April 2013 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
4/1 - 5/1 Exhibit Transformations - 9th Annual SUNY Orange Student Art Exhibition MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
4/3 Lecture Conservation and Restoration of a Threatened Species MDTN Gilman Center, Library
4/4 Lecture Personal and Professional Perspectives on Women and Heart Disease MDTN Gilman Center, Library
4/9 Master Class Poetry in the Making MDTN Hudson Hall, Room 209
4/9 Poetry Evening Reading: A Reading of Original Work by Joan I. Siegel MDTN Morrison Hall
4/9 Theatre Alfred Steiglitz Loves O'Keeffe NBG Great Room, Kaplan Hall
4/11 Exhibit Momento Mori - Missing Moments NBG CenterArts Gallery, Kaplan Hall
4/11 Lecture Nuances in Nature - Native Plants and Their Habitats in the Wild MDTN Gilman Center, Library
4/12-14 Theatre One-Act Plays MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
4/15 Poetry SUNY Orange Faculty Poetry Reading NBG Great Room, Kaplan Hall
4/15 Master Class Playing Shakespeare! MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
4/18 Poetry SUNY Orange Student Poetry Marathon NBG Campus Plaza or Kaplan Hall Great Room
4/19 Music The Poné Ensemble for New Music NBG Great Room, Kaplan Hall
4/19 - 21 Theatre One-Act Plays MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
4/22 Special Event Earth Day NBG First Floor, Kaplan Hall
4/24 Film Free China: The Courage to Believe NBG Great Room, Kaplan Hall
4/25 Lecture Yiddish Language and Culture MDTN Orange Hall, Room 23
4/27 Music Jazz Ensemble Concert MDTN Orange Hall Theatre

Transformations

The 9th Annual SUNY Orange Student Art Exhibition

Monday, April 1 - Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Collage: Untitled by Trever CapitanoSpringtime is such an appropriate time for displaying the artworks students have been creating throughout the year. It is a time of Drawing in india ink: Owl by Liam Vogelrebirth, change, and challenge. That theme, as conveyed through the title Transformations: the 9th Annual SUNY Orange Student Art Exhibition, will demonstrate how the students have conceptualized and then brought to fruition their ideas through the 300+ artworks on view in a broad variety of media: acrylic and pastels; drawings in pencil, charcoal, and conte; digital and traditional photographs; sculptures and three-dimensional pieces and display projects; collages of mixed media; computer graphics; design and web design; video; and lamps made from recycled materials.

Orange Hall Gallery is the venue where works will be displayed April 1 through May 1, 2013.

Pencil drawing: Chris by Alda FernandezThe exhibition, which is sponsored and produced by the Arts and Communication Department with the cooperation of Cultural Affairs, is being coordinated by Susan Slater-Tanner, assistant professor of art and art history.

Exhibit hours are Monday-Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 6pm.

Painting acrylic on canvas: Lighthouse by Crystal WarmsThe Opening Reception, which is free & open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, April 2 from 2 to 4pm. This is a great opportunity to view the works of art, speak with some of the artists and instructors, and enjoy refreshments while listening to music played by several talented music students.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.

Questions may be directed to (845) 341-4787.

Images, top to bottom: Untitled by Trever Capitano - collage, Linda Richichi - art professor; Owl by Liam Vogel - India Ink, Mary Mugele Sealfon - art professor; Chris by Alda Fernandez - pencil drawing, Polly Giragosian - art professor; Lighthouse by Crystal Warms - acrylic on canvas, Randi Eisman - art professor

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Conservation and Restoration of a Threatened Species

Photo: Erik Kiviat with canoe by David CunninghamWednesday, April 3, 2013, at 7pm
Gilman Center in Library (MDTN)

The importance of threatened species, their right to survival and their potential resources' offerings will be discussed by Erik Kiviat, PhD, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7pm in the Gilman Center, Library Room 130, at SUNY Orange. The Library, which is ADA compliant, is located at the corner of South St and East Conkling Ave, Middletown. The lecture entitled Conservation and Restoration of a Threatened Species is free and open to the public.

Photo: head of Blanding’s turtle by Carolyn SummersThe US Environmental Protection Agency defines threatened species as "plants and animals that are likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of their range." During the lecture presentation, Dr. Kiviat will address a few threatened species and  focus on two Hudson Valley natives, the Blanding's turtle, a wetlands resident, and the golden club, a declining plant in the Hudson River estuary, as well as the common gallinule, a marsh bird of the eastern New York - northern New Jersey region. As a highly active hands-on researcher, he will also comment on conservation policy and decision making and wetland "mitigation" and restoration in relation to economic and development activities in the Hudson Valley.

Photo: Erik Kiviat next to tree by Kristi MacDonaldErik Kiviat is Executive Director and Co-founder of Hudsonia, a tax exempt, nonprofit, non-advocacy, scientific research and education institute. He also is a certified wetland scientist and professor of Environmental Studies at Bard College. A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, he has studied the plants and animals of the region for 40 years and has authored or co-authored 80 publications and 200 technical assistance reports on wetland ecology, rare species conservation, habitat ecology, introduced species, the Hudson River, and other subjects. Dr. Kiviat is the author of The Northern Shawangunks: An Ecological Survey; Hudson River East Bank Natural Areas; and Hackensack Meadowlands, New Jersey, Biodiversity: A Review and Synthesis.

The Gilman Center is located in the Library at the corner of East Conkling Ave. and South St., Middletown. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Erik Kiviat with canoe, photo by David Cunningham; head of Blanding's turtle, photo by Carolyn Summers; Erik Kiviat next to tree, photo by Kristi MacDonald.

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Personal and Professional Perspectives on Women and Heart Disease

A lecture by Kathleen W. McNicholas, MD, FACS, JD, LLM

Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 7pm
Gilman Center in Library (MDTN)

This is a rescheduled lecture from November 27, 2012.

Photo: Kathleen W. McNicholas, MD, FACS, JD, LLMPersonal and Professional Perspectives on Women and Heart Disease is the title of the lecture that will be presented by Kathleen W. McNicholas, MD, FACS, JD, LLM, at 7pm on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in the Gilman Center in the Library at SUNY Orange. Dr. Mc Nicholas is coming from Newark, Delaware where she is a cardiac surgeon and Medical Director for Performance Improvement and Surgical Utilization Management for Christiana Care Health Systems.

Patients often complain that their doctors are rather clinical and somewhat distant when explaining their ailments.  But to Dr. McNicholas, who gives frequent talks about women and heart disease, this topic is up close and personal. When she urges people to increase their knowledge about one of the leading causes of death for women, she speaks with the authority of both a doctor and a patient. When she was in her mid-50s, Dr. McNicholas underwent open-heart surgery at Christiana Hospital.

Even she was not quick to diagnose heart disease in herself. She coughed all night, felt some vague chest pain and generally felt bad, as if she'd aged rapidly. “Two thirds of women and one third of doctors don't recognize the symptoms of heart attack in females,” she warns. She continues, "Most women don't realize that since 1984, more females than males have died of heart disease…and African-American women have a higher mortality rate than others."

So, come, learn, question, and discuss this important health topic—women and heart disease—with Dr. McNicholas, at this program which is free and open to the public.

Kathleen W. McNicholas is a Philadelphia native who graduated with honors from Chestnut Hill College and magna cum laude from Jefferson Medical College. She completed her training in general and cardiac surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NYC. She also received a Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Widener University Law School where she is now a member of the Board of Trustees and the Health Care Institute. In addition, she is a member and fellow of many societies and organizations including the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Cardiology and the Delaware Academy of Medicine. Dr. McNicholas is the author and co-author of numerous professional publications on general, cardiothoracic and pediatric cardiovascular surgical topics.

The Gilman Center is located in the Library at the corner of East Conkling Ave. and South St., Middletown. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

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Poetry in the Making

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 8 to 9:15am
Hudson Hall, Room 209 (MDTN)

Photo: Joan I. SiegelThe first of two poetry events will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at SUNY Orange.  Award-winning poet and Professor Emerita of English Joan I. Siegel will present a master class from 8 to 9:15am in Hudson Hall, Room 209. Hudson Hall is located next to Morrison Hall Mansion on South Street near the junction of Bennett St, Middletown.

Poetry in the Making is a master class about the process, practical aspects, and work that goes into the literary art of poetry. During the class Joan Siegel will examine the creative discipline of poetry and the work of getting published. Poetry doesn't just pop into one's head or awaken one in the middle of the night; nor do publishers come beating down the doors. Time and effort, persistence and patience are all important in being a successful creative writer. Come and learn from an experienced poet and ask lots of questions. The master class is free and open to the public and registration is not required.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs: (845) 341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Joan I. Siegel

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Evening Reading

A Reading of Original Work by Joan I. Siegel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 7pm
Morrison Hall Mansion (MDTN)

Photo: Joan I. Siegel holding her books of poetry: Light at Point Reyes and Hyacinth for the SoulAward-winning poet and Professor Emerita of English Joan I. Siegel will read from her original works during an Evening Reading on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7pm in the grand hall of  Morrison Hall Mansion, which is at 115 South St. on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.  Her selections will be taken from her two solo published collections of poetry, Light at Point Reyes and Hyacinth for the Soul.

Photo: Joan Siegel standing outdoorsIn October 2012, Joan Siegel had the distinct honor of reading a selection of her original works at the Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest poetry event in North America. Participating poets come by invitation only. Besides her two solo books, she authored Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter with her husband Joel Solonche. Additionally, Ms Siegel's poems are included in several anthologies and journals.

This poetry event is free and open to the public.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs: (845) 341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images: Joan I. Siegel holding her books of poetry, Light at Point Reyes and Hyacinth for the Soul; Joan I. Siegel standing outdoors

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Alfred Stieglitz Loves O'Keeffe

Presented by Mohonk Mountain Stage Company

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7pm
The Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Admission: $5 for public and SUNY Orange Faculty/Staff; Free with SUNY Orange Student ID

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7pm in the Great Room of Kaplan Hall, the Mohonk Mountain Stage Company presents the two-person play Alfred Steiglitz Loves O'Keeffe by
Lanie Robertson, with Bruce Pileggi and Christine Crawfis will reprise their roles as Alfred Steiglitz and Georgia O'Keefe.

Before Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe were married in 1924, they had already forged one of the great artistic partnerships in American history. O'Keeffe was foremost among the American modernist painters Stieglitz championed; she was also his muse and subject of some of his most captivating, haunting, and sought after images, namely the "O'Keeffe Portrait."

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) believed that artistic expression resulted from a balance of "inner and outer vision" with profound personal experience. Because he was determined to win acceptance of photography as an art form equal to painting and sculpture, Stieglitz sometimes referred to all visual arts as "camera work."

Stieglitz was the first photographer to be recognized as an artist by American museums, beginning in 1924 when the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, acquired a set of photographs directly from the artist.

The dialogue between Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) -- and between their photography and painting -- began in 1917. Their artistic and personal collaboration remained a source of inspiration and unity for both of these great American artists until the end of Stieglitz's life, and resulted in each creating what O'Keeffe described as a body of "clear and bright and wonderful work."

**This play contains adult language that may be unsuitable for younger audiences.**

This event is sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campusopen to the public.

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

For more information, contact SUNY Orange – Newburgh Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386.

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Memento Mori - Missing Moments

Solo Exhibit by artist James Luciana

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - Friday, June 14, 2013
CenterArts Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Reception: A wine and cheese reception will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 5pm - 7pm to celebrate the opening of the exhibit.

The exhibit will be on view until Friday, June 14, 2013.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday 1pm - 5pm; Thursday 9am - 2pm; Friday 1pm - 4pm

The genesis of this work was a series of more traditional still-life images originally produced as platinum prints from 4x5" and 5x7" negatives. Those images sparked this series of digital explorations to essentially redefine the nature of the image, triggering a visual echo that invites the viewer to reinterpret the work.

James Luciana has exhibited work in over 80 major national and international group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, including exhibitions at the Phoenix and Delaware Art Museums. His work appears in "The Art of Fantasy and Science Fiction," published by the Delaware Art Museum and other publications. His personal work is also represented in a number of major photo collections, the most recent of which are the European Museum of Photography and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.

This event is sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus. It is free and open to the public. 

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

For more information, contact SUNY Orange – Newburgh Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386.

Image: Bugskull by James Luciana

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Nuances in Nature—Native Plants and their Habitats in the Wild

Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 7pm
Gilman Center in Library (MDTN)

Photo: Dan SegalThe grays and browns of this long winter will soon be brightened by the colors of spring thanks to the native plants in the wild. They grow naturally and sustain themselves through changes of weather and seasons in the region.

A lecture and discussion on the practicality and importance of indigenous plants is being offered on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7pm in the Gilman Center which is Library Room 130 at SUNY Orange. Entitled Nuances in Nature—Native Plants and their Habitats in the Wild, the presentation is being given by Dan Segal, owner of Plantsmen Nursery, Ithaca, NY, a man with extensive experience in horticulture and environmental restoration and founder of the Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium which takes place annually in Central New York State.

Photo: Balancing NatureHaving worked for many years in different parts of the United States—northern California and central New York—Mr. Segal has learned firsthand how indigenous plants behave, function, and organize themselves; the soils they favor; and the conditions they like. During the lecture he will give his unique perspectives on sustainable nursery and landscape practices and how and why to  successfully and appropriately use native plants. Also, he will detail why the seed source matters and the advantages of using seed-propagated native plants.

Photo: Tree & FernNow that spring is here, come learn some fundamentals about our natural heritage and how indigenous plants can beautify our landscapes while enhancing our well-being.     

The Gilman Center is located in the Library at the corner of East Conkling Ave. and South St., Middletown. This event is free and open to the public and registration is not necessary. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Dan Segal, two photos by Dan Segal: Balancing Nature, Tree and Fern

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SUNY Orange Faculty Poetry ReadingDr. Harry Stoneback

Featured guest, Distinguished Professor Dr. Harry Stoneback, SUNY New Paltz

Monday, April 15, 2013 from 12 noon - 1pm
The Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

SUNY Orange faculty Sandra Graff and Dr. Jean Cowan will be joined by Dr. Harry Stoneback of SUNY New Paltz. Dr. Stoneback is a widely published poet with more than 100 poems in scores of journals worldwide, recorded on poetry CDs, and translated into Chinese, French, Provencal and other languages. His most recent volume of poetry is Homage: A Letter to Robert Penn Warren (Portals Press 2005).

This event is sponsored by the Department of English and Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus. It is free and open to the public. 

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

For more information, contact SUNY Orange – Newburgh Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386.

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Playing Shakespeare!

Monday, April 15, 2013, from 1 to 4pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Photo: Joanne Zipay"Intrigued by Shakespeare, but nervous about giving it a try? Or do you already love Shakespeare and are ready to connect with and bring his powerful language and expressive characters to life?" These questions are asked by Joanne Zipay who will lead a fast-paced, on-your-feet theatre workshop/master class entitled Playing Shakespeare! Joanne Zipay is a dramaturge, scriptwriter, and lecturer who has developed this program during which you will explore the emotional and physical inspiration in Shakespeare's images, sounds, and rhythms by working improvisationally as well as with text. Plan to come and participate on the stage of SUNY Orange's Orange Hall Theatre on Monday, April 15, 2013 from 1 to 4pm.

The event is free and open to the public and registration is not required. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown, NY.

Ms Zipay is founder and artistic director/producer of the Judith Shakespeare Company in NYC. In addition, she writes and directs an award-winning Living History for Mount Gulian Historic Site in Beacon, NY. She has a BA in Education/English and Theatre from SUNY Oneonta and an MFA in classical acting from the professional actor training program at the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at City College of NY (CUNY); Pace University, NYC; Stella Adler Conservatory/NYU; and Collin College/Collin Theatre Center, Plano, TX.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs: (845) 341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: Joanne Zipay

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SUNY Orange Student Poetry MarathonNational Poetry Month Logo

Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 11am - 2pm
Kaplan Green (NBG)

(In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to The Great Room, Kaplan Hall)

SUNY Orange students are invited to read their works in a celebration of National Poetry Month.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

This event is sponsored by the Department of English and Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus. It is free and open to the public. 

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

For more information, contact SUNY Orange – Newburgh Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386

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World Music and Culture SeriesThe Poné Ensemble
The PonÉ Ensemble for New Music

Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7pm
The Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Admission: $5 for public and SUNY Orange Faculty/Staff; Free with SUNY Orange Student ID

As part of our World Music and Culture Series, members of the Poné Ensemble for New Music will perform their concert titled "A Delicate Spring: Folk Tunes in New Ways" on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7pm in the Great Room of Kaplan Hall. The ensemble will be joined by guest saxophonist, Lois Hicks-Wozniak.

Founded in 1974 by Gundaris Poné (1932 -1994) and Karen Poné (1935 – 2005), the Poné Ensemble for New Music is dedicated to the performance of contemporary chamber music.   Each concert season brings guest artists to join with the regular musicians of the Poné Ensemble in offering music of the 20th and 21st Centuries that you are unlikely to hear elsewhere. The Ensemble has premiered many works by living composers and seeks to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of contemporary music for appreciative audiences in New York's Hudson Valley and beyond. The Poné Ensemble for New Music is celebrating its 38th anniversary season in 2011-2012.

The River Grill at the Newburgh Waterfront will offer concert-goers a 10% discount on the night of the concert - mention you are attending the Poné Ensemble concert at SUNY Orange.

This event is sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus. It is open to the public. 

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

For more information, contact SUNY Orange – Newburgh Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386

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Earth Dayearth day

Monday, April 22, 2013 from 9am - 1pm
First Floor of Kaplan Hall

Help make a difference and celebrate Earth Day with SUNY Orange at our Earth Day Fair! Join us for a day of discussions, information displays, contests, treats, e-waste drive and more!

We will be sponsoring an e-waste collection. Bring old or unneeded PERSONAL computers, monitors, laptops, printers, peripherals and cellphones to the lobby of Kaplan Hall in front of the Security desk. All computers will be safely and securely wiped and ethically recycled.

Collection time will be from 9am - 1pm.

At 10am in the Great Room, we will holding a panel discussion with the topic Green Jobs, Green Entrepreneurs: Is an Eco-Friendly Job for You? Our panelists will include Shabazz Jackson, owner of Greenway Environmental Services, a large-scale composting/topsoil making operation in Poughkeepsie; Meridith Nierenberg, a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz and Outreach Coordinator for NYSERDA's Green Jobs, Green New York; Jon Hilowitz, a recent grad of Syracuse University and Housing and Financial Literacy Counselor and Energy Auditor for the Orange County Rural Development Advisory corporation (OCRDAC).

Barton Birks Chevrolet Cadillac in Newburgh will be displaying (weather-permitting) their revolutionary Chevrolet VOLT, a car that runs on a combination of electric and gas power from 10am - 1pm by the Kaplan Hall Oval

There will also be booths by our student clubs as well as local organizations, including Blueberry Mountain Ice Cream, Sloop Clearwater, SPARC, and many more!

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground garage accessible via First Street.

For more information, please call the Newburgh Cultural Affairs Office at (845) 341-9386.

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Free China: The Courage to BelieveFree China_poster

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7pm
The Great Room, Kaplan Hall 101

On Wednesday, April 24, the Global Studies Department, in conjunction with the Cultural Affairs office, will hold a private screening of the powerful documentary, Free China: The Courage to Believe*.

This award-winning film tells the story of a mother and former Communist Party member, Jennifer Zeng, who along with more than 70 Million Chinese were practicing a belief that combined Buddhism and Daoism until the Chinese Government outlawed it. The Internet police intercepted an email and Jennifer was imprisoned for her faith. As she endured physical and mental torture, she had to decide: does she stand her ground and languish in jail, or does she recant her belief so she can tell her story to the world and be reunited with her family? A world away, Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, wanted to do his part to stop the persecution by attempting to broadcast uncensored information on state controlled television. He was arrested in China and sentenced to three years of re-education in a prison camp where he endured forced labor, making amongst other things, Homer Simpson slippers sold at stores throughout the US.

As political scandals surface and tensions rise along with more than one hundred and fifty thousand protests occurring each year inside China, this timely documentary highlights the issue of unfair trade practices with the West, organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience and widespread forced/slave labor. The film also highlights how new Internet technologies are helping bring freedom to 1.3 billion people in China and other repressive regimes throughout the world.

“Free China” is a co-production between NTD Television, and World2Be Productions. It is scheduled for worldwide theatrical and online release in June 2013.

This event is sponsored by the Global Studies Department and Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus. It is free and open to the public. 

Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

For more information, contact SUNY Orange – Newburgh Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-9386

*This link will take you away from the SUNY Orange web site.

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Yiddish Language and Culture

Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 11am to 12:15pm
Orange Hall Room 23 (MDTN)

Photo: Miriam Hoffman"Before the Holocaust, Yiddish was spoken by 15 million Jews all over the world. Today, 3 million Jews are speaking the language. Yiddish is considered not only a Jewish language, but an entire Jewish civilization and culture," states Miriam Hoffman, lecturer at Columbia University and columnist and feature writer for the Jewish Forward.

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, Ms Hoffman will lecture on this topic, Yiddish Language and Culture, from 11am to 12:15pm in SUNY Orange's Orange Hall Room 23. Her first-hand narrative sprinkled with humor immediately engages her audience. The program is free and open to the public, and registration is not required.

Born in Siberia, she lived in slave labor camps in Russia during World War II, escaping at the end of the war with her family and finally reaching Germany in 1946 where they lived in a displaced persons (DP) camp until being able to immigrate to the USA in 1950. Since then, she received BAs from Jewish Teachers Seminary and the University of Miami and an MA from Columbia University. In addition to teaching at Columbia, she has written over two thousand published articles for the Jewish Forward, a series of Yiddish children's books, ten Yiddish plays of which five were very successful and have been produced and performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival and the Joseph Papp ­Theater, off-Broadway at the Astor Theater, the John Houseman Th­eater, the 92nd St. Y, and in major American, Canadian, and European cities. In 1992, her translation into Yiddish of Neil Simon's Sunshine Boys got a Tony Award.

Ms Hoffman received a Fellowship award from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation. Her compilation of songs in four languages, Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, and Polish, which, as a ten year old, she collected while living in the DP Camp in Ulm, Germany, is housed at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. She has also won literary awards from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Dora Teitelbaum Foundation, and the New School. Fluent in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English, she has a speaking knowledge of Russian, Polish, and some German.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, Middletown.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Image: Miriam Hoffman

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Dorothy Szefc
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cultural@sunyorange.edu

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