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Andrea Barrett ’74 wins ‘genius award’

Posted on Oct 26, 2001

Novelist Andrea Barrett '74, who spoke on campus in 1997, was one of 23 fellows announced Wednesday by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the so-called “Genius Awards.”

Each recipient receives $500,000 over five years in no-strings attached grant money.
Barrett, who graduated Union as a biology major, is the author of a number of books showing her interest in science and history including The Forms of Water, Ship Fever, The Voyage of the Narwhal and The Middle Kingdom.

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‘Des’ at Yulman Theater

Posted on Oct 26, 2001

Des, a play inspired by the life of Father Desmond Wilson, a priest who became the focal point of controversy between the Catholic Church and the people of Ballymurphy, Northern Ireland during the 1970s, will be performed on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. in Yulman Theater.

Des stars Irish actor Jim Doran, written by Brian Campbell, and directed by Pam Brighton. This performance is made possible by Arthur McCabe '69, who has brought community theater from Northern Ireland to the U.S. for five years.
This production is free and open to the public. For details, call ext. 6475.

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Authorities issue anthrax advisory

Posted on Oct 26, 2001

In the wake of recent anthrax attacks and hoaxes at other locations, a campus committee is referring members of the Union College community to an advisory from the Centers for Disease Control.

It is available on the Web at:

The advisory suggests:
  1. Do not panic. Anthrax must be introduced through an abrasion in the skin, swallowed or inhaled as a fine mist. Disease can be prevented with antibiotics. It cannot be spread from one person to another.
  2. Anthrax is effective only when aerosolized into very small particles, which is difficult to do. If inhaled, infection can occur, but prompt recognition and treatment are effective.
In handling suspicious letters or packages, the advisory suggests:
  1. Do not shake or empty contents.
  2. Place the envelope or package in a container such as a plastic bag; or, cover it with a trashcan, paper or cloth and keep covered until authorities arrive.
  3. Leave the area, close the door, and prevent others from entering.
  4. Wash hands with soap and water to prevent spreading powder to face.
  5. Alert authorities (Campus Safety, ext. 6911, who will respond and also alert local authorities.)
  6. List all people in room at time of possible exposure. Provide list to authorities.
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Robert Freeman speaks on Monday

Posted on Oct 26, 2001

Robert Freeman, executive director of the state Committee on Open Government, will speak on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Freedom of Access” on Monday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. in Reamer Auditorium.

His talk is in conjunction with “Documents Through the Decades,” an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of Schaffer Library's designation as a Selective Federal Document Depository.

Pieces of American history from Union College's Government Documents collection are on display through Nov. 9 in the Lally Reading Room of Schaffer Library. They include the Pentagon Papers, Gemini photos of Earth, a 1942 publication on the internment of Japanese, and a 2000 document titled Patterns of Global Terrorism.

“I think people are unaware of what we have here,” says Donna Burton, reference librarian and government documents specialist, who has curated the exhibit. “If we lead them to (the documents collection) they are surprised.”

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Henry Seward biographer speaks on Tuesday

Posted on Oct 26, 2001

John M. Taylor, author of the biography William Henry Seward – Lincoln's Right Hand will speak on “William Henry Seward – Snapshots” on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 pm. in the Nott Memorial.

The talk is one of several events accompanying the Mandeville Gallery exhibit, “All the Good I Can: A Portrait of William Henry Seward,” a show of more than 80 items – writings, prints, speeches, photos, and other artifacts. It runs through Dec. 23.

Among the exhibition items are the 13-inch Bowie knife used in an assassination attempt on Seward, speeches including his “Higher Law” speech against slavery, and original editions of newspapers detailing the Lincoln assassination and the attack on Seward.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., Pauline Johnson, Harriet Tubman's great grandniece and Robert Seward, a Seward family historian will speak on “William Henry Seward and Harriet Tubman – ReUniting Two Visionaries.”

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Union Celebrates 200th Birthday William Seward through Dec. 23

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