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"Puerto Rico: Whose Land Is It?" Is Topic of Next Voices Lecture at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, September 16, 2002

Dr. Jose Rossy-Millan, a social activist and native of Puerto Rico, will speak on the enigma of Puerto Rico during the next Voices Library Lecture Series event at Hudson Valley Community College, Wednesday, October 2 at 1 p.m.

Rossy-Millan's presentation will provide an overview of the uncertainties facing our Caribbean neighbors and fellow American citizens. The discussion will include questions of statehood or sovereignty for the island and the positive and negative aspects of each.

Rossy-Millan has been active in social justice issues throughout his adult life. At 21 he joined the board of directors of the Puerto Rican Independence Party. He also has been active in the movement to end military use of Culebra and Vieques islands, both in his native Puerto Rico and in New York.

Dr. Rossy-Millan earned a bachelor's and master's degree in counseling from the University of Puerto Rico. He completed another master's degree in psychology at the University at Albany and received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. He has taught at SUNY and CUNY institutions and currently practices individual and family psychology in Amsterdam.

The lecture will take place in the auditorium of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley campus. Voices: A Library Lecture Series is part of the Cultural Affairs Program at Hudson Valley Community College. For more information, call 629-7336.

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.