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ALBANY (October 10, 2016) –An interfaith panel at The College of Saint Rose will host a conversation about the need for racial healing and coming to a deeper awareness of one another’s experiences.

“An American Story: Racism and Reconciliation,” part of the Sidney and Beatrice Albert Interfaith Lectureship at The College of Saint Rose, will be held Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.

This program is co-sponsored by the Office of Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Panelists for this program are:
• Dr. Francisca Ogoyoa, professor of sociology and African American studies, Bard College at Simon’s Rock;
• Dr. Laura Weed, professor of philosophy/religious studies, The College of Saint Rose;
• Dr. Risa Faussette, associate professor of history/political science, The College of Saint Rose.

Monshin Paul Naamon, abbott of the Tendai Buddhist Center in Canaan, Columbia County, will moderate the discussion.

The Sidney and Beatrice Albert Interfaith Lectureship was founded to preserve and develop the qualities of compassion and religious tolerance embodied by the late Sidney Albert and his wife Beatrice. As a result of his generosity and concern for others, Sidney received the “Endowment Achievement Award” from the Council of Jewish Federations of North America in 1987 and the “Humanitarian Award” from the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith in 1988. Until her death in 2003, Beatrice continued the work of supporting and expanding interreligious tolerance and appreciation, in addition to her many other philanthropic endeavors.

For more information about the October 20 program, contact the Saint Rose Office of Spiritual Life at or 518-454-5250.



For More Information, Contact:

Benjamin Marvin
Director of Media Relations