Fall 2015 Brochure
Flag on Puzzle, 2012
Oil on canvas
43" x 26"
Sunflowers Remix I, 2013
Oil on canvas
43" x 26"
El Guggen Remix, 2008
Oil on canvas
72" x 48"
Ryan Parr received a BA from the University
of Iowa in 2000 and an MFA from the
University at Albany in 2005. He was
the Collections Production Coordinator
at the University at Albany Art Museum
and currently teaches at Hudson Valley
Community College. He participates in
exhibitions around the Capital Region.
Dangers of Drug Use
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Debra L. Person is the founder and executive director of
Exodus 3 Ministries, Inc. (E3M) in Syracuse, a not-for-profit,
faith-based organization that provides spiritual counseling,
emotional support and other services to women and families.
Person endured molestation and rape growing up, eventually
turning to drugs as a means of coping with the pain and
trauma. As a result, she was a drug addict for many years
before she turned her life around and began helping others.
In addition to sharing her life story, Person warns her listeners
about the dangers and long-term consequences of drug use.
Mass Incarceration and
the Movement for Change
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
Dr. Alice Green, executive director and founder of the
Center for Law and Justice in Albany, describes mass
incarceration in America, its history and impact, and the
growing movement to change this phenomenon. The Center
for Law and Justice seeks the fair and just treatment of all
people throughout the civil and criminal justice systems and
works to reduce reliance upon incarceration. Dr. Green's
appearance is co-sponsored by the Created Equal: America's
Civil Rights Struggle programming series.
From Convict to
Conviction: A Grassroots
Vision for Criminal Justice
Reform in America
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Glenn E. Martin, president and founder of
JustLeadershipUSA, explores the growth of mass
incarceration, mass supervision and mass criminalization
in the United States, as well as his organization's vision to
achieve meaningful and long-lasting criminal justice reform.
Nanotechnology on Human
and Environmental Health
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
The rapid growth and projected acceleration of
nanotechnology create urgency in understanding, predicting
and managing the potential health risks associated with
exposure to nanomaterials. Dr. Sara Brenner, a
preventive medicine and public health physician at the
SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science& Engineering (CNSE), speaks about the safety implications of
White Nose Syndrome:
The Darkest of Nights for
North American Bats
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015
Alan Hicks, retired bat biologist for the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation, tells the story
of White Nose Syndrome. Detected in the Capital Region in
2006, the disease has killed millions of bats across an everwidening
portion of the continent and has driven some bat
species to the edge of extinction. Hicks also describes similar
human-induced catastrophes that are now threatening the
Putting Together The Pieces
of Body Modification:
A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
This panel discussion addresses the psychological aspects,
legal implications and health risks of body piercing and
tattooing. John R. Ostwald, associate professor at Hudson
Valley Community College, will explain how perceptions about
one's body can either fortify or erode a person's self-esteem,
emotional wellness and ability to develop relationships.
Veronica Barber, a third-year student at Albany Law
School, will report on the lack of regulation of discrimination
on physical appearance and share her own experiences.
Rosemary N. Ostwald, senior sanitarian at the NYS
Department of Health, will present the public health risks
associated with body art. William P. Kent, Hudson Valley
Community College student, will be the moderator.
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