"Challenges and Opportunities in Cities Today:
Lessons from Albany"
Subject of "Community
Connection" Talk by Helen Desfosses on Feb.
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 5, 2004)- Helen R. Desfosses,
associate dean at the University at Albany's Rockefeller
College of Public Affairs and Policy, will speak
on "Challenges and Opportunities in Cities
Today: Lessons from Albany" on Wednesday,
Feb. 11, at noon, in the Cobb Room, University
Library, on the UAlbany uptown campus. The talk
is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and
is one of a series of talks in the spring 2004
"Community Conversations" series. The
talks are free and open to the public.
Desfosses is also an associate professor in the
departments of Public Administration and Policy
and Africana Studies. In addition, she is serving
her second four-year term as president of the
Albany Common Council. The author of numerous
books and articles on local, national, and international
policy issues, Desfosses is also a news analyst
on local television and radio stations.
"Cities are the most enduring, yet vulnerable,
institutions, beset by changing fads and funding,"
notes Desfosses. "They are also prized for
their excitement, community, diversity, and links
to civilizations and the arts. Albany is uniquely
positioned to cope with the challenges and benefit
from the positive."
The Friends of the Libraries sponsor daylong
outings to cultural events and historic places
as well as hosting "Community Conversations"
for the extended university community. The trips,
modestly priced, include seating on a chartered
bus plus a luncheon. Membership in the Friends
of the Libraries is open to all who share an enthusiasm
for books and a commitment to building for the
future of the University Libraries at the University
at Albany. For more information about the Friends
of the Libraries, visit http://library.Albany.edu/friends
or contact Roberta Armstrong, (518) 442-3540.
The University at Albany's broad mission of excellence
in undergraduate and graduate education, research
and public service engages 17,000 diverse students
in nine degree-granting schools and colleges.
The University has launched a $500 million fundraising
campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with
the goal of placing it among the nation's top
30 public research universities by the end of
the decade. For more information about this internationally
ranked institution, visit www.albany.edu.
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