Friday, October 24, 2014

NYSHM #6 - Book Launch with Barbara Smith - 11/18

Building Modern Social Justice Movements

On Tuesday, November 18, the University Club will present a panel discussion of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith (State University of New York Press - November 1, 2014). As an organizer, writer, publisher, scholar-activist, and elected official, Albany resident Barbara Smith has played key roles in multiple social justice movements, including Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and gay liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism.

The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue, and will include a book-launch reception from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by the panel discussion and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

The panel will include Barbara Smith and Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany. Dr. Eubanks, who co-edited the book with Alethia Jones, is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Justice in the Information Age (MIT Press, 2011) and currently holds a New America Fellowship in Washington, DC. The panel will be moderated by Elaine Houston, anchor of WNYT NewsChannel 13 Live at 5:30 and “Today’s Woman” reporter.

The panel discussion is one of a series of 10 events comprising a Celebration of New York State History Month in November, 2014. Presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation, the events will be open to the public. The month-long celebration will include luncheons, evening lectures – even a digital photo scavenger hunt – featuring experts in a variety of disciplines discussing the history of New York State and the Albany area.

New York State History Month at the University Club is sponsored by AT&T, which has long supported the Foundation’s educational programming. Media sponsor is the Times Union. Additional support is provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation; the New York State Academy of Family Physicians; TD Bank; and Capital Wine & Spirits.

There is no cost for the program but reservations are required. Reservations for the November 18 program are required by Friday, November 14 and may be made by calling the Club at 518-463-1151; by sending an email to; or online at .

Guests are encouraged to share the warmth of the season with our neighbors in need by making a contribution to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The University Club will have a large collection box on display in the lobby, and will accept donations of non-perishable food items and checks made payable to “Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York” throughout the month of November. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food. 

New York State History Month programs at the U Club are:
New York State History Month programming is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

For more information about the University Club’s celebration of New York State History Month, including program updates, please visit .

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