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.

FALL 2014

photo of Richard Bernstein

Institute for Constitutional Studies
Author Richard Bernstein on
"John Adams and James Madison as Constitutional Thinkers"

Thursday Sept. 18
7 p.m.
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 2012: Pulitzer Prize nominee William Howard Adams  on “Gouverneur Morris: The Uncommon Founder.” 

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

Spring 2015

Chris Gillespie poster

Fall 2014

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

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

Carol Gracie
Freelance photographer, lecturer & writer.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
2:00 p.m.
College Lounge

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