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  • NYS Writers Institute

Coming up this week: 3 events, 7 speakers

Wednesday, October 21

Event date: 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 21

Event address: Your computer screen via Crowdcast

Tickets may be purchased at

Your ticket includes a copy of Natalie Portman’s Fables -- or upgrade to the premium bundle to include both Natalie Portman’s Fables and Gregory Maguire’s A Wild Winter Swan.

Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman and Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and a 1976 UAlbany graduate. This event is brought to you in partnership with Porter Square Books, an independent bookstore located in Cambridge, Mass.

A NYS Writers Institute event in support of independent bookstores.

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Wednesday, October 21

Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All with Mindy & Robert Fullilove and Alice Green

Event date: 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 21

Free and open to the public

A featured event of The Time for Reckoning month-long series addressing systemic racism.

Free and open to the public

Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All is available to order from The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is an American social psychiatrist who focuses on the ways environmental factors affect the mental health of communities. She is the author of Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All, which provides a framework for those who wish to see their communities revitalized and encourages us all to look both inward and outward to find the assets that already exist to create meaningful change.

Robert E. Fullilove, is the Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and the co-director of the Cities Research Group at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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Thursday, October 22

Artist to Artist: Baseera Khan, Nassim Soleimanpour, Damon Young

Event date: 7 p.m. Thursday, October 22

Event address: tba

Free and open to the public

Baseera Khan is a Brooklyn-based artist and Muslim American who sublimates colonial histories through performance and sculpture in order to map geographies of the future. Khan exhibited at the University Art Museum in 2019 as part of the show ACE: art on sports, promise and selfhood.

Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iranian playwright, theatre maker, performer and artistic director of a Berlin-based theatre company. Soleimanpour’s works have been translated into more than 30 languages and performed globally in over 50 countries. His play White Rabbit, Red Rabbit had a nine-month off-Broadway run. It graced the stage at UAlbany with five performances in October of 2013.

Damon Young is a journalist, humorist and author of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, a memoir about surviving in a world where “existing while Black is an extreme sport.” He is also senior editor for The Root and co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine, VerySmartBrothas. Young visited UAlbany in February 2020 as part of the Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series.

A featured event of the Artist to Artist series is presented by the UAlbany Art Museum, Performing Arts Center, and the NYS Writers Institute. This series brings together artists whose work has been previously presented at UAlbany for conversations about the arts in this time of the coronavirus pandemic, a reckoning on systemic racism, and civil unrest.

Support for the Artist to Artist series is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


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