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Huma Abedin, Colm Tóibín included in Writers Institute line-up

Huma Abedin and Colm Tóibín are among the speakers in the spring New York State Writers Institute spring season.
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Huma Abedin and Colm Tóibín are among the speakers in the spring New York State Writers Institute spring season.

The NYS Writers Institute’s spring season line-up features events with Huma Abedin, Colson Whitehead, James Ivory, Colm Tóibín and José Rivera among others.

It kicks off on Tuesday with Alice Green, a longtime activist for racial justice and prison reform, who will discuss her new memoir, “We Who Believe in Freedom: Activism and the Struggle for Social Justice,” with Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl.

Then, on Tuesday, Feb. 1, the Writers Institute will host a discussion surrounding Schenectady’s ongoing revival with Philip Morris, Proctors CEO and author William Patrick, who recently released “Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town.”

Abedin, political strategist and vice-chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and the author of the new memoir “Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds,” will be a part of UAlbany’s Speaker Series on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Whitehead, who wrote “Harlem Shuffle” and “The Underground Railroad,” and is the only author to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for two consecutive works, is another highlight of the series. He’ll speak as part of a live-streamed event on Wednesday, April 6.

Tóibín, who has been widely hailed as a giant of contemporary Irish literature, will be in discussion with Lynne Tillman, UAlbany English Professor and Writer-in-Residence, on Thursday, March 3.

The Writers Institute will also present the 2nd Annual Albany Film Festival on Saturday, April 2, at the University at Albany.

Events in the series are subject to change and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to sign up for email updates at nyswritersinstitute.org.

Here’s a look at the full schedule of events:

Tue. Jan. 25
Alice Green as part of American HerStory: Conversations About Women’s Autobiography
Conversation/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus

Tue. Feb. 1
Schenectady Resurgent!: A Conversation with William Patrick and Philip Morris
Conversation/Q&A — 7 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center

Fri. Feb. 4
The Glorious History of Merchant-Ivory Films
Conversation/Q&A with James Ivory and filmmaker Stephen Soucy — 7 p.m., Page Hall

Tue. Feb. 15
Emily Bernard, author of “Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time,” will speak as part of American HerStory: Conversations About Women’s Autobiography
Craft Talk — 4:30 p.m., Boardroom (1st Floor), Campus Center West Addition
Reading/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center

Thu. Feb. 17
Conversation/Q&A with Huma Abedin — 7 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom

Mon. Feb. 21
The 25th Annual Burian Lecture with José Rivera, playwright and screenwriter known for “Marisol” and “References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot” — 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Center

Wed. Feb. 23
Anthony Ray Hinton, Activist for Human Rights and Prison Reform
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration — 7 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom.
Registration is required.

Thu. Feb. 24
Liara Roux, writer sex worker and political activist, will speak as part of American HerStory: Conversations About Women’s Autobiography
Craft Talk — 4:30 p.m., Boardroom (1st Floor), Campus Center West Addition
Conversation/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., Boardroom (1st Floor), Campus Center West Addition

Thu. Mar. 3
Conversation with Colm Tóibín and UAlbany’s Lynne Tillman — 7:30 p.m., Page Hall

Tue. Mar. 8
Pajama Storytime with children’s book author Fabian Ferguson — 7 p.m., Christ’s Church, 181 Western Ave. (near Quail St.), Albany

Thu. Mar. 10
Rachel Gross, award-winning science journalist and author of “ author of Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage”
Craft Talk on Science Writing — 4:30 p.m., D’Ambra Auditorium, Life Sciences Research Building, LSRB 2095
Presentation/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., D’Ambra Auditorium, Life Sciences Research Building, LSRB 2095

Mon. Mar. 21
Conversation/Q&A with author Sharr White (“The True”) and Cap Rep’s Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and Paul Grondahl — 7 p.m., Capital Repertory Theatre, 251 N Pearl St, Albany

Thu. Mar. 24
Judith Heumann, star of the Oscar-nominated 2020 documentary “CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION,” in virtual conversation with James Odato — 7 p.m.

Sat. April 2
Albany Film Festival

Mon. April 4
Staged reading of playwright-actor-director Donnetta Lavinia Grays’ play-in-progress, “KUDZU CALLING,” a celebration of Black Southern love — 7:30 p.m., Arena Theatre, Performing Arts Center

Wed. Apr. 6
Colson Whitehead will speak as part of the Virtual Reading and McKinney Writing Contest Awards at 8 p.m.

Tue. April 12
Tiffant Jewell, author of “This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work.”
Craft Talk — 4:30 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition
Conversation/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

Thu. April 21
Gary Shteyngart, author of “Our Country Friends: A Novel,”
Craft Talk — 4:30 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition
Conversation/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., Campus Center West Auditorium

Sat. April 30
Selected Shorts
Performance — 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center
Advance tickets: $15 general public • $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff.
Day of show tickets: $20 general public • $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff.
For more information, contact the PAC Box Office: (518) 442-3997.

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