Programs + Events

Events this Fall 2015

25th Birthday of the Helen M. Upton Center

Help us to celebrate 25 years of Women of Influence on October 23rd 2015 at 12pm in the Upton Center! There will be FREE cake, pizza and soft drinks! Those interested can also find out more about our Women's Studies Minor and events this year.



Photos From this Semester's WORLD Series

Wild Women of Poetry Event

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Women's History Month Convocation

Monday, March 16, 2015

7 p.m. Bush Memorial Hall

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Film Screening of Women of ‘69, Unboxed

Come enjoy a film about Skidmore College Class of ‘69. See their experiences and journey by way of the Skidmore ‘69 “YearBox.” There will be commentary by the Filmmakers and special appearance by our very own RSC Class of ‘69 Alums!  



HERSTORY Bus Trip to Lenox, Massachusetts
Saturday, March 21, 2015

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This year’s trip will be to Edith Wharton’s Home, The Mount in Lenox Massachusetts. Come enjoy a tour of her home and some sights of Lenox, MA!


Women's History Month Tea
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
2p.m. Helen M. Upton Center

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You are invited to attend the Upton Center Tea Party Celebrating Women's History Month! Come dressed as a famous Woman in History and WIN A PRIZE!
There will be tea, finger sandwiches, cookies and lots of WOMEN OF INFLUENCE! 


Women's History Month 2014 Events:

Women's History Month Convocation
Monday, March 3, 2014
7 p.m. Bush Memorial Hall

Free and open to the community.

Andi Zeisler


Don't Just Change the Channel:  Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism, and Social Justice

Andi Zeisler is the co-founder and editor/creative director at Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture.  A longtime freelance writer and illustrator, Andi's work has appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers, including Ms., Mother Jones, Bust, San Francisco Chronicle, and Women's Review of Books.  



Pop Up Museum
Friday, March 21
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Buchman Pavilion

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HERSTORY Bus Trip to Hartford, Connecticut
Saturday, March 29, 2014

HERSTORY Trip to Connecticut





2013 Events


THE MAKERS - PBS Documentary
Monday, November 4
6 p.m. Bush Memorial Hall

The Makers 

Friday, September 27
6 p.m. Bush Memorial Hall

Join us for a FREE showing of the classic silent movie COLLEGE with Buster Keaton. Live organ accompaniment by Mr. William Hubert .  Popcorn provided.  Open to the public.

Sponsored by The Helen M. Upton Center for Women's Studies and the Honors Program at Russell Sage College and The Rensselaer County Historic Society.


EXPO 1920s
Saturday, April 27, 2013
7 p.m. Bush Memorial Hall

 Expo 1920s
The Helen M. Upton Center and the Rensselaer County Historical Society invite you to EXPO 1920s.  This event features items from the the RCHS collections highlighting 1920s fashion, technology, and leisure activities.  Women's Studies students and RCHS staff collaborated to create the Expo to explore 1920s trends in fashion, technology, and culture.   

For more information, please call (518) 244-2306.





HERSTORY Bus Trip to Gage House
Saturday, April 6, 2013



Women's History Month Convocation
Monday, March 4, 2013
7 p.m. – Bush Memorial Hall

Dr. Carrie BakerFree and open to the Community

Civic Engagement and Social Change:  The Case of Sex Trafficking

Dr. Carrie Baker teaches courses on gender, law and public policy, including topical courses on sex trafficking, sexual harassment, reproductive justice and violence at Smith College in Massachusetts.  Her current research is on sex trafficking. Baker wrote a feature article in the summer 2010 issue of Ms. magazine on domestic minor sex trafficking and writes for Ms. magazine blog. She is also the chair of the Law and Public Policy Interest Group of the National Women's Studies Association.


Half the SkyHalf the Sky Screening and Panel Discussion
Monday, March 25, 2013
6:30 p.m. –Bush Memorial Hall

Free and open to the Community

Moderated by Elaine Houston, Today’s Women/Education Reporter, WNYT-TV News Channel 13. All over the world women are seizing the opportunity to confront oppression and to seek meaningful solutions through healthcare, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality – which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds – present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make change.


Miss Representation Screening and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
6:00 p.m. – Bush Memorial Hall

Miss RepresentationFree and open to the public

Part documentary and part call-to-action the "Miss Representation" project explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.

The panel will discuss how to build different aspirations for young women – and expectations among their male counterparts – by incorporating change not only in the academic curriculum, but also in the culture of our schools and communities.

PANELISTS: Jennifer Bryan, Psychologist; Lori Caplan, Superintendent, Watervliet City Schools; Penny Perkins, Assistant Professor Of Communications, The Sage Colleges; Susan Scrimshaw, President, The Sage Colleges; and Bob Winchester, Board Member, Niskayuna Board of Education

MODERATED BY: Albany City Court Judge Helena Heath-Roland and Director, Helen M. Upton Center for Women’s Studies, Russell Sage College, Shealeen Meaney

6-6:30 pm Reception | 6:30-8 pm Screening of Miss Representation | 8-9 pm Panel Discussion


2012 Events

Women’s History Month Convocation
Monday, March 12, 2012
7 p.m. – Bush Memorial Hall

Free and open to the Community

Professor, author, and activist Dr. Virginia Eubanks will be speaking on the topics of feminist participatory action research and community activism which are explored in her book, Digital Dead End.   Dr. Eubanks is the co-founder of Our Knowledge, Our Power (OKOP), a grassroots anti-poverty and welfare rights organization, and teaches in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. She edited the cyberfeminist ‘zine Brillo and was active in the community technology center movements in the San Francisco Bay Area and Troy, New York.   


Historical Fashion Show
Friday, March 16, 2012
7 p.m. – Bush Memorial Hall

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Helen M. Upton Center and the Rensselaer County Historical Society are presenting a Historical Fashion Show.  This event brings together clothing and accessories from the RCHS collections and joint research by women's studies students and RCHS staff to explore trends in gender, fashion, and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States. 

For more information, please call (518) 244-2306. 


Women's History Month 2012 Events

       Our 2012 calendar:

2012 WST Calendar 

Download a full event calendar [pdf]

Throughout the year the women's center sponsors a number of programs and events that are open to The Sage Colleges community and the public:

  • Women's History Month Convocation -- March
  • Women's History Month Activities -- March
  • Occasional Forums -- year round
  • Annual Helen M. Upton Women of Achievement Dinner -- May
  • Films, Lectures, Workshops and Performances
  • Annual Ice Cream Social -- September