Artist to Artist brings together artists whose work has been previously presented at UAlbany for conversations about the arts in this time of the coronavirus pandemic, a reckoning on systemic racism, and civil unrest. [Read more…] about Artist to Artist: Addressing This Moment Online Programs
NYS Writers Institute
The Center for Law and Justice and the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany have launched of an online symposium examining the impact of systemic racism on Capital Region communities.
The goal of the symposium is to raise awareness, foster dialogue, find common ground and work collectively to create a more just society. [Read more…] about A Time For Reckoning Focuses On Capital Region’s Systemic Racism
The New York State Archives Partnership Trust and the New York State Writers Institute have announced an interview with acclaimed author and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer set for Tuesday, September 22nd at 12:30 pm.
NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl and author Harold Holzer will discuss insights from Harold’s new book, The Presidents Vs. The Press, examining the dual rise of the American presidency and the media that shaped it. [Read more…] about Harold Holzer On Presidents vs Press
The 3rd Annual Albany Book Festival, presented by the NYS Writers Institute at the University at Albany, is kicking off today, and will run through September 24th with all events online, free, and available on the Writers Institute’s YouTube Channel.
The event’s first presentation, a conversation with New York Times bestselling author of the novels Commencement, Maine, The Engagements, and Saints For All Occasions, J. Courtney Sullivan is now online. Sullivan’s fifth novel, Friends and Strangers, was published in June 2020.
The Empire State Center for the Book has decided to postpone its annual event honoring inductees to the New York State Writers Hall of Fame due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The group said the decision was made in consultation with its co-sponsor and collaborator the New York State Writers Institute at the State University at Albany. Organizers say it will be the first time in 11 years the induction ceremony has not taken place. [Read more…] about NYS Writers Hall of Fame Induction Postponed
The New York State Writers Institute and WAMC are joining forces to aid Capital Region’s indie bookstores with a new initiative they’re calling #IndieBookstoreBoost.
Writers Institute director Paul Grondahl and WAMC “Book Show” host Joe Donahue are conducting virtual interviews with notable authors on their newly published books as part of the effort to encourage book sales at independent bookstores. [Read more…] about NYS Writers Institute, WAMC Launch #IndieBookstoreBoost
The NYS Writers Institute is set to hosts A Tribute to Toni Morrison on Friday, January 24, at 7 pm, at Page Hall on the UAlbany downtown campus, 135 Western Avenue, Albany.
The event will include a screening of the 2019 documentary The Pieces I Am and a panel discussion about her life and legacy. [Read more…] about Toni Morrison Tribute Starting NYS Writers Institute Season
A large-scale video projection on UAlbany’s Science Library will celebrate the unique cultural history of the Capital Region and Albany’s contribution to film and literary history.
Using sophisticated computer 3-D mapping and high-performance projectors, the projection mapping display will illuminate the 195-foot wide, 45-foot high exterior of the building, located on the University’s Washington Avenue uptown campus.
The 2nd Albany Book Festival, hosted by the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, is set for Sat., September 14. Featured authors include National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates, Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Foner, Jamaica Kincaid, Dani Shapiro, Madhur Jaffrey, Sylvia Day, Jonathan Santlofer, Will Schwalbe, Harold Holzer.
Also on hand will be dozens of other critically acclaimed and bestselling authors on a diverse range of genres including history, memoir, cooking, gardening, romance, depression, running, and mental health, plus more than 100 local authors and exhibitors. All events are free and open to the public. [Read more…] about Albany Book Fest Bringing Big Name Authors, Local Writers
The NYS Writers Institute is set to welcome filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola for the Albany premiere of a restored and re-edited The Cotton Club, and a conversation with Writers Institute founder William Kennedy, who co-wrote the film’s original screenplay.
The film is set around Cotton Club, a popular New York City nightclub in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was located on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue. Coppola’s restored and re-edited film adds 30 minutes of footage not in the original release, including several high-energy musical and dance numbers, and an expansion of the black characters’ stories and performances. Coppola spent half a million dollars of his own money re-editing it.