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The University Libraries are pleased to announce the Fall 2020 lineup for Campus Conversations in Standish. This semester, the series has gone virtual in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Libraries will revisit some of the most popular topics in the series to date, checking in with previous speakers and introducing new ones.  


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Dr. Carl Bon Tempo
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Professor Frankie Bailey

Dr. Carl Bon Tempo and Dr. Frankie Bailey

Associate Professor, Department of History

Professor, Criminal Justice

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. 

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Dr. Julie Novkov

Dr. Julie Novkov

Professor, Political Science

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. 

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Mr. Paul Grondahl

Mr. Paul Grondahl

Director, New York State Writers Institute

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!

About the Series

In spring 2015 the University at Albany Libraries launched "Campus Conversations in Standish," a program designed to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. It is often said that the library is the heart of a university, a metaphor first stated in 1873, it is believed, by Charles Eliot, President of Harvard. 

The University at Albany Libraries strongly believe in supporting the research and teaching needs of our faculty, staff, and students. But more than this, we would like to provide a forum for discussion of the exciting research and other activities in which our community members are engaged. To this end, we began the series to provide a venue for cross-campus conversations, with a particular emphasis on providing students with an opportunity to engage with faculty members from a wide range of disciplines.

About Campus Conversations

Learn more about the program and check out past speakers and their presentations.

Campus Conversations

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