37th Annual ConferenceEastern Community College Social Science Association

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The ECCSSA Board of Trustees and the Program Committee at Erie Community College are pleased to announce the37th Annual Conference of the Eastern Community College Social Science Association.
We invite you to join us!Scholarships are Available for Conference Registrations!ECCSSA has received funding to award partial scholarships for those desiring to attend the conference.For further information, contact Dr. Gene Grabiner at grabiner@ecc.edu
Join us for our Friday evening gourmet dinner with speaker in the Statler Dining Roomon the ECC-City Campus–a Culinary Arts Program Restaurant!
Pre-Conference Session, Keynote Speakers and Program Highlights are below!

 Pre-Conference ProgramThursday, March 31, 2011, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Welcome Reception- Statler Dining Room5:30pm-7:30pm

7:30pmDocumentary Film and DiscussionFilm: ‘Capitalism—A Love Story’ by Michael MooreModerators:Paul Kochmanski, Adjunct Professor, Social Science and  Mary Altair, Assistant Professor, Social Science,Erie Community College

 Keynote Speakers

 Robert BorosageFounder and PresidentInstitute for America’s FutureWashington, DC
Topic Overview: “America’s Economic Future”
Opening Keynote Address, Friday, April 1, 2011, 9am, Auditorium, City Campus

Robert Borosage is founder and president of the Institute for America’s Future and co-director of its sister, Campaign for America’s Future. He writes regularly on politics and economics.  He is a contributing editor of The Nation and a regular blogger on The Huffington Post.  Borosage is founder and board chair of Progressive Majority.  He is co-founder and board chair of ProgressiveCongress.org, and a member of the board of Working America.  He previously founded and directed the Campaign for New Priorities, a non-profit coalition of over 100 organizations calling for post-Cold War reinvestment in America. He served as director of the Institute for Policy Studies where he remains as a board member. He has also served as an issues advisor to progressive political campaigns, including those of Paul Wellstone, Barbara Boxer and Carole Moseley Braun. He was senior issues advisor for the 1988 Jesse Jackson Campaign. Borosage is a graduate of Yale Law School and holds a master’s degree in International Relations from George Washington University.  
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 Manning Marable M. Moran Weston and Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studiesand professor of history and public affairs at Columbia University.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011, 9am, Auditorium, City Campus
Having either written or edited nearly 20 books and scholarly anthologies, Dr. Manning Marable is one of the most influential and widely read intellectuals in the United States. Dr. Marable’s books and anthologies include: The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American LifeFreedom on My Mind: The Columbia Documentary History of the African American ExperienceFreedom; and Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal: An African-American Anthology, including an upcoming biography on Malcolm X.A national leader in the fields of African American studies and ethnic studies, Dr. Marable is currently Columbia University’s Professor of Public Affairs, Political Science, and History, in addition to being the founder and director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.He received his BA from Earlham and his PhD from University of Maryland. Prior to joining the faculty atColumbia, Marable taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Ohio State University, where he waschairman of the Department of Black Studies. He also served as the founding director of the Africanaand Hispanic Studies Program at Colgate University.

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Join us for our Friday evening gourmet dinner with speaker in theStatler Dining Room on the ECC-City Campus–a Culinary Arts Program Restaurant!

 Paul ZarembkaProfessor of EconomicsState University of New York at Buffalo
Topic: What Underlies Our Current Economic Crisis?
Dinner Speaker, Friday, April 1, 2011,6pm, Statler Dining Room, City Campus
Paul Zarembka,  is general editor since 1977 of the annual hardback Research in Political Economy (Emerald Group, Bingley, UK, www.emeraldinsight.com/books.htm?issn=0161-7230). It addresses economic and political issues from the perspective of the social classes involved. He is the author of Toward a Theory of Economic Development, editor of Frontiers in Econometrics (with the Daniel McFadden chapter cited for his 2000 Nobel Prize),and co-editor of Essays in Modern Capital Theory.
 Zarembka has been a senior researcher at the International Labor Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, and a Fulbright-Hayes lecturer in Poznan, Poland. Working within the marxist tradition, he has principally focused on issues surrounding the accumulation of capital. His recent edited book is The Hidden History of 9-11 (Seven Stories Press, New York). He is professor of economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Paul Zarembka has been a activist in his faculty/professional staff union since 1981. He has served as campus president and grievance officer for academics, the office he currently holds. Currently, he is running for the statewide President of the union, the United University Professions.

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 Michael NimanAssociate Professor of Journalism and Media StudiesBuffalo State College
Topic: “Naming the Crisis: Contextualizing Disaster”
Closing Address, Saturday, April 2, 2011, 12:30-1:30pm, Auditorium, City Campus
Michael I. Niman looks at what we commonly term an “Economic Crisis,” andargues that what we are actually facing is a social and political crisis commonly contextualized by a compliantmedia as a fiscal exigency.  The resultant discussion is generally limited to which draconian cuts we should make toour social safety nets instead of examining broader policy alternatives and challenging the resurgent feudalism that he believes is actually at the root of this crisis.

Michael I. Niman is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies atBuffalo State College and a syndicated columnist whose work has earned him two ProjectCensored awards. His writing regularly appears in The Humanist, Alternet, ArtVoice andColdtype as well as in dozens of other venues in the US, Canada, Europe and South Africa.Niman, a trained ethnographer, is author of People of the Rainbow: A Nomadic Utopia (2ndedition in-press – Univ. of Tennessee Press), an ethnography of a nomadic utopian societystemming from qualitative research conducted in Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Minnesota,Vermont, Missouri, New York, California and Quebec, Canada. Niman’s research agendacurrently focuses on propaganda, the impact of consumer culture, temporary autonomouszones, nonviolent conflict resolution and nonhierarchical societies. Niman formerlyworked as a journalist based in Costa Rica and has conducted fieldwork in Canada,Guatemala, Nicaragua, the United Kingdom, Cuba and Belize
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Historical DimensionsCultural Effects of Economic Collapse: the Janissary ExampleAnne Ruskiewicz, Associate Professor of History and Geography, Sullivan County Community College

Voices from the Past: Ancient Perspectives on a Modern CrisisDustin Rollins, Northern Essex Community College
Economic ImpactsExamining the U.S. Labor Market during the Great RecessionSatarupa Das, Associate Professor of Economics, Montgomery College
Finance is Killing Us…LiterallyTed Schmidt, Associate Professor of  Economics & Finance, SUNY Buffalo State

The Economy and Mental HealthAmerica’s Financial Dysfunction: Addiction to DebtMichael J. Confusione, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Suffolk County Community College
Personal Economic Crisis: Impact on Self View, Identity and PersonalitySherry Ramberg & Chasity Hamilton, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus

Impacts on Health, Human Development and Psychological Well-BeingLong-term Impacts of Economic Collapse: Effects on Health, Human Developmentand Overall Quality of LifeRosalyn King, Professor of Psychology and Students: Shriti Bhadel, Carmen Carnejo,Baffour Agyeman-Duah, Nilofar Moayyer,Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus
View Presentation Here: ECCSSA_Presentation_2011.Bhadel_etal_ppt.pdf

Family DimensionsFamily MattersOmar Simpson, Rutgers University
The Effect of the Economic Recession on Violence in the FamilyBrandi Sutherland, Crisis Services
Social JusticeSpatial Justice in the City: Isolation of the South Salina Neighborhood of Syracuse, NYJohn H. Giles Jr., Syracuse University

Social Justice for Equality in NepalHariom Timilsina, Nepal Bar Association
Geo-Political Ramifications of the Economic Crisis in RussiaElizabeth Wilcoxson, Former Division Dean and Adjunct Professor, Northern Essex Community CollegeView Presentation Here: Socio-Political_Ramifications_of_the_Economic_Crisis_in_Russia_-Wilcoxson.pdf
Urban Planning and TechnologyForever Auto: Transportation Joins the Smart GridMonica Mallini and Students: Melanie Feliciano, Micah Poole, Gannon Haun, Brandon Hayes & Jason BaileyNorthern Virginia Community College, Manassas Campus

Social and Economic Recovery for Western NY via Renewable EnergyDavid Bradley and Derek Bateman, Buffalo Wind Action Group/Erie Community College
Technical Crisis, Technical SolutionTechno-Politics and the Current Economic CollapseBruce Cosby, Erie Community College
Smart Town: an Urban Autonomous Transportation Test BedMonica Mallini and Students: Melanie Feliciano, Micah Poole, Gannon Haun, Brandon Hayes & Jason BaileyNorthern Virginia Community College, Manassas Campus

Role of Higher Educational InstitutionsThe Leadership Role of Community Colleges: A Strategic Approach to InstitutionalEffectiveness and Optimization of Students’ Learning OutcomesLimsy Chan, Lecturer, Business and Law, Schenectady County Community College
Teaching Basic Economic LiteracyMarianne Partee, Professor, Social Science, Erie Community College

Professional DevelopmentFulbright Fellowships for Community College FacultyJohn Holian, Professor Emeritus and Fulbright Scholar, Cuyahoga Community College

Generational Economics, Global DietsBoomer Economics: The Concerns of an Aging NationSusan Mason, Professor of Psychology & Gerontology and Students:Lindsay Nersinger,Krysten Kunzwiler, Chelsea KingNiagara University

Global Economics, Food Systems, and the Staple Diet: Mama, What’s for Dinner?Mary Altair, Assistant Professor of Social Science and Students: Andrew Stanek and Keri MarottaErie Community College

For more information on the 2011 ECCSSA conference, please contact:Dr. Gene Grabiner, Conference Chair, Erie Community College at: grabiner@ecc.eduor (716) 851-1089Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Chair, Board of Trustees at: roking@nvcc.edu or (703) 450-2629
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“The National and Global Impacts of Economic Collapse:Perspectives from the Social Sciences”

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March 31-April 2, 2011

Erie Community College, City CampusState University of New York121 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, New York, 14203