Date Speaker Topic
December 7, 2017 Alan Allport, Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University Professor Allport is a British historian whose work looks at the relationship between war and society during the period of the two world wars. Please join us on Pearl Harbor day when he speaks about connections and misconceptions concerning the Pearl Harbor attack.
November 16, 2017 Richard Woodworth , Collector Tribute to our first  ladies
November 2, 2017 Mel Menon/Craig French study co-chairs  Onondaga  Citizens League Study findings: How CNY Works
October 19, 2017 Nicole Christina, LCSW, author Greying and Grateful; Living the 2nd half of life with Gusto and Passion 
October 5, 2017 Susan Gateley , Author  Lake Ontario/saving the beautiful lake
September 21, 2017 Samara Hannah, Executive Director   The Redhouse  The Redhouse mission in the SCSD and the move to the former Sibley’s location
September 7, 2017

Carolyn Hendrickson, Chief Development Officer  Rescue Mission

 Rescue mission strategic Initiatives 2017 and beyond
May 18, 2017 Anthony Hinds-Fritz, CFP, pres. & owner Evolution Retirement Solutions, LLC.  
May 4, 2017 Sue Boland, Matilda Joslyn Gage  
April 20, 2017 Richard Woodworth, collector Presidential Memorabilia
April 6, 2017 Jean Ryan,  Office of the Attorney General ,  Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection   Scams targeted to the elderly
March 16, 2017 Terry Ettinger , Horticulturist Garden Journeys
March 2, 2017 no meeting due to weather  
February 16, 2017 Sean Kirst, author  “The Soul of Central New York: Syracuse Stories”
February 2, 2017 Sam Van Aken, Associate Professor of Sculpture, Syracuse University Tree of 40 Fruits
January 19, 2017 Jon Speed, Syracuse Chess Club Chess in Syracuse
December 15, 2016 Andrew Lunetta, executive director “A Tiny Home for Good”
December 1,2016 Diane Kuppermann, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish
November 17, 2016 Sue Greenhagen, Historian, Town of Eaton and Village of Morrisville “The New York Connection in the Civil War”
November 11, 2016 Julie M Fenster author “Jefferson’s America”
October 20, 2016 Mark Kate Intagelietta  OCL Current Study “How CNY Moves”
October 6, 2016 Jim Teske, Evening Meteorologist WSYR-TV “30 Years of Changes in Weather Forecasting”
September,15, 2016 Richard “Rick”  Rarick, farm manager “Matthew 25 Farm”
May 5, 2016 Madonna Harrington Meyer Ph.D. “Grandmothers at Work”
May 19, 2016

Laurie Black , Syracuse 20/20

“Early Literacy”
April 21, 2016

 Sue Greenhagen, Historian, Town of Eaton & Village of Morrisville

“The Loomis Gang”
April 7,   2016

Stefanie Heath-Higgins, founder and Director of Cuse Pit Crew

“Second Chance Dog Shelter”
March 17, 2016

Alan Thornton, Chief Executive Officer

“Rescue Mission”
March 3, 2016

Carrie Lazarus, 9WSYR News Anchor

“Extraordinary Live!”
February 18, 2016

Monica Palmer, Marketing/Design Director, Empire Brewing Co.

“Empire Farmstead Brewery”
February 4, 2016 Sue Greenhagen, Historian, Town of Eaton & Village of Morrisville  “Live Oaks & More Dead Folks”
January 21, 2016 John Eberle, vice President, Grants and Community Initiatives, CNY Community  “Poverty in Central New York’

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December 17, 2015

Dr. Cynthia Morrow, Professor of Practice, Public administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School

 “Is Health a Human Right?”
December 3, 2015

 Beth Broadway, Executive Director, InterFaith Works of CNY

 “Refugee Resettlement”
November 19, 2015

Catherine Underhill, Managing Director, Symphoria,

“Experience Symphoria”
November 5, 2015

Michael Speach, President, Speach Family Candy Shoppe,

 “Ninety Five Years of Chocolate”
October 15, 2015

Ed Riley, Managing Member, Hotel Syracuse Restoration


“Hotel Syracuse Restoration”

October 1, 2015

Robert Greene, Paul J. Schupf Professor of History and Humanities, Cazenovia College

 “The Presidency of George H.W. Bush”
September 17, 2015

 Dan Cummings, NewsChannel 9 Morning News co-anchor and Newsmakers with Dan Cummings Host                  

 “A Conversation with Dan Cummings”
May 21, 2015

Susan Mitchell, Executive Director, OCPL

 “Your Onondaga County Public Library”
May 5, 2015

Elizabeth Dunbar, Director, Everson Museum

 “Changes and Connections at the Everson”
April 16, 2015

Professor Gustav Niebuhr, Director, Carnegie Religion & Media Program Associate Professor Newspaper & Online Journalism, Newhouse School

“Lincoln’s Bishop: A President, A Priest, and the Fate of 300 Dakota Sioux Warriors”
April 2, 2015

Dennis Connors, Curator of History, Onondaga Historical Association

  “Hotel Onondaga and Hotel Syracuse”   
March 19, 2015 Jeffrey Craig, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Support Services, OCM BOCES
Colleen Viggiano, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, OCM BOCES
“A Regional Vision: College, Career and Citizenship Readiness”
March 5, 2015 Donald J. Leopold, Ph.D., SUNY ESF Distinguished Professor and Chair, Dept. of Environmental and Forest Biology “Restoration Projects on Onondaga Lake and Nearby Wastebeds”
February 19, 2015 Jeff Romano, Past President of the Preservation Association of CNY “Street Wise or Whys”
February 5, 2015 Jeff Bastable, Director of Development/Philanthropy, Honor Flight Syracuse
Dick Blansett, Treasurer, Honor Flight Syracuse
“Honor Flight Syracuse”
January 15, 2015 Neil Murphy, Ph.D., co-chair, Commission on Local Government Modernization
Kathy Murphy, Syracuse 20/20 Board of Directors Chair
“Consensus CNY Update”

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December 18, 2014 Jim Emmons, Co-Founder, Syracuse Poster Project “Syracuse Poster Project”
December 4, 2014 Peter Dunn, President & CEO, CNY Community Foundation “CNY’s Community Foundation: Addressing the Region’s Most Pressing Challenges”
November 20, 2014 Susan Greenhagen, Board Member, Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association “Live Oaks, Dead Folks”
November 6, 2014 Philip Arnold, Associate Professor of Religion, Syracuse University and Founding Director, Great Law of Peace Center “Skä•noñh-Great Law of Peace Center as Collaborative Space at Onondaga Lake”
October 16, 2014 Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause, New York “Fair Elections and the Redistricting Ballot Proposition”
October 2, 2014 Charlotte “Chuckie” Holstein, Executive Director, F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse “Age Friendly CNY”
September 18, 2014 Robert Daino, President and CEO, WCNY Broadcast and Education Center “WCNY Connected”
May 15, 2014 Daniel Maffei, US Congressman, 24th District of NY “A Conversation with Congressman Daniel Maffei”
May 1, 2014 Dr. Casey Crabill, President, Onondaga Community College “What’s New at the Community’s College”
April 17, 2014 Katelyn Wright, Executive Director, Syracuse Land Bank “Greater Syracuse Landbank”
April 3, 2014 Tim Fox, Director, Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Janet Agostini, President, Friends of the Zoo
“Rosamond Gifford Zoo Celebrates its 100th Anniversary”
March 20, 2014 Kate Byrne, Byrne Dairy “The Yogurt Boom in CNY”
March 6, 2014 Daniel Ward, Curator, Erie Canal Museum “Preserving the Erie Canal Museum”
February 20, 2014 Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett,
(Ret.) Deputy Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), Syracuse University
“National Security and the Year Ahead”
February 6, 2014 Jason Smorol, General Manager, Syracuse Chiefs “It’s A Brand New Ball Game”
January 16, 2014 Sara Wall Bollinger, Executive Director for Health Planning at HealtheConnections “Federal and State Policies to Improve Wellness and Manage Chronic Conditions”

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December 19,2013 Cynthia Morrow, MD, Health Commissioner, Onondaga County “State of the County’s Health”
December 5, 2013 Jessi Lyons, Coordinator, Natural Resource Programs, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Onondaga County
Steve Harris, City-County Arborist, Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs
“Syracuse vs. the Emerald Ash Borer”
November 21, 2013 Bill Armbruster, Associate State Director for New York, AARP “Medicare Changes for Seniors”
November 7, 2013 Merike Trier, Executive Director, Downtown Committee “Downtown Developments”
October 17 Jennifer Coman, Executive Director, Sarah House “Sarah House”
October 3, 2013 Kenyon Craig, President, Housing Visions “Real Plans, Real People, Real Progress: Revitalizing Neighborhoods”
September 19, 2013 Sean Kirst, Columnist, The Post-Standard/Syracuse Media Group “Before and After Digital: Stories Matter”
May 16, 2013 Jody Manning, District Superintendent, OCM BOCES “OCM BOCES and the Community”
May 2, 2013 Robert Thompson, PhD, Director, Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, Syracuse University “Looking Back: Television and Popular Culture”
April 18, 2013 Patrick Driscoll, Director of Operations,
Syracuse Chapter, Say Yes to Education
“Say Yes to Education”
April 4, 2013 Sam Gruber, Art, Architectural and Urban Historian “The City Grows: The Development of Syracuse’s Eastside 1870-1940”
March 21, 2013 Megan Costa, Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency “Onondaga County’s Sustainable Development Plan”
March 7, 2013 Stephen A. Rogers, Chairman, and Tim Kennedy, President, Syracuse Media Group “Changes at The Post-Standard”
February 21, 2013 Wayne Mahar, President and Founder, Precision Weather Service “Precision Weather”
February 7, 2013 Helen Malina, InterFaith Works Center for New Americans “Refugee Resettlement”
January 17, 2013 Stephanie Miner, Mayor, City of Syracuse “Unprecendented Challenges for Cities”

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December 20, 2012 Liz Ayers, Director of Development and Grants, WCNY “Perspective on the Canonization of Mother Marianne Cope”
December 6, 2012 David Aitken, Executive, Destiny USA “Destiny USA”
November 15, 2012 Robert McClure, Syracuse University Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy Emeritus, Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence, Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute “What Happened? What Now?”
November 1, 2012 David Holder, President, Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau “Marketing Syracuse: Where Do We Go From Here?”
October 18, 2012 Sharon Contreras, Superintendent of Schools, Syracuse City School District “Great Expectation”
October 4, 2012 Elizabeth Kahl, Safe Haven Museum volunteer “Safe Haven Story”
September 20, 2012 Gregg Tripoli, Executive Director, Onondaga Historical Association “Onondaga Historical Association: Past, Present and Future”
May 17, 2012 Chris Fowler, Executive Director and Founder “SyracuseFirst:  How the ‘Think Local’ Movement is Strengthening the Local Economy and Community”
May 3, 2012 Kathryn Ruscitto, President, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center “A Conversation with Kathryn Ruscitto”
April 19, 2012 Howard Hollander “A Day in the Life of a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Handler”
April 5, 2012 Aly Wane, Syracuse Peace Council “Immigrant: A Personal Reflection on the Changing Nature of American Citizenship”
March 15, 2012 Alan Rothschild, patent model collector and president, Rothschild Companies “The Man with a Patent Passion”
March 1, 2012 Amy Samuels, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Onondaga Environmental Institute “Go Green in the ‘Cuse”
February 16, 2012 Carol Faulkner, Maxwell Associate Professor and Chair, History Department, Syracuse University “Lucretia Mott and the Seneca Falls Convention”
February 2, 2012 Pamela Hyland, CEO, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc. “The Journey of a Lifetime”
January 19, 2012 Jeffrey Stonecash, Maxwell Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University “2012 Presidential Election”

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Dec. 15, 2011 Jane Tracy, Town of Onondaga Historian and avid quilter “Pieces of the Past”
Dec. 1, 2011 Elizabeth Dailey, Executive Director, Onondaga County Public Library “Your Onondaga County Public Library”
Nov. 14, 2011 Patricia Gregory, Registered Nurse and long-time puppy raiser “Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs”
Nov. 3, 2011 Heidi Holtz, Director of Grant Making, Gifford Foundation “Ideas Collaborative”
Oct. 21, 2011 Robbi Farschman, Director, Community Engagement and Economic Development “The Connective Corridor Initiative”
Oct. 6, 2011 Christina R. Reale, Commissioner of Aviation, Department of Aviation “Airport 101”
Sept. 15, 2011 Karen Dross, Retired Teacher and Haitian Volunteer “Haitian Education Mission Project”
May 19, 2011 Dr. Thomas Welch, Professor and Chair Department of Pediatrics, Upstate Medical University; Licensed New York State Guide and Certifying Instructor for the Wilderness Education Association “Exploitation, Exploration, and Expeditioning: Three Men, Their Mountains, and the Birth of the American Wilderness Movement”
May 5, 2011 Leonard Burman, Professor of Practice, Public Administration and Economics, Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School “Is the United States Headed for a Catastrophic Budget Failure?”
April 21, 2011 Robert West, PhD, SUNY Upstate Medical University “Personalized Medicine: Tailoring Health Care in the Information Age”
April 7, 2011 Rhonda O’Connor, Director of Community Engagement, Visions for Change “National Circles Initiative”
March 17, 2011 Judge Joseph E. Fahey, Onondaga County Court Judge “The Life of James K. McGuire”
March 3, 2011 Catherine Bertini, Professor of Public Administration & Chair of International Relations Program, Maxwell School of SU “Behind the International Headlines: The Role of Hunger and Poverty”
February 17, 2011 William Hoffman, Outreach Coordinator, VA Medical Cente “VA Health Care: What is Happening Now”
February 3, 2011 Gregg Tripoli, Executive Director, Onondaga Historical Association “Our Entrepreneurial History”
January 20, 2011 Walt Shepperd “The Media Unit”

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Dec. 2, 2010 Thomas Slater, Executive Director, Food Bank of Central New York “The Changing Face of Hunger in Central New York”
Nov. 18, 2010 Greg Vadney, Director, Stickley Museum “Exploring Stickley History”
Oct. 21, 2010 Terry Ettinger, Greenhouse Manager, SUNY-College of Environmental Science & Forestry “An Introduction to the Illick Hall Greenhouses”
Oct. 7, 2010 Tucker Culbertson, Assistant Professor, SU College of Law “Another New Deal: Thoughts on the Recession, the Obama Agenda, the Constitution and the Supreme Court”
Sept. 16, 2010 Maarten Jacobs, Near West Side Initiative Director “Near West Side Initiative”
May 20, 2010 Bryce Hand, Emeritus Professor of Geology, Syracuse University Dereth Glance, Executive Director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment “Hydrofracking“
May 6, 2010 Robert McClure, Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy, Maxwell Professor of Teaching “American Governance: A Leviathan or a Tea Party?”
April 15, 2010 Mary Pagan, Gerontologist and Exercise Physiologist, Wellness Enterprises, LLC “Age Power”
April 1, 2010 Dr. Thomas Welch, Professor and Chair of Pediatrics “Achieving the Dream: Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital”
March 18, 2010 Sgt. Bernie Podsiedlik, Canine Unit Supervisor and Trainer “Onondaga County Sheriff Department’s Canine Unit”
March 4, 2010 J. Michael Haynie, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises,  Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University “Returning from War: Helping Veterans Reenter Civilian Life”
February 18, 2010 Ralph Ketcham, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Citizenship and Public Affairs “The Madisons at Montpelier: Reflections on the Founding Couple”
February 4, 2010 Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney “A Look at the County Budget and Plans for the Future”
January 21, 2010 Barbara Fought, Director, Tully Free Speech Center, Newhouse School, Syracuse University “Free Speech in Central New York ”

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Dec. 17, 2009 Nancy Scheutzow, Jail Ministry Advocate “Jail Ministry”
Dec. 3, 2009 Steve Lloyd, Associate Director for Sustainability, Syracuse University
Melissa Cadwell, Marketing Manager, Sustainability Division, Syracuse University
“Syracuse University’s Path to Carbon Neutrality”
Nov. 19 , 2009 Lisa Dolak, Law Professor, Syracuse University “The US Supreme Court: Evaluating the President’s Nominee”
Nov. 5, 2009 Dick MacPherson, Former Syracuse University Football Coach “One Day Into My Eightieth Year”
Oct. 15, 2009 Greg Munno, CNY Speaks “CNY Speaks, the Internet and Social Networking”
Oct. 1, 2009 Steven Kern, Director, Everson Museum “Changes and Connections at the Everson”
Sept. 17, 2009 Stan Linhorst, Senior Managing Editor, The Post-Standard “The Future of the News Media”
May 21, 2009 Bob Daino, President and CEO “WCNY Connected”
May 7, 2009 Rick Reagan, host of “Money in Your Pocket Minute” Channel 9 News, http://www.reaganinvesting.com/index.cfm “Adding Stability in Volatile Times”
April 16, 2009 Joseph Pellegrino, Director, Gebbie Hearing Clinic, Syracuse University “Latest in Hearing Technologies”
April 2, 2009 Rachael Gazdick, Executive Director, Say Yes to Education Syracuse University School of Education “Say Yes to Education”
March 19, 2009 Dr. David Beebe, Volunteer Director, Camillus Erie Canal Park
“The Erie Canal Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct Restoration”
March 5, 2009 Gregg Tripoli, Executive Director, Onondaga Historical Association
“How Historical Perspective Adds Value to the Present and Creates Optimism for the Future”
February 19, 2009 Marvin Druger, Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence, Syracuse University Department of Science Teaching “Highlights of Genetics: Why Everyone is Special”
February 5, 2009 Doug Sutherland, Managing Partner
Franklin Associates
“Rethinking I-81”
January 15, 2009 Susan Horn, Executive Director,
Hiscock Legal Aid Society
“Ensuring Justice for All”

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Dec. 18, 2008 Kaye Lindauer, Storyteller “Encountering Self Through the World’s Great Stories”
Dec. 4, 2008 Dr. Cornelius Murphy, President, College of Environmental Science and Forestry “ESF’s Journey to Become a Green Campus”
Nov. 20, 2008 David Rubin, Professor, Newhouse School, Syracuse University “Behind the Scenes of the Ivory Tower Half Hour”
Nov. 6, 2008 Anne Bowdoin, Exercise Physiologist, Upstate Medical University “Balance and Aging”</td>
Oct. 16, 2008 Jeffrey Stonecash, Professor, Maxwell School of Syracuse University “The Presidential Election”
Oct. 2, 2008 Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney “A Look at the County Budget and Plans for the Future of Onondaga County”
Sept. 18, 2008 Debbie Sydow, Ph.D., President, Onondaga Community College “Onondaga Community College: Current Initiatives and Plans for the Future”
May 15, 2008 Marilyn Pinsky, President
Bill Armbruster
AARP Regional Office
“What would Benjamin Franklin say today? ‘Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death, taxes and rising health costs.’ ”
May 1, 2008 Timothy Bond, Producing Artistic Director
Syracuse Stage and SU Department of Drama
“Conversation with Timothy Bond”
April 17, 2008 Gary Radke, Professor
SU Fine Arts Department
Domenic Iacono, Director
SU Art Galleries
“A Renaissance for Syracuse”
April 3, 2008 Robert Hood, retired real estate developer and goodwill ambassador in Haiti “Haiti Experiences”
March 20, 2008 Kendall Phillips, Su College of Visual and Performing Arts Chair and Assoc. Professor Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
“Controversial Cinema: The Films That Outraged America”
February 21, 2008 Judy Mower, J.C. Mower Consultants
“Government Modernization”
February 7, 2008 Daniel Hege, Music Director
Syracuse Symphony
“The Hege Perspective: The SSO as a Vibrant Element of the CNY Landscape”
January 17, 2008 Sean Kirst, Columnist
The Post-Standard
“Blogs and More”

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Dec. 6, 2007 Robert McClure
Chapple Family Professor Citizenship and Democracy
“2008 Presidential Election”
Nov. 15, 2007 Doug Sutherland
Managing Partner, Franklin Properties
“Revitilizing Franklin Square”
Nov. 1, 2007 Nicholas Pirro
Former Onondaga County Executive
“Advice for the Next County Executive”
Oct. 18, 2007 Janet Mallan, VP
Syracuse League of Women Voters
“Citizen Fact Checkers Project”
Oct. 4, 2007 Michael Begg  
Sept. 20, 2007 Jessica Cohen, Ph.D.
BOCES District Superintendent
“BOCES and the Community”
May 17, 2007 Panel:
Dr. Lisa Kaufmann
Dr. Scott Treatman
Margaret Braungart, Ph.D.
Marnie Blount-Gowan, Director
“The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection and Local Healthcare”
May 3, 2007 Trisha Torry
Columnist, Patient Advocate
“Ten Tools You Can Use to Improve Your Medical Care”
April 19, 2007 Douglas Grady
Recycling Specialist with Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency
“What’s In Your Trash?: Environmentally Sound Solutions for Trash & Recyclables”
April 5, 2007 Christiaan du Preez
Founding Member of the Democratic Party in South Africa
“Dealing With Terror”
March 15, 2007 Dr. Richard Ford, Executive Director, Signature Syracuse “Signature Syracuse and its Impact On Inner-City Youth”
March 1, 2007 Commissioner John Balloni from the Onondaga County 911 Center
“911 Operations and Future Directions”
February 15, 2007 Trisha Torrey, Every Patient’s Advocate
“Becoming a Good Health Care Consumer”
February 1, 2007 Otis Jennings, Regional Outreach Coordinator for the NYS Consumer Protection Board
“Consumer Protection”
January 18, 2007 Karen DeCrow, past president of NOW
“Women’s Rights”

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Date Speaker Topic
Dec. 7, 2006 Fred Fiske, Sr. Writer at The Post-Standard “Behind the Scenes on the Editorial Page”
Nov. 16, 2006 Professor Joseph Julian, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs “Foreign Policy and National Security: Where Do We Go From Here?”
Nov. 2, 2006 Professor Grant Reeher, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
What’s at stake in the upcoming elections and what are they likely to bring, both here, at home, and across the state, the nation? Have the campaigns been too negative? After a brief overview, Prof. Reeher will respond to questions and comments from IRP members.
“2006 Elections”
Oct. 19, 2006 Joe Chaiken, Syracuse University Chemistry Professor
“LighTouch Diabetes Testing”
Oct. 5, 2006 Joan Durant, Executive Director, YWCA and Girls, Inc.
“YWCA and Girls, Inc. Programs”
Sept. 21, 2006 Robert Moss, Artistic Director, Syracuse State
“A Conversation with Robert Moss”
May 18, 2006 Daphne Stevens, M.A. Yale University
Associate, Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto
Adjunct Professor, music history, Syracuse area colleges
“Afternoon of a Faun: Music, Poetry and Art”
May 4, 2006 Professor John Langdon, LeMoyne College
“Analysis of a Major World Issue”
April 20, 2006 Professor Goodwin Cooke, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
“Current Events: A World View”
April 6, 2006 Professor Thomas Keck, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
“Law, Politics and the Supreme Court”
March 16, 2006 Andy Mager, Syracuse Peace Council
(A primer on our neighbors of the Onondaga Nation.)
“Onondaga Land Rights and Our Common Future”
March 2, 2006 Dennis Connors, Curator, Onondaga Historical Association
“1775 Revolutionary War Era”
February 16, 2006 Frank Woolever, Retired Director, L’Arche, Syracuse “School of the Americas, A Dark History”
February 2, 2006 Prof. Richard Smardon, SUNY ESF
“How Does the Urban Ecosystem and Agenda 21 Help Us Build a Livable, Sustainable Community?”

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December 15, 2005 Mary Lou Smullen, collector of over 10,000 antique and historical Christmas Ornaments “‘Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus’: A History of  St. Nick”
December 1, 2005 Dr. Cynthia Morrow, Onondaga County Health Commissioner http://www.ongov.net/Health/home.html “Public Health: What Does It Mean For You?”
November 17, 2005 Helen Kiggins and Ed Szczesniak, Onondaga County Election Commissioners “Help America Vote Act: Changes Coming to our Voting Machines”
November 3, 2005 Panel discussion with www.redcross.org/services/prepare “Emergency Preparedness”
Oct. 20, 2005 Joyce Latham, Executive Director, Onondaga County Public Library
“OCPL Library System”
Oct. 6, 2005 Marilyn Pinsky, Commissioner, Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth
“Aging Issues”
Sept. 15, 2005 Betsy Wiggins and Danya Wellmon
“Women Transcending Boundaries: Respect Through Education”
May 19, 2005 Joel Potash, MD “Advance Care Planning: Compassionate Conversations”
May 5, 2005 Janet Allen, President, Habitat Gardening in CNY “Habitat Gardening for Wildlife and People, Too”
April 21, 2005 Daniel Hege, Syracuse Symphony Music Director “The Symphony in Syracuse”
March 17, 2005 Jim MacKillop
(Expert on Celtic literature)
“St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon”
March 3, 2005 Syracuse Stage Actor Chuck Parsons “Steinbeck Visits”
February 17, 2005 Ron Lombard, General Manager, News 10 Now “The Ins and Outs of Launching and Running a 24-Hour News Operation”
February 3, 2005 Grant Reeher, Associate Professor, Syracuse University “Bush’s Second Term: Challenges and Priorities”
January 20, 2005 Toni Gary, Director “Children’s Miracle Network of Central New York”

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December 16, 2004 Kevin Walsh, Onondaga County Sheriff “Security Issues for Senior Citizens — and Everyone”
December 2, 2004 Ralph Singh, Co-founder and Spokesperson of Gobind Sadan, USA “Towards A Theology of Community: Lessons From Arson, Forgiveness and Healing in a Post 9/11 World”
November 18, 2004 Major John Morrison, Salvation Army  
November 4, 2004 Dr. Robert McClure, Professor of Political Science & Public Affairs and Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence “Praise the Lord, the Election is Finally Over”
October 21, 2004 Sean Kirst, Columnist
The Post Standard
“Campaign 2004: Reflections from the Convention Floor”
October 7, 2004 Hon. Nicholas J. Pirro, County Executive, Onondaga County “Update from the County Executive”
September 16, 2004 Jake Crouthamel, Director, SU Athletics “The ‘Big Business’ of Division I Athletics and Its Impact on SU Sports”
May 20, 2004 Samuel Clemence, Professor of Engineering, Syracuse University “The Engineering History of the Erie Canal”
May 6, 2004 F. William Smullen, Director, National Securities Studies Program, Syracuse University
(Col. Smullen was Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell for nearly 13 years.)
“A Time of Peril or A Moment of Promise”
April 22, 2004 Sean Kirst, Columnist The Post-Standard “The Changing Face of Syracuse
April 1, 2004 Sally Roesch Wagner, Executive Director, Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation “Matilda Joslyn Gage: Bringing Her Story Into History”
March 18, 2004 Geoff Navias, Open Hand Theater Annual Pot Luck Luncheon
March 4, 2004 Hon. Joseph E. Fahey,
County Court Judge and former defense attorney
“The View From Both Sides of the Judicial Bench”
February 19, 2004 Eric Kingson, Professor of Social Work, Syracuse University “The Politics of Social Security Reform”/td>
February 5, 2004 J. David Richardson, Professor of Economics and International RelationsGerald B. and Daphna Cramer, Professor of Global Affairs
The Maxwell School
Syracuse University
“Guest Workers, the Global Business Model, and Gaza Ghettoes — Ready or Not?”

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December 18, 2003 Holiday Celebration and “Sing-Along”  
December 4, 2003 Sheila Byrnes, Biographical Researcher, Former Genealogy columnist for STARS Magazine “Tracing Your Family History”
November 20, 2003 Robert Moss, Artistic Director, Syracuse Stage “A Conversation with Bob Moss”
November 6, 2003 Eric Weber, Executive Director, Syracuse Lakefront Development Corporation “What’s New, What’s Planned, at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor”
October 16, 2003 Robert Bogdan, Ph.D., Professor of Social Sciences; Author: Adirondack Vernacular: The Photography of Henry M. Beach, and Exposing the Wilderness: Early Twentieth Century Adirondack Postcard Photographers “Picturing the Adirondacks: Early 20th Century North Country Photographers and Their Work”
October 2, 2003 Dennis J. Connors, Curator of History, Onondaga County Historical Association “Freedom Bound: Syracuse Explores its Underground Railroad Heritage”
September 18, 2003 Hon. Nicholas J. Pirro, County Executive, Onondaga County “Update from the County Executive”
May 15, 2003 John H. Rogers, Conservationist of Eastern Bluebirds for over 30 years Brewerton, NY “All About Bluebirds, and More”
May 1, 2003 John Hodgson, Ph.D., Harvard University – Professor of Soviet Studies for 30 years at Yale and Syracuse University “Russia Today”
April 17, 2003 William R. Farrell, Author and Speaker, New York State Place Names “Classical Place Names in New York State”
April 3, 2003 Thomas V. Wolfe, Dean, Hendricks Memorial Chapel, Syracuse University “Interfaith Encounters in Spain – Muslim, Jewish, & Christian Dialogue with the Centuries”
March 20, 2003 Joseph Pellegrino, MS, CCC-A, Director, Gebbie Hearing Clinic, Syracuse University “Advances in Hearing Technology”
March 6, 2003 Kara Bopp Syracuse University’s Studies of Aging and Cognition
February 20, 2003 Anne M. Baker, Director, Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park “What’s New at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park”
February 6, 2003 Virginia Donohue, Executive Director, On-Point for College “The On-Point for College Program”
January 16, 2003 Lloyd F. Novick, M.D., M.P.H. Commissioner of Health, Onondaga County “Smallpox Vaccination Plans”

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Date Speaker Topic
December 19, 2002 Holiday Sing-Along with Dick Ford “Holiday Celebration”
December 5, 2002 Michael Affleck, Master of Theological Studies, Franciscan School of Theology “The Jesus of History”
November 21, 2002 Eric Luft, Ph.D., M.L.S., Curator of Historical Collections, Health Sciences Library, SUNY Upstate Medical University “The Crisis in Health Care Delivery: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same”
November 7, 2002 Heidi Holtz, Director of Communication & Special Events, joined by students from the Syracuse University Drama Department “Preview of Syracuse Stage 2002-2003 Season”
October 17, 2002 J. Daniel Pluff, Senior Vice President and Assistant Branch Manager, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; Host of WCNY-TV’s ‘Financial Fitness’ “Financial Fitness”
October 3, 2002 Imam Ahmed Kobiesy, The Islamic Society of Central New York “The Islamic Community in Central New York”
September 19, 2002 Hon. Nicholas J. Pirro,
Onondaga County Executive
“Fighting to Control Our Destiny”
May 16, 2002 Samuel Gorovitz, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and of Public Administration, SU, and Dearing-Daly Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University “Human Cloning and the Ethics of Genetic Engineering”
May 2, 2002 The Tom Dooley Choraliers Entertainment by a singing group with worldwide exposure — World Fairs in NYC and Montreal, the White House, Statue of Liberty, Toronto, and Ireland
April 18, 2002 Al Fasoldt, Editor & Columnist at The Post Standard, and Co-Host of Random Access, a live call-in radio program about computers “Computing for Seniors”
April 4, 2002 Lt. Col. Glen R. DeWillie, District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District “The Army Corps of Engineers and the Onondaga Lake Partnership”
March 21, 2002 Nancy Churchill
IRP Member
“A Young Nurse in Vietnam, and Other Adventures”
March 7, 2002 Michael F. Roizen, M.D., Dean, College of Medicine and Vice President for Biomedical Sciences, SUNY Upstate Medical University “Real Age: Are You As Young As You Can Be?”
February 21, 2002 Giles Wayland-Smith, President, Board of Oneida Community Mansion House, and Professor Emeritus, Allegheny College “The Oneida Community: A 19th Century Utopian Experiment”
February 7, 2002 Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, Professor of Int’l. Relations & Public Administration, SU Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs “Where Do We Stand in the War Against Terrorism”
January 17, 2002 Charles A. Maynard, Ph.D., SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry “The American Chestnut Tree”

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Date Speaker Topic
December 6, 2001 Robert D. McClure, Associate Dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University “Intelligent Patriotism”
November 15, 2001 Charles Everett, Commissioner of Aviation, City of Syracuse “Beyond the Gate”
November 1, 2001 Christopher M. Piering, MD &#8220;Role of the 122nd NY Infantry in the Civil War”
October 18, 2001 Dan Wiles, Mid-Lakes Navigation Co., Inc. “Canal System History”
October 4, 2001 Heidi J. Holtz, S.U. College of Visual & Performing Arts “Preview of Syracuse Stage 2001-2002 Season”
September 20, 2001 Hon. Nicholas J. Pirro, Onondaga County Executive “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
April 19, 2001 Jill Evans “An Elderhostel Trip to Cuba”
April 5, 2001 Dr. Warren Winkelman “Health Information on the Internet”

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Date Speaker Topic
December 21, 2000 Phil Klein, Entertainer & Professor Emeritus, Onondaga Community College “Our Music” and Holiday Buffet”
December 7, 2000 Tom Dennison, Health Services Management & Policy Program, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at S.U. “Drivers of Change in U.S. Health Care”
November 16, 2000 Beth Lynn Hoey
Francis House
“Francis House: A Family When You Need It Most?”
November 2, 2000 Dick Case, Syracuse Newspapers “Life and Times at the Syracuse Newspapers”
October 19, 2000 Professor Jeffrey Stonecash, S.U. Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs “The 2000 Elections and the Enduring Debate About the Role of Government”
October 5, 2000 Heidi J. Holtz-Eakin, S.U. Drama Department “Syracuse Stage 2000-2001 Season”
September 21, 2000 Nicholas Pirro, Onondaga County Executive “WHASSUP?” plus question and answer session”

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