Binghamton Summer College

Programs Offered

Learn more about each track below. Each program will run for two weeks.

How to Become a Writer

Barrett Bowlin, lecturer
In her famous short story, "How to Become a Writer," Lorrie Moore pushes her character, Francie, through the "struggle" of writing as a college student and of figuring out what she wants to write about in the world. In this program, students will be exposed to the idea of what it means to be a writer through reading, drafting and critiquing creative works. Learn about contemporary authors and the different genres of creative writing – fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and drama – as you craft your ideas into manuscripts that we'll workshop together in small groups. At the end of the two weeks, you'll have the chance to hear your fellow students read their polished works aloud in an in-class performance.

Speech and Debate

Joseph Leeson-Schatz, director of debate
Students enrolled in the speech and debate program will learn to form, research and deliver arguments through a variety of different styles. The course is designed to be challenging and interesting to those who are familiar or new to debating. Students with former debate experience will be grouped together to conduct research and prepare for their upcoming high-school topic(s). Those who are new to speech and debate will be placed in a group where they can learn how to prepare topics and gain the basic skills necessary to succeed in argumentation. By the end of the program, students will be better able to deliver and write speeches, research and prepare arguments, as well as navigate the information overload that comes with debating in the age of the internet. This will prepare students not only for competitive debate in both high school and college, but also will provide the basic skills necessary to succeed in future careers. Most days will be spent learning through debating and hands-on activities that emphasize participation.

Theater Workshop: Acting for the Stage

Anne Brady, Professor of Theatre, Head: Acting/Directing Program
This acting program is a fun and rigorous course of college-level theater training. It is designed for students with interests in acting for both musical and non-musical productions. Students will explore voice, movement, scene study, monologues, improvisation, audition technique and ensemble building. In addition, specialty workshops will be offered on a variety of topics. At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to perform scenes and monologues for family and friends. Both those new to actor training and those with more experience will enjoy a two-week adventure into the art of making theater.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Pamela Smart, associate professor
Museums have become massively popular cultural institutions. Why are they currently expanding in size and number? Why do audiences flock to them? And what do they find there? Our exploration of museums will be built on a series of field trips to area museums, including the Corning Museum of Glass, the Roberson Museum and Science Center, and the Binghamton University Art Museum. We'll experience their exhibitions, before going behind the scenes to learn about the collaborative process of exhibition design. Who decides what objects to show? What stories will the objects tell? We'll talk with curators, designers, and education programmers, to learn how they work together to develop an idea and translate it into the three-dimensional form of an exhibition, creating an experiential environment for visitors. We'll work with the collection of the University Art Museum to try our hand at designing our own exhibits too!

Business Foundations and Leadership Academy

Shelley Dionne, associate professor
The business and leadership program offers students the opportunity to explore challenges current and future leaders encounter in a competitive global business environment. This program introduces students to core business concepts in areas such as accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship and operations. Students will develop problem-solving and effective decision-making skills through a series of management case competitions and business simulations. Binghamton University's Center for Leadership Studies will offer a mini leadership academy in which participants will explore various leadership models and build an individualized leadership development plan.

Intro to Engineering

Koen Gieskes, lecturer
Intro to Engineering is a program designed for students who are seeking to experience life in a lab surrounded by state-of-the-art engineering software and equipment. Students will engage in hands-on projects, such as designing and building an interactive game with Arduino, a popular microcontroller. At the end of the program, students will have a better understanding of why engineering is such an exciting and fulfilling career.

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Binghamton University
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P.O. Box 6001
Binghamton, NY 13902-6001 USA

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Last Updated: 4/13/17