Voices: A Library Lecture Series’ Speakers Announced for Spring 2021

January 21, 2021

Voices: A Library Lecture Series is presented each semester by Hudson Valley Community College in Troy to broaden and enrich the scope of studies at the college with talks on timely and enduring issues that are shared with the community. The lectures are 50-minutes long and will be streamed live online due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. All are welcome to attend; live stream access information is available at www.hvcc.edu/voices.

The Politics of Public Health
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presentation
Dorcey L. Applyrs, DrPH, MPH will provide a brief overview of the public health field and its relevance at this unique moment in history. As the United States grapples with surging COVID-19 cases, unprecedented political discourse, and unrest related to social injustice, public health experts are faced with the challenge of being intentional about the '3Ps' of public health: promotion, prevention, protection.

A New Era of Theatre
Thursday, Feb. 25, 10 to 10:50 a.m.
Emily Curro, theatre artist and producing executive director of Troy Foundry Theatre, will discuss the challenges of building a non-profit theatre company from the ground-up in the Capital Region. Using personal images and film footage, she will demonstrate the trajectory of Troy Foundry Theatre’s evolution from launch in 2017 to today, and its current pandemic operations and programming process.

Food is a Human[e] Right!
Wednesday, March 10, noon to 12:50 p.m.
Jammella Anderson, community activist, birthworker and yoga teacher, works with marginalized and underserved communities to fight food insecurities and food apartheid. She will discuss how systemic oppression adversely affects marginalized communities and prompting her to establish Free Food Fridge.

Education in the Time of COVID
Tuesday, March 23, 1 to 1:50 p.m.
Superintendents John Carmello (Troy City School District) and Jeffrey Simons (East Greenbush Central School District) will join a virtual, moderated panel to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, staff, faculty and parents. They will discuss the issues unique to their districts and the varying impact of the New York State school aid formula on school districts across the state.

Risk and Resilience: Overcoming the Odds
Thursday, April 8, 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Teresa Gil, Ph.D., psychotherapist, professor and author, will review resiliency and trauma theory while weaving in the stories of women she has interviewed for her book. She will examine the long-term psychological and health consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and focus on the circumstances that put individuals at risk. Most importantly, Gil will discuss the elements that promote protective factors in our lives that help us to “defy the odds,” support our resilient capacities, and triumph over adversity.

Please visit www.hvcc.edu/culture to learn about more Spring 2021 Cultural Affairs programs at Hudson Valley Community College. Email d.gardner@hvcc.edu for more information.

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