HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
LECTURE – 7 p.m. Novelist, playwright (Pulitzer-Prize winning play “Disgraced”), screenwriter, actor Ayad Akhtar presents a lecture on this year’s “Common Read” – the Mills Distinguished Lecture – this evening at the Dewar Arena, Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta.
Bryan Stevenson, above, author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” presents this year’s Mills Distinguished Lecture at the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Field House this evening. Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson spoke on ways the audience might go about changing the world. “Our capacity to change our world is waiting for us with the poor and excluded.” he said. “We cannot get to where we want to go if we are unwilling to change our narrative.” He went to highlight the importance of telling the truth and staying hopeful and to be willing to talk about things that are uncomfortable and inconvenient. At right: David Brenner, a College Council member, and Sid and Deb Parisian sit enraptured. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Presenting this years Mills Distinguished Lecture, Bryan Stevenson is author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” describing the early years of Stevenson’s legal practice after founding Equal Justice Initiative to represent the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children and the injustice he and his clients encountered in our Justice system. Free, open to public. Alumni Field House, Dewar Arena, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2644191
PUBLIC SPEAKING – 5:30 p.m. Practice public speaking with the toastmasters. All welcome. The White House Building, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1466 or e-mail email@example.com.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPT. 25
HIDDEN FIGURES – 7 p.m. Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” presents a Mills Distinguished lecture. Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-2550 or visit suny.oneonta.edu/news-events/hidden-figures-author-give-lecture
YARN WORKSHOP – 5-7 p.m. Work with instructor Tori to create something for yourself or loved one. All skill levels welcome! Create mittens, hats, more. The Turning Point, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Call (607)267-4435 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.friendsofrecoverydo.org/events
By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Dr. Nancy Kleniewski choked back tears as she described Janet Mock, New York Times bestselling author, TV host and transgender rights activist, as a role model.
“With your social media presence, #GirlsLikeUs, you’ve done so much to help transwomen,” said the SUNY Oneonta president. “It’s very emotional. You may have had your legends, but you’re the legend now.”
Mock, author of this year’s Common Read, “Redefining Realness,” was on hand to deliver the annual Mills Distinguished Lecture in a question-and-answer format with Kleniewski. “I really appreciate you all dealing with having to read my book,” she said. “Thank you all for coming out.”