NYS Writers Institute to Host ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Screenwriter, Spring Schedule

By: Danielle Modica | February 3, 2022


The New York State Writers Institute’s spring event schedule features more than two dozen events, including an upcoming online conversation with filmmaker James Ivory, Oscar-winning screenwriter of the critically acclaimed 2017 film “Call Me by Your Name.”


Founded in 1984 by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, the New York State Writers Institute brings authors, filmmakers, and newsmakers to Albany to celebrate literature, writing, and performance. In previous seasons, the institute has hosted noteworthy figures such as Toni Morrison, Bill Nye (The Science Guy), and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


NYS Writers Institute Logo

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“We foster important conversations between writers and readers,” NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl said. “We believe our programming educates, illuminates, inspires and entertains.”


This spring, the Writers Institute has invited a large collection of both well-known as well as up-and-coming writers. On Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., filmmaker James Ivory will be joining the Writers Institute in an online talk to discuss his lifetime partnership with Ismail Merchant as well as recent success with his on-screen adaptation of “Call Me by Your Name.” The film, starring Timothee Chalamet, brought Ivory multiple awards including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. At its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, “Call Me by Your Name” received a standing ovation.


Call Me by Your Name Poster & Ivory holding his Oscar Award

Photo Credit: New York State Writers Institute


Though many attendees are avid readers and are familiar with the author’s work before the event, attendees are reassured that it is not necessary to know anything about a guest before attending an event.


“Attendees will get something out of the conversation no matter what,” Grondahl said. “These are extremely accomplished and acclaimed authors who have much to share about the human condition, along with their research, their literary art and their lived experience.”


This semester, the events will vary from in-person to online, based on weather conditions and COVID-19 precaution. Ivory’s visit was initially scheduled to be in-person, but after concerns of infection rate and impending snow the event was made virtual.


“At 93-years-old, travel is not easy,” Grondahl said of Ivory. “[Instead of attendees coming to Ivory,] we will bring James Ivory to them.”

All events are open to the public and require masks. See a preview of the current schedule below. For more information, including the full season schedule and mailing list information, check out their website at www.nyswritersinstitute.org.




New York State Writers Institute Spring 2022 Upcoming Events:


THE GLORIOUS HISTORY OF MERCHANT-IVORY FILMS

February 4 (Friday)

James Ivory

Conversation/Q&A with filmmaker Stephen Soucy and editor Peter Cameron

Registration required


American HerStory: Conversations About Women’s Autobiography

February 15 (Tuesday)

Emily Bernard

Craft Talk — 4:30 p.m., Boardroom (1st Floor), Campus Center West Addition

Reading/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center


UALBANY SPEAKER SERIES

February 17 (Thursday)

Huma Abedin

Conversation/Q&A — 7:00 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom


BURIAN LECTURE ON LIFE IN THE PERFORMING ARTS

February 21 (Monday)

José Rivera

The 25th Annual Burian Lecture — 7:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Center


2022 DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION

February 23 (Wednesday)

Anthony Ray Hinton, Activist for Human Rights and Prison Reform

Celebration — 7:00 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom

Please visit www.albany.edu/odi.


American HerStory: Conversations About Women’s Autobiography

February 24 (Thursday)

Liara Roux

Craft Talk — 4:30 p.m., Boardroom (1st Floor), Campus Center West Addition

Conversation/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., Boardroom (1st Floor), Campus Center West Addition


CELEBRATING IRISH LITERATURE

March 3 (Thursday)

Colm Tóibín

Conversation with UAlbany’s Lynne Tillman — 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus


UPLIFTING BLACK AUTHORS AND BLACK LEAD CHARACTERS

March 8 (Tuesday)

Fabian Ferguson

Pajama Storytime — 7:00 p.m., Christ’s Church, 181 Western Ave. (near Quail St.), Albany





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