Harvard professor of cultural and historical sociology Orlando Patterson, speaking later on is Chairman of the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board and poet Tom Healy, as well as former editor of The New Republic and professor of journalism Peter Beinart, amongst many others.

The full schedule, from Skidmore’s website, is as follows:

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Guy Who Walked Across the Country to Speak

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Forrest-hoefel and followers

If you’re a senior, you’re either scratching your eyeballs out trying to get a job, or you’re hiding under the covers, hoping and praying that this GIANT PROBLEM will just GO AWAY. Well, if you’re Andrew Forsthoefel (what a name!), instead of doing either of those things, you walk across the country because why the fuck not?

Forsthoefel spent months traveling around the United States, meeting people, and having experiences that were probably life-changing, and he maintained a blog the entire time. Tonight, he’ll be talking about his journey in Gannett.

On a sidenote, I re-watched every episode of The Larry Sanders Show this summer, and I’ll be giving my own lecture on the trials and triumphs I experienced, and all the inspiring figures I met along the way.

Thursday October 25, 7:10pm @ Gannett 

(via Facebook)

Kony 2012 Part II in Gannett

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Not sure if the Hitler comparison is apt but whatever

Tonight, the tri-state area chapter of Invisible Children will screen their new documentary, Kony 2012 Part II in Gannett Auditorium. The film is a sequel of sorts to Kony 2012—which has received almost 100 million views on YouTube—and delves further into the myriad atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.

Despite the best intentions, much criticism has been leveled against the film and Invisible Children, including accusations ranging from simple naiveté to neo-colonial warmongering. Not to mention the fact that Kony hasn’t been in Uganda since 2006 and there is literally no indication that President Obama plans to withdraw US advisors from the region. I would hope that these and other points are discussed at tomorrow’s screening.

Also, the leader of Invisible Children was caught beating off in public a few weeks ago.

Wednesday, April 4 @ 7:30pm in Gannett Auditorium

(Skidmore News)