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Voices Lecture Series Begins at Hudson Valley Community College in February

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

At no other time in American history have clothing and hairstyles made such formidable and lasting political statements as they did during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. This topic is the subject of a talk titled, "What to Wear to a Revolution: Clothes, Hair and Conflict During the Civil Rights Era" presented on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at noon as Hudson Valley Community College kicks off its spring Voices Lecture Series.

Speaker Frankie Y. Bailey, associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at University at Albany, looks at clothing styles from Martin Luther King's suit and tie to the radical chic of the Black Panthers, as well as the dress codes and hair censorship so prevalent in schools and the workplace during that volatile era.

The 50-minute lectures in the Voices series all take place in the college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. The public is invited free of charge.

Other lectures are:

Sixty Five Years and Counting: Are We Over Hiroshima? Will We Ever Be?
Wednesday, February 16 at Noon

Professors John Kares Smith and Alok Kumar from State University of New York at Oswego share a brief history of Hiroshima with an account of its destruction and the world re-created there after August 6, 1945.

Framing and Reframing Reaganomics
Wednesday, February 23 at 1 p.m.

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.

The Real State of Art
Wednesday, March 2 at Noon

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.

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

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

Christianizing Lincoln: Historical Memory and the Religious Views of Abraham Lincoln
Wednesday, April 6 at 11 a.m.
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.

For more information about the Voices Lecture Series, go to or call 518-629-7336.

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.