University at Albany
Public Programs

The Museum brings together artists, critics, writers, poets, and scholars to address key issues in contemporary art and culture through rigorous and provocative talks, conversations, debates, seminars, screenings, and readings in an informal setting.

Unless otherwise noted all events are free and open to the public.

The University Art Museum and the Performing Arts Center are located on the uptown campus of the University at Albany. For campus map with directions:


  • Gerard & Kelly Lecture:
    In Time and Out of Sync

    Wednesday, February 3, 7 pm
    University Art Museum

  • In this performative lecture, the artists discuss recent projects and their engagement with legacies of feminism and queer theory in making time-based work.

  • Gerard & Kelly Workshop:
    Witness the Process

    Thursday, February 4, 9 am - noon
    University Art Museum

  • Observers are welcome to watch the artists as they conduct a workshop in which the score for their performance installation, Reusable Parts/Endless Love (2011), is transmitted to UAlbany students.

  • Gerard & Kelly Performance:
    Reusable Parts/Endless Love

    Friday, February 12, 7 pm & 8:15 pm
    Performing Arts Center

  • Advance Tickets: $15 general public $10 students, seniors & faculty-staff
    Day of Show Tickets: $20 general public $15 students, seniors & faculty-staff
    For advance tickets, call the Box Office at 518-442-3997.

    In this score-based, thought-provoking performance installation originally commissioned by Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, the performers transmit and transform the instructions for a kiss into a machine-like production of unscripted representations of intimacy. Doing away with fixed seating, the artists place the audience in a “catch-as-catch-can” interactive experience inviting them to roam freely to watch the action or stay out of its way.

  • Poets Randall Horton and Jacqueline Jones LaMon Seminar

    Tuesday, February 16, 4:15 pm
    Standish Room, Science Library

    Poets Randall Horton and Jacqueline Jones LaMon Reading

    Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 pm
    University Art Museum

  • Randall Horton, author of the poetry collections Pitch Dark Anarchy (2013) and The Definition of Place (2006), is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Bea González Poetry Prize. His memoir, Hook (2015), explores his downward spiral from student to drug addict, cocaine smuggler, and incarcerated felon. Upon release from prison Horton earned a Ph.D. in English at UAlbany.

    Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of the poetry collections Last Seen (2011), winner of the Felix Pollak Poetry Prize, and Gravity, U.S.A. (2006), winner of the Quercus Review Poetry Series Award. She is the new president of Cave Canem, America’s leading Black poetry organization, committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets.

    Co-sponsored by New York State Writers Institute in connection with the exhibition Race, Love, and Labor on view at the University Art Museum through April 2, 2016.

  • David Shapiro Seminar

    Informal discussion with Missing People director David Shapiro

    Friday, February 26, 4:15 pm
    University Art Museum

    David Shapiro’s Documentary Missing People Screening

    Missing People film screening followed by commentary and Q&A with director David Shapiro

    Friday, February 26, 7 pm
    Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

  • Missing People directed by David Shapiro (United States, 2015, 76 minutes, color), is a nonfiction mystery about a woman who investigates her brother’s long unsolved murder. In the process she collects and researches the violent work and life of an artist from New Orleans. The film won the Best Documentary Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. David Shapiro, filmmaker, artist, and UAlbany alum ’85, directed the acclaimed 2000 documentary Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale, winner of many major film festival awards.

    Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute in connection with the exhibition Race, Love, and Labor, and the School of Criminal Justice’s Crime, Justice, and Social Structure Film Series.

  • 1st Tuesday at the
    Museum Student Event

    Tuesday, May 3, 5 – 8 pm

  • Artist Talk: Exhibiting artist
    Colin C. Boyd (MFA ’08)
    Museum Student Event

    Tuesday, September 6, 7 pm
    University Art Museum

  • As part of the exhibition Future Perfect, Boyd created a fully functional studio in the museum where he is shooting a stop-motion animation that presents an imagined post-human Earth.

    Colin Boyd’s selected group exhibitions include Howdy-Doody, Collar Works, Troy, NY; Abecedarius 26+1 Works by Colin C. Boyd and Michael Oatman, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY; Big and Bold: Contemporary Paintings, Collage and Sculpture from the Collection, the Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, NY; An Armory Show, Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany, Albany, NY; Curiosities, MASS MoCA Kidspace, North Adams, MA. His site specific installation Cormorants and the Whale is on view at the Albany International Airport.

  • TEDxSchenectady 2016: The Future is NOW

    Saturday, September 10, 12- 4 pm
    Schenectady County Public Library
    99 Clinton St, Schenectady

  • Future Perfect co-curator Danny Goodwin will look beneath the chaos of our day-to-day lives and envision a fragile, complicated place where visual art helps us unravel and accept the reality of a world that we simultaneously inhabit and create. So, if artists are informed by their culture (they are) and if art also shapes culture (it does), and if ours is a civilization in decline (it is), what does the art of today’s world tell us about ourselves? Goodwin will discuss the work of a select group of contemporary artists who are providing possible answers.

    Danny Goodwin’s photographic, video and installation work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions at Jack the Pelican Presents, Art Resources Transfer, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Momenta Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NYC; the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA; Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D. C.; Penn State, Altoona, PA; Cartel Gallery, London; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Goodwin is a 2005 Artists' Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). He is Associate Professor and Director of Photography and Related Media in the Department of Art and Art History at the University at Albany.

  • The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany - Joyce Carol Oates

    Thursday, September 15, 7:30 pm
    UAlbany Performing Arts Center

    Novelist, poet & essayist, Pulitzer Prize finalist, New York Times best-selling author

  • Created and produced by the University Art Museum, NYS Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Public Radio, this new series features leading figures from a variety of artistic disciplines in conversation about their creative inspirations, their craft and their careers. “Roundtable” host Joe Donahue conducts live on-stage interviews followed by a Q&A with the audience.

  • Artists’ Reception:
    Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene

    Friday, September 16, 5-7 pm
    University Art Museum

  • Please join us for an artists' reception to celebrate the University Art Museum's exhibition, Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene. Wine and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Career Talk: Eban Goodstein, Director Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability

    How to Get a Job Saving the Planet: Sustainability Leadership Careers in NGO’s, Business and Policy

    Tuesday, September 20, 3pm
    University Art Museum

    The good news for young people looking for careers is that saving the planet is a growth field. Goodstein will discuss how to get from college to a sustainability career in four steps.

    Lecture: Eban Goodstein, Director Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability

    Republicans, Democrats and Sustainability: Recovering Bipartisan Environmental Politics

    Tuesday, September 20, 7pm
    University Art Museum

  • Dr. Eban Goodstein is Director of Bard Center for Environmental Policy, and Bard’s MBA in Sustainability. Goodstein also directs the C2C Fellows network at Bard CEP, focused on helping undergraduates and recent graduates develop leadership careers in policy, business and NGO’s. He has coordinated climate education events at over 2,500 colleges, universities, high schools and other institutions across the country. Goodstein is the author of numerous articles, a college textbook, Economics and the Environment as well as Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion (2007) and Politics Can Stop Global Warming and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment (1999).

    Co-sponsored by the UAlbany Office of Environmental Sustainability.

  • Artist talk: essayist and blogger Jennifer Kabat

    Tuesday, September 27, 7pm
    University Art Museum

  • From the Hudson River School to drones, Kabat’s talk is a meditation on travel, writing, and the search for meaning in contemporary art and American culture.

    A recent finalist for Notting Hill Editions’ Essay Prize, Jennifer Kabat, is working on a book of linked essays, Growing Up Modern, which explores ideology and the landscape from the modernist suburb where she grew up to where she lives now, in the Catskill Mountains. Harper’s, The White Review, and Los Angeles Review of Books are all publishing selections from the book. Kabat, who teaches at New York University, has been awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation arts writers grant for her criticism.

  • Brown Bag Talk: Mary Ellen Mallia, Director of Environmental Sustainability

    Ten easy ways to reduce your environmental impact

    Thursday, September 29, noon – 12:45
    University Art Museum

  • With the advent of the Anthropocene, thinking intentionally about our choices and their impact on the environment is more critical than ever. This presentation will provide participants with a myriad of ways they can lessen their environmental impact.

    Mary Ellen Mallia is the Director of Sustainability at the University at Albany. Her office is in charge of coordinating sustainability activities related to curriculum, operations, research and engagement. Mary Ellen received her B.S. in Economics from Siena College, her M.A. in Education from the University at Albany, and her Ph.D. in Ecological Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Since becoming director in January of 2008, Mary Ellen has helped develop robust educational and engagement activities to complement the campus’ sustainable operation initiatives. Currently she serves on the steering committees of the New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE) and the Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS) group.

  • Discussion: Breathing Lights with Adam Frelin, Barbara Nelson, Judie Gilmore

    Tuesday, October 4, 7pm
    University Art Museum

  • The Breathing Lights project was awarded a $1 million Public Art Challenge grant through Bloomberg Philanthropies to realize a multi-city, temporary public art installation that involves illuminating hundreds of vacant buildings in Troy, Albany and Schenectady. Buildings will be lighted from the inside, implying, through an intermittent glow in front windows, that these structures can be reclaimed to become homes once again. The installation is meant to engender discussion among neighbors, governments and institutions about solutions to urban blight.

    Artist Adam Frelin works in sculpture, video, photography and performance and has shown widely at venues including as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the College Art Association. Frelin is Associate Professor of Art at University at Albany.

    Barbara Nelson, architect and long-time Troy resident, has a strong belief that community design and public art can be catalysts to better disadvantaged communities and neighborhoods. In October Nelson became executive director of TAP Inc., the Capital Region’s Community Design Center which was founded in 1969. TAP’s portfolio is focused on urban revitalization, architectural preservation, sustainability, fair housing and removal of architectural barriers. For 24 years she served as architect and planner in the Campus Planning and Facilities Design office at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For six of those years she taught courses as an adjunct in the School of Architecture.

    Judie Gilmore is an independent arts consultant, curator, and writer who works with creative organizations and individuals on public projects, site-specific installations, and project and organizational development. She is currently the Project Director for Breathing Lights. Previously, Gilmore served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program where she developed large-scale public art initiatives that focused on neighborhood economic development, behavioral health, workforce development and prisoner re-entry.

    Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and UAlbany Office of Environmental Sustainability.

  • Exhibition Tour and Gallery Talk

    Saturday, October 8, 11am and 1pm
    University Art Museum

  • Janet Riker, Museum Director and co-curator of the exhibition will conduct an informal talk and tour of Future Perfect.

    Janet Riker is Director of the University at Albany Art Museum. Prior to moving the Capital Region in 2004, she was Director of the Rotunda Gallery (Brooklyn Information and Culture) in Brooklyn and previously served as Director of the Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, Bayside, NY, and Assistant Curator at the Drawing Center in NYC. She has organized dozens of group exhibitions of contemporary visual arts, served on selection panels, public commissioning bodies, and lectured widely on contemporary art and artists’ issues. In 2004 Riker received the Betty Smith Arts Award and was cited by the New York City Council for her contribution to the arts in Brooklyn; in 2016 she received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award and the UAlbany President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

  • The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany - Savion Glover

    Saturday, October 15, 1 pm
    Page Hall on the downtown campus

    Dancer, choreographer & hoofer, Tony Award nominee & winner, Broadway, television & film star

  • Created and produced by the University Art Museum, NYS Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Public Radio, this new series features leading figures from a variety of artistic disciplines in conversation about their creative inspirations, their craft and their careers. “Roundtable” host Joe Donahue conducts live on-stage interviews followed by a Q&A with the audience.

  • Artist Talk: Exhibition artist Tommy Hartung

    Tuesday, October 18, 7 pm
    University Art Museum

  • In his film THE BIBLE, Tommy Hartung brings the Old Testament into conversation with current events through a combination of stop-action animation, found footage, fictive news bulletins, and hand-made sets. Join Hartung for an informal discussion of his work and current projects.

    Hartung’s solo exhibitions include SOLO*MAN, Rose Museum, Waltham, MA; Tommy Hartung: THE BIBLE, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; MA Hammer Projects: This Is the End, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles; THE BIBLE, On Stellar Rays, NYC; Tommy Hartung, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv; White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO; and MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY. Selected group exhibitions include Unorthodox, Jewish Museum in NYC; Contagious Living, Farenheit, Los Angeles; the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Black Cake, Team Gallery, NYC; and Ground Control to Major Tom, Cookie Butcher, Antwerp. Hartung received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant.

    Made possible in part with public funds from The NYS Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

  • New York Campus Crunch and Farmer's Market

    Thursday, October 20, 11 am – 2 pm
    Small Fountain

  • The New York Campus Crunch is a state-wide celebration of local food on college campuses. Students, staff, and faculty from across New York will crunch into an apple at 12:00pm to affirm their commitment to food that is healthy for people and the planet. We will be joining the Big Apple Crunch effort , hosted by GrowNYC, Food Day and the Mayor’s Food Policy Office and American Farmland Trust in an attempt to set the world record for the “Most Participants in an Apple-Crunching Event” at 1 million crunches. We want it to be the crunch heard‘round the world!

    Sponsored by UAlbany Office of Sustainability.

  • Film Screening: Snowpiercer with commentary by screenwriter Kelly Masterson

    Friday, October 21, 7 pm
    Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

  • Directed by Bong Joon-ho (South Korea/Czech Republic/United States/France, 2013, 126 minutes, color & b/w); starring Chris Evans, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton

    Based on the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is widely hailed as a classic of the new climate fiction genre (“cli-fi”). Survivors of a future Ice Age live out their lives on a train as it travels in a continuous loop around the globe. USA Today called it, “a rare hybrid that perfectly blends the dazzle of a futuristic action thriller with the intellectual substance of an art film.” Nominated for 94 film awards, it received a total of 19.

    Kelly Masterson, screenwriter of Snowpiercer, also wrote the screenplays Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), Good People (2014), starring James Franco, and Killing Kennedy (2013), starring Rob Lowe.

    Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

  • Conversation: Noa Wertheim, co-founder, Vertigo Dance Company and Mary Ellen Malia, Director, UAlbany Environmental Sustainability

    Tuesday, October 25, 7 pm
    University Art Museum

  • Vertigo has won international acclaim for its community-centered and environmentally conscious approach to dance. At the Vertigo Eco-Art Village, located midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Wertheim combines artistic expression, social responsibility and sustainability. In addition to being home to Vertigo Dance Company, Eco-Art Village hosts workshops in art and practical ecology, an artists-in-residence program for local and international artists, performances, and outreach programs for various groups, including special needs.

    Co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Center.

  • Performance: Vertigo Dance Company

    Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 pm
    Performing Arts Center

  • Internationally celebrated not only for their artistic innovation but also for their unwavering commitment to the intersections of creativity, social responsibility and ecological sustainability, this contemporary dance company from Israel presents Vertigo 20 by weaving together twenty years of the company's creations from its inception.

    For ticket prices and reservations: or call the box office 518-442-3997.

    Co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Center.

  • Brown Bag Talk: Eleanor Stein, Adjunct, University at Albany and Albany Law School

    CLIMATE CHANGE & HUMAN RIGHTS: Treaties and courts are beginning to recognize a human right to a livable climate: why has it taken so long, and what will this mean?

    Thursday, October 27, noon – 12:45 pm
    University Art Museum

  • CLIMATE CHANGE & HUMAN RIGHTS: Treaties and courts are beginning to recognize a human right to a livable climate: why has it taken so long, and what will this mean?

    Eleanor Stein served as an Administrative Law Judge at the New York State Public Service Commission from 1994-2014; until November 2015 she was Project Manager for the Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative for a more customer-centered, renewable, and distributed energy future. In 2015 she received a Master of Laws degree with distinction in climate change law and policy from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She teaches Law of Climate Change: Domestic & Transnational at Albany Law School and the Power Dialog at the University at Albany. Her areas of interest include public policy dispute resolution, mobilizing public participation in energy matters, and climate justice. She is on the Board of EcoViva, a US-based project in solidarity with climate adaptation and sustainability in rural El Salvador. She is an expert with America’s Power Plan.

  • Artist’s Talk: JoAnne Carson

    Tuesday, November 1, 7 pm
    University Art Museum

  • UAlbany Professor of Art and participating artist JoAnne Carson, will discuss her work, as well as ideas that have emerged through her re-curation of works from the UAlbany Fine Arts Collection included in Future Perfect.

    JoAnne Carson’s sculptures, paintings, and drawings have been shown in solo and two-person exhibitions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Claire Oliver Gallery, Joan Washburn Gallery, Ruth Siegel Gallery, and Plus Ultra Gallery, all in NYC. Group exhibitions include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Ceremonial Exhibition; the Whitney Biennial; the New Orleans Museum Frederick Weisman Collection; the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia's Awards in the Visual Arts; and the Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT. Carson has received a Guggenheim fellowship, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Purchase Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Awards in the Visual Arts.

  • Brown Bag Talk: Beth Feingold, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UAlbany, School of Public Health

    Thursday, November 3, noon – 12:45 pm
    University Art Museum

  • Public Health in the Anthropocene

    What might the unique challenges be to safeguarding environmental public health in the Anthropocene?

    Dr. Feingold's research interests are in the use of geospatial methods to understand the link between landscapes and health, with particular interest in issues related to industrial food animal production, climate and health, population-health-environment interactions, land use change, environmental justice, and urban environmental health.

  • Performance: Ethel/ Documerica

    Thursday, November 3, 7:30 pm
    Performing Arts Center

  • This wildly popular post-modern, indie-classical quartet presents a multimedia concert melding multiple screen video projections with original music by some of today’s top composers. Juxtaposing vintage 1970s photographs from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project Documerica, the program explores a compelling snapshot of a tumultuous era that powerfully connects to today’s ecological and social issues.

    For ticket prices and reservations: or call the box office 518-442-3997.

    Co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Center.

  • Reading/Discussion: Jeff Goodell, journalist and nonfiction writer, and Jennifer Haigh, fiction writer

    Thursday, November 10, 7 pm
    University Art Museum

  • Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future (2006), a look at the economic, environmental, and social issues surrounding the coal industry. He is also the author of How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate (2010), winner of the Grantham Prize (Award of Special Merit). In a starred review Booklist called it, “…a lively and invaluable introduction of the simultaneously alarming and promising field of geoengineering.” His forthcoming book, due out in 2017, is The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World.

    Jennifer Haigh is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: Mrs. Kimble (2003), which received the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for distinguished first book of fiction; Baker Towers (2005), The Condition (2008), and Faith (2011). In her new novel Heat and Light (2016), Haigh explores the allure of fracking for the residents of a ravaged coal town. The Washington Post called it “the best fracking novel ever…. a tour-de-force of multiple point-of-view narration.”

    Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

  • Artists Talk: Exhibiting artist Letha Wilson

    Tuesday, November 15, 4:30 pm
    University Art Museum

  • Wilson’s solo and two-person exhibitions include Look with Your Hands at Grimm Gallery in Amsterdam; Terra Firma at Brand New Gallery in Milan; Letha Wilson at Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris; and Monuments and Landmarks, Art in General, NYC. Selected group exhibitions include Weird Science, Marianne Boesky Gallery in NYC; What Is a Photograph?, International Center of Photography, NYC; Implicit Horizon, Mixed Greens, NYC; Video A: Miguel Soares and Letha Wilson, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Waste Not, Want Not, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Paradise Lost, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NYC; and AIM 24, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. Wilson received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (Deutsche Bank Fellow) in Photography in 2013.

    Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History.

  • Brown Bag Talk: Vesna Kuiken, Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department

    Thursday, November 17, noon–12:45 pm
    University Art Museum

  • The Intimate Narration of Shell-Heaps: Jewett and the Native Americans
    The talk focuses on the figure of shell-heaps (“kitchen middens”) in Sarah Orne Jewett’s nineteenth-century novel The Country of the Pointed Firs, and the relationships between geology, history, and the extermination of Native Americans.

    Vesna Kuiken is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at SUNY-Albany. She received her PhD in American Literature from Columbia University, and is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Composite Environments: Nature and the Politics of Remedy in American Literature – an interdisciplinary work that charts the relationship between literature, ecological preoccupations, medical practices, and biological science in nineteenth-century Americas. Her essays appeared in the collection American Impersonal: Essays with Sharon Cameron, J19, and The Nineteenth-Century Prose.

  • Ecopoetics Today: A Reading and Discussion with Evelyn Reilly and James Sherry Moderator, Michael Leong, Assistant Professor, Department of English

    Tuesday, November 29, 7:00pm
    University Art Museum

  • Evelyn Reilly has written three books that attempt to manifest a poetics of the Anthropocene: Styrofoam (2009) and Apocalypso (2012), both published by Roof Books, and Self, portions of which have appeared in Pallaksch and are soon to appear in Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene, edited by Heidi Lynn Staples and Amy King. Her poetry has been published in many journals and anthologies, including The Arcadia Project: Postmodernism and the Pastoral; The & NOW Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing; In|Filtration: A Hudson Valley Salt Line; and will be included in the forthcoming Earth Bound: Compass Points for an Ecopoetics, edited by Jonathan Skinner.

    James Sherry is the author of 12 books of poetry and prose. He has been writing about language and environment since the late 1980s, publishing Our Nuclear Heritage (1991) and Oops! Environmental Poetics (2014) in an effort to link humanity and nature as a single complex entity. His latest book, Entangled Bank (2016), is a series of poems emerging from Darwinian language and structures. Sherry is the publisher of Roof Books and started the Segue Foundation in 1977 in New York City.

  • Brown Bag Talk:
    Jill Schneiderman, Professor of Earth Science, Vassar College The Plastician Age of the Anthropocene Epoch

    Jill Schneiderman will discuss her research on microplastics in Cape Cod sand dunes particularly as it relates to debates about divisions of geologic time in the 19th century and today.

    Thursday, December 1, noon – 12:45 pm
    University Art Museum

  • Jill S. Schneiderman is professor of earth science at Vassar College where she teaches earth science, including a writing seminar on the Anthropocene, and feminist science studies. As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad she examined the relationship between gender and water issues on the island. She is the editor of and contributor to four books: Liberation Science: Putting Science to Work for Social and Environmental Justice ( 2013), For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design (2009), Exploring Environmental Science with GIS (2005), and The Earth Around Us: Maintaining a Livable Planet (2003).

  • Lecture: Radley Horton, Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University, affiliated with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

    Radley Horton will discuss climate change, heat waves, and the impacts on health to residents of New York City, the Northeast, and the US.

    Tuesday, December 6, 4 – 5 pm
    University Art Museum

  • Radley Horton is an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University, affiliated with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He was a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment, Northeast Chapter and the Lead Principal Investigator for the NOAA-Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. Horton is also the Columbia University lead for the Department of Interior-funded Northeast Climate Science Center. Radley is a PI on an NSF funded Climate Change Education Partnership Project. He is also Deputy Lead for NASA’s Climate Adaptation Science Investigator Working Group, charged with linking NASA’s science to its institutional stewardship. Radley has been a Co-leader in the development of a global research agenda in support of the United Nations Environmental Program’s Programme on Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation (PROVIA) initiative. Radley teaches in Columbia University’s Sustainable Development department.

    A joint project of the Dept of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, UAlbany and Wadsworth Center, NYSDOH. Co-sponsored by the UAlbany Institute for Climate and Health.

  • Brown Bag Talk: Mathias Vuille, Associate professor, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

    The Andes without snow and ice – climate adaptation in the Anthropocene era.

    Climate change is leading to rapid loss of snow and ice in the Andes with significant consequences for water resources and human life. The presentation will highlight some of our ongoing efforts to advance adaptation toward a sustainable future in this unique mountain environment.

    Thursday, December 8, noon – 12:45 pm
    University Art Museum

  • Mathias Vuille is an Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He received his PhD from the University of Bern in Switzerland and then worked at the University of Massachusetts for 12 years before joining the University at Albany in 2008. He is a climate scientist who works on glacier retreat and climate change adaptation in the tropical Andes. He has worked on and led adaptation projects in the Andes on behalf of UNESCO, the US State Department, the Interamerican Development Bank and the World Bank.