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On Light with Russ Leslie (4/12/15) 4 PM

Start: 04/12/2015 4:00 pm Freight Depot Join us for a talk on light given by Russ Leslie, professor and associate director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Curiosity Forum & Book Talk: Mah Jongg – The Art & History of the Game (11/13/14)

Location: Battenkill Books Start: 11/13/2014 7:00 pm The premiere event – first event on the book tour!  Show-and-Tell Author Gregg Swain invites attendees to bring in their own Mah Jongg

On Light with Russ Leslie (4/12/15) 4 PM

Start: 04/12/2015 4:00 pm Freight Depot

Join us for a talk on light given by Russ Leslie, professor and associate director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Lighting and Life:

The Astounding World of Lighting Research

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RPI’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) is at the nexus of a revolution. Lighting affects us in so many ways: sleep quality, airline comfort and safety, Alzheimer’s care, submarines, snow plows, pedestrian safety, milk production, school performance, star gazing, and economic development to name but a few. Professor Russ Leslie, Associate Director and co-founder of the LRC, will give some examples of what’s cooking behind the façade of Troy’s historic Gurley Building, the home of the world’s preeminent center for lighting research and education. The LRC’s work spans basic science to full scale application of new techniques and technologies that are changing society and are increasingly affecting your daily lives.

Russ Leslie is a practicing architect, Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Associate Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), the world’s largest multi-disciplinary center for lighting research and education. Co-founder of the LRC, Leslie is responsible for program development and operation of the LRC’s $6 million dollar annual research and education operation. He is the program head for the LRC’s graduate programs in lighting. Leslie teaches and conducts research in architecture, lighting, daylighting, and energy efficiency. He holds degrees from Brown University in psychology, Rhode Island College in teaching, and Rensselaer in architecture.

Russ Leslie  professor and associate director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Russ Leslie professor and associate director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Location:
Freight Depot Theater Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St. Cambridge, New York 12816 United States

 

CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE –The Underground Railroad Revisited

CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE. As soon as we settle on a date, we will let you know. Thank you!

Location: Freight Depot

Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, independent researchers and Scholars in Residence at Russell Sage College, bring their seminal research on the Underground Railroad movement to Hubbard Hall this June. The Underground Railroad, often remembered as being characterized by tunnels, dark of night escapes, coded language and hidey-holes, was far more extensive and complex than these ideas have led us to believe.  In the midst of significant pro-slavery sentiment, New York State was home to many abolitionists working to abolish the institution of slavery in our state and nation and it was visited by many who had escaped enslavement and sought a life of freedom. Join with the Stewarts as they share a new interpretation of a very old story and explain the various initiatives in which Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. is engaged as it works to connect the public with this local history and its relevancy for us today.

 

Location:

Freight Depot Theater Hubbard Hall Cambridge, New York 12816 United States

Back by popular demand: Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game (1/8/15)

01/08/2015 4:00 pm

Location: Battenkill Books

Thursday, January 8th 4:00 pm
Free event.

Back by popular demand, join us on Thursday, January 8th at 4 pm for a talk by author Gregg Swain on her new book, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game: A Collector’s Guide to Mah Jongg Tiles and Sets . Attendees are invited to bring a vintage set – Ms. Swain can often determine the set’s material, age, and country of origin.

This is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mahjong or “Mah Jongg,” offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. When authors Ann Israel and Gregg Swain began playing Mahjong, they were unaware of the vintage collections that existed not only in the United States but also as far ranging as Africa to New Zealand. Slowly, they started to collect their own sets of Mahjong and as their collections grew, so did their appreciation of the history of, and interest in the game.

Finding few references, Israel and Swain set out to create a book that chronicles the early beginnings of the game and documents Mahjong sets from the most basic, made simply of paper, to the most precious materials such as ivory and mother-of-pearl. Recognized and respected scholars and game experts have collaborated with Israel and Swain, contributing important chapters on the game’s history and its pieces as well as technical information on the tiles. Lastly, great collectors from around the globe have shared their incredible sets and memories for the first time in one book for everyone to enjoy.
With hundreds of beautiful new images by renowned photographer, Michel Arnaud, and including historical documentation and ephemera, “Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game” fills the void between the past and today’s game, providing vision, inspiration and resources. Anyone who has ever been intrigued by a Mahjong tile will find in these pages visually stunning photographs that will entice them into becoming an enthusiast of the timeless game of Mahjong.

Book List
$24.95

ISBN-13: 9784805313237
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tuttle Publishing, 11/2014