Zombies? SUNY Adirondack has them covered

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March 09, 2021

QUEENSBURY, New York (March 9, 2021) — SUNY Adirondack is proud to present upcoming lectures with such varied topics as zombies — yes, zombies — and teaching for digital and virtual learners. 

As part of the continuing College Lecture Series, Dr. Adriana Umaña, instructor of Foreign Languages at SUNY Adirondack, will present “A Brief History of Zombies: The Forgotten Heroes of the Haitian Revolution,” at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, via Zoom.

Zombies hold a prevalent place in American pop culture, but few understand the origin of the figures and their connection to the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804. Umaña will explore the evolution of the zombie from the plantations of 17th-century Saint-Domingue through the Revolution to its 20th-century manifestations in pop culture.

Umaña teaches French and Spanish at SUNY Adirondack. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a doctorate from Rice University. 

The event is free and open to the public. To request a Zoom link, please email cls@sunyacc.edu.

The final lecture in the Teach for the Future series will be held at 12:40 p.m. Monday, March 29, via Zoom. “Making It Click: How to Create an Instructional Website for Linear Learning,”presented by Jill Randall, assistant professor of Mathematics, and Krista Rivera, instructor of English.

The series focuses on nurturing teaching skills by exposing educators to modern and innovative practices. Through a grant — funded by Jo-Ann and Michael Rappaport through the SUNY Adirondack Foundation — Rivera and Randall had the opportunity to attend a seminar about post-secondary teaching and learning. Their findings are shared in the Teach for the Future series.

In “Making It Click,” Randall and Rivera will demonstrate how Google sites can be used to teach comprehensive lessons as students progress through a series of activities. 

The presentation will last about an hour, with time for questions. To request a Zoom link to the virtual presentation, please email cls@sunyacc.edu

About SUNY Adirondack

SUNY Adirondack is a community college with a growing campus that is part of the nation’s largest university, the State University of New York. With locations in Queensbury, Glens Falls and Wilton, SUNY Adirondack offers courses in person and online; on-campus housing at the Queensbury campus; and serves students via credit and continuing education programs.