Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Meet Julissa Arce, "The New Americans," 9/29


MARK THE DATE! Saturday, September 29th. Free and open to the public. Teens and children welcome!


Meet Julissa Arce who emigrated from Mexico at age 11, rose to prominence as a powerful executive on Wall St., and made international headlines when she revealed that she was an undocumented immigrant. She will speak about her life at the inaugural Albany Book Festival.

Now an advocate for immigration reform, Julissa is the author of the national bestseller, My (Underground) American Dream, and the new young adult memoir, Someone Like Me. She was named one of People en Español’s “25 Most Powerful Women of 2017.” 

Her memoir is currently being adapted as a TV series by 20th Century Fox Television, with actor and producer America Ferrera.
 


Friday, August 17, 2018

Announcing The Albany Book Festival

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29
University at Albany Campus Center
       
A message from NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl:
"The Albany Book Festival is a new initiative for us and we ask you to join us in creating something truly amazing that elevates UAlbany and our capital city for years to come."

Monday, August 06, 2018

TRANSCRIPT: NY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO ADDRESSES NRA LAWSUIT AND CONDEMNS THE ORGANIZATION'S ILLEGAL BUSINESS PRACTICES WHILE GUEST ON MSNBC


Monday morning, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo addressed the NRA's lawsuit against New York State and condemned the organization's "Carry Guard" insurance during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe with Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough and John Heilemann. The Governor today sent a letter calling on other governors to follow New York's lead and block the sale of the NRA's "Carry Guard" program, which provides liability insurance to gun owners for certain acts of intentional wrongdoing. The Governor issued the letter as part of a national effort to block the program after a state investigation found that the program was illegal under New York State law, leading to penalties against insurance companies involved. On Friday, New York State filed a motion to dismiss an NRA lawsuit against New York that suggested the state's actions were a threat to "the NRA's corporate existence and its advocacy mission."

A transcript of the interview is available after the jump.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Dark Web 101 For Dummies

Through the web darkly...

You've heard about it. Dare to experience it?

"The darkweb"; "the deep web"; beneath "the surface web" – the metaphors alone make the internet feel suddenly more unfathomable and mysterious.

The dark web is the World Wide Web content that exists on darknets, overlay networks that use the Internet but require specific software, configurations or authorization to access.

According to Wikipedia, The darknets which constitute the dark web include small, friend-to-friend peer-to-peer networks, as well as large, popular networks like Tor, Freenet, I2P and Riffle operated by public organizations and individuals. Users of the dark web refer to the regular web as Clearnet due to its unencrypted nature.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Submit Poetry: Publications Looking For Your Best (And You Might Get PAID too!)

I'm reblogging this for those of you who have no time for unproductive smartphone Google searches. Good luck!

Monday, July 30, 2018

2018 July 30 Tips For Bloggers And Reporters


ALERT:::  If you are unable to access any links on this blog, copy the URL into notepad and replace https with plain old http and open in a new window! 

Friday, May 04, 2018

Tonight: William Kennedy, This Is Your Life, Fri 5/4

Page Hall at 7PM Friday:  A home-made Albany tribute to the life of William Kennedy.
This final event of the Writers Institute’s Spring 2018 season will be followed by an opportunity to mix and mingle at a reception with light refreshments.

Featuring:
1.       Capital District Youth Pipe Band paying tribute to North Albany’s Irish heritage.
2.       Children’s choir from the North Albany Academy (formerly Public School 20 which Bill attended as a child), singing African American and African songs.
3.    A bit of comedy with the Librarians of the Albany Public Library.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Meet Paul Harding

Reading and McKinney Writing Contest Awards — 8:00 p.m., CBIS (Biotech) Auditorium, Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building, RPI, Troy

Paul Harding received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Tinkers (2009), a father-and-son story about itinerant peddlers in the backwoods of Maine. The Pulitzer jury described it as "a powerful celebration of life [that] offers new ways of perceiving the world and mortality."

Friday, March 23, 2018

LOUDER THAN A BOMB



LOUDER THAN A BOMB
March 23 (Friday)
Film Screening 8:00 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
[Note later than normal screen time]


Directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel (United States, 2010, 99 minutes, color)
This award-winning documentary tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth slam. "Packs a greater emotional punch than any film in current release" (Boston Herald).


Friday, March 23, beginning at 6PM in Page Hall - an inter-generational poetry event with two local poets...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

EXPLAINER: Bitcoin, Blockchain & ICO's

By
A Bitcoin ATM
Bitcoin is no longer just for geeks in obscure corners of the internet. Today you can use the digital currency to fly to Britain, buy an apartment and enroll in the London Sushi Workshop. Fans like its libertarian footing, how it dodges government control and how – especially in this privacy-challenged era – it boosts anonymity. But some detractors blast bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a “fraud,” while others argue that they fuel cybercrime.
Unlike the American dollar or British pound – which are guaranteed by central banks that set interest rates and print currency, stabilizing their value – bitcoin is decentralized. No one controls it. In part for that reason, its value has yo-yoed wildly. After more than quadrupling against the dollar between January and August 2017, bitcoin fell by a third in the first two weeks of September. Some blamed...

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

I Am Not Your Negro, Fri. 2/9 @Ualbany



A special screening and discussion of the Oscar-nominated film, I Am Not Your Negro, and a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Baldwin.
Begins Friday afternoon with "Bits of Baldwin," featuring major author and Baldwin enthusiast Darryl Pinckney, pioneering Albany TV journalist Ken Screven, and UAlbany students!

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Baldwin, featuring Darryl Pinckney and Ken Screven
February 9 (Friday) Student readings of Baldwin’s work with commentary by Darryl Pinckney — 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave.
Free and open to the public. Free parking in the State Quad Student Lot.

Darryl Pinckney, novelist, playwright, essayist, and author of the acclaimed new novel Black Deutschland (2016), will provide commentary on selections from the works of James Baldwin, one of the iconic authors of the 20th century. Selections will be presented on stage by UAlbany students, and by Albany newsman Ken Screven.

John Freeman wrote in The Boston Globe, "Darryl Pinckney probably knows Baldwin’s life and work better than any living American, and in his long-awaited second novel, Black Deutschland, he pays Baldwin the highest tribute: telling a story in which a man much like Baldwin — a gay, black, alcoholic ex-pat — learns that who he is, who he loves, where he’s from can’t be disentangled."

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Film screening with commentary by Darryl Pinckney
Screening with commentary by Darryl Pinckney 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus. Free parking in Thurlow Terrace lot off Western Ave.
Screening only 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28; and 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus.
Directed by Raoul Peck (United States, 2017, 93 minutes, PG-13, color and b/w)
Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished memoir, Remember This House, this Oscar-nominated documentary presents his meditations on the history of racism in the United States and his perspectives on slain civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Guardian called it, “one of the best movies about the Civil Rights Era ever made.” Read more and watch the "I Am Not Your Negro" movie trailer.  The conversation with Darryl Pinckney will be moderated by UAlbany English professor Derik Smith.
Presented by the Writers Institute in conjunction with the Performing Arts Center with support provided by The University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services, English Department, Sexuality Month, and the Diversity Transformation Fund administered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion


For more information, contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at nyswritersinstitute.org.


Friday, February 02, 2018

2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Keynote Speaker: Michele Norris



Michele Norris, eminent American broadcast journalist, became the first African-American female host in the history of National Public Radio, serving as anchor of its flagship evening news program All Things Considered from 2002 to 2015.

Previously, she served as an ABC News correspondent, winning both the Emmy and Peabody awards for her coverage of the 9/11 attacks. In 2014, she received a second Peabody for her NPR Race Card Project, which invites listeners to comment on matters of race in exactly six words. She is also the author of the memoir, The Grace of Silence (2010), which Toni Morrison called, "an insightful, elegant rendering of how the history of an American family illuminates the history of our country." There will be a reception with light refreshments in the Patroon Room from 5:30-6:45 p.m. before the program begins


Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Student Association, and University Auxiliary Services in collaboration with the Writers Institute

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (518) 956-8110 http://www.albany.edu/diversityandinclusion/
More about the event:  https://www.albany.edu/news/83938.php


Friday, January 12, 2018

Ripple VS Coinbase


Is Coinbase Responsible for Ripple Price Slide? | Investopedia

https://www.investopedia.com/news/coinbase-responsible-ripple-price-slide/
3 days ago - During that time, the price of XRP has climbed to well over $3 per coin, propelling ripple past bitcoin cash and ethereum to make it the second-largest digital currency in the world by market cap. ... Currently, Coinbase offers trading in bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, and litecoin.

Ripple bluff: XRP on Coinbase is still coming? | finder.com.au

https://www.finder.com.au › Cryptocurrency › Altcoins
2 days ago - The price of Ripple may be dropping, but there are still plenty of reasons why you can still invest in XRP on Coinbase. See the evidence for yourself.

Ripple Prices Drop Sharply After Coinbase Announcement - Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/.../ripple-prices-drop-sharply-after-coinbase-announcement/
7 days ago - The price of Ripple's XRP token fell more than 25% after Coinbase dispelled rumors that it would soon offer trading in the digital currency. While XRP climbed to as much as $3.84 yesterday, the cryptocurrency dropped to as little as $2.83 today, CoinMarketCap data reveals. [Ed note: Investing in ...
Read Dario Boriani's answer to Where is Ripple headed now that Coinbase has stated it is not looking at adding Ripple to its platform? on Quora

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