2019 Speakers

Cailin O’Connor

The Misinformation Age: The social dynamics of “alternative facts”: why what you believe depends on who you know.
Friday May 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Catherine Cummings Theatre

Cailin O’Connor is co-author of The Misinformation Age, about “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and disputes over the validity of everything from climate change to the size of inauguration crowds. It tells us that what we believe depends on who we know. If social forces explain the persistence of false belief, we must understand how those forces work in order to fight misinformation effectively. Prof. O’Connor teaches logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine.




Emily Hanford

Friday, October 18, at 7:00 pm
McDonald Lecture Hall in Eckel Hall on the Cazenovia College


“Hard Words About How We Teach Kids to Read: What One Reporter Has Learned From Three Years Reporting Across America”

Emily Hanford is an award-winning reporter and editor who has been covering education full time since 2008. She is a senior correspondent for APM Reports, the documentary and investigative reporting group at American Public Media. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the LA Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Washington Monthly. She is the producer of the audio documentaries “Hard Words: Why Aren’t Kids Being Taught to Read?” and “Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids With Dyslexia.” She is working on another documentary about reading to be released in August 2019.


Michael Nerney   

“The Adolescent Brain for Parents”

Friday November 15 at 7:00 pm

Catherine Cummings Theatre

Michael Nerney is a consultant in Substance Abuse Prevention and Education, with over thirty-nine years of experience in the field with a special focus on psychopharmacology and adolescent chemical dependency. He is the former Director of the Training Institute of Narcotic and Drug Research and worked as a training specialist for the National Development and Research Institutes.

Mr. Nerney meets with students at middle schools, high schools, and colleges to assist him in developing training programs for school administrators, counselors, teachers, and parents. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Justice on programs to aid communities in their response to the opioid crisis. He has been a consultant for two of the major television networks and appeared on the ABC program “20/20.”




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