Campus Conversations in Standish
FOSTERING AN EXCHANGE OF IDEAS AND PERSPECTIVES
Hosted by the University at Albany Libraries
Find out what's on the schedule for this semester's installment of Campus Conversations in Standish.
Dr. Nadieszda Kizenko
Ukraine and Russia: Key Moments in a Long Relationship
Professor Kizenko joins the University Libraries for a presentation tracing the roots of the 2021-2022 Russo-Ukrainian crisis. A decorated scholar of Russian intellectual and cultural history, Professor Kizenko teaches courses on the history of Russia and the history of Eastern Europe. In 2015 she received the Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching.
Dr. Samantha Friedman
Disaster Preparedness among Older Adults in the U.S., 2017: An Assessment of the Correlates of Vulnerability
Older Americans are vulnerable to the effects of severe climate events, experiencing higher rates of mortality and hospitalization than younger adults from these events. Research that examines disaster preparedness among older adults has primarily relied on data from 2010 and earlier, when billion-dollar disasters were less common than today. The main goal of this paper is to identify the nature of the preparedness of older adults today and examine the correlates of the variation in their preparedness. It is imperative that we identify subgroups of older Americans that may be least prepared so that steps may be taken to protect them from future severe climate events.
Dr. Michael Sattinger
Costs of Higher Education and Inequality
Professor of Economics Michael Sattinger explores the increase of college costs over time, and why. "The conversation concerns the connections between increasing costs of higher education, the rise in the college wage premium, and inequality," explains Professor Sattinger.
Looking back on Campus Conversations in Standish
The COVID-19 pandemic shortened the Spring 2020 lineup, and forced the Fall 2020 series to go virtual. In Spring 2021, we caught up with some of our most popular presenters to revisit their talks and provide fresh introductions. Faculty involved were Dr. Susanna Fessler, Dr. Glyne Griffith, Dr. Victor Asal, Dr. David Hochfelder, Prof. Danny Goodwin, Dr. Lawrence Schell, Dr. Kendra Smith-Howard, and Dr. Mathias Vuille.
Dr. Carl Bon Tempo and Dr. Frankie Bailey
Election 2020: An Historical Perspective
Professor Carl Bon Tempo and Professor Frankie Bailey join the University Libraries in an attempt to place the 2020 U.S. presidential election in an historical context. Topics include the Trump Administration and historical analogies, as well as the placement of Joe Biden within the Democratic Party. Additionally, themes of crime and justice, the construction of narratives, and law and order will be explored.
Dr. Julie Novkov
The Supreme Court's 2020 Term: Even More Interesting Times
Professor Julie Novkov reprises her 2016 Campus Conversation, now in light of the shift of the Supreme Court and the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. The role of the Court in a contested election will also be discussed.
Mr. Paul Grondahl
Reflections on the Albany Book Festival
Mr. Paul Grondahl joins the University Libraries to talk about his path to the New York State Writers Institute, the genesis of the Albany Book Festival, and what it's like inviting authors to campus. Stick along for a chat about his reading preferences, too!
Dr. Rita Biswas
Democracy and Exchange Rate Regime Choice in Sub-Saharan Africa
Theories and empirical models of exchange rate regime choice have established that generally, economic considerations play a primary role in the regime choice decision and political factors play a secondary role in this policy decision. However, in frontier and transition economies, political economy factors play the more dominant role, to ensure electability. Using a sample of 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa spanning the period 2000 to 2016 and an ordered logit regression model, we find supporting evidence that as the degree of democratization increases, there is a stronger preference for fixed exchange rates, implying that stability is more desirable than an independent monetary policy for re-election.
Dr. Glyne Griffith
How the BBC Served West Indian Literature
Dr. Griffith joined the University Libraries for a presentation on the connection between BBC radio broadcasts to the Caribbean during the 1940s and '50s and the ways in which these broadcasts influenced the development of literature in the English speaking Caribbean.
Dr. Susanna Fessler
Robert H. Pruyn: An Albany Yankee in the Tycoon's Court
Robert H. Pruyn (1815-1882), a "good Dutchman" of Albany, served as the second American foreign minister to Japan, 1861-1865. This was a time of civil war in the States, and a time of great civil unrest in Japan. Pruyn prided himself both on his diplomacy and his appreciation of Japanese culture. This talk focuses on some of the lesser-known details of his experience as revealed in his many personal letters home, held by the Albany Institute of History and Art.
Dr. David Carpenter
Are There Health Hazards Coming from the Rollout of 5G?
Dr. David Rousseau
War and Rights: The Impact of War on Political and Civil Rights
How does warfare impact the political and civil liberties of men, women, and minorities? Hintze (1906) and Lasswell (1941) argue states facing a severe security threat are likely to reduce rights in order to minimize domestic opposition to the war and maximize mobilization potential. Downing (1992) and Klinkner and Smith (1999) argue that under certain circumstances mobilization for war can unintentionally lead to an expansion of rights. This presentation explores these arguments with finding from historical case studies (e.g., Imperial Russia, Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy, African Americans in World War I and II, and Tirailleurs Senegalese in World War I).
Dr. Marilyn Masson and Dr. Michael Lucas
Researching African American Lifeways in Nineteenth Century Albany: Findings of the Underground Railroad Archaeology Project
Dr. James Schwab
Air Pollution in New York State: Where Do We Stand?
Dr. Anthony DeBlasi
Stuck in the Middle with You: Medieval Chinese Political Culture and the Odd Reigns of Tang Emperor Zhongzong 唐中宗
Dr. Donghee Sinn
Personal Information Management on Common Ground
Dr. Yanna Liang
The Pursuit of Sustainability
Dr. Rachel Dressler
Medieval Maps and the Bayeux Embroidery: A Shared Historical Discourse of Place and Space
Dr. Kendra Smith-Howard
Finding Nature in Unexpected Places: What Cleaning Closets and Laundry Rooms Tell us About American Environmental History
Professor Danny Goodwin
Photography is Dead. Long Live Photography! Veracity in the Age of the Post-Photographic (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Google Image Search)
Dr. Ilka Kressner
Photographic Contact Zones: The Mexican Travel Photographs of Fritz Neugass
Fritz Neugass (1899-1979) was a photographer and arts journalist who fled the Nazi regime in his native Germany to the United States in 1941. In her talk, Kressner explores Neugass’s travel photographs in the context of the multifaceted tradition of photography of the post-revolutionary Mexico by visitors hailing from the North.
Dr. Laura Wittern-Keller
The Supreme Court vs. the President: How the Court Decides the Constitutionality of Challenged Presidential Actions
In this presentation, Dr. Laura Wittern-Keller discusses the growth of presidential power through unilateral action—executive orders, proclamations, national security directives, and signing statements—and how the Supreme Court has determined the constitutionality of those actions. The precedent usually used by the Supreme Court stems from a 1952 case that found President Harry Truman’s executive order authorizing the seizure of some American steel mills to be an unconstitutional extension of presidential unilateral action. The case, Youngstown Sheet and Tube v. Sawyer, included a concurrence by Associate Justice Robert Jackson that created a three-part test of presidential orders. That test, modified in 2008, is still good law and will most likely be the test of any future executive orders challenged. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the Guantanamo detainee cases from the George W. Bush administration and a list of executive orders currently being challenged from the Barack Obama administration and the first nine months of the Donald Trump administration.
Mr. Paul Grondahl
How the Standish Room and the Corning Towers Got Their Names: A Biographer's and Ghostwriter's Tale
Dr. Mathias Vuille
Toward Mountains Without Snow and Ice: How Climate Change will Transform our Mountain Environments in the 21st Century
In this presentation, Prof. Mathias Vuille discusses the impacts of climate change in mountain environments, with a special focus on the South American Andes, where glacier retreat will affect water resources, natural hazards, ecosystem integrity, tourism and cultural belief systems of indigenous populations.
Dr. Victor Asal
Criminalizing the LGBT Community and the Long Arm of the Religious State
In this presentation, Associate Professor Victor Asal explains his exploration of the factors that make states around the world more likely to legally discriminate against the LGBT community and why some countries are more likely to put people to death for consensual same-sex relations.
Dr. David Hochfelder
98 Acres in Albany: Telling the Social History of Urban Renewal
In this presentation, Prof. David Hochfelder discusses his project, 98 Acres in Albany, a social history of urban redevelopment that focuses on the demolition and construction history of the Empire State Plaza.
Dr. Lawrence Schell
Minority Health Disparities: The Case of Native Americans
In this presentation, Dr. Lawrence Schell talks about how globally, aboriginal populations have been in great decline, demographically and culturally. American Indians continue to be the poorest and the least healthy population within the borders of the United States. They are the most severe victims of health disparities in the US. Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.
Dr. Julie Novkov
The Supreme Court's 2016 Term: Interesting Times
Dr. Carl Bon Tempo
Election 2016: An Historical Perspective
In this presentation, Prof. Carl J. Bon Tempo places the 2016 American presidential election in historical perspective. In particular, he examines where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fit in the longer history of their respective political parties.
Dr. Rabi Musah
Smokes, Chews and Brew: The Dangers and Crackdown on Legal Plant Highs
Dr. James Stellar
Your Brain: Unconscious Decision-making and How it Affects Your Life and Learning
Dr. Rick Fogarty
What Can 1916 Tell Us About 2016? Europe, Islam, and the Middle East
Professor Rosemary Armao
The 2016 Elections: What Happens When New Money Converges with New Media Technology
Dr. John Delano
NASA's Search for Life Beyond Earth