Dwight Marvin Library

HVCC READS is a community reading program designed to encourage students, faculty and staff to read and discuss the same book.

Mark McGuire
Mark McGuire

The HVCC READS Committee is pleased to announce that local journalist/columnist Mark McGuire has agreed to visit the campus on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. During that day, he will visit two classes, share lunch with a small group of students, faculty, and staff, and deliver a lecture to the entire community with a dessert reception to follow.

HVCC READS Lecture by Mark McGuire
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
Free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

Mark McGuire, originally from Long Island, is a senior writer at the Times Union in Albany. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, McGuire began his journalism career at the Leader-Herald in Gloversville, New York, and later, he worked at The North Jersey Herald and News before settling in the Capital Region. During his time at those first two newspapers, McGuire's duties included general news assignments, government reporting and sports coverage as well as a periodic column on music. Since arriving at the Times Union in 1990, however, McGuire has also written about television along with reporting on news and sports.

In addition, McGuire has written two books, both about baseball. In 1999, he co-authored with Michael Sean Gormley a book titled Moments in the Sun, a work that chronicles the short-lived baseball careers of players such as Bo Belinsky, Bernie Carbo, Mark "The Bird" Fidrych and Joe Charboneau. A year later, the two authors published The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of the 20th Century Ranked.

The idea behind HVCC READS is twofold: first, bringing an author to campus for a discussion of his or her work will remind readers that living, breathing individuals are the creators of the books that form the foundation of a well-rounded education; and, second, when everyone reads the same book, the entire campus becomes a classroom for a discussion of ideas.

Joyce Carol Oates' appearance on campus marks the sixth year of the HVCC READS program.

Previous HVCC READS Lectures

  • 2011 - Amy Tan, "The Opposite of Fate"

  • 2011 - Joyce Carol Oates, "High Lonesome"

  • 2010 - Ryan Smithson, "Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI"

  • 2010 - Liz Funk, “Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls”

  • 2009 – Jessica Abel, “La Perdida”

  • 2008 – Richard Selzer, “Confessions of a Knife”

  • 2007 – William Kennedy, “Ironweed”

  • 2006 – Bill McKibben, “Enough”

For more information about the program, contact Jim LaBate at (518) 629-7226 or at j.labate@hvcc.edu.

This program is sponsored by the Faculty Student Association and the Student Senate.