Exhibits and Programs

Dedication page from The Book of the First American Chess Congress (1859)

Exhibit: Chess books at the New York State Library

In honor of the upcoming Candidates Tournament, the Library's March exhibit features books on chess.

Programs and Classes

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Upcoming Events or Classes Date and Time
March 2018

Dr. Joachim Frank, poet and fiction writer

Dr. Joachim FrankThe NYS Writers Institute is sponsoring a presentation/Q&A talk by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Joachim Frank on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Huxley Theater. Dr. Frank founded the field of single particle cryoelectron microscopy, which simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules. Currently on the faculty of Columbia University, Professor Frank taught in the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences at UAlbany for many years. Also devoted to creative writing, he is a published poet and fiction writer who has taken classes with William Kennedy and other distinguished authors.

The program is cosponsored by UAlbany’s Life Sciences Research Initiative,external link SED Office of Cultural Education, RNA Institute,external link icon Friends of the New York State Library,external link icon and the UAlbany Emeritus Center.external link Pre-registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, First floor, Huxley Theater

March 6, 2018
7:30 pm

The Lost Doughboys of Rensselaer County

poster of World War I soldiersHistorian Peter Lindemann of Cobleskill will speak on his research about WWI soldiers from Rensselaer County.

“About 400 photographs of Rensselaer County soldiers were submitted after World War I by local historians to the New York State Historian in response to a request for reports on local wartime activities for a planned publication on New York State in the World War,” says Lindemann. “Most towns in Rensselaer County complied, with about four hundred soldier photographs submitted, many with handwritten instructions such as ‘return without fail.’”

No funds were appropriated and the state publication was never produced.  The photos were not returned and ever since have been sitting in boxes in the New York State Archives in Albany.  A century later, the rediscovered photographs of these heroic men and women will be shown accompanied by contemporary music and their stories told, as the Rensselaer County doughboys finally ‘return without fail.’

The program is hosted by the Friends of the New York State Library.external link icon  Free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, 7th floor, Librarians Room

March 21, 2018 12:15-1:15pm
April 2018

Bicentennial Celebration - Speakers Forum on Libraries in the 21st Century
Dr. Kathryn Matthew, Director of IMLS

Dr. Kathryn Matthew Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew is the fifth Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. With career experience that spans private and nonprofit sectors, Dr. Matthew brings to the agency a deep knowledge of the educational and public service roles of museums, libraries, and related nonprofits. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2015, Dr. Matthew is serving a four-year term as the Director of the Institute.

The program is open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, Clark Auditorium (Concourse Level)

April 9, 2018 6:30PM

Bicentennial Celebration - Speakers Forum on Libraries in the 21st Century
James G. Neal, President of the American Library Association (ALA)

James Neal Jim Neal is University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York. Jim is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, as well as a consultant and published author, with focuses in the areas of scholarly communication, intellectual property, digital library programs, and library cooperation.

The program is open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, Clark Auditorium (Concourse Level)

April 25, 2018 6:30PM

Online Programs: Selected past programs were recorded and can be viewed online.

Reasonable Accommodation: Please let us know if any reasonable accommodation is required (Americans with Disabilities Act) at least three business days prior to the program date by calling 518-474-2274. The New York State Library and the Cultural Education Center are accessible to visitors with mobility impairments.

Location: Unless otherwise indicated, programs are held in:

Librarians Room
New York State Library
Cultural Education Center, 7th floor
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230

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Last Updated: March 9, 2018