Union in the Media

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Inside Higher Ed features op-ed by President David R. Harris

Inside Higher Ed posted an op-ed by President David R. Harris who argued that campus is the place for constructive engagement, not free speech. The op-ed was in response to a recent executive order by President Trump on campus free speech.

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Dutchmen Dip featured in Daily Gazette and Times Union

Hundreds from the campus community turned out Sunday for the seventh annual Dutchmen Dip. The event raised more than $20,000 to benefit the Shinebarger Memorial Scholarship, with an additional $20,000 matched by Tom Coleman '88.

The Daily Gazette and Times Union covered the event (subscription may be required).

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Professor Andrew Feffer discusses new book on WAMC

Andrew Feffer, professor of history, was a recent guest on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio’s program, “The Roundtable.”

He discussed his new book, “Bad Faith: Teachers, Liberalism, and the Origins of McCarthyism,” a look back at the Rapp-Coudert Committee. The committee held a series of private and public hearings in the 1940s in which hundreds of educators were interrogated, threatened and in many cases, fired, for their alleged Communist ties.

Northeast Public Radio is a member of National Public Radio serving parts of seven northeastern states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

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Physics professor Chad Orzel's latest book featured in New York Times

Chad Orzel, R. Gordon Gould Associate Professor of Physics, has written a new book, "Breakfast with Einstein: The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects."

It was recently featured in the Book Review section of the New York Times.

Orzel has written two other books: “How to Teach Physics to Your Dog” and its sequel, "How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog."

Orzel is also the director of undergraduate research.

He joined Union in 2001.

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Springsteen-inspired winter theater production garners media attention

“When the Promise Was Broken,” a collection of short plays inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen, was recently performed in Yulman Theater.

The 90-minute production pieces together nine plays in a seamless evening that celebrates the all too human experience of longing, heartbreak and promises broken in working life, relationships, families and the American dream.

Union's production was featured in the Times Union and Backstreets.com, a popular site for Springsteen news.

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"A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas" reviewed in Times Union

Recent works by U.S. and Latin American artists who are grappling with issues of colonialism and postcolonialism make up the new exhibit at the Mandeville Gallery in the Nott Memorial.

“A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas” runs from Jan. 19 through June 16. It features paintings, photography, sculpture and works on paper, with video, in particular, highlighted as a critical medium for expanded narratives and immersive imagery.

The Times Union recently reviewed the exhibit.

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"A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas" reviewed in Daily Gazette

Recent works by U.S. and Latin American artists who are grappling with issues of colonialism and postcolonialism make up the new exhibit at the Mandeville Gallery in the Nott Memorial.

“A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas” runs from Jan. 19 through June 16. It features paintings, photography, sculpture and works on paper, with video, in particular, highlighted as a critical medium for expanded narratives and immersive imagery.

The Daily Gazette recently reviewed the exhibit.

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Union College Challenge featured in local media

In his inaugural address, President David R. Harris challenged the campus community to learn to “become more comfortable being uncomfortable.” He asked what they could pursue in their studies, work or personal life that would push them in a healthy and responsible way.

“Our name refers to the coming together of people from several faiths to form this college,” he reminded the audience. “The founders did not stay in their cultural comfort zones, as did the founders of most other colleges at the time. Through experience they discovered what it meant to be a leading college without a denominational affiliation.”

Kicking off the Union College Challenge, Harris committed to add a center-right podcast each week to his regular list of preferred podcasts from outlets such as NPR, the New York Times or the Washington Post, and to post his reflections online. This has helped push him to better understand how others see the world, and sharpen and perhaps change, some of his perspectives. In addition to an intellectual challenge, he added a physical one, as well: Harris committed to taking at least three yoga classes a month.

Since Harris’s September address, “What’s your Union College Challenge?” has become a popular catchphrase (and hashtag) across campus for students, faculty, staff, alumni and even parents.

The Daily Gazette recently featured the challenge.