Voices: A Library Lecture Series’ Speakers Announced for Fall 2019

September 5, 2019

Voices: A Library Lecture Series is offered each semester at Hudson Valley Community College to broaden and enrich the scope of studies at the college by presenting speakers on timely and enduring issues, and sharing these lectures and discussions with the community. Each lecture is 50 minutes long and held in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Troy campus. The public is welcome to attend; admission is free.

Depression, Anxiety and Resiliency Among College Students
Thursday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 1:50 p.m.
Students face many stressors during college, which may impact their mental health. This presentation will address common concerns, such as depression and anxiety, and ways to strengthen one’s resiliency. Sara Donnelly and Katie Weeks, licensed mental health counselors from the college’s Wellness Center, will discuss current trends in college student mental health, early warning signs, coping/self-care skills, and available campus and community resources.

The Facts about Teen Pregnancy
Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Ginni Egan, executive director of Young Parents United in Schenectady, will discuss recent trends impacting teen pregnancy rates in the United States. She will also review the factors affecting teen conception, and the successful strategies used to address these issues in Schenectady County.

The Continuing Impact of Government Boarding Schools on Generations of Native Americans
Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 1 to 1:50 p.m.
“Kill the Indian. Save the man.” Six words were the motto of the first off-reservation government boarding school established in 1879 that served as a model for schools that followed. The U.S. government made Native people abandon their languages, renounce their traditions and way of life in an attempt to “civilize” them and make them like the dominant culture. Educator and performing artist Matoaka Little Eagle will describe how this forced assimilation impacted Native Americans, and influenced social perspectives, government policies, economics and more. “Native people are still here. We are dynamic and resilient,” she affirms.

Information in 2019: What’s real... and what’s fake?
Thursday, Oct. 24 from 11 to 11:50 a.m.
It is becoming increasingly difficult when we read or hear the news to know what is accurate and objective. Anyone can develop a website or a blog, and sometimes the information posted goes viral. But is it real or is it fake? Is it intended to inform, mislead or provide a political message? Politicians promise transparency, but do they keep that promise if elected? Mark C. Mahoney, editorial page editor for The Daily Gazette in Schenectady who earned a 2009 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing, will address these questions.

De-centering the Privileged
Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 1 to 1:50 p.m.
The definition of intersectional community organizing is prioritizing the concerns of the most marginalized. This approach requires centering the needs of those burdened by multiple intersections of oppression while DE-centering the needs of those with the most societal privilege. Privileged groups – including, but not limited to, white, male, straight, cisgender, and/or able-bodied individuals – are prone to stifle and resist initiatives not directly addressing their priorities. Boston-based poet and activist DiDi Delgado will discuss the challenges and rewards of intersectional community organizing.

Primum non nocere (First, to do no harm)
Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Humans interact with animals on many levels: as beloved pets, as sources of entertainment in zoos, circuses and rodeos, as tools used in research, and as food sources. Claims that animals are being treated with the utmost care and kindness are too often untrue. Many animals used to feed and entertain us lead lives of suffering, as well as contribute to the disastrous effects of climate change. Speaker Dr. Holly Cheever, a graduate of Harvard and Cornell universities, maintains a private veterinary practice and assists law enforcement in animal cruelty prosecution.

Fall 2019 Exhibitions in the Library

The following exhibits are on display in the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium, located in the Marvin Library Learning Commons.


Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday and Nov. 27 - 30: closed

Wednesday, Aug. 21 – Monday, Sept. 30
A series of photographs by visual artist Natasha Holmes, Babble focuses on present day consumerism and invites viewers to ponder the significance of so much “stuff,” lots of it soon discarded. Currently living and teaching in upstate New York, Holmes works in the fields of photography, ceramics and design. She pursued a BFA degree in both ceramics and creative photography at California State University (Fullerton) prior to earning a MFA degree in photography from Indiana University. Holmes was born and raised in southern California and claims to love the Northeast cold.

Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College
Monday, Nov. 11 – Saturday, Dec. 7
An exhibition of photographs, documents, medals and other memorabilia related to veterans and active service personnel with a connection to Hudson Valley Community College will return for its ninth year.

More Information

The full Cultural Events Calendar is available at www.hvcc.edu/culture.

Please call (518) 629-8071 or email d.gardner@hvcc.edu for more information.

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