HVCC’s Fall 2022 Voices: A Library Lecture Series Begins Sept. 29

September 19, 2022

Talks by five guest lecturers will be held in the BTC Auditorium.

Hudson Valley Community College’s Voices: A Library Lecture Series will feature five talks by guest lecturers on topics ranging from fostering workplace inclusion to astounding new discoveries about the Universe. All lectures will be in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Troy campus, and will be open free to the public.

Fostering Workplace Belonging – Thursday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 1:50 p.m.
Fostering a workplace culture where individuals feel genuinely valued, respected and recognized, is essential to a feeling of workplace belonging. How do our day-to-day interactions, practices, and policies prevent the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion? Jacqueline Richardson-Melecio, LMSW, PhD, a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant to businesses and organizations, will discuss individual and organizational bias and its impact on workplace culture.

Working on Wellness – Tuesday, Oct. 4 from Noon to 12:50 p.m.
Graham Healey, community program manager for the Mental Health Association of New York State, Inc., will lead an interactive program. His presentation will focus on understanding that mental health is an integral part of overall health and how to develop a multi-dimensional approach to wellness in our daily lives. He will identify simple techniques that can be utilized to enhance mental health.

Heather Bruegl
Heather Bruegl

Dogs, Horses and the Indian: A History of Blood Quantum – Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 1:50 p.m.
Heather Bruegl, a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first-line descendent Stockbridge Munsee, will explore the impacts of blood quantum laws on individuals, tribes and treaty rights. Native Americans are the only human group that must keep track of blood quantum. “Indian blood laws” have been viewed as a slow genocide of the Indigenous people.

Michael Leczinsky
Michael Leczinsky

Makerspaces: You can make ANYTHING! – Wednesday, Nov. 2 from Noon to 12:50 p.m.
Learn how emerging technologies enable artists, inventors and everyday people to create anything they can imagine. Michael Leczinsky, professor of practice in the Informatics Program in SUNY Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, will explore the processes and tools involved in creating high- and low-tech designs.

What is the Universe? – Monday, Nov. 7 from Noon to 12:50 p.m.
Quantum revelations and astounding discoveries since 1998 have led us to completely new understandings of the cosmos. Bob Berman, author, professor and astronomy editor of the “Old Farmers’ Almanac,” will explore the strange nature of “empty space,” the non-reality of time and the meaning of the infinite universe. Berman’s “overview of everything” will include alternative ways of visualizing the cosmos.

A full schedule of HVCC’s Fall 2022 Cultural Events is available at www.hvcc.edu/culture. For more information, please call (518) 629-8071 or email d.gardner@hvcc.edu

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