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Hudson Valley Community College Announces Fall Cultural Events

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010

The Cashore Marionettes, with realistically engineered movements and touching tales of everyday life, take over the stage at Hudson Valley Community College's Maureen Stapleton Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. in a presentation titled "Simple Gifts." This series of vignettes for audiences of all ages is set to the music of Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland to provide an entertaining and sensitive vision of what is to be human. General admission to the Cashore Marionettes is $10; children under 10 are admitted free. Call (518) 629-8071 for tickets.

"Simple Gifts" is one of the many public programs being offered by Hudson Valley's Cultural Affairs Office through December. The schedule continues as follows, with events free of charge.


Chris Duncan: Recent Work
Exhibition: Through Saturday, Oct.23
Artist Lecture: 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23
Opening Reception: 4 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23
Teaching Gallery, Administration Building
Chris Duncan's sculpture and drawings investigate the human body through gesture, scale and process. Working in slate, bronze and plaster, gouache and acrylic, Duncan finds expressive qualities of surface in both art forms.

Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition
Exhibition: Nov. 11 – Dec. 11
Teaching Gallery, Administration Building
Artist Lecture: 3 p.m., Nov. 11
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
Opening Reception: 4 - 6 p.m., Nov. 11
Teaching Gallery, Administration Building
This exhibition features works in all media by 17 alumni of Hudson Valley's Fine Arts Program. Among the presenting artists are Zach Ziemann, Gabrielle Piedmonte and Val Rafferty.


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.)

Who's the Fairest of Them All: The Social Construction of Beauty in India
Noon, Tuesday, Nov. 9, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Anne R. Roschelle, associate professor of sociology at SUNY New Paltz, Omar Nagi, assistant professor of sociology at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and Sunita Bose, assistant professor of sociology at SUNY New Paltz, present and discuss a slide show of historical and contemporary images of Indian women in contrast to pictures from advertisements showing images of beauty that are socially constructed and perpetuated by the mass media. As western standards of beauty are exported throughout the world via music videos, television shows, advertisements and films from the United States and other countries, ideals of what constitutes beauty become increasingly homogeneous. As a result, one-dimensional representations of beauty, in which women are excessively thin, light-skinned and devoid of ethnicity have become commonplace. Advertisements for cosmetic surgery, skin-lightening products and diet aids are aimed at Indian women who can afford to physically transform themselves into more beautiful women. By presenting a cornucopia of visual images, the panelists deconstruct hegemonic notions of beauty and provide a rich tapestry of Indian life.

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.


Music Without Walls Project
Noon, Thursday, Oct. 7, Maureen Stapleton Theatre

In this performance of songs and music from around the world, musician and world-traveler Sharon Klein - joined by her five-piece acoustical ensemble - demonstrates her strong belief that music is our common language. Featuring a visual landscape/travelogue, Klein uses music as a force to break down barriers and promote understanding of the world's cultures and shared experiences as part of the global community.

Quartet San Francisco in Concert
Noon, Thursday, Oct. 28, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium
String quartets that play jazz are nothing new these days, but few play it like the Quartet San Francisco. Crossover specialists, the four give new meaning to chamber music with their multi-stylistic approach to jazz, tango, pop, blues, bluegrass, gypsy swing and big band. Come enjoy a memorable hour of their agile, non-traditional sounds. "When the music says swing, we swing. When the music says groove, we groove," is the motto of the Quartet San Francisco.

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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 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.