Comedy Improv to Take the Stage at Cazenovia Forum Fundraiser

27 Oct
CAZENOVIA, NY – A comedy improv performance in the style of the popular television show Whose Line is it Anyway? will be the centerpiece of the biennial fundraising gala for the Cazenovia Forum lecture series, to be held Saturday, November 11, at 7:30pm at the Hampton Inn in Cazenovia.
The entertainment for the evening will be provided by the long-running improv troupe“Eight is NEVER Enough,” which consists of New York City performers and artists who are dedicated to captivating audiences through old school comedy entertainment.

The “Freeze” Game – with audience members shouting theme ideas at the actors while they perform.


Performing regularly at the Broadway Comedy Club near Times Square,“Eight…” is one of the few NYC-based improv companies focusing on “short-form” improvisation, which relies heavily on the audience to provide ideas (and sometimes acting talent) for every scene, skit and song.
In addition to an evening of raucous musical comedy performance and audience participation, event-goers will be treated to delicious pub fare and locally produced spirits.


Seating is limited and tickets are available at $150 and $75, with a special rate of $50 for anyone age 40 or under, with proceeds going to support the Forum’s activities in bringing national and internationally known speakers to Cazenovia to present viewpoints on current events and issues.


The Cazenovia Forum is grateful to Empire Brewing Company, Fastrac, Wegmans, the Hampton Inn & Suites and the Lincklaen House for their generous sponsorship of this event.


Ticket information has been sent by postal mail to Cazenovia Forum supporters.  If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend, send an email to Diane Clark at

What Would an Early Warning System Look Like for the Great Lakes? Michael R. Twiss

19 Sep

What Would an Early Warning System Look Like for the Great Lakes?

Michael R. Twiss

Presented Friday, October 6, at 7:00pm

Michael Twiss

Michael R. Twiss, Ph.D., is a professor of biology at Clarkson University, teaching classes in Limnology, Microbiology, Environmental Science of the Adirondacks, and Great Lakes Water Protection. He is a member of the Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology editorial board and has served on grant review panels for the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and other agencies.

Twiss is a limnologist (freshwater scientist) with expertise in the microbial plankton ecology of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system and interactions of plankton with trace elements in the water column. His research aims to understand the impact that microbes have on the geochemical fate of nutrients and metals in natural waters and how plankton respond to changes in their natural environment.

He is the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award by the Province of Ontario and the Chandler-Misener Award by the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and has been funded in the past five years by New York Sea Grant, the New York Power Authority, the NSF, the USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Twiss has over 50 peer-reviewed publications.”


The Global Refugee Crisis — Ambassador Mark C. Storella

16 Aug

“The Global Refugee Crisis”

Ambassador Mark C. Storella

Friday, September 8, at 7:00pm

Ambassador Mark Storella, a member of the Senior Foreign Service, has a longstanding commitment to humanitarian affairs and human rights. He joined the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in June 2016 with responsibility for admission of refugees to the United States and refugee programming in the Near East and Asia regions.
Ambassador Storella previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Brussels where he was deeply involved in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism efforts. As U.S. Ambassador to Zambia 2010-2013, he oversaw $450 million in development assistance, with a focus on innovative health and governance programs. Ambassador Storella was the Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Baghdad from 2009-2010 and served as Counselor for Refugee and Migration Affairs and subsequently as Deputy Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission in Geneva from 2006-2009. In that capacity, he engaged with over 50 UN agencies and international organizations, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration and the International Federation of the Red Cross. From 2001-2003, Ambassador Storella was adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on humanitarian action.
Ambassador Storella was Deputy Chief of Mission in Cambodia and Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department; he also served on the Japan and NATO desks and was posted in Bangkok, Paris and Rome.
Ambassador Storella is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. He is also the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award presented by American Citizens Abroad and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Excellence in Service Award. His languages are French, Khmer, Italian and Thai. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has written on such diverse topics as multilateral arms control and humanitarian action in conflict situations. Ambassador Storella is married with two sons.