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.

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


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

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...
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