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From a House on a Hill
Paintings by Juliet Teng
Exhibit through May 31, 2017

Juliet Teng has been painting for more than 30 years. She studied at The Arts Students League in Manhattan, NY and draws inspiration for her oil paintings from the forests, mountains, and hues of the Hudson Valley, where she has lived since the 1980s.

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
Liberating Minds:
The Case for College in Prison

Saturday, May 27, 5-7 pm

Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College, Distinguished Fellow in the Bard Prison Initiative and a resident of Ghent, New York, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann will read from and discuss her recent book. As the country faces the legacy of decades of over-incarceration, college in prison offers a corrective on the path back to a more democratic and humane society.

Join us for this timely argument, “the strength of [which] lies in the empathy and enthusiasm with which she tells the stories of people whose lives were made better by college in prison.” (Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation)

Our WAMC Book Picks

Dianne Ortmann’s and Carrie Knudsen’s Book Picks

May 2017

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin)

Letters to a Young Farmer – Compiled by Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture; Martha Hodgkins, Editor (Princeton Architectural Press)

Hop Grower’s Handbook – Laura TenEyck and Dietrich Gehring (Chelsea Green Publishing)

Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison – Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (New Press)

Red, White and Que – Karen Adler and Judith Fertig (Running Press)

One is Not a Pair – Britta Teckentrup (Big Picture Press)

Grow Your Own for Kids – Chris Collins and Lia Leendertz (Hachette)

Out of the Box – Jemma Westing ( Dorling Kindersley)

Walk in the Forest – Maria Dek (Princeton Architectural Press)

Troy, New York: A Tarnished City Alive Again
Photographs by Susan Anthony
Opening Reception:
Friday, June 9, 5 to 7 pm
Exhibit: June 9-August 6

Because of its proximity to the Hudson River, Mohawk River, and Erie Canal, Troy was one of the most prosperous cities in the U.S. during the Industrial Revolution. But when its industry moved west, Troy suffered as its economy faltered and has never completely recovered. “The photographs in the exhibit depict the juxtaposition of past and present, old and new, decay and rebirth in this remarkable historical city,” according to Ms. Anthony.

We invite you to view this visual record of local history and community resilience. Susan Anthony served on the Board of the Columbia County Council on the Arts for nine years.

Nonfiction Book Group

The Chatham Bookstore hosts a nonfiction book group focusing on current affairs, history and biography. They meet at the store on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm and they are open to new members.
Jeffrey Toobin’s political study of the Robert’s court, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court (Random House, 2013) is the choice for June.

For more information, contact Karen Kaczmar at 518-755-0392 or email Karen.