At Next Caz Forum: Political Charisma – How it Works and Why You Are Falling for It

9 Sep

With the presidential election drawing near, the Cazenovia Forum will take a “deep dive” into the ways political leaders tap the roots of human nature as psychologist Carrie Keating, a nationally-known expert on non-verbal communication, takes the lectern to give her thoughts on the candidates.

0Keating, the chair of the psychology department at Colgate University, will speak at 7:00pm on Friday, September 23, in the ballroom of the new Hampton Inn on Route 20 just east of Cazenovia Village. Admission is free and a reception will follow.

 

Keating researches the nonverbal skills and physical appearances associated with social dominance, leadership, and charisma in children and adults. She has found, for example, that humans convey dominance through facial expressions akin to those of other primates, and that facial features which make people appear powerful also make them seem untrustworthy.

When it comes to political candidates, Keating says “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it, and even how you present physically before you say anything at all.”

Her studies have been featured in the print media and on radio, and she has appeared on numerous television shows including Scientific American Frontiers, Dateline NBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and ABC’s Good Morning America and What Would You Do? Keating’s presentation will focus on current and previous candidates in the current election cycle and particularly on how her research reveals the ways political leaders impress, persuade, charm and ultimately cultivate devoted followers.

 

Global Disease in the Spotlight at Cazenovia Forum’s 2016 Opener

19 Apr

Dr. Mark Polhemus to discuss measures to combat mosquito-borne illnesses

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(Cazenovia, NY – April 5, 2016) – An authority on mosquito-borne diseases who is working on a defense against dengue fever will deliver the first Cazenovia Forum lecture of 2016 on Friday, May 6, at 7:00pm at the Catherine Cummings Theatre on Lincklaen Street.

The event is free of charge and no reservations are required. A reception will follow at the Lincklaen House next door to the theatre.

Dr. Mark Polhemus, the Director of the Center for Global Health and Translational
Science at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, will speak on “Bugs, Bites and Beasts: Global Disease on Your Doorstep.”
Polhemus is working with a grant from the U.S. Army to build a new defense against dengue fever, a tropical disease carried by mosquitoes that annually affects more than 400 million people worldwide,100 million of them with serious illness. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of the world’s population lives in areas where they are at risk for dengue infection.

Nearly 700 million people get a mosquito borne illness each year, resulting in greater than one million deaths. Recently, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that the United States is likely to see outbreaks of the Zika virus, another mosquito-borne disease, with perhaps dozens or scores of people affected. The U.S. has seen more than 350 cases of people who were infected abroad and then returned to the country but has yet to confirm a case where someone was infected within its borders.

Polhemus has a broad area of expertise in translational science (evaluation of drugs and vaccines), clinical infectious disease, and development of overseas research platforms. He spent 23 years in the military, with the last 10 years focused on developing vaccines and drugs for diseases affecting the deployed warfighter including leishmaniasis and malaria.

Currently he is the principal investigator on multiple DOD and pharma sponsored trials evaluating dengue and rabies vaccines.

Cazenovia Forum Announces 2016 Speakers

10 Apr

Contagions, immigration and politics to headline election year

(Cazenovia, NY – April 5, 2016) – An authority on mosquito-borne diseases, a national expert on the U.S. immigration system and three specialists on campaigns and elections are among the upcoming speakers at the Cazenovia Forum, Central New York’s premier public affairs lecture series, which announced its 2016 lineup today.

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Kicking off the 2016 season on May 6 is Dr. Mark Polhemus, the Director of the Center for Global Health and Translational Science at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, who is working with a grant from the U.S. Army to build a new defense against dengue fever, a tropical disease carried by mosquitoes that annually affects more than 400 million people worldwide,100 million of them with serious illness.

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On June 3, the Forum speaker will be Stephen Yale-Loehr, one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on U.S. immigration and asylum law, who will discuss the country’s immigration system, how it works and the high-profile criticisms of it.  He is frequently interviewed in print and broadcast media, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Fox News, CBS News and PBS.  He has written four standard reference texts on immigration law and is a professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School.

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On September 23, the forum will host Carrie Keating, a professor of psychology at Colgate University who studies charisma and particularly how people and groups use it to inspire a following.  She will discuss how candidates in the 2016 political campaigns have used elements of charisma to pursue their aims.  Her studies have been featured in the print media in the U.S. and abroad, and on radio talk shows and television, including PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers, Dateline NBC, Discovery Magazine, CNN Times/Newsweek Magazine, The McLaughlin Group, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Learning Channel, and ABC’s Good Morning America.

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On October 14, with the Presidential election less than a month away, the Forum speaker will be Allen Raymond, a former political consultant who spent three months in federal prison for his role in a U.S. Senate election scandal and is the author of the book, How To Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative (2008).  Raymond will provide insights on dirty tricks employed by operatives working for candidates of both major political parties.

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Finally, on November 11, and for the third consecutive presidential election year, the Forum will host John Zogby, one of the nation’s preeminent pollsters – and a best-selling author – to provide his analysis of the election results.  He is the author of the best-selling The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream and the recently published We Are Many, We Are One.  He writes columns that appear on Forbes.com and is a founding contributor to The Huffington Post. His analytical expertise has also been published on the opinion pages of theNew York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.

Venues for each of these evening speaking events will be announced at a later date. They are free of charge to the public and no tickets or reservations are required.  Each presentation is followed by questions from the audience and a reception at which audience members have an opportunity to further engage the speaker.