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Hudson Valley Community College Offers Spring 2011 Cultural Affairs Programs Open to the Public through April

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011

Award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates highlights the spring 2011 events calendar at Hudson Valley Community College with a reading and discussion of her work on Friday, March 11 at 11 a.m. Her talk takes place in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center and is open to the public free of charge.

An eminent and prolific writer of novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction since the early 1960s, Oates is a winner of the National Book Award and has repeatedly made the New York Times Notable Books of the Year list. The HVCC READS program at Hudson Valley encourages attendees to read Oates' short story collection, "High Lonesome," prior to the event.

In addition to Oates' appearance, the Cultural Affairs Program at Hudson Valley offers the following events from February to April, all open to the public free of charge.

Framing and Reframing Reaganomics
1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Khalid R. Mehtabdin, Ph.D., an associate professor of economics at The College of St. Rose and a specialist in Reaganomics, presents his newly developed strategy to strengthen the economy of the United States.

Shakespeare & Company: "Hamlet"
Noon Thursday, Feb. 24
Maureen Stapleton Theatre

As its week-long residency on campus unfolds, Shakespeare & Company delves into the enduring themes of revenge, madness and family loyalty in its presentation of the familiar and tragic tale of "Hamlet."

The Real State of Art
Noon Wednesday, March 2
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Abstract painter George Hofmann discusses popular misconceptions in the art world concerning money, prestige and fame, explaining how art has a life of its own and looking at some of the surprises that a life in art reveals.

Lisa Dodson: "The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy"
Noon Thursday, March 10
Maureen Stapleton Theatre

In her book, "The Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy," Brandeis University Public Policy Research Professor Dr. Lisa Dodson explores a silent movement for economic justice. Led by ordinary citizens, the silent current of the moral underground works within our deeply divided economy, bending the rules to help the working poor.

People as Commodities: The Growth of Economic, Genetic and Sexual Exploitation in America
11 a.m. Thursday, March 17
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Susan Beaver Thompson, managing editor of, addresses the myth that slavery has ended in America, with a look at how modern human slavery is alive and prospering with countless people in the United States caught up in the deceptive cycle of human trafficking, whether economic, genetic or sexual.

6 p.m. Monday, March 28
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Tracing the influence of the Women's Movement's Second Wave on art and life, "THE HERETICS" is the exhilarating inside story of the New York feminist art collective that produced "Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics" (1977-1992). In this feature-length documentary, cutting-edge video artist/writer/director Joan Braderman, who joined the group in 1975 as an aspiring filmmaker, reconnects with 24 group members worldwide. By revealing this smart, funny and sexy collective's history the film presents a microcosm of the period's broader transformations, challenging the very terms of gender and power in our time.

Christianizing Lincoln: Historical Memory and the Religious Views of Abraham Lincoln
11 a.m. Wednesday, April 6
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Samuel P. Wheeler, a researcher with the papers of Abraham Lincoln, examines the debate over Abraham Lincoln's religious views. Following Lincoln's assassination, religion proved to be one of the most contentious battlegrounds in the war over Lincoln's memory, with one side claiming he was a man of deep Christian faith and others arguing he was a scoffer and free-thinker, even an atheist.

Ewabo Caribbean Steel Trio
Noon Thursday, April 7
Maureen Stapleton Theatre

Ewabo places particular emphasis on the steel drum (better known as "pan" to the people of its land of origin, Trinidad & Tobago). The trio's skill and dedication to playing this instrument—the predominant art form in the Caribbean—has propelled it to prominence in the mainstream of international contemporary music. With the benefit of a variety of backgrounds in the arts, the musicians utilize their experiences to entertain, astound and educate audiences on the potpourri of Caribbean culture.

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 7-9
2 p.m. Sunday, April 10
Maureen Stapleton Theatre

This new play by Hudson Valley Community College Professor David Stewart Birch is a fast-paced, knock-about comedy that takes a lighthearted look at the Bard's teenage years. The play is constructed in five acts with multiple scenes to replicate the construction of Shakespeare's own comedies. It is meant for a set that has all the major Shakespearean stage elements: a thrust or protrusion from the main stage that allows the audience to be seated on at least three sides, an inner below or recessed area within the main stage, a musician's gallery and a trapdoor for unexpected entrances and exits. All the play's characters are based on actual persons who lived and loved in Stratford during Will's time there.

Mark Tayac and the Piscataway Indian Nation Singers and Dancers
Noon Thursday, April 14
Maureen Stapleton Theatre

Famous for their internationally recognized living history program of authentic American Indian dance, drum and song, the Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancers welcome the opportunity to educate and entertain audiences who want to learn more about Native American history, culture and contemporary issues. It is one of the most colorful, artful and educational programs in the country.

The group appeared in "Dances with Wolves" with actor Kevin Kostner and frequently contributes to History and Discovery channel television specials. They are regulars at the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian, national pow-wows, major festivals and colleges across the country.

Year-End Student Exhibitions
April 15 – May 7
Reception and Department Awards:
5-7 p.m. Friday, April 15
Teaching Gallery, Administrative Building

In their annual Juried Student and Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting exhibitions, Hudson Valley Community College Fine Arts students exhibit a variety of works in all media. The students plan, design and install their exhibitions.

Sensemaya Latin Jazz
Noon Thursday, April 21
Maureen Stapleton Theatre

Sensemaya fuses hot Latin dance rhythms with the cool sophistication of jazz improvisation. Their repertoire includes funkified interpretations of classic salsa to originals written in the revolutionary timba style of Cuba. The group's own uniquely fresh Latin jazz compositions include a variety of styles from Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. While Sensemaya can cater to the intimate jazz listener, its true purpose is to get audiences out of their seats and on to the dance floor.

For more information about these events, call (518) 629-8071.

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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.