April 2017 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
2/7 - 4/21 Exhibit Simply Human ~ sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD ~ Artists of Excellence NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
3/23 - 5/25 Exhibit The Hudson Valley From Pen to Brush ~ exhibit by Judith Beringer Hraniotis NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
3/30 - 4/28 Exhibit The Holocaust ~ Reflections on War and Remembering the Atrocities: photographs and letters, precious items and newspapers MDTN Middletown Library, Gilman Center
4/3 - 5/1 Exhibit Art you kidding me? ~ 13th Annual Student and Faculty Art show MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
4/3,
2 p.m.
Master Class Conversations about Complexity and Contradiction: Creatively Exploring the Human Condition NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/4,
7 p.m.
Lecture Fake News MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Gerry Forum
4/6,
12:30p.m., and
4 p.m.
Master Classes The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Poetry Writing Workshop MDTN/NBG Middletown Library, Gilman Center/Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/6,
7:15 p.m.
Performance The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Fusion NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room
4/7,
7 p.m.
Film Women of Maidan ~ the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution MDTN Harriman 111 Film Theatre
4/11,
7 p.m.
Lecture Our Food System From Producer to Consumer: What You Need to Know - What You Can Do NBG Kaplan Hall, OCTC Great Room

4/17,
7 p.m.

Lecture The Sky’s Most Amazing Spectacles MDTN Rowley Center for Science & Engineering, Gerry Forum
4/23,
3 p.m.
Theatre Black Angels Over Tuskegee MDTN Orange Hall Theatre
4/28 - 8/1 Exhibit SURFACE ~ Silver, Plexiglas, Other Materials ~ handmade jewelry & objects by Josiah Dearborn NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery

Simply Human ~ sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD ~ Artists of Excellence

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to Friday, April 21, 2017
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Terry Murray, PhD, artistSimply Human is the title of the new exhibit in the Artists of Excellence series displayed in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. Artist Terry Murray, PhD, has created a sculptural community that “explores human diversity, complexity, strength, and vulnerability.”  The sculptures are made of reclaimed/recycled wood and found objects each with individual meaning. The exhibit is “designed to be experienced, not just viewed, to be encountered in the context of the viewers’ lives, and in the context of our turbulent, challenging world,” explains Murray. Simply Human will be on display February 7 through April 21, 2017.

The Human Dance, assemblage by Terry MurrayA reception at which the artist will explain his concept of the exhibit and take questions is scheduled for February 25, 2017 from 4 to 6pm. His short talk followed by Q & A will start at 5pm.  The reception, which is free and open to the public, also celebrates Last Saturdays, the Newburgh arts initiative.

Simply Human group, assemblage by Terry MurrayViewing hours are Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm, and 8am to 5pm on Friday. During spring break, March 18 – 26, the college is closed.

The Artists of Excellence series spotlights highly talented regional artists.  The vitrine cases in which the pieces are shown are glass on all sides and are set next to full-length windows affording natural light and multi-directional viewing of the artworks.

Terry Murray holds a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY New Paltz and a PhD from SUNY Albany.  Since his retirement as an associate professor at SUNY New Paltz, he is an adjunct there in the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership. He will be giving a master class on his sculptures in April about which details are forthcoming.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage (GPS: 73 First St). Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Terry Murray, PhD, artist; The Human Dance, assemblage by Terry Murray; Simply Human group, assemblage by Terry Murray

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The Hudson Valley From Pen to Brush ~ exhibit by Judith Beringer Hraniotis

Judith Beringer Hraniotis, artistThursday, March 23, 2017 to Thursday, May 25, 2017
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Patience is essential in the creation of Judith Beringer Hraniotis’ artworks. Long known for her pen & inks of historic buildings and rural scenes, her process is slow as she works with India ink and a crow quill pen.  Likewise, she painstakingly uses several glazes, each needing dry time when she works in oils. Perhaps, it is these slow processes that are attractive to her as it gives her time to contemplate each piece in its creation. A solo show of the exquisite artworks of Judith Beringer Hraniotis is on view in the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange, March 23 through May 25, 2017. Entitled
The Hudson Valley
From Pen To Brush

the works depict historic sites, wildlife, farms, landscapes, and waterscapes.

Downing Villa, pen and ink by Judith Beringer HraniotisA reception will take place in the gallery as part of Newburgh Last Saturdays [#NBLS], on April 29, 2017 from 4 to 6:30pm. Pianist Judith Hosmer Garrett will play classical, contemporary, and show music at the event which is free and open to the public.

“Living in the historic mid-Hudson Valley in New York State provides [me with] ample subject matter for plein air and pen & ink drawings. Whether out in the fields or on the shores of the Hudson [River], nature inspires me with her beauty affecting all my senses. Capturing this feeling in a painting or drawing is a rich and wonderful reward,” declares Hraniotis. Her favorite American artist, George Inness, was born in Newburgh. She “attempts to paint with the spirituality with which he so beautifully expressed himself,” she continues.

View from Boscobel, oil by Judith Beringer HraniotisFrom the time of her early childhood, she pursued her passion of art. She took art classes in high school and then continued studies at The School of Visual Arts and The National Academy Museum and School, both in NYC. She continued her art studies with classes in watercolor at the New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, NY. She also studied graphics at SUNY Orange. Later in life, she studied oil painting in Orange County with noted wildlife artist, the late John Hamburger. Her signature medium, pen & ink, is self-taught. Her works have been recognized with numerous awards and many are included in corporate and private collections.

Judith Beringer Hraniotis is an elected artist member of the Salmagundi Club, Kent Art Association, and Hudson Valley Art Association; an artist member of the American Artists Professional League, and Garrison Art Center; a former member of the Woodstock Art Association, Art Society of Old Greenwich, and Dutchess County Arts Council; and a past elected member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.
Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand & First Streets, Newburgh where free, secure parking is available in the garage accessible via 73 First Street. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Judith Beringer Hraniotis, artist; Downing Villa, pen and ink by Judith Beringer Hraniotis; View from Boscobel, oil by Judith Beringer Hraniotis

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The Holocaust ~ Reflections on War and Remembering the Atrocities: photographs and letters, precious items and newspapers

Thursday, March 30, 2017 to Friday, April 28, 2017
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

On the evening of Thursday, March 30, 2017 following the 7pm lecture presentation by Reverend E. T. Holland on Liberating Dachau Concentration Camp, a reception will open the exhibit, The Holocaust ~ Reflections on War and Remembering the Atrocities: photographs and letters, precious items and newspapers.  Included in the exhibit is a tribute to the survivors as well as student projects which are intended as remembrance through education.

The exhibit will be on view in the Gilman Center for International Education, Library Room 130, March 30 through April 28, 2017, Monday & Wednesday: 2:30 to 8pm; Friday: 2:30 to 4:30pm; and Tuesday & Thursday: 10am to 8pm, except during events.

The exhibit, reception, and lecture are free and open to the public, and are made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Committee for Institutional Diversity and Equity [CIDE], the Global Studies Department, and Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed (845) 341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

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Art you kidding me? ~ 13th Annual Student and Faculty Art showStill Life, white pastel on black by Chelsea Wayman

Monday, April 3 to Monday, May 1, 2017
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

Art you kidding me?

…is the title of the 13th Annual Student and Faculty Art Show 

Angele, pastel by Catherine SalazarThe exhibit of 300 works will be on view from Monday, April 3 through Monday, May 1, 2017.  Once again the students and faculty of the Arts and Communication Department have gathered an ensemble of traditional drawing, painting, color, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, photography, and new media to visually engage the visitor as well as demonstrate the multi-faceted course offerings.  The student and faculty artists express their talents by sharing their artworks with the college community and the An Act of Faith #5 (cover), pen & ink with digital color by Al Nickersoncommunity at large.

Join us all to celebrate at the opening reception amidst the artworks in Orange Hall Gallery on Tuesday, April 4 from 2 to 4 pm.  Please be our guest for wonderful art, live music, and light refreshments. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 6pm, and during performances by the Apprentice Players, the theatre students.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave.) on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.  Questions may be addressed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Still Life, white pastel on black by Chelsea Wayman; Angele, pastel by Catherine Salazar; An Act of Faith #5 (cover), pen & ink with digital color by Al Nickerson, SUNY Orange Adjunct Instructor

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Conversations about Complexity and Contradiction: Creatively Exploring the Human Condition

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 2pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

To complement his Simply Human exhibit, Terry Murray, PhD, is presenting a master class in Kaplan Hall’s OCTC Great Room 101 which is directly across the Foyer area from the exhibit. Entitled Conversations about Complexity and Contradiction: Creatively Exploring the Human Condition, the class will offer participants the opportunity of reflectively expressing themselves through collage and assemblage. This hands-on program, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2017 starting at 2pm. Components for the collage artworks will be provided.

Terry Murray, PhD, artist“I will ask students and community people in attendance to take the components and embellish them to express qualities, perhaps in contradiction, in humans (or themselves) through the figures they create. If they aren’t sure what they want to make, I will explain how to trust the process and to just begin assembling a human form and see what evolves,” states Murray.

Murray is an engaging person who will guide the class in using the expressive arts as a means of interactively involving participants in their own creative process. In addition to his exhibited sculptures, he will bring additional ‘humans’ for them to touch and hold. “Bringing the raw materials and demonstrating the process of creating a figure, plus sharing my motivation, will foster dialog among the attendees.”

Terry Murray holds a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY New Paltz and a PhD from SUNY Albany.  Since his retirement as an associate professor at SUNY New Paltz, he is an adjunct there in the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Free, secure parking is available in Kaplan Hall parking garage (GPS: 73 First St). Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891/9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu

Image: Terry Murray, PhD, artist

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Fake News

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7pm
Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Rowley Center for Science & Engineering (MDTN)

Fake News...Alternative Facts…

These words and concepts are in the forefront of newsrooms and around the country at large.  How much truth is being said? Where is the verification process among the trendy words? How much fact-checking is necessary? And when the real facts are found and stated, who is listening/reading?

Two seasoned newsmen will be at the Sandra & Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering at SUNY Orange on Tuesday, April 4 at 7pm to talk and discuss these headliners in the news. This event on Fake News is free and open to the public.

Steve Israel, columnist/writer for the Times Herald-Record, and a contributor to other publicationsAward-winning and longtime writer/columnist/editor Steve Israel retired in March 2016 from the daily workings of the Times Herald-Record [THR] after a career of nearly 30 years. He covered such landmark events as Barack Obama’s first inauguration, Pope Francis’ visit to New York City, and Donald Trump’s failed attempt to block a Monticello casino. His nationally recognized investigative work included several stories that uncovered the abuse of pedophile priests. He has also interviewed many, many people over the years including notables Hillary Clinton and James Brown. Now a freelance columnist and writer for the THR and a contributor to other publications, he still loves writing about the people and issues of the Hudson Valley/Catskills. Because of his skilled writing, he can “pull” a reader through a column even on a subject about which the reader has little to no interest. Israel graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a BA in English. He is also a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and a founder of the Mike Levine Writers Workshop.

Barry Lewis, executive editor, Times Herald-RecordBarry Lewis has been the executive editor for the Times Herald-Record since mid-2014, in which he is responsible for all newsroom and online media operations. He worked as an editor at several newspapers in New York and Connecticut before joining the THR in 1999. He began his award-winning weekly column in 2000 and is the author of “From Brooklyn to Bucolic,” a collection of those columns – “as result of which his family no longer speaks to him,” he comments. Barry was born in Brooklyn, NY and summered in the Catskills. He graduated from Liberty High School, received his AAS in broadcasting from Herkimer County Community College and his BA in communications from Marist College.

Both men are residents of Sullivan County.

Each speaker will make a presentation. Then, questions on the topic at hand will be discussed. The moderator will be Alex Jakubowski, professor of English who teaches a course in Journalism and Mass Media which emphasizes the principles and the responsibilities that newspapers, radio, and television share in conveying information. Jakubowski holds a BA from SUNY Oswego and an MA from SUNY Binghamton. He has taught at SUNY Orange for 24 years.

The Rowley Center is located across the street from the parking garage at 10 East Conkling Avenue on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange, just a quick walk from several college parking lots. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Steve Israel, columnist/writer for the Times Herald-Record, and a contributor to other publications; Barry Lewis, executive editor, Times Herald-Record

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The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Poetry Writing Workshop and The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Fusion

Thursday, April 6, 2017
12:30pm at Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

4pm at OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)
7:15pm at OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Rapping Shakespeare! That’s the Sonnet Man.

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the Sonnet Man comes to SUNY Orange to present Shakespeare in a manner not usually associated with classical literature: rap! Teacher/poet/rapper, Devon Glover is the Sonnet Man who delivers sonnets as originally written, and then breaks them down into today’s “spoken word.”

Glover will give his master class, The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Poetry Writing Workshop, twice: first at 12:30pm in the Gilman Center, Library Room 130 on the Middletown campus and second at 4pm in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh campus.

The Sonnet Man Devon GloverDuring the master class, participants will be introduced to Shakespeare’s Sonnets 18 and 130, discuss his structure of writing sonnets and plays, write their own sonnets, and create a small mini-concert within the class, sharing their work. Glover offers attendees the opportunity of learning Shakespeare through fun and excitement, thereby increasing creativity, and improving communication skills.  For this class, please bring writing utensils.

At 7:15pm, in the OCTC Great Room 101 in Kaplan Hall, the day’s events will be climaxed with Glover’s performance, The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Fusion. As the Sonnet Man, he raps Shakespeare’s sonnets to energetic beats.  Participants also engage in other activities with The Sonnet Man, including songs with call-and-response prompts.  His flows, along with his unique presentation and teaching abilities, embody the richness of Shakespeare’s language, and Glover’s passionate, yet natural delivery offers inspiring experiences audiences of all ages enjoy.

The master classes and the performance are free and open to the public.

Devon Glover performs Shakespeare’s Sonnets in a dynamic way through Hip-Hop in schools, universities, and theaters to audiences nationally and abroad.  As The Sonnet Man, he has appeared on The Today Show, MSNBC, BBC, and Shakespeare Festivals throughout the world, including Oregon, Stratford, Ontario, and Stratford-upon-Avon, and had notable residencies at the University of Northern Michigan, Brown University as well as Stratford Shakespeare. The release of his debut video “Hip-Hop Hamlet” was selected for the Shakespeare Short Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Last year, he went on a Sonnet Marathon Tour in the US, UK, and Morocco. On April 24, 2016, he rapped all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in succession.

He received a BS in Mathematics from Ithaca College.

The Gilman Center in the Library is located at the corner of South Street and East Conkling Avenue (near GPS 115 South Street), a quick walk from several college parking lots. Kaplan Hall is situated at the corner of Grand and First Streets. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street. For more information, contact 845-341-9386 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Image: The Sonnet Man Devon Glover

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Women of Maidan ~ the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution

Protesting as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian RevolutionFriday, April 7, 2017 at 7pm
Gilman Center, Library Room 130 (MDTN)

Ukrainian filmmaker Ohla Onyshko is coming to SUNY Orange for the screening of her award-winning film Women of Maidan, “the story of the women’s life-supporting force, unity, courage, and sacrifice during the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution.” Onyshko wrote, produced, directed, and edited the film.  This talented and energetic woman will give an introduction at the screening which is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7pm in Harriman 111 Film Theatre. A post-screening discussion, moderated by Global Studies professor Michael Strmiska will be a time when this audience can interact with Onyshko through Q & A. This event is free and open to the public.

Young women protest as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution“On the night of November 30, 2013, special police forces trained to go after terrorists, illegal arms dealers, and violent gangs, attacked a student rally. Many of those participating in the rally were young women. The students had assembled in the central square called ‘Maidan,’ in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv [Kiev] to support the signing of a trade agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, an agreement they hoped might push the country toward that of a civilized European nation,” explains Onyshko. 

Woman standing in protest as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian RevolutionIt is significant also that they amassed in Maidan Square. In the Ukrainian language maidan [my-DAWN] means central square. “The word originated during ancient times when critical issues like going to war or holding peace negotiations as a group were settled on the central square, or Maidan. Maidan also indicates a state of mind — to make a decision as part of a large group for the benefit of the entire group,” states Onyshko. As the protests continued, women organized themselves into “companies” of one hundred to carry out more dangerous tasks. Women of all ages mobilized in support and many joined the armed forces to fight as soldiers.

Harriman Hall is located at 8 East Conkling Avenue, on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange. Free parking is available in the lots at the corner of East Conkling and Wawayanda Avenues and Grandview and Wawayanda Avenues. The parking garage will be closed.  This event is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Global Studies Department and Cultural Affairs to which questions may be directed at (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Protesting as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution; Young women protest as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution; Woman standing in protest as part of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution

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Our Food System From Producer to Consumer: What You Need to Know - What You Can Do

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7pm
OCTC Great Room, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

FOOD -> an essential of life! But in this “hurry, grab a bit, run to work, school, a game, a rehearsal…” what kinds of foods are we choosing? Also, what foods are being offered to senior citizens, adults, millennials, teens, children? Are nutritious, healthful foods readily available?

Kathy Lawrence, Co-Founder and Senior Director of School Food FocusThe OCTC Great Room in Kaplan Hall is the venue for an informative and important presentation at 7pm. The lecture had been set for Tuesday, March 14, 2017, but it has been rescheduled due to snow to Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The program is free and open to the public. Kathy Lawrence, who is the co-founder and senior director of School Food Focus, will spotlight the seriousness of the food situation in a talk followed by discussion, "Our Food System From Producer to Consumer: What You Need to Know - What You Can Do."

At the start of the talk, Lawrence will give an overview of the current state of U.S. food systems: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Then, she will explain the role of policy, markets, advertising, and "consumer" choice. She will also discuss what is at stake in the status quo vs systems change and the need for people to take effective action in the movement for more equitable and sustainable food systems.

Newburgh Urban Farming FairThis event is presented in partnership with the Second Annual Newburgh Urban Farming Fair [NUFF] which strives to bring to fellow Newburgh residents of all ages the practical means of urban farming and gardening in their yards, schools and neighborhoods.

photo of peaches by Samantha SeeleyKathy Lawrence has had a great deal of experience in leadership roles. For 25 years she worked tirelessly in sustainable agriculture, local food systems development, and non-profit management, serving as the executive director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture and directing Just Food, the New York City based non-profit organization she founded in 1995. Her achievements at Just Food include initiating the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in NYC program and The City Farms, an urban agriculture and food access program. While developing the foundation for Just Food, Kathy coordinated public information, outreach and education for both the New York and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups (NYSAWG and NESAWG) and engaged in citizen advocacy at the United Nations on sustainable agriculture and food security issues.

Presently, the co-founder and senior director of School Food Focus, a national collaborative that ignites food system change by working on both the demand and supply sides of the school food, she shares her knowledge by taking programs to the public. She and her colleagues of School Food Focus work at empowering school districts to build, demand, and collectively leverage their purchasing power. They also show food producers and suppliers how they can offer healthful products.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage via the 73 First Street entrance.

For more information, contact Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or call (845) 341-4891/9386.

Images, top to bottom: Kathy Lawrence, Co-Founder and Senior Director of School Food Focus; Newburgh Urban Farming Fair; photo of peaches by Samantha Seeley

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The Sky’s Most Amazing Spectacles

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 7pm
Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010, Rowley Center for Science & Engineering (MDTN)

Bob Berman, astronomer, photo by Phil KamrassThat big sky above offers a stage for astonishing natural happenings. And, depending on what part of the globe one may live or visit, astronomy explains these phenomena so that they are both enjoyable and exciting.

Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences. Early civilizations made observations and today’s humans continue to be fascinated by viewing night vistas from the back porch or on grand tours to specific regions.

Aurora in Alaska, photo by Anjali BermanOn Monday, April 17, 2017, at 7pm, Bob Berman, one of the best-known and most widely-read astronomers in the world, is presenting a program entitled
The Sky’s Most Amazing Spectacles
at the Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum, Room 010 in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering [RCSE]. This event is free and open to the public.

Having led a tour in late February to central Alaska to experience the Aurora Borealis, he will share his wealth of knowledge and latest photographs of the splendor of it all. During the talk, he will also discuss the upcoming total solar eclipse, which will occur in August. The third of what Berman terms “amazing spectacles” is the arrival of a great comet, which has happened more recently in Southern Hemisphere skies, but graced the Northern Hemisphere in the late seventies and nineties. He will suggest a practical guide to these “mind-bending experiences” and of exploring visually the immense skies above us with clear and critical eyes.

Darkness at NoonBerman has the ability to translate complex scientific concepts into language that is understandable to the casual observer yet meaningful to the most advanced. That talent coupled with his dry, edgy wit engages audiences to the curiosities of the natural world.

He has authored nine books and more than one thousand published articles. Berman is a contributing editor of Astronomy magazine. He is also the long-time astronomy editor of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. From 1989 to 2006, he was Discover’s sole astronomy columnist. He has been a guest on TV’s shows Today and Late Night with David Letterman.  However, it is his Strange Universe program which airs weekly on Northeast Public Radio stations during NPR’s Weekend Edition, that he is best known.

RCSE is located at the corner of Wawayanda and East Conkling Avenues (GPS: 10 East  Conkling Avenue) a short walk from several college lots with free parking. Questions may be directed to (845) 341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Bob Berman, astronomer, photo by Phil Kamrass; Aurora in Alaska, photo by Anjali Berman; Darkness at Noon

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Black Angels Over Tuskegee

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3pm
Orange Hall Theatre (MDTN)

Who were the Tuskegee Airmen and what is their significance in American history?

The Cast of Black Angels Over TuskegeeCommonly referenced as the Tuskegee Airmen, these men came together to participate in the Army Air Corps program, called “Tuskegee Experiment,” which sought to train and prepare African-Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft.

The group included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance, instructors, and support staff personnel who were charged with keeping the planes operable and in the air. The Tuskegee Airmen conquered isolation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II forming the 99th Pursuit Squadron. The Tuskegee Airmen’s achievements paved the way for full integration of the United States military.

playwright Layon Gray plays the character Quentin Dorsey in the play Black Angels Over TuskegeeThe award-winning Off-Broadway play Black Angels Over Tuskegee presents the story of the first group of African-American Fighter Pilots of the 99th Pursuit Squadron in WWII. Come to this “vibrantly energetic and emotionally captivating” production in Orange Hall Theatre at 3pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017, rescheduled from Sunday, February 12, 2017 because of inclement weather. Tickets already purchased for the February 12 performance will be honored on April 23. Immediately following the presentation, the 8-man cast will come out on stage for a talk-back with the audience.

NYTheatre.com comments, “Black Angels Over Tuskegee is a deeply wonderful production that takes an important historical event, presents it in a very intimate manner, and demands a personal response to its characters.” The play is the work of playwright Layon Gray who also acts, directs, and choreographs the performance and has used conversational dialogue to engage the audience. Black Angels Over Tuskegee won the 2009 NAACP Award, the 2009 ADA Award, and the 2010 NYC Audelco Special Achievement Award.

The Cast of Black Angels Over TuskegeeTickets are reasonably priced at $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and free for all students. All tickets except student admission are available online at: www.sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.shtml
The box office opens at 2pm before the performance.

This event is kindly co-sponsored by Walden Savings Bank, the Evelyn & John Morrison Fund, the Williams Family, and the SUNY Orange Foundation.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY. Questions may be directed to cultural@sunyorange.edu and (845)341-4891.

Images, top to bottom: The Cast of Black Angels Over Tuskegee; playwright Layon Gray plays the character Quentin Dorsey in the play Black Angels Over Tuskegee; The Cast of Black Angels Over Tuskegee

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SURFACE ~ Silver, Plexiglas, Other Materials ~ handmade jewelry & objects by Josiah Dearborn

Friday, April 28, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Josiah Dearborn, artistJo Dearborn likes to work with his hands. He creates art in metals and Plexiglas that he forms, pierces, casts, rivets, dyes, laser-cuts, sandblasts into jewelry and other objects. He also sculpts in wood.

To fully appreciate his art, come to the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery in Kaplan Hall where the works are on display in the glass, vitrine cases April 28 through August 1, 2017.  Of a variety of sizes and shapes, representational and abstract, they all come under the title   

SURFACE

Silver, Plexiglas, Other Materials

handmade jewelry & objects

by Josiah Dearborn.

His art background includes being educated at Johns Hopkins University, Silvermine College of Art, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. Through study and life experiences, he has been influenced by Medieval, Irish, Viking, and Scythian cultures as well as Art Nouveau.

Earrings, acrylic-balls with spiral silver inlay by Josiah Dearborn; Hollow-heart Pendant, repoussé with sawn design by Josiah DearbornHe has been an industrial designer and modelmaker, and a fabricator of interactive science exhibits. Over the years, he has admired the shapes of medieval armor, heraldic shields and symbols, architectural detail, and any carved creatures. He watched his father build things and learned to enjoy process and detail. His studies, observing, and hands-on work all have formulated his concepts of art.

Flame, yellow flame: plexiglas (acrylic), formed/carved/dyed, wood & miscellaneous found plastic by Josiah DearbornHis exhibit continues the Artists of Excellence series which spotlights highly talented regional artists and gives the college community and the community-at-large the opportunity of viewing exquisite pieces in various media by professional artists.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday - 8am to 9pm and Friday - 8am to 5pm through May. The college is closed during Memorial Day Weekend, and also on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in June and July.

A reception is scheduled for Thursday, June 22 from 5 to 7:30pm during which Joy Zelada will play classical guitar. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets (GPS: 73 First St) on the Newburgh campus of SUNY Orange. Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Josiah Dearborn, artist; Earrings, acrylic-balls with spiral silver inlay by Josiah Dearborn; Hollow-heart Pendant, repoussé with sawn design by Josiah Dearborn; Flame, yellow flame: plexiglas (acrylic), formed/carved/dyed, wood & miscellaneous found plastic by Josiah Dearborn

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Coordinator of Cultural Affairs
(845) 341-4891
cultural@sunyorange.edu

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

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