Wednesday, October 7, 2009

UAlbany Community Day to Feature a Variety of NYSWI Events

This is a great weekend to visit the University at Albany. On Friday, the University honors alum and gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk.

On Friday evening, UAlbany and the Writers Institute welcomes Krugman, a New York Times columnist and winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics. Krugman has been called “the most important political columnist in America” (Washington Monthly), and “the most celebrated economist of his generation” (The Economist). Recent bestsellers include The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 (2008), The Conscience of a Liberal (2007), and The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century (2003). Krugman’s lecture, part of the Visiting Writers Series, will be at 8 p.m. in Page Hall on the University’s downtown campus.

Saturday is the second annual Community Day, and includes a special presentation by Writers Institute Founder Bill Kennedy and Director Don Faulkner, who will provide video highlights of a quarter century of prize-winning authors, poets and filmmakers who have visited UAlbany. That’s at 2 p.m. in Fine Arts 126.

At 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the uptown campus you can catch a film screening of Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award-winning film MILK.

At 8 p.m., the University hosts Soldier and statesman General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Persian Gulf War and U.S. Secretary of State from 2001-2005. Powell gives the inaugural address of the University’s World Within Reach Speaker Series. He will speak on "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust & Values,” at UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena.

And don’t forget about the Writers Institute’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on November 16th at Page Hall. Joining us will be special guests Governor Mario Cuomo and biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin.