The William L. Reese II, Ph.D. Emeritus Center

Spring 2018 Program

All events are on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. in Room 134. University Administration Building (UAB), 1215 Western Avenue. All are free and open to the public.

International Insights

This spring’s series of programs will feature faculty, students, and friends of the University who have returned from global experiences with stimulating stories to share.


  • January 29
    Harvey Charles, Ph.D
    ., Vice Provost for International Education and Global Strategies.
    The Academy and the Imperative to Prepare Students for 21st Century Realities.


  • February 12
    Lawrence Schell, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Epidemioloy & Biostatistics, Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities.
    The Akwesasne, an autonomous nation on our northern border, facing issues of pollution, health, and identity.
  • February 26
    Philip Nasca, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Past Dean, School of Public Health.
    Teaching and learning in Vietnam: Lessons of a Lifetime.


  • March 12
    Gina Volynsky, MBA
    . Director, Center for International Development, UAlbany.
    Money empowers, especially women, in developing countries.
  • March 26
    Diane Reiner,
    UAlbany Alumna. Founding Director, Jajja’s Kids.
    Learning Cultural Sensitivity and a Way to Make a Difference.


  • April 9
    Bruce Svare, Ph.D
    ., Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychology.
    A Fulbright Journey: Seeing the World as Others See It.
  • April 23
    Laurie Feldman, Ph.D.,
    Professor, Department of Psychology. Senior Scientist, Haskins Labs, Yale University.
    How international collaborations enriched my program of research on how one’s brain handles multiple types of language structures.


  • May 7
    Samantha Friedman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology.
    Socioeconomic Status and Smoking in Turkey: Why Do Educated Turks Smoke More?
  • May 21
    J. Thalia Cummingham, M.D., Renaissance Woman, emergency medicine physician, playwright, photographer, and solo world traveler
    Leave Your Perceptions at the Door:  The World
    Isn't What It Seems.