Hi, Internet Explorer user!

Did you know IE is discontinued? We appreciate technology from the past too (microform, anyone?), but this site utilizes modern browser features not found in IE, so we recommend it be viewed in Chrome, Firefox or Edge.

Campus Conversations in Standish

FOSTERING AN EXCHANGE OF IDEAS AND PERSPECTIVES


Hosted by the University at Albany Libraries

Upcoming Events

Find out what's on the schedule for this semester's installment of Campus Conversations in Standish. 

 

Fall 2019

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Susanna Fessler

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.

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. David Carpenter

Dr. David Carpenter

Are There Health Hazards Coming from the Rollout of 5G?

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. David Rousseau

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).

Spring 2019

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Marilyn Masson

Dr. Marilyn Masson and Dr. Michael Lucas

Researching African American Lifeways in Nineteenth Century Albany: Findings of the Underground Railroad Archaeology Project

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. James Schwab

Dr. James Schwab

Air Pollution in New York State: Where Do We Stand?

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Anthony DeBlasi

Dr. Anthony DeBlasi

Stuck in the Middle with You: Medieval Chinese Political Culture and the Odd Reigns of Tang Emperor Zhongzong 唐中宗

Fall 2018

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Donghee Sinn

Dr. Donghee Sinn

Personal Information Management on Common Ground

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Yanna Liang

Dr. Yanna Liang

The Pursuit of Sustainability 

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Rachel Dressler

Dr. Rachel Dressler

Medieval Maps and the Bayeux Embroidery: A Shared Historical Discourse of Place and Space

Spring 2018

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Kendra Smith-Howard

Dr. Kendra Smith-Howard

Finding Nature in Unexpected Places: What Cleaning Closets and Laundry Rooms Tell us About American Environmental History

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Professor Danny Goodwin

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)
 

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Ilka Kressner

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.

Fall 2017

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Laura Wittern-Keller

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.

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Mr. Paul Grondahl

Mr. Paul Grondahl

How the Standish Room and the Corning Towers Got Their Names: A Biographer's and Ghostwriter's Tale

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Mathias Vuille

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.

Spring 2017

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Victor Asal

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.

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. David Hochfelder

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.

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Lawrence Schell

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.

Fall 2016

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Julie Novkov

Dr. Julie Novkov

The Supreme Court's 2016 Term: Interesting Times

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Carl Bon Tempo

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.

Spring 2016

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Rabi Musah

Dr. Rabi Musah

Smokes, Chews and Brew: The Dangers and Crackdown on Legal Plant Highs

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. James Stellar

Dr. James Stellar

Your Brain: Unconscious Decision-making and How it Affects Your Life and Learning
 

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. Rick Fogarty

Dr. Rick Fogarty

What Can 1916 Tell Us About 2016? Europe, Islam, and the Middle East

Fall 2015

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Professor Rosemary Armao

Professor Rosemary Armao

The 2016 Elections: What Happens When New Money Converges with New Media Technology
 

Spring 2015

Inserted Layout Image
Image
Dr. John Delano

Dr. John Delano

NASA's Search for Life Beyond Earth