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Mills Distinguished Lecture

Ayad Akhtar First Playwright At Mills Distinguished Lecture

SUNY ONEONTA HOSTED AUTHOR TONIGHT

Ayad Akhtar First Playwright

Chosen For ‘Common Read’

Andrew Kahl, left, head of the SUNY Oneonta Theater Deptartment, had the honor of conducting the Big Read interview with this year’s author, screen writer and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, right at the Alumni Field House this evening. Akhtar’s works focus on Muslim-American cultural experience. In 2013 his play “Disgraced” won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. It is also the first play to be selected for the Big Read event. The SUNY Theater Department will be preforming the play from Nov. 6-8, 2019. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mills Distinguished Lecture Hosts Author Bryan Stevenson

Include ‘Poor, Excluded,’

Mills’ Lecturer Exhorts

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
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Lecture By Author ‘Just Mercy:

A Story Of Justice & Redemption’

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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 b.fischer@fenimoreart.org.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPT. 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPT. 25

‘Hidden Figures’

Author At SUNY Oneonta

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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 kyle@friendsofrecoverydo.org or visit www.friendsofrecoverydo.org/events

Applause, Tears As Trans Activist Janet Mock Speaks At SUNY

Applause, Tears As Activist

Janet Mock Speaks At SUNY

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski chats with transgender activist Janet Mock, author of this year's Common Read, "Redefining Realness" as part of the Mills Distinguished Lecture. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski shares a laugh with transgender activist Janet Mock, author of this year’s Common Read, “Redefining Realness.”  Mock delivered the annual Mills Distinguished Lecture this evening. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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.”

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