Featured Publications

Campus Conversations in Standish

In spring 2015 the University at Albany Libraries launched "Campus Conversations in Standish," a program designed to showcase faculty research and expertise and to connect members of the UAlbany community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. It is often said that the library is the heart of a university, a metaphor first stated in 1873, it is believed, by Charles Eliot, President of Harvard. The University at Albany Libraries strongly believe in supporting the research and teaching needs of our faculty, staff, and students. But more than this, we would like to provide a forum for discussion of the exciting research and other activities in which our community members are engaged. To this end, we began the series to provide a venue for cross-campus conversations, with a particular emphasis on providing students with an opportunity to engage with faculty members from a wide range of disciplines.


This one day conference will bring together researchers in diverse areas of specialization whose commonality is the protection and preservation of cultural heritage, including irreplaceable artistic and historical collections, buildings and important local, nation and international sites. Speakers will promote awareness of the importance of cultural heritage, what is being done to protect it, how it can be done successfully, and where research data is needed.

The University Libraries, in cooperation with the new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, as well as the New York State Department of Education, is excited to present a one day conference, “Cultural Heritage at Risk: In Defense of Civilization”. Attendees will include students, faculty, and members of the cultural community in the Capital Region and beyond. Generous funding for this event is from a Conference Support Award from the University at Albany, discretionary funds from CEHC and the University Libraries, and the New York State Conservation/Preservation Grant program.

TO REGISTER: Click here - Registration

Cultural Heritage at Risk will be held on the Uptown Campus, Campus Center Ballroom. A printable campus map is available at Uptown Campus Map. Please purchase your parking pass in advance as Visitor Lots may not have capacity for this event. Click here to purchase and park in any Gold Student Lot ($5.40) Visitor Parking Pass

EVALUATION FORM: Available October 27th, 2017

Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Symposium (Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies)

The Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Symposium is a biennial conference organized by the Graduate students from the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies at the University at Albany.

The inaugural conference was held in 2015 and the theme was "Decolonization in the 21st Century: Revolutionary Perspectives from Latin America and Beyond".

In 2017, the theme was "Creative Revolution(s): Combating Hatred with Justice Across the Americas". This was also the beginning of hosting the conference in Scholars Archive, the University at Albany's Institutional Repository.

Here you will find flyers, photos, and details on the panels and keynote presentations.

Open Access Day

Open Access Week is an annual global event to discuss how removing existing barriers to accessing scholarly research could transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. To this end, the University at Albany Libraries hosts Open Access Day each year, bringing in speakers on a variety of open and public access topics, for the benefit of the UAlbany community and librarians across the capital region.

2017 Registration Open Now!

Views from Below: The Underdog in Contemporary Latin American and Spanish Film (Languages, Literatures & Cultures)

Underprivileged characters and their daily struggles to cope with adverse surroundings are a major presence in today’s cinema from Latin America and Spain. Feature films and documentaries alike center on characters that have a vulnerable status in their respective societies; such as children, the elderly, maids, sex workers, and immigrants living in precarious socio-economical contexts. Those figures are presented in nuanced ways that go far beyond the simple typology of the “little guy.” Filmmakers frequently adopt a neorealist language, fast-paced narrative rhythm, and real-life settings to convey the circumstances of those who barely make ends meet.

The prominence of the figure in contemporary film leads to further research questions, a key one among those is related to the conception of minor filmic storylines that challenge established national and nationalist narratives. They propose instead perspectives that align them with other marginalized figures in a transnational sphere marked by neoliberal realities. Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu’s fulminant Amores perros has been hailed as a paradigm of this awareness and aesthetic (its canine metaphor served as inspiration of the theme of our conference).

This conference strives to be both a conversation in and beyond disciplines: Thirteen colleagues from three different SUNY and CUNY campuses will participate. The research topics approach the subject of the underdog from a variety of methodological, theoretical and geographical angles. In addition to the individual presentations, the event will include a workshop dedicated to strategies to locate films and visual images from Latin America and Spain, a student panel organized by graduate students of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and final round table discussion related to the specificities and challenges of the teaching of film in our diverse disciplines. The roundtable participants represent the areas of Film Studies, English, Sociology, Political Sciences, and second language acquisition.

This event is made possible thanks to a Conversations in the Disciplines (CID) grant (The State University of New York), and generous support from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Contact: Ilka Kressner ikressner[at]albany.edu

Photo Credit: Film still from Amores perros (Mexico, 2001, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu)