Film screening with filmmaker Hal Crimmel Monday, April 22 4:15 p.m. discussion,  Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition, University at Albany Uptown Campus. See map.
7:30 p.m. film screening/Q&A, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, University at Albany Downtown Campus. See map.
Is Nature entitled to legal rights? The documentary, THE RIGHTS OF NATURE: A GLOBAL MOVEMENT, shot in Ecuador, New Zealand and Santa Monica, California, focuses on a growing environmental initiative where natural areas are given legal rights that can be enforced by people, governments and communities.

Film screening and discussion with director/producer Cynthia Wade
Tuesday, April 23
3 p.m. -- Followed by a light reception. UAlbany Performing Arts Center, 1400 Washington Avenue, on the uptown campus. See map.

A documentary by Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander Woodard, GRIT chronicles a community’s response to one of the word’s largest man-made environmental disasters.

The film follows Dian, a young girl who lost her home when the enormous tsunami of mud caused by natural gas drilling slammed into her village in 2006. The film chronicles Dian’s awakening as a political activist as she had her community organize against the drilling company.



 We join the Capital Region music community in mourning the passing of musician and journalist Greg Haymes, who died Wednesday, April 10.

Greg had been scheduled with Taina Asili,  Michael Eck, and Bryan "Buggy Jive" Thomas on our Art of Songwriting panel discussion. We're talking with Taina, Michael and Bryan  about plans to remember Greg at this event.


Season at a glance

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"With great UAlbany collaboration and community excitement, we pulled off an amazing inaugural Albany Book Festival in 2018. We are committed to making the second edition even better."

-- Paul Grondahl

The NYS Writers Institute proudly announces the 2nd Annual Albany Book Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the University at Albany Uptown Campus. 


Much more information to come.  Mark your calendars and save the date!

NYS Writers Institute

Science Library 320

University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

(518) 442-5620

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