Institute for Constitutional Studies
SUNY Ulster founded the Institute for Constitutional Studies to help college faculty, students, teachers, business people, the legal community and the general public in the Mid-Hudson Valley deepen their understanding of the fundamental principles of the United States and the New York state constitutions, their history and their continuing relevance to current public policy debates. The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact 687-5262.
SUNY Ulster’s Institute for Constitutional Studies will host a lecture on “Finding the Framers: Making Sense of the Constitution after Ratification,” featuring Dr. Simon Gilhooley, on March 24, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., in the College Lounge.
Gilhooley, Bard College Assistant Professor of Political Studies, was educated at the University of Edinburgh, the University of London and Cornell University. He has been a member of the Bard College faculty since 2013, teaching courses on contemporary American politics, American political history, American political thought and constitutional practice.
Before joining the Bard faculty, Gilhooley taught at Ithaca College. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the McNeill Center for Early American Studies.
SUNY Ulster President Don Katt and Dr. Ray Raymond, Associate Professor of Government and History at SUNY Ulster, founded the Institute for Constitutional Studies in 2009 to help College faculty, students, teachers, business people, the legal community and the general public in the Mid-Hudson Valley deepen their understanding of the fundamental principles of the United States and the New York state constitutions, their history and their continuing relevance to current public policy debates.
The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact (845) 687-5262.
"John Adams and James Madison as Constitutional Thinkers"
Thursday Sept. 18
College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall
Revisiting two key American founding fathers, New York Law School professor and New York Times best-selling author, Richard Bernstein explores both John Adams and James Madison as the indispensable thinking politicians of the American Revolution.
Recent Constitutional Studies Lectures:
Fall 2013: Harold Holzer, noted Lincoln scholar
Fall 2011: The Prophet of American Constitutionalism, or, How John Adams Became a Founding Father - Richard Bernstein, Constitutional Historian and New York Law School Professor
Spring 2011: Freedom of Speech: The First Amendment, The Citizens United Case and American Politics - Daniel Feldman, Former New York Deputy Attorney General.
Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Speaker Series
Andrea Rhodes, Tangent Theatre Company
Rich Gillette of Gillette Creamery (rescheduled for Spring)
Rob Kunstadt, Intellectual Property Attorney
The Elizabeth Gross Lecture Series
The annual horticultural series is made possible through a bequest received by the Ulster Garden Club from long-time member and Kingston resident, Elizabeth Gross. In turn, the Ulster Garden Club made a charitable gift to the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. to establish the lecture series in her honor. The series presents expert lecturers in the fields of horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, forestry, city planning, land management, botany, conservation and environmental studies.
Spring 2015: Carol Gracie
Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc.
The Elizabeth Gross Lecture Series
Sponsored by the Ulster Garden Club
The Natural History of Spring Wildflowers:
A Closer Look
Freelance photographer, lecturer & writer.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Carol Gracie will address life histories of some favorite spring wildflowers and the interaction of pollinators and seed dispersers. Retired from The New York Botanical Garden, Ms. Gracie has made dozens of trips to South and Central America as a tour leader and for botanical collecting expeditions, resulting in five newly discovered tropical plant species named for her. Returning to her earlier interest in local flora, she is the photographer and co-author of Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States.
Her latest book is Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History.
For reservations, contact the Foundation office at (845) 687-5283.
A book signing and afternoon tea will follow the lecture. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Recent Elizabeth Gross Lecture Series Speakers
2013 - Darrel Morrison - "Landscape Design as Ecological Art"
The John Burroughs Natural Science Lecture Series
The John Burroughs Natural Science Lecture Series brings guest lecturers to campus to speak about topics from the field of natural science. The series is sponsored by the College's Department of Math and Physical Sciences, and is named in honor of John Burroughs, a naturalist who lived for many years in Ulster County at "Slabsides" in West Park, and for whom SUNY Ulster's John Burroughs Hall, which houses mathematics, Earth science, physics, biology and science classrooms, laboratories and offices, is named. These lectures are open to the public.
Spring 2015 - t/b/a
Recent John Burroughs Lecturers:
Spring 2011: Dr. Massimo Pigliucci
Spring 2010: Dr. Anthony Aveni