Dr. Brian Taylor on Russia’s War in Ukraine

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for a timely discussion of the ongoing war in the Ukraine, featuring Syracuse University Political Science Professor and Russia expert, Dr. Brian Taylor. Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine on February 24, 2022 sent shock waves through the international community and threatens to irrevocably upset the existing geopolitical order. What does the ongoing war mean for Europe? For NATO? And for the United States? Is this the start of a new Cold War? And if so, how will Putin respond? What impact will Russia’s actions have on the norms of international behavior? Can we ever go back? And, perhaps most importantly, how will this conflict end? Is there a peaceful solution to be found? Or must force be met with force? You won’t want to miss this incredibly important lecture. A brief Q&A will follow Dr. Taylor’s talk.

This event will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItce-hrTgpGtIysL-dnB6TwzIZFnM_t3Y7

About Brian Taylor

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Brian Taylor is a Professor of Political Science in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Taylor is the author of three books on Russian politics: The Code of PutinismState Building in Putin’s Russia: Policing and Coercion after Communism and Politics and the Russian Army: Civil-Military Relations, 1689-2000. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

M. C. Antil, “Floor Burns: Love, Passion and the 1967 Syracuse All-City Championship”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with author and Syracuse native M. C. Antil as he discusses his most recent work, “Floor Burns: Love, Passion and the 1967 Syracuse All-City Championship.” A riveting account of a high school championship game in which two teams—one large and public, the other small and Catholic—fought for bragging rights in a small, hard-working town in the industrial northeast, “Floor Burns” is more than simply a basketball tale; it’s the the story of a small working-class city, its people, and the turbulent times they shared. Over time, the 1967 Syracuse All-City Championship—which pitted an all-white team of boys from a tiny Polish school against a racially mixed team from a sprawling new public facility overlooking the city—would become a metaphor for the kind of radical social and cultural changes small blue-collar factory towns like Syracuse were undergoing all across the industrial northeast. It’s a metaphor that has lost none of its relevancy or potency. A brief Q&A will follow Mr. Antil’s talk.

This event will be held on Thursday, May 12th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItdOGvqDstH9BVD5lcuFlInf5D0wwhdpxn

About M.C. Antil

M.C. Antil is a born-and-raised Syracuse native and current Chicago-based writer, baseball junkie and self-styled pop culture omnivore who has fed his addictions over the years by successfully holding down a series of day jobs, most notably as a communications and marketing strategist in the competitive and often hyper-kinetic worlds of television, new media and professional sports.

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Baseball Coach and Public Speaker Alfonzo Whitehurst on “Motivation and Finding the Wisdom”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with motivational speaker, coach, Syracuse City School District physical education teacher, and CEO of “Find the Wisdom,” Alfonzo Whitehurst. No stranger to struggle, turmoil, and pain, Mr. Whitehurst was able to triumph over his early adversity, and turn the hardships of life into strength, wisdom, and positivity. Now, he has made it his mission to guide others toward a path for success and, using the motivational tools he developed for “Find the Wisdom,” helps at-risk kids to stay on track to achieve success in school, on the athletic field, and in life.

Corcoran players on the field during rain. Photo by Dennis Nett for Syracuse.com

Today, Mr. Whitehurst is the head coach of Corcoran’s modified baseball team. The team is comprised of twelve players, eleven of whom had never played the sport before they were recruited to be on the team. Many had never even watched the sport on television. In the six years leading up to Mr. Whitehurst taking the helm, the team had won only a single game. The idea of playing a sport where most of the players didn’t look like the Corcoran students, just didn’t occur to them. With the guidance of Mr. Whitehurst and his assistant coach Andrés Miranda, the players are slowly learning the game. But perhaps more importantly, they are learning to celebrate their successes, keep their disappointments in perspective, and focus on what they can control. A brief Q&A will follow Mr. Whitehurst’s talk.

This event will be held on Thursday, April 14th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcu-qrj4uEtb8TUuKkc4zXGGZwb_NKTJE

About Alfonzo Whitehurst

Alfonzo Whitehurst is a public speaker, coach, and physical education teacher in the Syracuse City School District. He holds a BS and MS in Physical Education from Utica College, and is currently the physical education teacher, football coach, and baseball coach at Van Duyn Elementary School.  In 2020, he was recognized as the First Year Teacher of the Year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. As the face behind “Find the Wisdom,” he has brought his story of triumph over adversity, and the lessons learned from it, to many throughout Central New York.

Learn more about Alfonzo here:

Some Syracuse middle school rookies take a chance on baseball. And learn something more.

Raised amid struggle, sheer joy on graduation day

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders: Alfonzo Whitehurst ’18

Conservationist Holly Grant on “Backyard Birding”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with conservationist and Cornell Lab of Ornithology project assistant, Holly Grant. In this informative talk, Ms. Grant will focus on ways to make your backyard more wildlife friendly with feeders and nest boxes, offer tips for successful bird identification using the Merlin Bird ID app, and will discuss ongoing citizen science projects at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, including Project FeederWatch and NestWatch. A brief Q&A will follow.

This event will be held on Thursday, March 10th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod-yrrzMvEtcQ4i1jH6aBG6VGggw_Rk1C

About Holly Grant

Holly Grant grew up in the Catskill mountains, where she was inspired by nature from a young age. She earned a degree in Conservation Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and later worked with endangered Karner Blue butterflies and American Woodcock and Golden-winged Warblers. She is now a project assistant for Project FeederWatch and NestWatch at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Missed Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Herbalist Lauren Eadline? Watch the video!

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Click below to watch Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Herbalist Lauren Eadline speak on “Building Bridges, Closing Gaps: Holistic Health & Modern Medicine.”

Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Herbalist Lauren Eadline on “Building Bridges, Closing Gaps: Holistic Health & Modern Medicine”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with Nurse Practitioner and clinical herbalist, Lauren Eadline. Holistic health and modern medicine are often placed in opposition. Their relationship is frequently characterized by mutual mistrust and outright hostility. And practitioners on both sides frequently exhibit an obstinate reluctance to find areas of agreement or entertain serious collaboration. However, if health is viewed from a truly holistic standpoint, one where the patient remains at the middle of the equation, then the only conclusion that makes sense is that these two seemingly conflicted worlds must work together to offer patients the best possible solutions and the most comprehensive path to overall wellness. In this thought-provoking discussion, Lauren will explore the definition of integrative medicine (and what it is not), how small changes in our approaches to healthcare can realign practice with true human needs, and explore ways of integrating holistic methods of wellness into our daily lives. A brief Q&A will follow.

This event will be held on Thursday, February 10th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcemopzIvHNObJbVUQ-sI1QE7IYl2h1C5

About Lauren Eadline

Lauren Eadline is a board certified Nurse Practitioner and a practicing clinical herbalist. She maintains a practice in primary care, serving the Syracuse, NY area as a proud member of SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Internal Medicine group. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, the only national body that provides national registration for qualified herbalists in the United States, giving her the Registered Herbalist designation. She is the founder of the EarthStrong Center for Integrative Herbalism, which focuses both on client care and community education. She is also the organizer and lead instructor of the Syracuse Herbal Study Group, a collection of local folks dedicated to affordable and accessible learning, discussion and action on topics in plant medicine with the goal of empowering community health by way of building knowledge and skill.

Master Bee Keeper Bill Kaufman on “The Past, Present & Future of Human-Bee Relations”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with Master Beekeeper Bill Kaufman. Humans and honeybees have been engaged in a symbiotic relationship for millennia. Bees pollinate our crops, provide us with a natural sweetener, produce wax for cosmetics, and manufacture propolis, a natural antibiotic substance. In return for their valuable economic and agricultural services, humans have provided honeybees with shelter, food, and protection from predation and the elements. Today, as honeybee numbers continue to decline, this fragile but vital relationship is in jeopardy. In this talk, Mr. Kaufman will take a critical look at the past, present and future of human-bee relations, from the dawn of agriculture to the 21st century and beyond. A brief Q&A will follow.

This event will be held on Thursday, January 13th at 7 pm on Zoom. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series and Onondaga Free Library events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

You can register for this event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqduCqrjwsHN0u4MyurXMb3D1iGlXmx8Zt

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

About Bill Kaufman

Bill Kaufman is an entrepreneur and small business owner who turned his passion for honeybees and beekeeping into a full time profession. His company, It’s All Better, offers a residential bee-removal service and both free and paid beekeeping classes. He is also a member of the Syracuse Area Beekeepers Club and founder of the Central New York Beekeeper School.