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Hudson Valley Community College Announces Voices Lecture Series

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

The public is invited to Voices: A Library Lecture Series at Hudson Valley Community during October and November with the theme this season of "Framing the Future." Topics range from an insider's look at the juvenile justice system to an insider's look at the sport of car racing.

All lectures in this weekday noon series take place in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium and admission is free.

Reframing New York State's Juvenile Justice System: The Courts, Placement and Probation
Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 13, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

John R. Dunne, senior counsel at Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna and former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S.Department of Justice, provides an overview of current issues facing New York State's juvenile justice system. His presentation focuses on the institutional relationships that occur after the arrest of a juvenile.

SEMATECH: The Five-Year Experiment, Twenty Years Later
Noon, Thursday, Oct. 14, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Andrew C. Rudack, 3-D Metrology Engineer at SEMATECH, provides a history of SEMATECH in Austin, Albany and around the world by tracing the history of a bold experiment that began in 1987. Rudack gives a practical overview of Moore's Law—a prediction of the rate at which technology will change and develop—and discusses how the Hudson Valley Community College Semiconductor Manufacturing Technician program is uniquely positioned to prepare the Capital Region for the 21st century.

Dutch Barns of the Hudson Valley: Back on Top After 400 Years
Noon, Tuesday, Oct. 19, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Keith Cramer, an architect, trustee of the Dutch Barn Preservation Society and newsletter editor for the National Barn Alliance, tells the story of America's first-named building style. Once the symbol of quality design and construction in farm buildings, our surviving Dutch barns are now prized for their elegant interior space, use of old-growth woods and hand-hewn craftsmanship. Dutch barns also are noted for being beautifully adaptable to modern residential and public uses.

Lincoln and the Memory of the Civil War: A Quest to Find Meaning
Noon, Thursday, Nov. 4, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Thomas Mackie, director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, discusses the development of the image of Abraham Lincoln. Immediately after President Lincoln's death, political and social agencies undertook the task of proclaiming a meaning behind the great pain the country was experiencing. The Commander-in-Chief had been assassinated and the four-year war had ended. Lincoln's image became associated with both freedom and tyranny. How could a nation rebuild itself after such rancor and so many divisions? How did this president's controversial image evolve into an American icon?

This presentation is the second 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.)

Motorsports for Life
Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 17, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
Tom Campbell, race car driver for more than 35 years, past chairman of the board of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), advisory board member of the Saratoga Auto Museum and an engineering manager at the Knolls Atomic Power Lab, shares some of the great experiences from his racing career. Campbell has won multiple championships with a big bore Corvette, a Trans-Am Camaro and his current Mazda Miata. He races at Watkins Glen, Lime Rock Park and other tracks throughout the Northeast. Campbell also discusses the motorsports programs of the SCCA, including racing, autocross and rally. A question and answer session concludes his presentation.

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