01/31/13 10:40am


SUNY Orange celebrates Black History Month with a a conversation about the Black Migration on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4pm in the Great Room with Dr. Jo-Ann Graham. (Snow date/location: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4pm in Kaplan 201)

The African American great migration is often considered to be a Black experience, but it was an American experience, as well. It changed the lives of those migrating and changed the worlds they joined. Currently there is a national conversation taking place, overtly and covertly, about change, race, color, immigration and what constitutes the American Identity. It is appropriate and perhaps helpful to explore a past change to the sociological landscape of America: its myths, its realities, and its significance to the America of today. This conversation will use artists’ exploration of the Black migration: the 1941 Jacob Lawrence paintings, The Migration of The Negro (Series) and the 2010 Isabel Wilkerson book, The Warmth of Other Suns to engage into evolving questions of American identity.
Jo-Ann Graham earned a Ph.D. from New York University. She was a professor at The City University of New York, where she was a department chairperson and head of humanities. Dr. Graham has served on the board of the Hammond Museum. She has also served with the Cinque Art Gallery, founded by Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow and Norman Lewis.

This event is sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus. It is free and open to the public. Free, secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall underground parking garage accessible via First Street.

10/15/12 8:00am

On Saturday, October 20 at 8 PM, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott will perform at the Ritz Theater. One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Elliott is considered a living legend. From Bob Dylan to Bonnie Raitt to Bruce Springsteen, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack. See below for a special packaging deal.

A Newburgh Day of Culture Package for $55 Saturday, October 20th

  • includes one (1) ticket for the Railroad Playhouse 2 pm matinee performance of America’s Brightest Star
  • one (1) ticket to the Ritz Theater 8 pm performance by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (a savings of 20% on your theater tickets)

For this special package deal please click HERE to purchase tickets.

05/24/12 7:45am

HMS Bounty Newburgh

The HMS Bounty will be docking in Newburgh June 2-3, and it will be a weekend full with activity. There will be tours on the boat, a steel band, and the Downing Film Center will be showing pirate themed movies.


02/27/12 7:00am

As part of SUNY Orange’s celebration of Black History Month, in conjunction with The New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program, we are proud to present “Fugitive Art and Fugitive Testimony: Slave Narratives Then and Now,” a lecture by Dr. Janet Neary on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 4pm in the Great Room, Kaplan Hall 101.

This lecture brings together contemporary “visual slave narratives” and classic slave narratives from the 19th century to examine the way black artists and writers respond to institutional constraints placed on their cultural production and examines the “fugitive” meanings within slave narratives which remain uncontained or challenge editorial constraints.
In the 1990s a number of visual artists (including Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon and Ellen Driscoll) created art that used literary slave narratives as templates for their work. Slave narratives of the 19th century told the story of enslavement and escape from the perspective of those who had been enslaved themselves. Often the contemporary artists place themselves or viewers in the position of the ex-slave narrator.  Slave narratives, called a “black message in a white envelope” by one critic, were constrained by the goals and directives of white editors. However, ex-slave narrators found creative ways to circumvent this narrative containment.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Cultural Affairs at the SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus and is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.

For further information, please call the Cultural Affairs office at the Newburgh Campus of SUNY Orange at (845) 341-9386.

02/21/12 10:00am

Wednesday, March 7th: 8PM Buy tickets here!

Taylor’s Traditional Irish Cabaret is a spectacular showcase of Irish entertainment at its very best, captivating audiences with a unique blend of music, song, laugher and dance.

This spectacular show is produced by one of Ireland’s foremost producers Stuart O’Connor.  Stuart is well established as a dynamic and highly successful producer of Irish musical theatre and cabaret under the auspices of Spotlight Productions.  Inventively choreographed by national dance star Ciarán Keating, the show will feature dazzling dance routines performed by Ireland’s most talented dancers.  The dancers will thrill audiences as they tap with exuberance to the musical accompaniment of the accordion, uilleann pipes and piano.

Every heart will be touched by the stunning renditions of Irish songs by the unforgettable voices of soprano Emer Hartnett and Irish tenor Paul Hennessy.  You will have musical memories to cherish, long after the lights have gone down.  Irish ballad singer Andrew McCarthy captures the true spirit of Ireland with his lively renditions of traditional Irish songs such as Rocky Road to Dublin and Whiskey in the Jar.  The musical ensemble is led by Musical Director Pat Marnane with accordion player Ailbe Grace and uilleann pipes played by renowned piper Tommy Keane.

The prestigious Irish cabaret has entertained audiences from every corner of the globe for the past 35 years and continues to go from strength to strength.

Buy tickets here!

02/03/12 8:00am

Dr. Irving Finkel, an archeologist who is considered among the world’s foremost authorities on cuneiform (the oldest known type of writing), will deliver a lecture entitled “New Light on Noah’s Ark: An Astonishing Archaeological Discovery” at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6 in the Great Room of Kaplan Hall  on SUNY Orange’s Newburgh campus.

Finkel’s lecture will present archeological evidence that Noah’s Ark was not shaped as the sea-going vessel as has long been depicted, with a pointed stern and stem, but was actually a round raft-like craft built of reeds and designed merely to float. This revelation was recently discovered on a 3,700-year-old cuneiform tablet brought to England from the Middle East.

For the past 32 years, Finkel has worked at the British Museum in London as assistant keeper in the Department of the Middle East. He is the curator in charge of the museum’s vast collection of approximately 130,000 cuneiform artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia. Cuneiform is the process of pressing wedge-shaped symbols into clay tablets with a reed. The British Museum’s collection is considered the largest collection of any modern museum.

Finkel’s work involves reading and translating all sorts of inscriptions, sometimes working on ancient archives to identify manuscripts that belong together, or even join to one another. He has reviewed each of the objects in the museum’s collection at least twice.

He also works with children and adults to promote greater familiarity with the ancient Middle East, by means of lectures, workshops and media activity. He specializes in ancient Mesopotamian medicine and magic, and is also interested in literature, religion and the history of ideas in this part of the world. He is also interested in the history of board games throughout the world, and especially the preservation of traditional board games in many non-western societies.

Admission to Finkel’s lecture is free. His appearance is sponsored by the SUNY Orange Foundation and the College’s Global Studies Department. For more information, contact Paul Basinski, chair of Global Studies, at (845) 341-4828.