Union in the Media

Union’s faculty, staff and students are often mentioned in local, national and international media outlets. Among the outlets that have highlighted Union include the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, U.S. News and World Report, MONEY and the Associated Press.

Content on Union’s news site has been honored by the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education (CASE).

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Brad Hays, associate professor of political science, discusses Supreme Court on WAMC

Bradley Hays, associate professor of political science, was a recent guest on Congressional Corner on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio. He discussed the Supreme Court, which is in a period of transition.

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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NBC News highlights study by Union professor on conspiracy theories

Research by Josh Hart, associate professor of psychology, that suggests that people with certain personality traits and cognitive styles are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, was highlighted in an op-ed on NBCNews.com.

Hart's research was published last fall in the Journal of Individual Differences.

Hart joined Union in 2007.

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New book by Union professor Andrew Feffer recommended for summer reading

A new book by Andrew Feffer, professor of history, was recommended in a Times Union roundup of local authors to read for the summer.

Feffer's book, "Bad Faith: Teachers, Liberalism and the Origins of McCarthyism," is 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.

Feffer joined Union in 1989.

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Union celebrates its 225th Commencement

Union celebrated its 225th Commencement on Sunday, June 16. Nearly 500 students in the Class of 2019 received their degrees during the ceremony.

Susan Zirinsky, the president and senior executive producer of CBS News, was the featured speaker. She received an honorary doctorate of letters degree.

The College also awarded an honorary doctorate of letters degree to Deborah Margolin, a playwright, actor and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. Margolin is Professor of the Practice in Yale University’s undergraduate Theater Studies Program.

Several local media outlets provided coverage of the ceremony (subscription may be required):

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Union student's music honors relative lost in Holocaust

Max Stwertka '19 composed a seven movement suite to honor his grandfather's uncle, Julius Stwertka. Stwertka was brought to the Vienna by Gustav Mahler to be concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra from 1902 until his retirement in 1936. From 1934 to 1938 he was a member of the Rose Quartet. In 1938, Julius was deported to Theresienstadt, where he died on December 17, 1942. Two years later his beloved wife Rosa was put on the train to Auschwitz. Max Stwertka recently performed his composition.

To learn more about this remarkable story, read a column in the Times Union (subscription may be required).

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Steinmetz Symposium featured in Daily Gazette photo gallery

Nearly 500 students showcased their intellectual and artistic prowess Friday, May 10, as part of the 29th annual Steinmetz Symposium.

The all-day event included a diverse lineup of oral presentations, poster sessions and exhibits highlighting student research as well as dance and musical performances, an art exhibit and other activities.

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Bradley Hays, associate professor of political science, featured on WAMC

Bradley Hays, associate professor of political science, was a recent guest on "Congressional Corner" on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio. He discussed the 2020 presidential election.

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.