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Hudson Valley Community College Announces Voices: A Library Lecture Series Schedule for Fall 2008

CONTACT: Jessica Shahda (518) 629-7180 or
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 10, 2008

About the Voices Lecture Series: Voices: A Library Lecture Series is presented by the Marvin Library on the Hudson Valley Community College campus. The Voices Lecture series presents speakers on a variety of timely and enduring issues. Events are free and open to the public. For more information on Voices: A Library Lecture Series visit

When: Sept. 15, 11 a.m. – Noon., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

What: Echoes: A Return to Vietnam, Part I (Lecture)

Details: Dr. Ed Tick, a leading authority on post-traumatic stress disorder and author of the award-winning book, “War and the Soul,” will lead his eighth healing journey to Vietnam in mid-October. Accompanying him will be veterans, family members, and interested citizens. In this pre-trip presentation, Dr. Tick will facilitate a discussion with members of this group concerning their thoughts, apprehensions, and feelings about going to Vietnam. A follow-up presentation will occur in the spring.

When: Oct. 2, 1 - 2 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

What: Sittin’ on a Million (Lecture)

Details: Penny Lane, an independent and award-winning filmmaker and video artist from Troy, New York, will discuss her new film “Sittin’ on a Million.” This experimental documentary is about Mame Faye who ran a world famous house of prostitution on Sixth Avenue in Troy. In this film, Lane and her co-filmmaker, Annmarie Lanesey, tell a rich tale, paying tribute to this legendary figure and explaining the complex relationship between the Victorian-era Collar City and its seedier side of life downtown.

Showing dates for “Sittin’ on a Million”
Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, September 30 at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, October 1 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 2 at noon
All showings will be in the Multipurpose Room of the Marvin Library. Runtime: 25 minutes

When: Oct. 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Outdoor Pavilion, near Hudson Hall

What: Daniel Pearl Music Festival (Music)

Details: A Tribute to Daniel Pearl

In 2002, Daniel Pearl was the Wall Street Journal’s South Asian Bureau Chief. While researching a story in Karachi on a shoe bomber, Pearl was kidnapped and murdered. The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed by Daniel’s family and friends to continue his mission and to address the root causes of this tragedy. Due to Daniel’s love for music, the foundation created Daniel Pearl World Music Days in honor of his memory.

Daniel Pearl Music Festival
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Open Mic
2. – 4 p.m. Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers

When: Oct. 9, 4 - 5 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

What: A Mighty Heart (Film)

Details: The film is based on Mariane Pearl\'s account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of the life and tragic death of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl.

When: Oct. 9, 6 - 7 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

What: Investigative Journalism: No Easy Job (Lecture)

Details: Frank Smyth, Washington Representative and Journalist Security Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, will discuss the old as well as new dangers that journalists face worldwide in the wake of 9/11; from the threat of being targeted for one\'s work to the risks of covering armed conflicts.

When: Oct. 14, Noon - 1 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

What: Public Opinion Polls and Presidential Elections (Lecture)

Details: What do public opinion polls really say about presidential elections? Are they accurate? Can they gauge what Americans are thinking about the candidates? Dr. Andrew Smith, Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, will give the "inside scoop" on public opinion polling and the 2008 presidential election.

When: Oct. 29, Noon - 1 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

What: 1960 – LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon (Lecture)

Details: Award-winning author David Pietrusza will speak on his newly-released book, “1960- LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies,” which details that campaign\'s historic political, media, Cold War, religious, and civil rights aspects. Critics have compared David Pietrusza\'s work to that of Doris Kearns Goodwin and Gene Fowler. Pietrusza\'s previous book on politics is entitled “1920: The Year of the Six Presidents," which “Kirkus Reviews” called one of the best books of 2007. He will sign copies of his books at the conclusion of the presentation.

When: Nov. 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

What: Gangs and You: The Who, What, Why and What to Do About Gangs (Lecture)

Details: Ron “Cook” Barrett has been involved with inner-city youth for more than 20 years. As a gang prevention specialist employed by the Department of Youth and Family Services of the Albany Police Department, Barrett spends his days working with youth at various schools, agencies, and detention facilities and his nights reaching out to those already involved in gang activity. His presentation will focus on the ever-growing problem of gang culture, its lure to youth, and how to deal with this epidemic. His graphic, fast-paced presentation will expose the real challenges that lie ahead in combating this culture. Gang identification, prevention, intervention, and suppression methods will be discussed.

When: Nov. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

What: Photographs of African Masquerades (Lecture)

Details: African Masquerades are intricate and exquisite costumes traditionally worn by African priests and priestesses, carnival masquerades, dancers and Haitian vodou practitioners. Phyllis Galembo, photographer and Professor of Art at the University at Albany, will speak about photographing African masquerades, the reasoning behind them and give a visual tour of her colorfully vibrant portraits.

When: Dec. 3, 1 - 2 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

What: Bridges of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers (Lecture)

Details: Many bridges have been built across Capital Region waterways since 1795, and not all have lasted to the present day. Frank Griggs, civil engineer, professor, and historian, will present a tour of old and new bridges. He will take listeners on a tour of the Hudson River from Waterford to Castleton and of the Mohawk River from Amsterdam to Cohoes, pointing out interesting historical and technological details. Griggs also will discuss the acquisition and reconstruction of the Whipple Truss Bridge at the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve, a project that he was instrumental in organizing.