Cultural Affairs

Upcoming Events

Each fall and spring, Hudson Valley Community College offers quality cultural programming for the campus community and the general public.

Events are free of charge unless otherwise noted. All events are free for Hudson Valley students.

For more information about any of these events, call (518) 629-8071.

Crisis in Black Education
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
10:00 am – 10:50 am
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

The crisis in black education has increased significantly in urban neighborhoods. Public schools lack resources, endure overcrowding, exhibit a racial achievement gap, and confront policies that fail to deliver substantive opportunities. Dr. Kimberly Young Wilkins, assistant commissioner for innovation and school reform in the New York State Education Department, will speak about her vast personal experiences as an African American educator.


The Schuyler Flatts Burial Project
Thursday, February 22, 2018
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

A memorial service in June 2016 honored 14 African slaves, whose unmarked, 18th-century graves were discovered in June 2005 by sewer workers near the Menands/Watervliet border. Analysis conducted at the New York State Museum determined the remains of six women, one man, two children and five infants were at least 200 years old. Lisa Anderson, the New York State Museum curator who directed the bio-archaeological study, and Evelyn King, a project manager for the reburial, discuss the project, now known as the African Burial Ground at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery, and the ongoing work to secure designation as a New York State Historic Site.


No Borders, No Walls: Exploring Truth, Beauty and the Creative Self
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Award-winning author and poet Frank Gaspar has published five collections of poetry and two novels. Gaspar is internationally recognized as a leading voice of Portuguese-American literature. His writings have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals including The New Yorker, The Nation, The Harvard Review, Best American Poetry, and The American Poetry Review. Whether Gaspar is speaking of immigrant or veteran experiences, his voice rings true for all of us navigating the human experience. Gaspar will read from selected works, discuss the creative process and have a question-answer period.


Smarter Robots in Manufacturing and Beyond
Monday, March 12, 2018
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

To move from smart factories to smart homes, robots need to evolve in order to be collaborative, safe, cognitive and mobile. The newly-formed Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute focuses on meeting this emerging need. Its goal is to bring robotic innovations from research labs to the factory floor and beyond. John T. Wen, professor and department head at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will discuss the vision and approach of the ARM Institute, its technical and education roadmaps and several projects.


Watch Out for Alison Bechdel
Friday, March 23, 2018
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Alison Bechdel is an internationally beloved cartoonist whose darkly humorous graphic memoirs, astute writing and evocative drawing have forged an unlikely intimacy with a wide and disparate range of readers. A Q/A session and book signing follow Bechdel’s talk. This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Program and the English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language Department.


#Supertroopers: Law Enforcement and Twitter
Thursday, April 12, 2018
11:00 am – 11:50 am
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Law enforcement agencies use Twitter to investigate crimes and to share information for non-investigative purposes. Twitter allows for police/public interaction that traditional methods do not allow. Casey L. Ryan, an instructor in the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department at Hudson Valley Community College, will present research on how law enforcement agencies use Twitter as a non-investigative tool to relay information to the public and craft their image.


Climate Change: What You Can Do to Make a Difference
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm
Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

Mark Dunlea, chairman of the Green Education and Legal Fund, and legislative coordinator of People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE), will discuss climate change and the impact an individual can have. Dunlea will share examples of how communities have worked together to reduce their carbon footprint and how local residents have pushed for and created change.