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Union College President David Harris greets Mary and Rich Templeton
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Union College has received the largest single donation in its 225-year history.

Union College Receives Historic $51 Million Gift

Feb 22, 2020
Mary and Rich Templeton
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Union College has received the largest single donation in its 225-year history.

Do Democratic primary voters want an old hand or a new face?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The 2020 election will be about more than the White House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Supreme Court is going through a period of transition.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Democrats in the House are trying to make the most of their majority. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

What is Clarence Thomas up to?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Will he or won’t he?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Wednesday was one of the odder days in recent political history.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

In late summer 1940, as war spread across Europe and as the nation pulled itself out of the Great Depression, an anti-communist hysteria convulsed New York City. Targeting the city’s municipal colleges and public schools, the New York state legislature’s Rapp-Coudert investigation dragged hundreds of suspects before public and private tribunals to root out a perceived communist conspiracy to hijack the city’s teachers unions, subvert public education, and indoctrinate the nation’s youth.

Drawing on the vast archive of Rapp-Coudert records, Union College History Professor Andrew Feffer looks to provide the first full history of this witch-hunt, which lasted from August 1940 to March 1942.

He does so in the new book: "Bad Faith: Teachers, Liberalism, and the Origins of McCarthyism." Andrew Feffer is Professor of History and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Film Studies at Union College.

Union College is sponsoring a talk by one of the country's foremost experts in sentencing policy, race and the criminal justice system.

Marc Mauer is the Executive Director of The Sentencing Project and the co-author of "The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences."

He has authored numerous other books, including "Race to Incarcerate," which was later published as a graphic novel, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio and other media outlets.

His talk at Union College begins at 12:50 PM and is titled: "How to Lock Up Fewer People."

Nancy Pelosi’s second turn as Speaker is under way.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

It’s a pivotal moment for the Supreme Court.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Senate Republicans hold a lot of cards these days.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Texas voters still won’t elect a Democrat statewide.
In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Change is coming to New York’s Congressional delegation.
In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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A new campus safety building will be opening next year adjacent to the Union College campus in Schenectady.

Next month, New York Democrats have to decide if they want to keep Andrew Cuomo on as governor for a third term.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Who will be the next Speaker of the House?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Constitution’s “emoluments clause” is getting a new round of scrutiny.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Schenectady's African American community invites everyone to join the Juneteenth celebration!
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The Hamilton Hill Arts Center is hosting its 18th Annual Juneteenth celebration in Schenectady today and Saturday.

If Democrats want to flip the House, they’ll have to do some work in upstate New York.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Spring is a busy period for the Supreme Court.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

House Republicans are going to need a new leader.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The Dreamers face an uncertain future.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

How does President Trump stack up against his predecessors?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

More than a year into the Trump presidency, Russia looms large.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Nobody expected the vice president, a New York political hack, to be president. And after President James A. Garfield was shot in 1881, nobody expected Chester A. Arthur to become a strong and effective president, a courageous anti-corruption reformer, and an early civil rights advocate.

Despite his promising start as a young man, by his early fifties Chester A. Arthur was known as the crooked crony of New York machine boss Roscoe Conkling. For years Arthur had been perceived as unfit to govern, not only by critics and the vast majority of his fellow citizens but by his own conscience. As President James A. Garfield struggled for his life, Arthur knew better than his detractors that he failed to meet the high standard a president must uphold.

Scott S. Greenberger is a journalist, author and the executive editor of Stateline, the daily news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts. His newest book is "The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur." Greenberger will be at Union College in Schenectady, NY on Thursday, February 22nd - to deliver the college’s Founders Day keynote address.

Dr. David Harris will become the first African-American president of Union College on July 1st.
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The 19th president of Union College was introduced this afternoon in Schenectady.

Strands of Washington's hair were found in an envelope tucked inside a leather book. Also inside: an 1804 letter to Philip Schuyler,  son of Union College co-founder Gen. Philip Schuyler
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In olden times before cameras and voice recorders, friends and acquaintances often gave one another strands of hair as keepsakes.  Long ago, someone placed an envelope containing strands of our first president's hair in a leather book that has now surfaced at Union College in Schenectady.

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