Sykes Residence

Zen Meditation Workshop

Zen Meditation Workshop

Learn about the Liberating way of sitting meditation (zazen) in the Rinzai tradition.

Led by Hiruto Kotaro from Heirinji Temple Ichikukai Dojo, in Japan

Thursday, September 8th

Sykes Commons Room (Next to the Japanese Garden)

6:00-7:30 pm

Talk and Practice (wear loose clothing)

For further information: email or call Mark MacWilliams ( or #229-5128)


Writers Series presents Chang-Rae Lee

Lee is the author of five novels: Native Speaker (1995); A Gesture Life (1999); Aloft (2004); The Surrendered, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and On Such a Full Sea (2014). His novels have won numerous awards and citations, which include the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, ALA Notable Book of the Year Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and the NAIBA Book of the Year Award for Fiction.

Writers Series presents Valeria Luiselli

A Mexican-Italian author living in NewYork City (she has also lived in Costa Rica, South Korea, South Africa, India, Spain, and France), Luiselli is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks and the acclaimed novels Faces in the Crowd, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and The Story of My Teeth, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Los Angeles Times Prize for Best Fiction.

Writers Series presents Elizabeth Bradfield

A naturalist and poet, Bradfield is the author of Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2008), which won the Audre Lorde Award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; Approaching Ice (Persea Books, 2010), a book of poems about Arctic and Antarctic exploration that was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Once Removed (Persea Books, 2015), which is set in the waters of Cape Cod, and the Pacific Northwest. Bradfield’s poetry has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Field, The Believer, and Orion.

Passover Seder

Friday, April 22nd at 5:30 p.m. in Sykes Formal Lounge

Led by Mark Lowell
Passover is an eight day Jewish holiday, marking the birth of the Jews as a people and their emergence as a unique nation in history. It celebrates the liberation of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt over 3000 years ago, under the leadership of Moses. The Seder is a ritual banquet which reenacts the Exodus.

Creating Safer Campuses for LGBTQ Students

This training sponsored by ACR Health is open to anyone in the Canton/Potsdam Community who would like to learn how we can be more inclusive and welcoming on our four college campuses! For more information and to register please go: There will be a morning and afternoon session, you are encouraged to attend both but if time does not permit, attendance at one session is still very much appreciated!

Writers Series presents Sandra Lim

The author of The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise  Glück for the most recent Barnard Women Poets Prize, and a previous collection of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006), she is the University Sandra Nelson  Poet.  A 2015 Pushcart Prize winner, she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center  and the Getty Research  Institute. Lim was born  in Seoul, Korea, and educated at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

2016 Frank P. Piskor Lecture ~ Donna Alvah, Associate Professor of History and Elizabeth Margaret Vilas Professor of History

You are cordially invited to attend

The Frank P. Piskor
Faculty Lecture

presented by

Donna Alvah
Associate Professor of History
Elizabeth Margaret Vilas Professor of History 

“Beyond 'Duck and Cover': Fear of Nuclear War and the Protection and Empowerment of Children and Youth”

Tuesday, April 12th
7:00 p.m.
Sykes Common Room


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