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The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

Sunday, October 04, 2015
Upcoming Forums and Events

Upcoming Forums and Events

Demographic Trends in the Adirondacks

Rockefeller Institute, 411 State Street, Albany
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Co-Sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute of Government and the Adirondack Research Consortium

Experts agree that the best public policy results from the utilization of good, objective research. Indeed, this is a guiding principle of the work of the Rockefeller Institute. It was with this idea in mind that the Rockefeller Institute has joined forces with the Adirondack Research Consortium to explore the intersection of research and policy as it relates to the Adirondack North Country.

The inaugural program will focus on the exploration of demographic research in the Adirondacks and how it relates to future management strategies and policies impacting the region. The two-hour forum will feature leading researchers, advocates and government officials who will present current demographic research and discuss its implications for the future of the Adirondacks and its people. The program is free and open to the public and free parking is available to all participants. A reception will follow.

To RSVP, please contact Michele Charbonneau at the Rockefeller Institute at (518) 443-5258 or by e-mail at

Book Talk: Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer, by Clifton R. Wharton, Jr.

Rockefeller Institute, 411 State Street, Albany
Thursday, October 8, 2015
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The Rockefeller Institute is proud to host a book talk featuring the new autobiography, Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer (Michigan State University Press), by former SUNY Chancellor Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. In a rare and intimate conversation with long-time friend and former Washington Post and Times Union editor Harry Rosenfeld, Dr. Wharton will discuss the challenges of competing in a society where obstacles, negative expectations, and stereotypes remained stubbornly in place.

Dr. Wharton’s book reveals a Black man whose good fortune in birth, heritage, and opportunity of time and place helped him to forge breakthroughs in four separate and distinguished careers in higher education, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. entered Harvard at age sixteen. He was the first Black student accepted to the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins, and went on to receive a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago — another first.

For 22 years he promoted economic and agricultural development in Latin America and Southeast Asia, earning a post as chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation. He pioneered higher education firsts as president of Michigan State University and chancellor of the 64-campus State University of New York system. As chairman and CEO of TIAA-CREF, he was the first Black CEO of a Fortune 500 company. His commitment to excellence culminated in his appointment as deputy secretary of state during the Clinton administration.

In addition to learning Dr. Wharton's fascinating life story, you will also hear Dr. Wharton discuss his dealings with national leaders in business, philanthropy, higher education, and government — names like Nelson A. Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller III, Paul Volcker, Bill and Judith Moyers, Henry Ford II, Cy Vance, Hugh Carey, Mario Cuomo, Hubert Humphrey, Vernon Jordan, Milton Friedman, and Presidents Carter, Ford, and Clinton.

Following the program there will be a reception and book signing.

To RSVP for this very special event, please contact or call (518) 443-5258 by October 6th. Seating is limited and free parking is available to attendees.