The Sage Colleges and WMHT in Partnership

Half the Sky

Screening and Community Conversation

Half the Sky 

Half the SkyThe Sage Colleges in partnership with WMHT present Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The documentary tells the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals from around the world and their journeys to confront the oppression of women and create opportunity for change.

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.

A community conversation and panel discussion following an excerpted viewing of Half the Sky, along with a Call to Action encouraging everyone to make a personal commitment to turn oppression into opportunity – beginning now. 

Panelists included:  

Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, President, The Sage Colleges.  Dr. Scrimshaw's interdisciplinary research has focused on gender, race, ethnicity, and culture, and their impact on public health.

Dr. Sybillyn Jennings, Professor and Chair of Psychology at The Sage Colleges, and coordinator for the WORLD program at Russell Sage College.

Dr. Azita Hirsa, Assistant Professor in the School of Management at The Sage Colleges. Her teaching focuses on organizational behavior and management theory and human resource management

Meena Zarifi, a junior at Russell Sage College from Kabul, Afghanistan who is majoring in International and Globalization Studies with a minor in Business

  Half the SkyPresident Scrimshaw responds to questions as moderator Elaine Houston (left) and panelist Meena Zarifi (right) look on. 

Half the Sky

Panelists including (left to right) President Scrimshaw, Meena Zarifi, Syb Jennings and Azita Hirsa address ways to turn oppression into opportunity for women worldwide. 

March 25th, 2013, 6:30 pm
Bush Memorial, Troy campus
Free and open to the public 

More at: www.halftheskymovement.org

The Sage Colleges and WMHT in Partnership

The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists

Screening and Community Conversation  

The Sage Colleges Department of History and Society, in partnership with WMHT, the Underground Railroad Project of the Capital Region and the Rensselaer County Historical Society proudly host a screening and facilitated community conversation of American Experience: The Abolitionists.

Moderated by Ilene Frank, Executive Director of the Rensselaer County Historical Society.

Panelists include:

  • Andor Skotnes, Professor of History and Chair, Department of History and Society, The Sage Colleges
  • Paul Stewart, co-founder, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region 
  • Tiffany S. Powell-Lambright, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Help Yourself Academy, Director, Esteves Graduate School of Education
  • Isabel Pottinger, sophomore at Albany High School and member of the Young Abolitionists

A PBS American Experience broadcast that tells the story of abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké who turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation. 

Monday, February 25th, 2013, 6:30 pm
Bush Memorial Russell Sage College
Free and open to the public

Games in Education

The Esteves School of Education and WMHT in Partnership

Games in Education 

The 6th Annual Games in Education Symposium was held August 1 and 2, 2012 at the Esteves School of Education at the Sage Colleges in Troy, NY.  This annual event provides an opportunity for educators to learn how to use games to engage their students and to inspire teaching and learning. 

Games in Education 

WMHT provided a special Listening Booth there to interview teachers for the  Teacher Wall project.  As part of American Graduate, WMHT is interviewing teachers from our area to celebrate teachers and give voice to their perspectives.    

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Additional info at www.gamesineducation.org

The Sage Colleges in Partnership with WMHT

A Special Advance Screening and Panel Discussion

American Experience: Clinton

Moderator: Dr. Terry Weiner, Provost, The Sage Colleges

WMHT Clinton

Panelists (left to right) Dr. Bruce Miroff, University at Albany; David S. Leibschutz, University at Albany; Pamela S. Katz, The Sage Colleges; Dr. Terry Weiner (moderator)

From draft dodging to the Dayton Accords, from Monica Lewinsky to a balanced budget, the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton veered between sordid scandal and grand achievement.   

In Clinton, the latest installment in the critically acclaimed and successful series of presidential biographies, American Experience explores the fascinating story of an American president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.

WMHT Clinton

February 15, 2012, 6:30 pm
WMHT Studios

The Capital Region Preview of


A Powerful Story of Six Months in 1961 That Changed America Forever

A powerful and harrowing story featuring testimony from the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand.

WMHT in partnership with The Sage Colleges proudly present the Capital Region preview of the new PBS American Experience documentary, Freedom Riders

Fifty years ago, more than 400 courageous Americans risked their lives, endured savage beatings and imprisonment, for simply traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South.  Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders' belief in non-violent activism, was sorely tested as they encountered mob violence and bitter racism along the way. 

Following the preview screening, Sage hosted a community conversation featuring a panel of veterans of the Southern Civil Rights Movement along with music from the era by a group of gospel singers and the Sagettes. 

April 21, 2011
The Sage Colleges Russell Sage Campus
Bush Memorial, 7 pm
Free and Open to the Public

For more information on the movie, see http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders

Co-sponsors: The Sage Colleges Department of History and Society, Underground Railroad History Project, The Rensselaer County Historical Society
For additional info:  Andor Skotnes |  [email protected] | 518 244-2921


The Sage Colleges in partnership with WMHT

The Capitaland Quarterly Breakfast Series

A joint project of WMHT and the Times Union, Capitaland Quarterly consists of both a quarterly magazine published by the Times Union as well as a television program produced by WMHT with underwriting support provided by The Sage Colleges.

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The September 2009 taping, If the Recession is Indeed Over, What Next? was broadcast on WMHT on Sunday, September 27 at 11:30 a.m. with an encore presentation on Sunday, October 4 at 10:30 p.m.

December 2009's taping, Giving Back to Our Community: Capitaland Quarterly's Dozen Who Make a Difference aired on WMHT on January 10, 2010 at 10:30 p.m. with an encore presentation on January 14 at 9:00 p.m.

The March 2010 taping, The Economics of Integrity: From Dairy Farmers to Toyota, How Wealth is Built on Trust and What That Means for Our Future, aired on WMHT on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 4 at 10 a.m., and featured Anna Bernasek, author of The Economics of Integrity: From Dairy Farmers to Toyota, How Wealth is Built on Trust and What That Means for Our Future. Filled with a wealth of details, Bernasek's book moves away from the coverage of what went wrong in 2008 and focuses instead on what has worked and why.

Capitaland Quarterly programs are available to watch online after their initial broadcast on www.wmht.org