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Hudson Valley Unveils Fall 2004 Lecture Series

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, August 6, 2004

The Hudson River PCB cleanup, airport security, and the Selective Service are three of the current local and world issues that will be discussed during the Fall 2004 semester as a part of Hudson Valley Community College's "Voices: A Library Lecture Series."

"This semester's list of topics and speakers will provide our students, faculty and staff, and the community with an in depth look into several controversial items that are seen in the news media almost every week," said Robert Matthews, chairman of the Voices committee. "Each semester we attempt to bring in leading authorities on issues that people of the Capital Region, the United States, and the world face today."

Admission is free to all lectures, which will be in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. For more information, contact the Marvin Library at (518) 629-7336.

The Voices schedule is as follows:

  • Airport Security in the 2000s: How Far Shall We Go? 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 14 - Subsequent to the events of September 11, 2001, national airport security has become an important issue. Richard Ahlborn, assistant federal security director of the Transportation Security Administration at Albany International Airport, and Melanie Trimble, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Capital Region Chapter, will discuss the federal proposal to develop a nationwide database and identification program to verify passengers' identities prior to boarding commercial aircrafts.
  • You Can't Eat GNP: Economics as If Ecology Mattered, Noon, Tuesday, September 28 - Dr. Eric A. Davidson, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, is an author and a researcher with extensive experience in the ecology of the Amazon Forest basin. He will discuss his new book, which explores the problem of protecting the environment while dealing with current economic conditions.
  • The History of the Selective Service and Its Relevance in Today\'s Turbulent World, 11 a.m., Thursday, October 7 - The continuing crisis in Iraq and other countries, the war on terrorism, and the need for security within this country beg the following question: Is our military sufficient to protect us? General Rosetta Y. Burke, state director of the Selective Service System, and John Howe, military historian, will provide a historical overview of the United States military and discuss its state of preparedness to meet crisis situations.
  • The Hudson River: A PCB Cleanup Update, Noon, Tuesday, October 26 - Leo Rosales, public affairs specialist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Hudson River Field Office, will provide an overview of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site Cleanup, including an update on the project design, progress reports, work plans, and performance standards.
  • Two Views of Rwanda: A Personal Story and a Visitor's Perspective, Noon, Thursday, November 11 - In the United States, little is known about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Eugenie Mukeshimana, a native of the African nation, will speak about her escape from Rwanda and the effects of genocide on women. Catherine Wagner Minnery, an artist who in 2002 visited the country with a relief agency, will present her experience there through her artwork.
  • Art: The Passionate Life, 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 16 - Gay Malin will give a multimedia presentation about passion, art, work, and life. She is represented by galleries in New York and Rhode Island, and works for the New York State Museum doing, among other things, facial reconstructions and mastodont restoration.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College 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 11,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.