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Hudson Valley Community College Spring 2010 Cultural Affairs Calendar of Events

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Jan. 22, 2010

Hudson Valley Community College's Cultural Affairs Office announces its spring schedule of arts and humanities events. This extensive program of theatrical performances, lectures, films, musical performances and fine art exhibitions runs from February to May. All events are open to the public at no or minimal cost.


Danny Goodwin/Blane De St Croix Exhibition
Feb. 9 – March 20
Lecture by Blane De St Croix: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
Opening Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m., Teaching Gallery, Administration Building
Lecture by Danny Goodwin: Thursday, March 11, 3 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

A collective disquiet over security and information has settled over contemporary culture in the ever-present wake of 9/11. This anxiety and the at-times inaccurate information fueling our personal and governmental responses to the times form the basis of investigation for both artists. Creating their own iconography of the decade's battles over territory and ideology, De St Croix and Goodwin exploit and probe our trust in information and images themselves.

Year-End Student Exhibitions
April 23 – May 8
Reception and Department Awards: Friday, April 23, 5-7 p.m., Teaching Gallery, Administration Building

Hudson Valley Community College students exhibit their work in the annual Juried Student and the annual Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting exhibitions. Both exhibitions include work in all media.


The Conviction of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Are We There Yet?
Wednesday, Feb. 3, Noon, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Terrence L. Melvin, secretary-treasurer of the New York State AFL-CIO, will examine the vision and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he strived for civil, worker and human rights in the 1960s. What was his true objective? Today, we have a black man in the White House as President of the United States. Has Dr. King's dream been realized? Would he be pleased with what our country has achieved? Are there still obstacles to overcome?

The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College
Thursday, Feb. 18, Noon, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Marisa LaFrance, area director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will discuss how college students can recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and in others and recommend ways of seeking help. The 27-minute film, "The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College" will be shown. It depicts a picture of depression and other problems associated with suicide, as commonly experienced by college students and other young adults. A discussion and Q&A will conclude this presentation.

On The Beat
Tuesday, March 2, 10 a.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Tom Caprood, a reporter for The Record, and Michael Goot, a reporter covering education, the town of Glenville, and the village of Scotia for The Daily Gazette, will discuss a normal day in the life of a working journalist: how stories are conceived and approved, how stories are written, and how reporters work with their editors. They also will share their predictions about the decline in the newspaper industry as caused by the influences of blogging, Twitter and the Internet.

The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project
Wednesday, March 10, Noon, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Dr. Claire Puccia Parham discusses her book, "The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project: An Oral History of the Greatest Construction Show on Earth," paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the completion of the largest inland waterway ever built. Using photographs and commentary from 53 workers, she will explain why the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway was the greatest construction show on earth. Her book will be available for sale and signing.

HVCC READS 2010: Liz Funk and Ryan Smithson
Thursday, March 11, 1 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Two former Hudson Valley Community College students have published non-fiction books within the last year and return to campus to speak about their work. Liz Funk will discuss "Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls," and Ryan Smithson will discuss his military service in Iraq and the memoir that followed: "Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-year-old GI."

Habitat for Humanity and Service Learning: Its Impact on Teaching, Learning and the Community
Tuesday, April 20, 1 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Susan Kilgallon, a registered architect, an associate professor at Hudson Valley Community College, and co-advisor of the Habitat for Humanity Student Club discusses the role Habitat for Humanity has on the college experience and the community, with a focus on two student-designed homes being built by students from the Habitat club. The presentation includes slides of the two houses as they progress through construction, with a PowerPoint of the CAD drawings and video clips on Habitat. Students and community partners also will share their experiences with these projects.

Mary Surratt: An Accomplice to John Wilkes Booth
Tuesday, April 27, 1 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Kate Clifford Larson, PhD., historian and author, speaks about her book, "The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln." While most people know that John Wilkes Booth fired the fatal shot, fewer know that Mary Surratt was convicted and hanged for her role in the conspiracy. This presentation is the first in a series highlighting the themes of the traveling exhibition "Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War" to be hosted by the Marvin Library in 2013. ("Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War," a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center and currently touring the United States. "Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War" has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.)


Arn Chorn Pond
Thursday, April 15, Noon, Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center

Arn Chorn Pond, internationally recognized human rights activist and musician, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and four years in a labor camp, shares his message of survival, hope, healing and peace. He survived the labor camp by learning to play flute in a music ensemble created by Khmer Rouge leaders to play the regime's songs, fled to a refugee camp in Thailand at age 15, and later found a new life in the United States. His story is told in the documentary film, "The Flute Player."

Taína Asili with Gaetano Vaccaro
Thursday, April 29, Noon, Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center

Award-winning Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili and Sicilian guitarist Gaetano Vaccaro come together as a captivating duo intertwining potent vocals and enchanting classical guitar, performing unique and unforgettable representations of some of Latin America's best loved folkloric classics. Asili, a powerful vocalist from Philadelphia and Albany, has performed at venues, festivals and conferences across the country, sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Pamela Means and Tyrone Hill of The Sun Ra Arkestra. Vaccaro is first-generation Sicilian, raised in Albany, and greatly influenced by the Sicilian guitar playing of his father and grandfather. He began studying various musical instruments in early childhood and is well versed in guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, clarinet, flute, keyboards and cello, and is skilled in genres ranging from rock to flamenco.


"Julius Caesar"
Thursday, Feb. 18, Noon, Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center

During a week-long residency on campus, Shakespeare & Company presents "Julius Caesar," William Shakespeare's fascinating tale of political intrigue, betrayal and vengeance set against the rich tapestry of ancient Rome. Shakespeare & Company's education program strives to bring the classical poetry and plays of Shakespeare into the lives of as many students and teachers as possible in ways that are personally meaningful, educationally inspiring and theatrically compelling.

"The Vagina Monologues"
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 & 27, 8 p.m., Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center
$10 (Benefits Unity House of Troy)

Hudson Valley Community College's Theatre Club presents Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues," the Obie Award winning play that now is part of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

"Henry V"
Fridays and Saturdays, April 23, 24, 30, May 1, 8 p.m.
Sundays, April 25, May 2, 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Maureen Stapleton Theatre
$5 (Free for HVCC students)

The Hudson Valley Community College Theatre Club presents Shakespeare's classic chronicle of Henry's 1415 campaign. Under the direction of David Birch, a veteran of British professional theatre, this multimedia tale of the horrors of war places the fields of Harfluer and Agincourt in anonymous villages ravaged by today's War on Terror.


"My Nappy ROOTS: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage"
Thursday, March 4, 7 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

During a two-day residency on campus, co-director Regina Kimbell will screen "My Nappy ROOTS," the award-winning "edutainment documentary." "My Nappy ROOTS" takes an unparalleled look at how black hair is used as a prism through which to look at cultural, societal, and political issues in the African American community over time. The film reveals the significance and pride of African hairstyles prior to the first arrival of enslaved Africans to America, where the broader struggle of Black people began. This cultural and social struggle created the rise of the first great Black entrepreneurs and the billion dollar ethnic hair care industry that exist today. The 2005 film recently attracted renewed attention when Kimbell filed a lawsuit against Chris Rock, alleging questionable similarities between "My Nappy ROOTS" and the comedian's documentary, "Good Hair." Kimbell will conduct a Q&A session following the screening.

Third Annual Night of Student-Directed Plays
Thursday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, March 12 & 13, 8 p.m.
Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center
$5/person (free for HVCC students)

With students in every production role, this is a showcase of Hudson Valley Community College Theatre Club talent. Prior years have included student-written plays alongside professional works, ranging from comedy to flash drama.

"ICYIZERE: hope"
Thursday, April 22, Noon, Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center

Filmmaker Patrick Mureithi will screen "ICYIZERE: hope," a documentary about trauma, reconciliation and forgiveness in Rwanda following the genocide. The film chronicles "Healing & Rebuilding Our Community" (HROC), a three-day workshop that brought together 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 genocide with encouraging results. While addressing post traumatic stress disorder, the participants take part in a series of exercises that help to build trust. The participants learn they are more similar than different and that rebuilding trust is the foundation for rebuilding the community.

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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 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.