Lyceum Series

Each year, the Student Activities Office strives to assemble a stimulating lecture series for our College community. Comprised of prominent speakers, renowned artists and other dynamic guests, the Lyceum programs are well worth your time. 

Major Coleman, JD, Ph.D.
The Ten Commandments of Victory          
 Thursday, February 9
James and Betty Hall Theatre 12:30 p.m.
Many Blacks, particularly in light of the recent election, feel a sense of loss and defeat.  This sense of loss and defeat is understandable given the statements that President Elect Trump has made and the treatment given to President Obama during his presidency.  Nevertheless, when one understands the "The Ten Commandments of Victory," we see victory rather than defeat, Black Americans and their allies have been on one long and continuous march toward victory.  This victory began with the defeat of Slavery by Black troops, the utter annihilation of Jim Crow by the united forces of light and the triumphant march into Washington lead by the commanding generals of the Big 5.  And now, our greatest performance is just ahead as we prepare to assume the mantel of majority, when people of color control to vote in the United States.  The world has never before witnessed such complete and total mastery of an oppressive force by a group that was formerly oppressed.  It is none other than the God of Black America that has lead this campaign and our future success is totally dependent on our ability to remember and use the commands and lessons God has given to us.

Major Coleman is Chairperson/Associate Professor, Department of Black Studies at SUNY New Paltz.

Tayari Jones
African American Novelist
Thursday, March 2
James and Betty Hall Theatre 12:30 p.m.
African American novelist Tayari Jones will be coming to the Dutchess Hall Theater on Thursday, March 2, 2017 during the 12:30-1:45 activity period. She is the author of three novels: Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and a 2017 NEA Big Read Selection Silver Sparrow.

Besides being an inspired novelist, Tayari Jones is also Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark where she teaches craft courses and leads fiction workshops.

Matt Finley and Rios Jazz
30th Annual Evening of Brazilian Jazz
Tuesday, April 4
Drumlin Hall 7 p.m.
You are Cordially invited to the 30th anniversary of Matt Finley and Rio Jazz Performing at Dutchess Community College. Join us for one of our favorite nights of the year and listen to bossa nova, sambas, and original compositions by the band members in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. It is a great night of Brazilian Music not to be missed. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Multi-instrumentalist, Matt Finley, has played professionally for 50 years and has performed and recorded with many of the finest jazz musicians in the world. He studied composition with Edgar Curtis, Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

A CD of Matt’s compositions, “Brazialian Wish”, has garnered international recognition, and two of his compositions were finalists at the Los Angeles Music Awards.

Matt is a retired professor of computer information systems and former Dean of Academic Affairs at Dutchess Community College.