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2022 Autumn Lecture Series

Marist College’s autumn lecture series kicks off in September and runs through November 9. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the 2022 line-up features:


Explorations in Social Justice Conference – Keynote Address Image of Sarah Schulman.
Sarah Schulman “Health Disparities Past and Present: Lessons from HIV/AIDS and COVID”

When: Tuesday, September 6, 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Where: Nelly Goletti Theatre

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer and AIDS historian. Her 20th book, Let The Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP, New York 1987-1993, was awarded The Lambda Literary Award, The Publishing Triangle Prize, and an Award from The National LGBT Journalists Association. It was a finalist for the PEN John Kenneth Galbraith Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book and New York Times Editor’s Choice. Sarah is on the Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace and holds an endowed chair in creative writing at Northwestern University. 

All are welcome but registration is required.


First Year Seminar Lecture Image of Clint Smith.
Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America 

When: Wednesday, September 7, 11:00-11:45 a.m. 

WhereMcCann Arena

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. His #1 New York Times best-selling book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, won several national prizes and was selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2021. The book was selected by Marist as the Common Read for the 2022-23 academic year. Clint is also the former National Poetry Slam champion and author of the prize-winning poetry collection Counting Descent. Born and raised in New Orleans, he has a B.A. in English from Davidson College and Ph.D. in education from Harvard University.

Attendance is limited to members of the Marist community.


Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History
Philip Dray “Race and Reckoning in the Hudson River Valley: A Lynching at Port Jervis, 1892”

Image of Philip Dray.
Photo Credit: Mindy Tucker

When: Thursday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Nelly Goletti Theatre and online (pre-registration is required for in-person and online)

Philip Dray is the author of A Lynching at Port Jervis: Race and Reckoning in the Gilded Age (2022) and was previously a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America (2002). He has been a contributor to The New York Times, The New York Post, and Mother Jones, and teaches Journalism at the Eugene Lang College in New York City. Dray has appeared extensively on radio and TV, including National Public Radio, “Nightline,” “The Daily Show,” and CNN. His lecture will focus on Black life in the Hudson River Valley through the lens of the 1892 lynching of Robert Lewis in Port Jervis, NY.



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45th Annual William and Sadie Effron Lecture in Jewish Studies at Marist College
Glenn Dynner

When: Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. 

WhereFusco Recital Hall and online (pre-registration is required for online)

Glenn Dynner, Ph.D., is the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies at Fairfield University, editor of the journal Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies; and a recent Guggenheim fellow. He is author of “Men of Silk”: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society (Oxford University Press, 2006), and Yankel’s Tavern: Jews, Liquor & Life in the Kingdom of Poland (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is currently working on a monograph entitled The Light of Learning: A Hasidic Revival in Poland on the Eve of the Holocaust.

The event is free and open to the public.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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