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.

Stephen Yale-Loehr

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.

Zephyr Teachout – Friday, October 9 at 7pm

25 Sep
Next Cazenovia Forum:  Money in American Politics
CAZENOVIA, NY – Zephyr Teachout, described by the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart as the “utter unknown” who “nearly overturned the primary” in the race for New York’s governorship, will deliver the next Cazenovia Forum lecture on Friday, October 9 at 7pm at the Catherine Cummings Theatre in Cazenovia.

Admission to the event is free of charge. A reception will follow.
Teachout, a constitutional law professor at Fordham Law School and one of the nation’s leading legal experts on corruption, is best known for her efforts to limit the influence of money on politics. Her arguments were cited in the Citizens United case by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
“People want politicians who fight for them, and they don’t want politicians who are fighting for big money,” Teachout said. Despite running in the 2014 gubernatorial race with $200,000 against the incumbent Andrew Cuomo and his $32 million war chest, she won 31 of New York’s 62 counties, performing particularly well Upstate.
In its review of her book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United, the New York Review of Books said, “Teachout convincingly argues that corruption, broadly understood as placing private interests over the public good in public office, is at the root of what ails American democracy.”
Teachout was head of online organizing for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. After the market crash of 2008, Teachout co-founded a group dedicated to breaking the power of Wall Street banks.
Zephyr Teachout is a graduate of Yale University and Duke University Law School.
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