Susan Arbetter – Friday, October 19th

11 Oct

Susan Arbetter

“The Midterms, #metoo, and Mobilization: How What’s Happening in DC Could Transform Albany.”

President Trump had already mobilized women to run for office; now the controversy around Judge Kavanaugh has mobilized women to vote. This energy may change some State Senate races that were never in play into probable Democratic wins.  I will explain why suburban women are key here and look into how a future with a Democratic-controlled State Senate — and a lame duck Governor looking for a legacy — could change the political landscape of New York State.

Susan Arbetter is the Emmy Award-winning host and producer of the syndicated public radio program The Capitol Pressroom, which broadcasts live weekdays from Albany and boasts a daily audience of 100,000 listeners. She is also Director of News & Public Affairs for WCNY. Buffalo Rising described Ms. Arbetter as an “interviewer extraordinaire.

She is the recipient of over 30 awards for electronic journalism, including an Emmy Award for Best Public Affairs Series for the television show Insight and four Emmy nominations for Connect: NY. The Capitol Pressroom was awarded the 2016 NYSBA Award for Community. The Women’s Press Club’s bestowed to Ms. Arbetter their “Excellence in Career Achievement Award.” She has been named to City & State’s Annual Power 100 list every year for the past four years.

Susan lives on a hill in Altamont, NY with her husband.

September 28: Colgate Professor, Nancy Ries on Thugocracy: Oligarchs, Mafias, the Kremlin & the Trump Presidency

21 Aug

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Nancy Ries

Sept. 28 7pm at Catherine Cummings Theatre

Thugocracy: Oligarchs, Mafias, the Kremlin & the Trump Presidency

Nancy Ries is Christian A. Johnson Chair in Liberal Arts Studies, Director of the Division of University Studies, and Professor of Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University. Her specialty is contemporary Russia. She is fluent in Russian and has done extensive field research in Moscow and other cities since the 1980s.

Among her publications are the 1997 book, Russian Talk: Culture and Conversation during Perestroika, which won the Barbara Heldt Book Prize, and a 2009 article Potato Ontology: Surviving Post-Socialism in Russia which won the Cultural Anthropology Horizons Prize. She has published on state capture and the Russian mafia, everyday life theory and traumatic violence, and nuclear weapons discourse, She is currently researching the Kremlin’s nuclear saber-rattling after the takeover of Crimea, and is writing a book on thugocracy for Cornell University Press.

April 27 – Frank Montoya, Jr. – Senior FBI Agent (ret.)

27 Feb

Frank Montoya, Jr. – Senior FBI Agent (ret.)
April 27 at 7pm at Catherine Cummings Theatre 

“FBI Under Siege”

 

Frank Montoya Jr. is a retired FBI special agent with extensive experience in national security matters, having recently served as the government’s top counterintelligence official under the Director of National Intelligence. In his 25-year career with the FBI, Mr. Montoya worked to counter violent crime, assisted in the Robert Hanssen spy case, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing investigation and the establishment of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force. He served as Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle and Honolulu field offices. His views are regularly sought out by major news networks and publications. Montoya received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Brigham Young University and served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. He lives with his wife in Utah.

Montoya is highly critical of politicians attacking the FBI in connection with the ongoing Russia collusion investigation, having recently told Washington Monthly, “The baseless, unsubstantiated assaults coming from the ultra-conservative wing of Congress not only risks undermining public trust, which the FBI is dependent upon to do its job, but puts the rule of law at risk.”