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Paul Grondahl: A Biographer's and Ghostwriter's Tale

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October 6, 2017

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Paul Grondahl: A Biographer's and Ghostwriter's Tale

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Paul Grondahl, the award-winning journalist, biographer, and Director of UAlbany's New York State Writers Institute, will present on "How the Standish Room and the Corning Tower Got Their Names: A Biographer's and Ghostwriter's Tale" on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. The event will be the second in the "Campus Conversations in Standish" series of the fall 2017 semester. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

The title of Grondahl's talk is pertinent to its setting—the Standish Room on the third floor of the Science Library. "Many visitors probably don't give a thought about who the room is named for," says Grondahl. "I also imagine that plenty of folks have no idea why the tallest building in Albany is named the Corning Tower. I hope my talk will raise awareness about investigating the stories behind the names we see on buildings all over campus."

While sharing his thoughts on the writing craft, as well as some local history, Grondahl hopes that "those who attend will come to realize that everyone has a story worth telling."

Launched by the University Libraries in spring 2015, "Campus Conversations in Standish" raise awareness of UAlbany faculty research and expertise, and connect members of the UAlbany community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. They are held two to three times per semester on selected Wednesdays, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the Science Library. "Campus Conversations in Standish" are free and open to all.

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