Veterans-Themed Events 2011

[Veterans Event 2011 - Voices in Wartime]Documentary Film: Voices in Wartime

October 16, 4:00 pm | $5
Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany

Voices in Wartime examines how poetry and war have been intertwined from ancient Babylonia to the conflicts of the 20th century and the current war in Iraq. The stirring words of poets of the past – Homer, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman and Shoda Shinoe from Hiroshima – are combined with the more recent voices of a Vietnam vet, poets in war-torn Baghdad, and a poet whose family experienced the devastating war in Biafra. This event is offered in collaboration with the Center for Documentary Arts.

Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan

October 22–23
Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany
October 24–28
Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy campus
Reception: Friday, October 28, 5-9 p.m.

A traveling exhibit of 25 murals depict the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of artists from around the world. These windows on a war-torn country are also mirrors reflecting our identity as a nation at war. We see death and grief, but also resilience and hope. The exhibit includes work by American artists and images collected from Afghan children. The exhibit was created and is being toured nationally by the American Friends Service Committee. Showings in the Capital District are coordinated by Women Against War (WomenAgainstWar.org).

Sand Queen Reading by author Helen Benedict

Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany
October 23, 4:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

[Veterans Event 2011 - Sand Queen]Author and journalist Helen Benedict will read from her new novel Sand Queen on Sunday, October 23 at 4 p.m. at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage College of Albany campus. The reading, hosted by The Sage Colleges in collaboration with the Creative Arts Therapy Program, the Center for Documentary Arts, and Women Against War, is held in conjunction with the exhibit Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan. The reading is free and opened to the public.

Sand Queen follows two women whose lives intersect at the beginning of the Iraq War. Kate Brady is a 19-year-old US soldier stationed at a make-shift prison in the Iraqi desert, and Naema Jassim is an Iraqi medical student fighting to keep her family intact. Kate, the book’s heroine, joined the Army to bring honor to her family, but instead finds herself threatened both by the prisoners she guards and the men she serves with. Sand Queen exposes the brutality, hardship, and humiliation faced by women in the US military, while also revealing the humor and courage women on both sides of the battlefield use to endure war’s violence and destruction.

The reading is hosted by The Sage Colleges’ Creative Arts Therapy Program, in conjunction with Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, a traveling exhibit of 25 murals depicting the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of artists around the world. The exhibit was created and is being toured nationally by the American Friends Service Committee. Showings at both the Sage College of Albany and Russell Sage College are coordinated by Women Against War, a Capital District organization dedicated to peace. The exhibit will be on display at the Opalka Gallery, on Sage’s Albany campus, October 22-23, and at the Schacht Fine Arts Center on the Troy campus, October 24-28.

Benedict’s appearance was arranged through the Center for Documentary Arts as part of its “New Narrative Project,” an ongoing series of film screenings, readings, and artist appearances. The Center for Documentary Arts, which is hosted by The Sage Colleges, is a not-for-profit cultural organization founded to raise humanitarian awareness and foster compassion.

Women in War seminar with author Helen Benedict

October 24 11:00 am
Bush Memorial, Troy campus
Free and open to the public

Author and journalist Helen Benedict will conduct a seminar on Women in War, October 24, at 11 a.m. in Bush Memorial, on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy.

The Second Front

November 7–20
Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy campus
Reception: Wednesday, November 9, 5-7 p.m.

A forensic-style exhibition with a documentary film component that relates the stories of combat veterans committed to exposing the second front — the internal battle with combat trauma that manifests as erratic and impaired driving on American roads. Impaired driving is a leading cause of combat soldiers dying or serving jail time when they return home. Through words, images and personal items from soldiers, this exhibit illustrates that impaired driving is a symptom of post traumatic stress disorder and brain trauma. The veterans who candidly share their stories and the veterans they hope to reach share much in common: they are sons, brothers, husbands and brothers in arms with everything to live for after surviving the war front. This exhibit is presented by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute at SUNY-IT, Utica and supported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee & the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Commemorative Flag Ceremony

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm
Bush Memorial, Troy campus

Introduction by President Susan Scrimshaw. Music directed by Michael Musial, Hosted by the Sage Veterans Committee. Commemorative flags made by community members to honor military members and veterans will be on display during this evening of commemoration, music and celebration.

Walk with local veterans on Veterans Day

The Sage Community is invited to walk with veterans at 9:00 am, Friday, November 11 starting at Monument Square.  A wreath is placed at several war memorials during the walk which lasts approximately 1 hour.