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Library Lecture Series to Acknowledge Differences Through Voices of Poets, Educators and Activists

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, July 17, 2002

A poet, an inspirational speaker, activists and Native American leaders are among the speakers this fall for Voices: A Library Lecture Series at Hudson Valley Community College.

The annual lecture series for the college's fall semester is titled "Acknowledging Our Differences" and will feature Andrew Shue, a nationally known community leader, professional athlete and television actor. Shue will be the keynote speaker for the college's annual Peace and Non-Violence Day on Friday, September 20.

The seven-program series will begin on Thursday, Sept. 12, with poet and educator Martin Espada, an activist for Hispanic and other social causes. Espada will read from his recently published "A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen" and from his other poetry. The reading will take place from 11 a.m. to noon, and a discussion and book-signing will follow from noon to 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center at the college. The poet will discuss his works and his dedication to Hispanic issues during a question-and-answer session.

All lectures in the "Voices" series are free and open to the public. With the exception of Shue's lecture at the Peace and Non-Violence Day, all take place in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Center.

Other lectures in the series will be as follows:

  • Activist Dr. Jose Rossy-Millan will give an overview of "the enigma of Puerto Rico" on Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Bulmer Center.
  • David Kaczynski, executive director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, will speak of his personal experience and the moral dilemma surrounding capital punishment. The lecture will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Bulmer Center.
  • Sakokwenionkwas (The One Who Wins) will speak about issues affecting native peoples at noon and again at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Bulmer Center. The lecture is titled, "Vital Signs of American Indians." Also known as Thomas R. Porter, he is a member of the Bear Clan, Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne (St. Regis), and founder of the Traditional Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke in Fonda.
  • Tom Dorsey, a member of the Onondaga Nation (Turtle Clan) and manager of the Native American Special Emphasis Program, will speak about New York's American Indian community at noon and at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Bulmer Center. The title of this presentation, "Eh Tonio To Ha Gay Ne Gawt Ne Goro (Now We Are of One Mind), is the concluding phrase of the Haudenoshonee thanksgiving prayer.
  • Ellen Evans, a mother of nine children who lived in Israel for 12 years, will present "Isha Im HaUzi" (Woman with the Uzi) at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the Bulmer Center. Evans will relate episodes from her memoirs and will answer questions about her life in Israel.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.