Upcoming Lectures

21 May


Emily Hanford

Friday, October 18, at 7:00 pm
St. James Catholic Church


“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

Friday, November 15 at 7:00 pm
Catherine Cummings Theatre


“The Adolescent Brain for Parents”

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.”



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.