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The University at Albany is changing the name of its Indian Quad to “Indigenous Quad” and Indian Drive to “Indigenous Drive.”

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Siena College President Chris Gibson, UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez and College of Saint Rose President Marcia White came together today to discuss plans for the return of students to Albany County for the spring semester.

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez.
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Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the University at Albany is moving to fully virtual classes for the rest of the fall semester.

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez.
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Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the University at Albany is moving to fully virtual classes for the rest of the fall semester starting Tuesday. 

Albany Common Councilor Owusu Anane represents the neighborhood
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With coronavirus on the rise in Albany County and a spike in new cases in the college community, officials are taking steps to stave off a "second wave" of infections.

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A spike in COVID-19 cases is being observed among students at the University at Albany. 

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With SUNY Oneonta shutting the campus down for the semester due to COVID-19, Albany area colleges have safety plans in place for the holiday weekend.

The NYS Writers Institute’s 3rd Annual Albany Book Festival will be held September 10th through the 24th with all events taking place online, free, and open to the public.

The festival will feature engrossing conversations with amazing featured authors, including National Book Award winner Colum McCann; National Book Award finalist Edwidge Danticat; Noam Chomsky, one of the most cited scholars in modern history; Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking;" and many more.

This year’s lineup reinforces the institute’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and offering voices across the spectrum. The Virtual Writers Institute will present their fall programming online on the NYS Writers Institute’s YouTube channel and at albanybookfestival.com.

To tell us more, we welcome Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl.

UAlbany students Llidia Thomas, a Junior and Katherine LoNigro, a Senior
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University at Albany officials led a campus tour Friday to demonstrate how they plan to keep the community healthy and safe from COVID-19 this fall.

10th ward Councilor Owusu Awane and City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs on Albany's Hudson Ave.
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A July 4th party on Albany's Hudson Avenue has been identified as ground zero for a COVID-19 outbreak. Officials gathered on the street Monday afternoon to emphasize the importance of mask-wearing and social distancing.

Alice Green, outside the Center For Law  & Justice in Albany
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Weeks before the city became the site of sometimes violent protests between demonstrators and police, the Center For Law And Justice in Albany released a report calling attention to systemic racism. Now it plans a community/government symposium this fall.

The entrance to the UAlbany drive-thru testing site. (At this point photos were not prohibited.)
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Last week, I started to feel dizzy. My temperature was 101. And it was also hard to take a deep breath. My chest hurt, it was worse when I lay down, and I had a dry cough. All those things together convinced me to go get tested for the coronavirus and forget about work for the time being.

UAlbany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez.
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With students sent home and faculty teaching remotely, the University at Albany has converted a campus parking lot into a coronavirus testing site.

UAlbany student Ian Walter points out the differences between different 3D printers.
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It’s no secret by now that medical supplies are in dangerously short supply as hospitals in the Northeast try to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Engineering students at the University at Albany are trying to pitch in by 3-D printing face shields.

Professor Michael Leczinsky joins us today to discuss Esports and video games. Professor Leczinsky is a lecturer at UAlbany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and specializes in emerging technologies. 

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The University at Albany hosted a panel discussion Thursday afternoon to raise awareness on what defines human trafficking and how the Capital Region is impacted by it.

The Opalka Gallery presents a 25-year survey of the work of JoAnne Carson in an exhibition entitled “JoAnne Carson: Rise Up and Shine!”

Carson’s work is on view in the gallery now and there will be an opening reception and artist talk on Friday, February 7.

Carson, who is a Professor of Studio Art and Graduate Director Art & Art History at UAlbany has established a unique artistic voice that merges references to the natural world with unexpected materials and colorful world-building.

She has received many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Louise Bourgeois Residency from Yaddo, and an artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

JoAnne Carson joins us along with the Director of The Opalka Gallery, Judie Gilmore.

tobacco products including e-cigarettes (vaping products) on UAlbany campuses will not be permitted
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The University at Albany is joining a number of college campuses across the country in becoming tobacco free.

UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez chats with Senior Jose Novoa Lucas in UAlbany's eSports Arena.
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A room in Draper Hall at the downtown University at Albany campus has been transformed into a competitive video gaming arena.

Legendary rapper Rakim visits the Albany Public Library Howe Branch and the University at Albany as part of the Creative Life series, on Monday, October 28, 2019.
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William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name Rakim, is “near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs – perhaps the greatest – of all time within the hip-hop community” He began his career as the emcee of the rap duo Eric B. & Rakim.

Where many MCs of the time developed their technique through improvisational battles, Rakim was among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of sitting down and writing intricately crafted lyrics packed with clever word choices and metaphors.

His new book: "Sweat The Technique: Revelations On Creativity From The Lyrical Genius" follows his career from his beginnings as a teenage rapper on Long Island and offers insight into how he thinks about words, music, writing and rhyming as it teaches writers of all levels how to hone their craft.

Joe Donahue spoke with Rakim on stage on October 28th as part of UAlbany’s Creative Life series. The Creative Life is created and produced by the New York State Writers Institute, University Art Museum, and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC.

High wire artist Philippe Petit visits the University at Albany as part of The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
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Philippe Petit has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the world; he is also a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, lecturer, writer and subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary "Man on Wire."

Petit’s first “coup” was walking between the towers of Notre Dame in Paris in 1971. He followed with a walk between the pylons of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, setting the stage for “the artistic crime of the century,” his Twin Towers walk a quarter of a mile above the sidewalks of New York in 1974.

We spoke with Petit on stage on October 3 as part of UAlbany’s Creative Life series. The Creative Life is created and produced by the New York State Writers Institute, University Art Museum, and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

MacArthur Genius and Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize and the Andrew Carnegie Medal, among others.

Desmond will be at UAlbany’s Page Hall on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. for an event sponsored by the Changing the Conversation Committee, a partnership of CatholicCharities, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Unity House, and the New York State Writers Institute.

"We often say that we want our students to be engaged, and this is what that looks like. " ~ UAlbany spokesperson
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Members of the University at Albany campus community are reacting to the arrest of a visitor of color last week. 

The WCI Film Festival in Albany, New York features “Food on Film.” Their Food Symposium will be held November 7 on UAlbany’s Downtown Campus. Guests include authors, artists, podcasters, cosplayers, business owners, and professors.

Then, from November 8-10 at The Linda they will screen a diverse selection of international films, short lectures, open discussions, artistic creations, and other events including Tony Shalhoub, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and star of "Wings," "Monk," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and "Big Night," who will be the keynote guest.

Professor Rae Muhlstock of the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program at the University at Albany is the festival organizer.

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It will now be easier for students to attend the University at Albany after finishing at Hudson Valley Community College.

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The University at Albany is teaming up with Capital Region BOCES to bring a new weather forecasting tool to school districts.

Paul Reiser and Joe Donahue on stage at Page Hall in Albany New York
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Comedian, actor, television writer, author and musician Paul Reiser co-starred as Paul Buchman in the decade-defining 1990s comedy, "Mad About You." Other starring roles include Michael Taylor in 60 episodes of "My Two Dads," Doug Getty in "Red Oaks," and Dr. Sam Owens in "Stranger Things." His films include: "Diner," "Beverly Hills Cop" 1 & 2, "Aliens" and "Whiplash."

Reiser is also the author of three bestsellers about family life, including "Couplehood," "Babyhood" and "Familyhood." This Creative Life conversation was recorded on April 4, 2019.

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.

Philippe Petit has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the world; he is also a magician, street juggler, visual artist, builder, lecturer, writer and subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary, "Man on Wire" and the feature film "The Walk."

Petit’s first “coup” was walking between the towers of Notre Dame in Paris in 1971. He followed with a walk between the pylons of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, setting the stage for “the artistic crime of the century,” his Twin Towers walk a quarter of a mile above the sidewalks of New York in 1974.

Joe Donahue will be talking with Petit on stage at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall on Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m. discussing his creative inspiration, craft and career with a question and answer session with the audience will follow. It is part of the UAlbany’s Creative Life series.

Preceding The Creative Life event, Petit will perform a demonstration of his rope-walking artistry and join attendees at a reception at 6 p.m.

The 2nd Annual Albany Book Festival at the University at Albany will take place Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events are free and open to the public and there will be books for sale.

The festival will include more than 100 authors and poets, including several nationally-known and best-selling writers, exhibits, writing workshops, and children's activities.

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