Forum to Explore Land Use Politics and Patronage in Columbia County

Sam Pratt

Sam Pratt

(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – Conversations with Neighbors: Michael Singer in conversation with Sam Pratt, about land-use politics and patronage in Columbia County, will take place at Spencertown Academy Arts Center on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 4pm. A reception will follow the discussion.

Sam Pratt is a writer, designer, and environmental activist who led the nearly seven-year fight against St. Lawrence Cement. He’s written for some two dozen national publications, most recently The New York Observer. He covers local matters for Rural Intelligence and at his own site,

Michael Singer was News Director at KCBS Los Angeles, where he won a Peabody Award for investigative reporting. He was a CBS Network News Producer and he made documentaries for NBC and MSNBC. He was a freelance journalist, published in New York Magazine and The Village Voice, among others. He worked as an analyst for Medley Global Advisors, a private financial and political research company. Retired, he is now finishing a novel.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s Conversations with Neighbors is an occasional series designed to spark neighbor-to-neighbor conversations and celebrate the richness and diversity of the Columbia County community. The next event will feature author Ruth Reichl in conversation with Chef Zak Pelaccio of Fish and Game Restaurant about local edible foraging (Saturday, December 14 at 4pm).

$15 admission (advance purchase recommended). Housed in a restored 1840s Greek Revival schoolhouse, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y.



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