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Hudson Valley Community College Announces Cultural Affairs Events for the Month of September

Contact: Jessica Shahda, (518) 629-7180,
For Release: IMMEDIATE, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

Hudson Valley Community College is pleased to announce upcoming Cultural Affairs program events for the month of September. All events are open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise indicated.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Brian Patneaude Quartet will perform at noon in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. Formed in 2002, the Brian Patneaude Quartet has quickly become one of the most well known jazz acts in upstate New York. Their music is an organic blend of modern jazz styles, featuring accessible melodies and harmonic textures that appeal to the casual listener and jazz aficionado alike.

On Thursday, Sept. 25, the film, “Daughters of Wisdom” will be shown in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. In Nangchen, it has traditionally been a high honor for a family to have a son become a monk, granting him the privilege to serve the community as a scholar and spiritual leader, and to transcend the hardships of everyday life. But to have a daughter become a nun has been considered a burden for a family, as she can no longer be married off in exchange for livestock, or bear children who can become workers on the family farm. It was believed that to educate a woman was a waste of valuable resources.

“Daughters of Wisdom” is an intimate portrait of these nuns, who are receiving unprecedented educational and religious training, and preserving their rich cultural heritage even as they slowly reshape it. Some shy, some outspoken, all committed to the often difficult life they have chosen, the nuns graciously allowed a camera in for a never-before-seen glimpse into their vibrant spiritual community and insight into their extraordinary lives. The film begins at noon and is 68 minutes long, followed by a Q&A discussion facilitated by the film’s director, Bari Pearlman.

“I’m thrilled to have the Brian Patneaude Quartet and the film ‘Daughters of Wisdom’ at Hudson Valley,” said Cultural Affairs Coordinator Maria Zemantauski. “I think both these unique arts experiences are something Hudson Valley students and the community will really enjoy.”

The Cultural Affairs program encompasses a wide range of events, including lectures, concerts, theater and dance performances, and visual arts exhibitions. The Mission of the Hudson Valley Community College Cultural Affairs Program is to offer multicultural, diverse performance programs to the campus community and the community at large, to complement the educational experience and foster appreciation and enjoyment of the arts.

For a complete list of each months’ Cultural Affairs events, please visit

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 64,000 alumni.