Emeritus Center

Spring 2020 Schedule of Programs

The University at Albany Emeritus Center (www.albany.edu/emerituscenter) meets every other Monday at 1:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters in the University Administration Building (UAB), Room 134, 1215 Western Avenue, Albany unless otherwise noted. All are welcome. Programs are free to attendees. Please join us!


  • January 27: Sanjay Goel, “Technology Evolution and the Emerging Cyber Security Threats”
Sanjay Goel is a Professor in the School of Business at the University at Albany, SUNY and the Director of Research at the New York State Center for Information Forensics and Assurance at the University. He will discuss existing and emerging threats to computers and information systems, as well as key measures that can be instituted as a first level of defense.


  • February 10: Richard Fogarty, “1917: Film, Fiction, Fact, and the First World War”
Richard Fogarty is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is a historian of modern France and Europe, with interests in the histories of culture, politics, war, and the military, especially the ways they intersect. 1917 is an award-winning movie about World War I and is currently showing in theatres nation-wide.
  • February 24: David Carpenter, “Human Health Effects from Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields"
David Carpenter is a public health physician who is the Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment, a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization, as well as Professor of Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health. His talk will focus on the possible human health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields from common sources such as power lines, WiFi, and cell phones.


  • March 9: Provost Carol H. Kim, “Meet Provost Carol Kim: Background, Values and Vision for UAlbany”

    Carol H. Kim is the newly appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University at Albany, SUNY. A molecular virologist and professor of microbiology, Dr. Kim pioneered the use of the zebrafish model for innate immune response to infectious diseases. Her talk will provide the emeriti with the opportunity to meet her and to hear her thoughts and vision for the future of UAlbany.

  • March 23: Yanna Liang, "Solutions for Global Sustainability from an Environmental Engineer’s Perspective"
Yanna Liang is Professor and Chair of Department of Environmental & Sustainable Engineering, University at Albany, SUNY. She will discuss engineering solutions to global problems such as climate change and environmental sustainability.


  • April 6: Corinna Ripps Schaming, “The University Art Museum: Contemporary, Artist-Driven, Student-Centered”
Corinna Ripps Schaming is Director and Chief Curator of the University Art Museum at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her talk will focus on the Art Museum and its relevance to artists, faculty, students, and the community at large.
  • April 20: Monika Boeckmann, “It's OK to be old!”
Monika Boeckmann is Executive Director at Senior Services of Albany (SSA), which is a mid-sized, not-for-profit organization serving thousands of seniors each year. SSA (recently renamed as LifePath) provides low-cost, high-quality, customer-driven services and programs (Meals on Wheels, transportation, case management, adult day programs, and community dinning) to older adults and caregivers in the Capital Region to enhance the quality of their lives and help them maintain their independence.


  • May 4: Bert Fay, “James Joyce’s The Dead
Reverend Bertrand Fay, retired from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, has life-long interests in and experiences with theatre, including performances at several local venues such as the Cohoes Musical Hall and Steamer 10. He has also performed as a solo spoken word artist. He will perform his dramatic adaptation of "The Dead" from James Joyce's collection of short stories, The Dubliners and follow up with a discussion of this work.