September 2013 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Title Campus Building
Now - 10/26 Exhibit On & Off the Wall ~ Sculpture: Art in 3 Dimensions MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
9/12 Special Event Unspoken: A Book Reading with author Waheeda Soomro NBG Kaplan Hall, Great Room
(resched. from 3/7)
Lecture Opinion of the Court: Understanding Miranda v. Arizona NBG Kaplan Hall, Great Room
9/20 - 12/2 Exhibit Metal Logic NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
9/26 Master Class From Inspiration to Metal: the Creation of a Bronze Sculpture MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
9/26 Lecture Celebrating the United States Constitution: The 13th Amendment, A Pivotal Step in the Long Walk to Freedom MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center
9/27 Film MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival NBG Kaplan Hall, Great Room

Alligator sculptureOn & Off the Wall

Sculpture: Art in 3 Dimensions

August 15 to October 26
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Reception: September 8, 1 to 3:30 p.m. (pianist Bev Poyerd)

Beware of an alligator lurking in the lily pads, a dragon in flight in the branches, a hippopotamus emerging from a pool of marble, a steam engine spuming huge curls of wired smoke, a matriarch of parts, a clan reunion in bark, a steel I-beam, and many more works of art.

Cultural Affairs is hosting a major sculpture show in Orange Hall Gallery August 15 through October 26, 2013. Entitled On & Off the Wall ~ Sculpture: Art in 3 Dimensions, the exhibition is comprised of 56 sculptures by 29 sculptors in sizes 6 inches to 9 feet, and various media including wood, iron, steel, marble, ceramic, bronze, copper, textile, clay, stoneware, plaster, terracotta, and found objects.

La Femme - bronze on walnut base by Brenda Scott HarburgerSculptures are their maker's realistic or abstract interpretations in three dimensions. The variety stretches the viewers' scope and becomes an educational and enjoyable experience. Come and partake of this grand exhibit.

Participating sculptors include Roger Martin, Bill Graziano, Fay Wood, Barbara Bonham, Daniel Grant, Natalie Surving, Dan Mack, Daniel Lombardo, William Gerbracht, Polly Giragosian, Bill Cypher, Najim Chechen, Caroline Schulz, Hilda Sobel, Stuart Sachs, Lori Shorin, Philip Monteleoni, Terry Mollo, David Nolan, Carole Halle, Ed Burr, Fred Maltzan, Doug Demarsico, Joshua Davis, Catherine DeMaio, Linda Rahl Nadas, Meghan (Maney) Merschen, Brenda Scott Harburger, and Jacqui Doyle Schneider.

The reception for this exhibit is Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm during which pianist Bev Poyerd will play contemporary and classical music.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday to 9am to 6pm. On Friday, October 4, the gallery is open 9am to 10pm. Three master classes on bronze, found object sculpting, and art metal forging by artists Roger Martin, Fay Wood, and Bill Graziano, respectively, will take place on September 26, October 2, and October 21 in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe.

The exhibit, reception, and master classes are free and open to the public.

Images, top to bottom:12ft. Alligator-ceramic by Natalie Surving, La Femme-bronze on walnut base by Brenda Scott Harburger

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UnspokenCover of novel

Book Reading with author Waheeda Soomro

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7pm
The Great Room, Kaplan Hall 101 (NBG)

First-time author, Waheeda Soomro, will read excerpts from her novel, Unspoken, on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7pm.

Unspoken is "a vividly drawn picture of innocent love, loss and the too-real pain and sacrifice that women have had to bear silently for generations. The story follows two generations of Indian women, and it is through their eyes we are drawn into a world where women are still expected to be invisible, silent victims. Unspoken pulls at this veil of weakness that women have been forced to wear."

Waheeda Soomro was born in Mumbai, India and moved the United States in 1994. She comes from a family involved in music and writing. Since the age of 16, Ms. Soomro has been an ardent storyteller. Unspoken is her first novel. She is an advocate for women's social issues and her views are reflected through her writing. She lives in the quiet suburbs of New York with her husband and daughter.

This event is presented by Cultural Affairs at SUNY Orange and it is free and open to the public. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

More information is available at (845) 341-9386,

Image: Cover of novel UNSPOKEN by Waheeda Soomro

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The Opinion of the Court: Understanding Miranda v. Arizona

Mr. James Coll, Adjunct Associate Professor, Nassau Community College & Detective, New York City Police DepartmentJames Coll

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2pm
The Great Room, Kaplan Hall 101 (NBG)

"You have the right to remain silent." This sentence, and the others that inevitably follow, has been an ingredient of the American criminal procedure for the past half century. During this time, these words have not only become a component of our legal system, but a part of our popular culture as well. While the admonitions of the accused are familiar to most of us, the circumstances surrounding the case that created them remains in relative obscurity. In this lecture, Mr. Jim Coll will discuss the elements of the opinion, including judicial interpretation, legal technicalities, and the continuing impact of Miranda in subsequent cases to follow.

James Coll is an adjunct associate professor of American and Constitutional history at Nassau Community College. James is also a detective in a tactical and rescue unit for the New York City Police Department. In his work with the NYPD, James has received numerous awards, including being named Cop of the Year by the New York City Police Foundation for the efforts of his unit during the US Airways Flight 1549 plane crash in the Hudson River. One year later, James was part of the FEMA NY Task Force Urban Search and Rescue Team deployed to Haiti in the aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake to search for survivors. In addition, James is the founder of changeNYS, a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the education of New Yorkers about civic understanding and political reform in our state.

This event is sponsored by the Newburgh Criminal Justice Club and Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus, as well as funded by the Newburgh Student Senate.

It is also made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.

This event is free and open to the public. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

More information is available at (845) 341-9386,

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Metal Logic

Exhibition by bau artists

Friday, September 20, 2013 - Monday, December 2, 2013
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Ceramic Flowers by Erica Leigh Caginalp, scupltureThe Beacon Artist Union (bau) multi-media exhibit entitled Metal Logic opens on Friday, September 20, 2013 with a reception from 5 to 7pm in the Mindy Ross Gallery and foyer at Kaplan Hall. "Thirteen artists took the idea of metal to springboard creatively. Then, each of the artists developed a work of art," according to curator and participating artist Carol Flaitz.

During the reception,  pianist Jonathan Ogulnick of Newburgh will provide music.

Fissure IV by Carol FlaitzIn addition to Flaitz, participating artists include Faith Adams, Erica Leigh Caginalp, Richard Cutrona, Carla Goldberg, Tom Holmes, Gary Jacketti, Kirsten Lyon, Brett Phares, Herman Roggeman, Naomi Teppich, Lisa Zukowski, and Grey Zeien.  Bau serves as a platform for members/artists to grow, present and market their work, and hosts events of related disciplines, such as performances, talks, films, and music.

Gallery hours through December  2, are 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public and presented by Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed: (845) 341-9386 and

Images, top to bottom: Ceramic Flowers by Erica Leigh Caginalp, scuplture; Fissure IV by Carol Flaitz, mixed media

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From Inspiration to Metal, the Creation of a Bronze Sculpture

Thursday, September 26, 2013 from noon to 2pm
Orange Hall Gallery Fringe (MDTN)

Roger Martin, sculptorCome witness a sculpture being made by award-winning sculptor, Roger Martin of Albemarle, NC. Entitled From Inspiration to Metal, the Creation of a Bronze Sculpture, this master class with Martin will show "upfront and personal" the complete process from sculpting through casting and patina.

Starting with an armature, he will rough out a clay sculpture, demonstrating the creation of an original model that can later be cast in bronze. In addition, a digital slide presentation, which he has developed, will show the detailing which leads to the finished metal piece. Questions and discussion will enhance the learning experience.

This event will take place in Orange Hall Gallery Fringe on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from noon to 2pm.  A finished sculpture by Martin entitled Penguin is presently on display in Orange Hall Gallery as part of the On & Off the Wall ~ Sculpture: Art in 3 Dimensions exhibit.

Roger Martin sculpting an orangutan

The master class and the exhibit, which are free and open to the public, are presented by Cultural Affairs. Questions may be directed to (845) 341-4891;

Images, top to bottom: Roger Martin, sculptor; Roger Martin sculpting an orangutan

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The Thirteenth Amendment, A Pivotal Step in the Long Walk to Freedom

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7pm
Gilman Center (Library Room 130)

Tiombe Tallie Carter, Esq.In celebration of United States Constitution Day, Tiombe Tallie Carter, Esq., of Newburgh, an attorney and an active community leader, will deliver a lecture on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7pm entitled The Thirteenth Amendment, A Pivotal Step in the Long Walk to Freedom.

Adopted on December 6, 1865, it was the first of the three post American Civil War Reconstruction Amendments:

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation

With personal reflection and historical context related to the Civil War, Tallie Carter will examine the effects of this amendment to the US Constitution and subsequently, the nation.  Her approach focuses on two concepts: "The compass, intrinsic to this journey is the appreciation that human beings are naturally equal" and "the US Constitution may not be perfect, but it is a living document and that abstract truth allows for the evolution of humanity."

This program is free and open to the public and will take place in the Gilman Center for International Education, Library Room 130 located at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue, Middletown on the campus of Orange County Community College. Come learn, discuss, and question.

Tiombe Tallie Carter holds a BS in Chemistry from Bard College and a JD from Touro College. She is the founder of Tallie Carter Law and president of NIME 360 LLC, an entertainment production company. She is president of the Board of Directors, Orange County Arts Council as well as the Newburgh Professional & Business Association. In addition, among the several boards on which she serves, she is chair of the Legislative & Public Policy of the Black Leadership Commission on Aids and program coordinator of the Black History Committee of the Hudson Valley. She is a past recipient of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Awardand 2004 Prestige Award.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and

Image: Tiombe Tallie Carter, Esq.

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World Music and Culture SeriesMANHATTAN SHORT logo: one world - one week - one festival

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 7pm
The Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

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

'Ever sit in a cinema wondering how much longer the film is going to last? Try something else. Short films are a great option. They are, indeed, short.  Getting bored just doesn't happen. The subjects and types of the films are extremely different, too.

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival Poster 2013: The World's First Global Film FestivalAn exciting opportunity awaits film goers. The 2013 Manhattan Short Film Festival takes place worldwide, September 27 through October 6.  Of the 628 entries received from 48 countries around the world, Manhattan Short selected 10 short films as finalists. Each film is 18 minutes or less in length.  Three hundred venues on six continents are participating and two of those are in Orange County and both in Newburgh.

On Friday, September 27 at 7pm, the 10 films will be screened in the Great Room (101), Kaplan Hall, which is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets. Free, secure parking is available in the garage under Kaplan Hall via the entrance on First Street. On Monday, September 30 at 2pm and 7:15pm screenings are scheduled at Downing Film Center, located at 19 Front Street. Free parking is close by.

General admission is $5 with SUNY Orange students allowed free entrance at both venues.

This is the 16th year of the annual film festival. An estimated 100,000 individuals attend the screenings. One of the most popular aspects of the festival comes at the end of each screening. The audience becomes the judge. Film goers are given voting sheets on which the film titles and actors are listed. Then, they are asked to vote for their favorites. Each venue tabulates and on October 6 at 10pm, the winners are announced in New York City.

The following list of the ten finalists includes film titles, filmmakers and their home countries:

Title Filmmaker Home County
"#30" Timothy Wilde Australia
"Do I Have to Take Care of Everything" Selma Vilhunen Finland
"Friday" Seb Edwards England
"No Comment" Alexandra Naoum France
"Irish Folk Furniture" Tony Donaghue Ireland
"Black Metal" Kat Candler USA
"Faces From Places" Bastien Dubois France
"I Am a Great Big Ball of Sadness" Ken Urban USA
"Kismet Diner" Mark Nunnely England
"Pale of Settlement" Jacob Sillman USA

Come and be part of this intercontinental event!

The Manhattan Short Film Festival is brought to Orange County by SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs in collaboration with Downing Film Center. Questions may be directed to (845) 341-9386 and

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Contact Us:
Dorothy Szefc
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs
(845) 341-4891

All Cultural Affairs Events are open to the public and all buildings are universally accessible.

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