(Singapore/USA, 2018, 96 minutes, color) Directed by Sandi Tan. Starring Sandi Tan, Sophia Siddique Harvey, Georges Cardona.
While still a teenager in 1992, Sandi Tan and her friends made one of Singapore’s first indie feature films, SHIRKERS, under the mentorship of a strange and shady American film teacher, Georges Cardona, who suddenly vanished with the film stock before it could be finished and released. Her same-titled 2018 documentary SHIRKERS reflects on her shattered creative dreams, and explains what happened when the footage was unexpectedly returned to her two decades later. Released as a Netflix original documentary, the film received a Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The New Yorker called it “vastly imaginative and ambitious…. gloriously, gleefully idiosyncratic, a blend of punk energy and local documentation.”
Cosponsored by the University at Albany’s Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS), and Intensive English Language Program
Jade Solomon Curtis, celebrated dance artist and choreographer, integrates classical and African-American vernacular movements with mixed-media and Hip Hop culture. Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word N _____ is her multidisciplinary evening length work that explores the reverb of a single word in a global community.
Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students,seniors, UAlbany faculty-staff. (518) 442-3997 or
Matt McCarthy, assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, is the author of new book, Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic (2019), an insider’s account of the current battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the race to develop new treatments for infections. Bestselling author Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) called it, “An amazing, informative book that changes our perspective on medicine, microbes and our future.” McCarthy’s previous bestsellers include The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year (2015) and Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit (2009).
His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Slate, and The New England Journal of Medicine. He is also editor-in-chief of Current Fungal Infection Reports.
Cosponsored by The RNA Institute, a cutting-edge life sciences research facility at the University at Albany, to mark the launch of the NIH-sponsored RNA Fellows Program, which features a Science Communications track in partnership with the NYS Writers Institute. The new program will enable students to develop and improve written and oral communication in areas of research that are critical to new frontiers in human health.
Friday, November 8, 2019
6 p.m. - Keynote conversation with Tony Shalhoub
7 p.m. - Screening of BIG NIGHT followed by a discussion
The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Ave, Albany
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