Sunday, April 14, 2019
2:30 ~ 6:00 pm
The Links at Union Vale
April 2, 2019
Goldee Greene, Vocal Artist
Tom McCoy, Music Director
Diverse Divas in Opera, Jazz & Musical
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie
Get up close and personal with such opera divas as Cleopatra, Tosca and Delilah as well as real-life prima donna’s like Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Mae West and Marlene Dietrich. All this and more as award-winning singer/actor and Off-Broadway playwright Goldee Greene offers Women of Song: Diverse Divas in Opera, Jazz & Musical.
Many genres express the laughter, love, struggles and empowerment of women through the ages. From Handel, Mozart and Puccini, to Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake and Nat “King” Cole. In collaboration with world-class pianist and arranger Tom McCoy, a stirring, wheels-within-wheels evening is in store.
On March 14, Rachel Somerstein presented a looks at photojournalism through the lens of women and their work, acceptance, and problems in their field of employment. Fewer than thirty percent of the photographs published by major news organizations—Time, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, AFP—are taken by women. Other outlets published a paltry few: six of 99 (Sports Illustrated), three of 50 (NBC News), 12 of 100 (AP). Some, like Buzzfeed News, didn’t run a single photograph taken by a woman. For Dr. Somerstein, these figures are all the more remarkable considering that women outnumber men in undergraduate and graduate photojournalism programs.
On February 14, Leah Feldman and Jason Mark presented the Dutchess County High Risk Case Management Program which was implemented after a series of domestic violence homicides. During the presentation Leah and Mark shared experiences implementing both the High Risk Team model and Lethality Assessment Program model in New York State. The programs have been highly successful and have been shared state wide and in workshops with law enforcement. There was very high interest and many questions by the audience.
On January 10, Jocelyn Johnson-Kearney presented Race Soldier: Growing Up Black in a White Environment in the 1960’s a dramatic presentation based on her memories of growing up as a Black child in an all-white environment during the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s. Ms. Johnson-Kearney combined drama, visual imagery and sound to tell us unique and powerful story.
On Dec 13, 2018, Kelly Lyndgaard and Rachel Hermosillo presented a program explaining how Unshattered, a nonprofit social enterprise, was founded by Kelly Lyndgaard, and how the program is run. They employ women who are “winning their fight against addiction.” Also Rachel Hermosillo, Sales Lead for Unshattered, told her story of addiction and that of a close friend. Many handbags and other products were purchased by those attending.
Once again a car load of gifts for mothers at Grace Smith House was donated by AAUW members.
"Beyond Betty Crocker: How Americans Learned to Love Chow Mein, Stir-Fries, and Chinese Food"
Dr. Willa Zhen
President, Dutchess Community College
"The Evolution of New York State's Family Courts and the Challenges of Achieving
Judge Tracy MacKenzie*
Dutchess County Family Court Judge
On October 11, a light supper was served by the staff and residents of The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie honoring our newest members and also attended by the board. With desserts furnished by the board, it was certainly enjoyed by all.
Ann Pinna gave a brief introduction to the Poughkeepsie AAUW Court Watch program and introduced Judge McKenzie.
After dinner we were fortunate to have an extremely informative and well presented presentation on the history of the Family Court which was only established in 1962. Judge McKenzie spoke with great enthusiasm about the history but also about type of cases handled by Family Court, their case load and the new law that will put cases involving 16 and 17 year old in Family Court.