New Aphasia Groups Starting February 8, 2017

Participants are encouraged to enroll in two aphasia groups offered by the SUNY New Paltz Speech, Language and Hearing Center (SLHC). The groups will meet once a week on Wednesdays for 12 weeks, starting February 8th. The cost is $45.

Spring 2017 aphasia group descriptions

People with all types of aphasia are welcome. Being able to speak is not a requirement!

If you, a family member, friend, colleague or client is interested in signing up or learning more about the groups, please contact:

Jessica Welsh, M.S., CCC-SLP
(845) 257-3693

EvoS Program Announces Spring Seminar Series

The New Paltz Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) program has assembled an esteemed group of speakers for its spring 2015 seminar series. The speakers represent a diversity of disciplines (anthropology, biology, sociology and psychology) and will continue the EvoS program’s tradition of providing accessible and thought-provoking academic talks that connect evolutionary principles with all areas of knowledge.

The EvoS program, together with its sister program from SUNY Binghamton, is at the center of the international EvoS Consortium, which was launched with funding from the National Science Foundation. The EvoS program celebrates the power of Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution across all aspects of the academic curriculum.

Patricia Wright of Stonybrook’s anthropology department will deliver the Darwin Day keynote lecture on Feb. 9 from 6-7 p.m. in Lecture Center 102. Darwin Day commemorates Charles Darwin’s 206th birthday. Wright will speak about her years of work with Madagascar lemurs (currently featured in the IMax film, Island of Lemurs, narrated by Morgan Freeman).

Patricia Wright

Patricia Wright, shouldering a lemur, will deliver the keynote lecture in the EvoS Program’s spring seminar series. Photo by Ben Hider

The full series, which features other luminaries in the field of evolution – including notable rising stars, is free and open to the public.

The series is sponsored by Campus Auxiliary Services, the EvoS Program and the EvoS Club.

For more information about this seminar series, or how to get involved, contact EvoS Director, Glenn Geher,

2015 Seminar Series Schedule of Events

Feb. 9:  Lemur Evolution and Ecology
Patricia Wright, Ph.D.
Stony Brook University
Department of Anthropology
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Lecture Center 102

Feb. 23: Songs and the Suburbs: What Birds Can Teach Us About Communication and Conservation
Kara Belinsky, Ph.D.
SUNY New Paltz
Department of Biology
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Lecture Center 102

Mar. 9: Using Evolution to Improve our Cities
Dan O’Brien, Ph.D.
Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Department of Sociology
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Lecture Center 102

Mar. 23: Primate Evolution in the Modern Age
Todd Disotell, Ph.D.
New York University
Department of Anthropology
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Lecture Center 102

Apr. 6: Facebook Frenemies and Selfie-Promotion: Intrasexual Competition in the Digital Age
Mandy Guitar, M.A.
Binghamton University Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant
Department of Biology, Anthropology
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Lecture Center 102

Apr. 13: Transcendental Medication: Defraying the Costs of Analysis Paralysis
Christopher Lynn, Ph.D.
The University of Alabama
Department of Anthropology
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Lecture Center 102

Apr. 20: The Evolutionary Psychology of Breaking up and Making up
Joel Wade, Ph.D.
Bucknell University
Department of Psychology
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Lecture Center 102

Somerstein Examines ‘Selective Memory’ of 9/11 Iconography



By Despina Williams Parker

On the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11, Guernica: A Journal of Art and Politics published a provocative article by Rachel Somerstein, a New Paltz assistant professor of digital media and journalism, which examines the New York Times’s “partial, simplified, whitewashed, masculinized” anniversary coverage of the terrorist attacks.

Somerstein’s article, entitled “The Selective Memory of 9/11 Iconography,” compares the New York Times’s 2001 coverage of the attacks to the newspaper’s anniversary coverage from 2002-2011. Somerstein found that over time the photographs used to illustrate the anniversary reporting told a “much narrower” story.

Somerstein examined the “Portraits of Grief,” brief obituaries about 9/11 victims that ran for months after the attacks, and which earned the Times a Pulitzer in Public Service. She found that the “Portraits,” which once “effectively reflected the financial, professional, and ethnic diversity of the people who died,” had become “more and more homogeneous” in the updated, anniversary coverage published in 2006 and 2011. In the subsequent printings, the obituaries and accompanying photos overwhelmingly represented men, whites, and firefighters or financial-services workers.

Somerstein compared what she observed in the Times to demographic statistics published by the Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control. From these sources, which included the Special Master Report for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, Somerstein found that a quarter of the 9/11 victims were women; a quarter were people of color; and though firefighters and financial-services workers suffered large losses, they were overrepresented in the paper’s anniversary coverage.

Pictures of the World Trade Center also far outweighed images of the Pentagon or Shanksville in the newspaper’s anniversary coverage, and the photos tended to depict buildings (the Twin Towers, the memorial at Ground Zero, the New York skyline) rather than people. Somerstein found this photographic focus notable “because 9/11 was about the body,” and the 3,000 people who died.

“Body images may be too grisly to show – or perhaps they were at the time, before this era of widely-circulated decapitation videos,” Somerstein wrote. “Still, it is worth noting that our photographic anniversary coverage of such a watershed event is all metaphor.”

Though she questioned whether journalism should function as history, Somerstein acknowledged the people whose “stories don’t fit the [9/11] mythology.”

“These were people with complex inner lives. Some heroic, some not. All human. And we can honor them, and the past, by resisting the media’s narrowed narrative of loss.”

Guernica is published twice monthly, and features nonfiction, fiction, interviews, and photography “dedicated to exploring the intersections between and conversations surrounding art and politics.” Contributors range from former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to contemporary novelists to reporters based around the world.

Somerstein teaches courses in news writing and feature writing. Her research interests are collective memory and visual culture, especially news photography and documentary film.

Read Somerstein’s complete article here.

Psychological Counseling Center Announces Fall Group Sessions

The Psychological Counseling Center (PCC), a division of Student Affairs, provides direct services in the form of individual and group counseling sessions, consultation for managing psychotropic medications, and facilitation of outside referrals. The center is committed to developing and growing its group counseling programs, and offers the following group sessions this fall:

Strive to Thrive Group
This supportive, psycho-educational group focuses on ways of improving and maintaining emotional and physical well-being. Topics include: identifying strengths and areas in need of development; stress and time management; nutrition, exercise, and sleep habits; building supportive relationships; and developing coping skills and resources to manage challenges. This 8-session group will be closed to new members after the third meeting. Therefore, committed group attendance is important. The group will be offered on Wednesdays from 2:30- 4:00pm, and will be facilitated by Amy Tully, Ph.D.

“How you feelin?” Men’s Group
Guys, have you ever gotten angry for no reason? Did that anger result in making some bad decisions, like ending a relationship, or getting into trouble? Wasn’t it confusing? This process group will assist college men in making sense of complex feeling states. Participants will learn more about triggers for anger and other “hot” emotions, so that they can make better decisions and take clearer action in their lives. The group will meet on Tuesdays 1:40pm – 3:00pm, and will be facilitated by Dave Kasson, PhD.

Circle of Hope Group
The Circle of Hope Group provides psycho-educational and therapeutic support in a group setting for survivors of sexual assault. The Circle of Hope group has the goal of increasing knowledge of the effects sexual assault can potentially have on an individual long after the assault has occurred. Topics addressed in the group will include (but are not limited to): common symptoms experienced after a sexual assault, myths and realities of rape and sexual assault, effective coping strategies, common feelings and reactions and self-care. The group will meet on Thursdays, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, and will be facilitated by Sue Acosta, LMHC.

First-Year Focus
Are you a first-year student who would like some extra support in adjusting to living and learning at SUNY New Paltz? This supportive solution-focused group is a safe place for sharing concerns, feedback, and ideas. Topics may include: developing skills and resources for academic success, preventing and resolving conflicts, developing new relationships, staying connected with loved ones, and stress and time management. This 8-session group will be closed to new members after the third session. Therefore, committed group attendance is important. The group will be held on Tuesdays, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, and will be facilitated by Amy Tully, Ph.D.

S2WAG – Strong Successful Women Achieving Greatness
The Strong, Successful Women Achieving Greatness group is a therapy group that gives members the tools to create a stronger sense of self, to increase their self-awareness, to learn to set boundaries, to navigate relationships, and to create an authentic, happier life. Topics may include: becoming more assertive, fostering independence, learning to say “no,” raising self-esteem, body image awareness, shyness, making friends and managing relationships. The group will be offered on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm, and will operate for a period of approximately eight weeks. The group will be facilitated by Sue Acosta, LMHC.

Call the Psychological Counseling Center at (845) 257-2920 for more information.