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Government Professor at Skidmore College Beau Breslin joins us this morning to discuss his new book, "A Constitution for the Living: Imagining How Five Generations of Americans Would Rewrite the Nation's Fundamental Law."

What would America's Constitutions have looked like if each generation wrote its own? Breslin reimagines American history to answer that question. By tracing the story from the 1787 Constitutional Convention up to the present, he presents an account of historical figures and how they might have shaped their particular generation's Constitution.

Beau Breslin holds the Joseph C. Palamountain Jr. Chair in Government at Skidmore. He is the author of "From Words to Worlds" and "The Communitarian Constitution."

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Students at Skidmore College rallied for racial justice on the first day of classes Monday.

As New York begins a regional re-opening strategy, the state has released guidelines for contact tracing to follow the spread of COVID-19.

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The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College’s latest exhibition, "FLEX," opens tomorrow.

"FLEX" continues the Tang’s tradition of faculty-curated exhibitions. It brings together contemporary and historical art and material culture to consider how classical ideals, muscular physiques and heroic images intersect, and how muscled bodies represent changing notions of bravery, beauty, and health.

The exhibition will feature plaster casts of ancient sculptures juxtaposed with comic books, superhero figurines, bodybuilder photographs, and work by contemporary artists such as Nick Cave, Lucy Kim, Nancy Spero, and Andres Serrano.

Tonight in conjunction with the exhibition, the Tang’s Dunkerley Dialogue series features exhibiting artist Andres Serrano in conversation with Skidmore Professor of photography Robert ParkeHarrison.

We are joined by Ian Berry, the Dayton Director of the Tang, and two Skidmore College faculty members who co-curated "FLEX:" Dan Curley, of the Classics Department, and Gregory Spinner, of the Religious Studies Department.

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Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs has selected its next president.

Howard Pollack is the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Music at the University of Houston. He will be speaking next Wednesday, October 30th at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York about as part of the college's Jacob Perlow Series. Pollack's subject is “American Musical Theater and the Legacy of Jewish Emigration: From Show Boat to Fiddler on the Roof.”

Jewish American composers, many of them children of Russian-Jewish immigrants, in collaboration with Jewish lyricists and librettists, played an extraordinary role in the creation of the classic Broadway and Hollywood musicals of the twentieth century, as well as American opera of the same period - composers that include Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Richard Rodgers, Marc Blitzstein, and Harold Arlen.

Pollack will focus on how the legacy of Jewish immigration impinged itself dramatically on American musicals and operas by looking at the ways in which themes of migration, departure, arrival, assimilation, and utopia inform this repertoire.

Robert Boyers’ new book is "The Tyranny of Virtue." It is a collection of essays about the decline of civility and academic freedom promoted by, as Boyers sees it, excesses of political correctness at America’s universities.

Boyers, who defines himself as a liberal, decries the intolerance of his fellow liberals for political and intellectual diversity.

Robert Boyers is the editor of "Salmagundi," a professor of English at Skidmore College, and the director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute. He will be speaking at a New York State Writers Institute event on Thursday afternoon at UAlbany.

9/9/19 Panel

Sep 9, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Law School Professor and Director of The Immigration Law Clinic Sarah Rogerson, Skidmore College Business professor and Brexit expert Peter Moloney, and Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick.

In Richard Russo’s latest, “Chances Are…,” a reunion on Martha's Vineyard reopens old mysteries and wounds for three Vietnam-era college friends. Russo is the author of eight novels, most recently “Everybody’s Fool” and “That Old Cape Magic;” two collections of stories; and the memoir “Elsewhere.” In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for “Empire Falls.”

This “Off the Shelf” edition of “The Book Show” was recorded at the Zankel Music Center on the campus of Skidmore College in partnership with Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York.

8/13/19 Panel

Aug 13, 2019

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, former Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post, and Skidmore College Business professor and Brexit expert Peter Moloney. 

Richard Russo’s new novel, "Chances Are...," is out today. In it, three sixty-six-year old men convene on Martha's Vineyard one beautiful September day, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties. They couldn't have been more different then, or even today.

Lincoln's a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, and Mickey a musician beyond his rockin' age. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend on the Vineyard in 1971.

Richard Russo is the author of eight novels, most recently "Everybody’s Fool" and "That Old Cape Magic;" two collections of stories; and the memoir "Elsewhere." In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for "Empire Falls."

Russo will join Joe Donahue to discuss the new novel, "Chances Are..," on Wednesday, August 21 at 7 p.m. at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College in an Off The Shelf taping of The Book Show presented by Northshire Bookstore.

7/23/19 Panel

Jul 23, 2019

 The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and Harvard Data Science Initiative Fellow Fran Berman, Skidmore College Business professor and Brexit expert Peter Moloney, and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao.

6/17/19 Panel

Jun 17, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are Political Consultant Libby Post, Albany Law School Professor Sarah Rogerson who directs the Immigration Law Clinic, and Skidmore College Business professor and Brexit expert Peter Moloney.

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The Mostly Modern Festival is in full swing at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. 

Frances Young Tang was a businesswoman, philanthropist, and 1961 Skidmore College graduate who died in 1992. In her memory, the Tang family made a substantial donation that led to the Tang Teaching Museum becoming a reality in 2000. Frances Day honors Frances Young Tang’s legacy of creativity and philanthropy with a day of free activities.

The museum’s sixth annual Frances Day is on Saturday, June 15. Visitors can experience multiple contemporary art exhibitions, art-making activities, tours, food, music, and more.

Dayton Director of The Tang, Ian Berry, joins us along with Elizabeth Streb, a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship recipient, acclaimed choreographer, and the founder of Streb Extreme Action. The company is known for physically demanding, gravity-defying performances that combine virtuosity, technical skill, and popular appeal. Streb Extreme Action is in residence at Skidmore and the subject of the exhibition at the Tang — Streb Action.

The 2019 John Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative Documentary Forum, “Humor: Laughing with Reality,” happening at Skidmore College is a weekend-long festival with presentations of artistic work and symposium-style conversations around the theme of humor in documentary.

The first of two keynote events happens tonight. It is: Sam Green and Yo La Tengo “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” tonight at 8 PM at the Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs.

In this hour-long “live documentary,” Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Sam Green explores Fuller’s utopian vision of radical social change through a design revolution. The project is a collaboration between Green and the legendary indie band Yo La Tengo. At tonight’s screening, Green narrates the film in person and cues images while Yo La Tengo performs their original score.

Ira Kaplan for Yo La Tengo joins us.

5/24/19 Panel

May 24, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, lecturer at Skidmore College Peter Moloney, and Former EPA Regional Administrator and visiting professor at Bennington College Judith Enck.

In conjunction with the exhibition “The Second Buddha: Master of Time,” the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents “Bardo Now,” three evenings this week of special guests who use literature, art, and music to explore the Tibetan Buddhist concept of the bardo which is often understood as the intermediate space between death and rebirth.

We are joined by Ian Berry, the Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, and Benjamin Bogin, the director of the Asian Studies Program at Skidmore College.

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Students on campuses across the country are walking “Out of the Darkness” to fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

In his new book, "Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America," Box Brown surveys the broad history of marijuana, from its role in Hindu mythology to its importation into the Americas by Spain.

Brought into the U.S. by Mexican immigrants in the 19th century, marijuana eventually became associated with jazz musicians and inevitably became tainted by a racist social mythology—one that linked weed to violence and sex—which was used to justify legal restrictions of the drug.

In his work of graphic nonfiction, Brown provides a look at the history, pharmacological affects, and legalization movement surrounding marijuana in North America.

Brown is an award-winning graphic novelist and will discuss the new book with Paul Benzon, Assistant Professor of English at Skidmore College on tomorrow at 6PM at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is now presenting the critically acclaimed exhibition “Like Sugar,” which explores the problematic and joyful aspects of sugar from multiple points of view to broaden our understanding of how the multi-layered substance affects us.

Tonight (Monday, March 4), in conjunction with the exhibition, the Tang’s Accelerator Series of talks on urgent issues is presenting “Food Futures—Food Justice, Sustainability, and Well-Being” with special guests Kate Daughdrill, an artist and urban farmer from Detroit; Anthony Hatch, a Wesleyan University professor whose book “Blood Sugar” critiques how scientists and drug companies use race and ethnicity; and Leah Penniman, a farmer, activist and author from Grafton, New York.

In the studio with us today to tell us all about the exhibition and tonight’s event are Ian Berry, the Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum, and Rachel Seligman, the Malloy Curator and a co-organizer of the “Like Sugar” exhibition.

Skidmore College President Philip Glotzbach
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The longtime president of Skidmore College is stepping down following the 2020 spring semester. The liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs announced Monday that Philip Glotzbach informed the Board of Trustees of his plan Friday. Glotzbach has led the private college since 2003.

Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs will become a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. The move also includes the banning of e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is having a two-day 3-D Doings Symposium October 25-26 in conjunction with the acclaimed exhibition “3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964–1980.”

“3-D Doings,” which runs through January 6, is the first in-depth exploration of the little-known sculptural work and dimensional painting made by the Chicago Imagists during the early years of their practice. The symposium features a dialogue with Art Green and Flip Philips on October 25, and, on October 26, a gallery talk with artists Sarah Canright, Art Green, Mimi Gross, Lorri Gunn, Phil Hanson, Gladys Nilsson, and Suellen Rocca, a reception, and a panel discussion .

“3-D Doings” is organized by The Tang’s Ian Berry and Chicago-based curators and scholars John Corbett and Jim Dempsey. 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Friday she was withdrawing from a debate against Republican challenger Chele Farley because of a long-running labor dispute involving the cable TV stations that were set to air it.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Chele Farley are set to debate at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs ahead of November’s midterm elections. The debate, which both campaigns agreed to last month, is set for October 21 at 7 p.m. at the college’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall. 

Frances Young Tang was a businesswoman, philanthropist, and 1961 Skidmore College graduate who died in 1992. In her memory, the Tang family made a substantial donation that led to the Tang Teaching Museum becoming a reality in 2000. Frances Day honors Frances Young Tang’s legacy of creativity and philanthropy with a day of free activities.

The museum’s fifth annual Frances Day, a community open house from 2 to 6 pm is on Saturday, July 14th. Visitors can experience multiple contemporary art exhibitions, art-making activities, tours, food, music, and more. Ian Berry is the Dayton director of The Tang.

The Mostly Modern Festival (MMF) is a new summer music festival that flips the traditional programming model by devoting most of its attention to the music of our time which will present eight concerts featuring an illustrious array of guest artists and ensembles, an orchestra largely made up of Mostly Modern Festival Institute (MMFI) participants, music by esteemed resident composers, and more than 30 brand-new works in world premiere performances by more than 30 MMFI participating composers.

Founded by the husband and wife team of composer Robert Paterson and violinist Victoria Paterson, the inaugural festival’s concerts take place June 8-17th at the Arthur Zankel Music Center on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Robert Paterson joins us.

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The Battenkill Chorale opens its 23rd season with Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental Requiem for soloists, chorus, and 48-piece orchestra with two performances on Saturday and Sunday, January 20th  and 21st at 3pm at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Battenkill Chorale, a 110-voice unauditioned chorus from six counties in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont, was founded twenty-three years ago by Artistic Director Janet McGhee.

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Among the victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City was a 2016 graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

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