2016 Speakers


Allen Raymond

Allen Raymond is the author of the 2008 book How To Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative, which the New York Times said “paints a picture of the corruption of modern politics that should leave no doubt about the creativity and cynicism of operatives like Mr. Raymond or the need for tough new election-reform legislation.” Raymond’s presentation will focus on the 2016 elections and dirty tricks to watch for in swing states from both the major political parties, as well as a look at campaign mechanics and the ways that observers can assess a campaign’s viability.

Raymond spent three months in federal prison for his role in the 2002 New Hampshire U.S. Senate election phone jamming scandal, in which he paid a small Idaho telemarketing company to make non-stop hangup phone calls to phone lines that were being used by Democrats in their get out the vote operations. Prior to this, Raymond spent nearly a decade working to elect Republican candidates, first at the state and then the national level.  He has served in the positions of chief of staff to a Member of Congress, chief of staff to a co-chairman of the Republican National Committee, Regional Political Director for the RNC and National Republican Senatorial Committee, deputy political director for Forbes for President, executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee and Republican Leadership Council and has managed several state legislative and congressional campaigns.

Currently he lobbies on behalf of labor unions including the Communications Workers of America, assisting them with Republican lobbying efforts on multiple issues, including trade, telecommunications, Senate Rules reform and various labor union specific legislative issues. Raymond holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart College and a Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.  He serves on the Board of Advisors of the GSPM’s Advocacy in the Global Environment program and is a trustee of the John T. Underwood Charitable Foundation, which supports not-for-profit community based organizations in Brooklyn, New York.



Carrie Keating

With the presidential election drawing near, the Cazenovia Forum will take a “deep dive” into the ways political leaders tap the roots of human nature as psychologist Carrie Keating, a nationally-known expert on non-verbal communication, takes the lectern to give her thoughts on the candidates.

0Keating, the chair of the psychology department at Colgate University, will speak at 7:00pm on Friday, September 23, in the ballroom of the new Hampton Inn on Route 20 just east of Cazenovia Village. Admission is free and a reception will follow.

Keating researches the nonverbal skills and physical appearances associated with social dominance, leadership, and charisma in children and adults. She has found, for example, that humans convey dominance through facial expressions akin to those of other primates, and that facial features which make people appear powerful also make them seem untrustworthy.

When it comes to political candidates, Keating says “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it, and even how you present physically before you say anything at all.”

Her studies have been featured in the print media and on radio, and she has appeared on numerous television shows including Scientific American Frontiers, Dateline NBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and ABC’s Good Morning America and What Would You Do? Keating’s presentation will focus on current and previous candidates in the current election cycle and particularly on how her research reveals the ways political leaders impress, persuade, charm and ultimately cultivate devoted followers.


Dr. Mark Polhemus


(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.


Dr. Steven Yale-Loehr

Stephen Yale-Loehr

Stephen Yale-Loehr, one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on U.S. immigration and asylum law, discussed 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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