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Geoffrey Canada has devoted his life to help change the quality of life of inner city children across the United States. From 1990 to 2014, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children’s Zone, an organization which has guided more than 13,000 children and 14,000 adults through programs which focus on education, housing development, and community pride. In response to the program’s success, the Obama administration announced a replica program, Promise Neighborhoods, which in 2010 was awarded $10 million in federal grants in hopes of aiding 21 poverty-stricken communities in U.S. cities.

In 2011, Geoffrey Canada was named to the TIME 100 list of most influential people, and, in 2014, was named as one of Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders in the world. He will be speaking at Siena College’s Marcelle Athletic Complex on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. as part of Siena’s Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series on Race and Nonviolent Social Change. 

   In the summer of 2009, as she was covering the uprisings in Tehran for the New York Times, Iranian journalist Nazila Fathi received a phone call. “They have given your photo to snipers,” a government source warned her. Soon after, with undercover agents closing in, Fathi fled the country with her husband and two children, beginning a life of exile.

In The Lonely War, Fathi interweaves her story with that of the country she left behind, showing how Iran is locked in a battle between hardliners and reformers that dates back to the country’s 1979 revolution. Fathi was nine years old when that uprising replaced the Iranian shah with a radical Islamic regime.

Women Against War has brought Nazila Fathi to the Albany area to speak about Iran and about growing up in Iran and pursuing a career as a journalist reporting from Tehran. She will speak at Siena College from 4:30 – 6 PM today. The lecture will take place in the Kuhn Boland Room in Building #15 on the Siena Map.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Siena College has picked its 11th president.  Brother Edward Coughlin, who prefers to be called "Brother Ed," has hit the hallowed Siena grounds just outside Albany running, and believes the timing is "just right."

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Siena College has its next president: Dr. F. Edward Coughlin is taking over the Loudonville school as its 11th president, effective immediately. Siena says the Franciscan brother has more than 40 years experience in higher education, including as Vice President for Franciscan mission at St. Bonaventure. He had been serving as Siena’s interim president since August, when Kevin Mullen resigned.

    

In Karin Lin-Greenberg’s Faulty Predictions, young characters try to find their way in the world and older characters confront regrets. The collection of short stories won the 2013 Flannery O'Connor Award in Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press.

Karin Lin-Greenberg is earned an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Temple University, and an AB from Bryn Mawr College. She has taught composition, literature, and creative writing courses at Missouri State University, the College of Wooster, and Appalachian State University. Currently, she lives in upstate New York and is an assistant professor in the English Department at Siena College.

A new survey in New York’s 18th Congressional District shows the Republican challenger leading the incumbent. The survey is out ahead of a debate this evening.

The Siena College survey released October 15 re-contacted 253 likely voters from a sample of 590 voters in a poll from early September and found Republican Nan Hayworth with an 11-point lead over Democratic incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney, 52 percent to 41 percent. Siena College poll spokesman Steven Greenberg underscores that the survey is not a poll and is unscientific.

Steve Greenberg discusses Siena College's poll results for the New York State gubernatorial race. Results show Governor Cuomo with a lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

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The President of Siena College is stepping down.

Father Kevin Mullen, who has led the school since 2007, leaves August 4th to lead Holy Name Province. The New York City based organization represents the largest Franciscan community in the United States.

Mullen told a local media outlet Thursday that being a Franciscan is his primary concern in life - once in the city he'll be the order's public face with U.S. bishops, promoting Franciscan values and work. Mullen emerged as a candidate after a straw ballot was held in March.

    Karin Lin-Greenberg is an Assistant Professor at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. She is also an author and it was recently announced that her story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the 2013 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. This competitive award helps emerging writers get their work published and recognized nationally.

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When the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference moved its basketball tournament from frequent host city Albany, then-Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos was perhaps more upset than even arena and city officials. Patsos loved the downtown experience, he loved Albany’s restaurants, and he loved the knowledgeable college basketball crowds that made mid-major basketball feel like the big time each March.

Now, after nine years at Loyola, where he took the Greyhounds from a six-win season his first year all the way to the NCAA Tournament in 2012, Patsos can call his favorite MAAC city home.

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