SUNY Adirondack announces lecture series

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September 10, 2020

(QUEENSBURY, NEW YORK—Sept. 10, 2020)—SUNY Adirondack’s Professional Development Committee announces its College Lecture Series, a free four-part program being offered by college faculty and staff via Zoom virtual presentation.

The series begins Sept. 23 and runs through Dec. 9, and features hourlong programs that include question-and-answer sessions at the end. 

The Lecture Series kicks off with Dr. Evan Sullivan, a history instructor at SUNY Adirondack, discussing “The Americans with Disabilities Act at 30: Historical Perspectives” at 12:40 p.m. Sept. 23. Sullivan will examine the events leading up to President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act law into effect in 1990, the history of disabilities in America, how the ADA came to be and the challenges Americans with disabilities still face. 

Sullivan earned a doctorate in history from University at Albany, where he studied gender, disability and war in the modern era. His research focuses on disabled veterans after World War I. He regularly contributes to Nursing Clio, an academic blog on which he publishes articles about the histories of medicine, disability and war.

The College Lecture Series continues with the following programs:

  • 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21: "First Artists: Cave and Rock Art of France, Spain and Beyond,” presented by Valerie Haskins, professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, via Zoom;
  • 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11: “What Are Concepts For? (Part 1)” by Dr. Robert Faivre, professor of English, via Zoom;
  • 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9: “The Art of Unplugging: Promoting Literacy in the Natural World” by Krista Rivera, instructor of English, via Zoom 

To receive a Zoom link for Sullivan’s presentation Sept. 23, please email

SUNY Adirondack encourages people with disabilities to participate in official college programs, events and activities. Reasonable accommodations can be requested by contacting SUNY Adirondack Accessibility Services at 518-743-2282 or

For more information, contact Dr. Jeevan Gurung, College Lecture Series coordinator for the Professional Development Committee, at