Due to on-going COVID-19 and related variant concerns, the Cazenovia Forum Board of Directors will continue to offer public presentations virtually until further notice. Please note that advance registration will still be required to receive the link to attend our free programs via ZOOM.


Phoebe Schreiner, Executive Director - Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship

Date: November 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT
Venue: Live-stream ZOOM presentation

Step aside, California. Phoebe Schreiner hopes New York State will become the food basket of the Northeast.

Schreiner, who spoke at the Cazenovia Forum Friday, November 12 at 7 p.m. via Zoom, is executive director of the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship. She sees the double whammy of growing populations and climate change as presenting a challenge and an opportunity for growers in the Northeast. She believes that by strengthening food and farm businesses across the state and improving the food supply chain, we can feed the region.

Schreiner has 20 years of global-to-local experience leading social and economic development programs around the world--from the former Soviet Union, to the Middle East, to South Asia, and to New York--including with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations, the Open Society Foundations, among others.

She is a currently a member of Congressman Antonio Delgado's Agricultural Advisory Committee for the 19th Congressional District, the Otsego County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Committee, the Farm-to-School Task Force of Delaware County, the Otsego County Energy Task Force Sub-Committee on Economic Development, Technical Committee of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, the Schoharie County Land Trust, and Gilboa Historical Society.

For a sample of her ideas, go to:


Dr. Adam Frank - "The Future of Life on Earth and Everywhere Else"

Date: October 1st, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT
Venue: Live-stream ZOOM presentation

Everyone talks about saving the earth, but Dr. Adam Frank thinks we have it wrong. "It's not the earth, that needs saving, it's us," he writes. Frank spoke about this and other ideas Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in a virtual presentation by The Cazenovia Forum.

Frank, an astrophysicist and a leading expert on the final stages of evolution for stars, will speak on "The Future of Life on Earth and Everywhere Else."

In his 2018 book, Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, Frank writes that we are not necessarily the collective villains in the story of climate change, "but we may collectively become losers."

His current work focuses on life in the universe, the search for "technosignatures" of other exo-civilizations along with climate change and the "Astrobiology of the Anthropocene".

He suggests that it is logical to believe that there have been countless civilizations similar to ours throughout the universe and throughout time. They, too, must have confronted challenges to their existence. Whatever we can learn about these exo-civilizations and their survival (or demise), even if it is only theoretical, may be able to help us cope with our own climate crisis here on Earth

A self-described "evangelist of science," he is committed to showing others the beauty and power of science, and exploring the proper context of science in culture. Light of the Stars received praise from the New York Times, NPR and Scientific American.  He has written two other books, The Constant Fire: Beyond the Religion and Science Debate, and About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang

Frank is a regular on-air commentator for NPR's All Things Considered and was co-founder of National Public Radio 13.7: Cosmos and Culture blog which ran for seven years and garnered millions of distinct views. He is also a contributor to the New York Times, The Atlantic and other media outlets. He currently runs the 13.8 blog on He was also the science consultant for Marvel's 2016 movie, Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton.

Frank has received a number of awards for his scientific and outreach work.  Light of the Stars won the 2019 National Honors Society Best Book in Science.  In 2020 he was given the American Physical Society's Joseph A. Burton Forum Award.  In 2021 he was granted the Carl Sagan Medal for excellence in public communication by the American Astronomical Society.

You can find out more about his work at his website,


Andy Pattison and Sharon Anderson - "CLIMATE CHANGE: Global Challenge and Local Responses"

Date: April 23, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT
Venue: Live-stream ZOOM presentation

Cazenovia Forum's event in April 2021 was part of the Greater Cazenovia Earth Week celebration. Our virtual event featured a discussion between Colgate University professor Andy Pattison and Sharon Anderson, of EcoLogic in Cazenovia. Andy and Sharon discussed how local communities and local government can plan for climate change including roles, opportunities, examples of best practices, available resources and tools, and public engagement.

Andy Pattison is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colgate University. Some of his research and teaching interests include sustainability and climate action planning, U.S. environmental politics and policy, adaptive management of socialecological systems, the role of science and technical information in the policy process, and issues of urban environmental justice and social equity.

The event took place via Zoom. The meeting was free and open to the public.


Shannon R. Magari - "The Science of COVID-19: Controls, Testing, Vaccines, and What Lies Ahead"

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021 7 PM ET
Venue: Live-streamed ZOOM presentation

Dr. Magari, Visiting Scientist at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and a principal owner of Colden Corporation, will discuss which control strategies we need to keep, which ones we can eliminate and what we should think about adding as we navigate through another year of the pandemic. She reviewed the current state of testing, what public health professionals are hoping for and where it will fall throughout 2021. She spent a significant portion of the presentation to the COVID19 vaccines and explain how the vaccine platforms work and what the safety and efficacy data say.

Dr. Magari serves as the Vice President of Health Sciences and co-chair of the litigation support practice with Colden Corporation. Over the past year Dr. Magari and her team have helped develop COVID 19 safety plans and conducted workplace audits to protect those working in industries ranging from energy production and distribution, to healthcare, to food, pharmaceutical and television production. Dr. Magari holds a Doctor of Science in Environmental Health from Harvard University with a concentration in Occupational Epidemiology. She currently serves as the President of the Northeast Biological Safety Association.

The presentation was free and open to public and was streamed via Zoom.



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