Dr. Ezra Wegbriet on “Aha” Moments

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce our September 2019 event, an afternoon with Dr. Ezra Wegbreit. Dr. Wegbreit will examine “aha!” moments, the moments we all get from time to time—those sudden bursts of insight that allow us to break through a stubborn problem we’ve been stuck on. This event will be held on Sunday, September 29th at 2 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

About this event

From the time of the Greek scientist Archimedes and his eureka moment, humanity has been fascinated by these solutions that seem to come from nowhere. Insightful solutions to difficult problems have a long and interesting history, with many other great minds experiencing them, including physicist Albert Einstein, mathematician Henri Poincaré, and chemist August Kekulé. A small, but growing, scientific literature has examined the psychology of insights, including work by Dr. Wegbreit. He will discuss the history, mythology, and psychology of insightful problem solving, with the audience having a chance to potentially solve some problems with insights.

About Ezra Wegbriet

Dr. Ezra Wegbreit received a B.S. in psychology and B.A. in philosophy at Virginia Tech.  He received his PhD in biological psychology at Northwestern University.  While there, he studied the links between creativity, insight, emotions, and attention.  After graduate school, he completed post-doctoral research fellowships focusing on the neuroimaging of mood disorders and ADHD at the University of Illinois ChicagoHarvard University Medical School, and Brown University Medical School.  He is currently an assistant professor in the psychology program at Cazenovia College and conducts research on creative problem solving via insights.  He lives in Skaneateles with his wife, Rebecca, who is a clinical neuropsychologist, and their three wonderful children.

Dr. Ednita Wright on The Opioid Crisis

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce our May 2019 event, an evening with Dr. Ednita Wright as she examines the root causes of the opioid epidemic in America and what it means for individuals and families dealing with addition. This event will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 7 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Wright

feature-ednita-wrightDr. Wright is a licensed clinical social worker and a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. She holds a Ph.D. from Maxwell School of Citizenship, Interdisciplinary Social Science Program at Syracuse University. She obtained a master of social work from Syracuse University’s Falk College and a bachelor of science in human services from Empire State College. Dr. Wright is an associate professor of Human Services and Teacher Education at Onondaga Community College. Her areas of expertise include: adolescents, synthetic drugs, community building, cultural diversity, HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues, social work practice, substance abuse, and marijuana legalization. In her spare time, Dr. Wright is working on a book about Harriet Tubman’s life in Auburn.

Dr. Keith Bybee asks “Is Civility Dead?”

Announcing the Spring 2019 Season!

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce its Spring 2019 season!

Our first event will take place on Thursday, March 14th at 7 pm and feature scientist Dr. Donald Siegel who will examine the dismissal of facts in science-related decision making.

Our second event of the spring will take place on Thursday, April 11th at 7 pm and will feature Dr. Keith Bybee, who asks “Is civility dead?”

Our third and final event of the spring will feature Dr. Ednita Wright who will examine the root causes of the opioid epidemic in America and consider what it means for individuals and families dealing with addition. This event will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 7 pm.

As usual, the events will be held at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. They are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Children’s Book “The Silent Nightingale”

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce the our November 2018 event, a family-focused afternoon with illustrator Erin Nowak and author Lamis Solaim who collaborated on the new children’s book, “The Silent Nightingale.”  This event will be held on Sunday, November 4th, 2018 at 2 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

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About Lamis Solaim

Lamis Solaim is a New York City-based writer and Child and Adolescent Psychologist specializing in global mental health. Together, with illustrator Erin Nowak, Solaim will do a reading of her recently published dual-language children’s book “The Silent Nightingale,” written in both English and Arabic. The book was inspired by a time-honored Arabic poem by Maruf al Rusafi, commonly sung by Iraqi children in the 50s and 60s. Lamis earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University, an M.A. in applied child development from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the United Kingdom’s Royal Holloway University of London.

About Erin Nowak

Erin Nowak is a Strathmore resident and creator of whimsical illustrations. A graduate of Alfred University with a bachelor of fine arts focused on graphic design and printmaking, Nowak created the illustrations for “The Silent Nightingale” with a layered mix of watercolor and digital painting. The freelance graphic designer is an employee of the Syracuse City School District and lives in the Strathmore neighborhood with her husband and three children. Her work can be found at Wildflowers Armory in Syracuse and at erinmckennanowak.com.

Syracuse: Bridging our Differences with Empathy and Storytelling with Dr. Emad Rahim

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce our October 2018 event, an evening with refugee, author, educator, and entrepreneur, Dr. Emad Rahim. Dr. Rahim’s talk, “Syracuse – bridging our differences with empathy and storytelling,” will be held on Thursday, October 25th at 7 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

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About Dr. Emad Rahim

Dr. Emad Rahim is a Khmer-American, survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields. His story was turned into the short documentary “Against the Odds,” a 2016 Bronze Award Winner at the F.A.M.E.’US International Film Festival and adapted into a Syracuse Stage theater production titled ‘Tales from the Salt City,’ which is an extension of the acclaimed Undesirable Elements series written by celebrated playwright and Presidential National Medals of Arts Award recipient, Ping Chong. He has been featured in the Huffington PostForbes MagazinePost-StandardVICE, Rutgers’ The Humanist and CEO Magazine, and interviewed on the BBC, NPR, StoryCorps, PBS and multiple podcast shows.  He is an award-winning author, educator, entrepreneur, Fulbright Specialist and TEDx Speaker.

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Humorist Jeff Kramer on “How I went from writing and reporting the news to not being able to watch it”

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce our September 2018 event, an evening with writer, playwright, and former humor columnist for The Post-Standard and the Syracuse New Times, Jeff Kramer. Jeff’s talk, “How I went from writing and reporting the news to not being able to watch it,” will be held on Thursday, September 27th at 7 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

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About Jeff Kramer (by Jeff Kramer)

Jeff Kramer, who is trying to sound as if someone else is writing his bio, is extremely flattered (and a little confused) about being invited to speak at the Strathmore Speaker Series. Jeff is not a resident of Strathmore, nor is he technically “employed.”

Jeff is a former newspaper humorist, known locally for his columns in the Syracuse Post-Standard and the Syracuse New Times. Before relocating to Syracuse in 2003, he wrote a humor column for The Orange County (Calif.) Register and reported for the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. Newspapers were compilations of news, opinion and other information that were printed and folded together for mass distribution.

Jeff has written and produced three stage plays in the Syracuse area. He teaches ESL to an ever-diminishing number of new Americans as a volunteer at Interfaith Works on James Street.

A native of Seattle, Wash., the 56-year-old interloper lives in Jamesville with his wife, Leigh. The couple have two teen daughters, Miranda and Lily, who do not share their Dad’s passion for the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners. As such, his communications with them are sparse. Jeff and Leigh also have three shelter dogs, Larry, Rondo and Gigi.

Jeff’s hobbies are cycling and patronizing Central New York’s excellent health care infrastructure. He thanks his friend Strathmore resident Randy Marshall for suggesting him as a speaker.

Adam Sudmann on My Lucky Tummy & With Love

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce the our May 2018 event, an afternoon with Adam Sudmann, founder of My Lucky Tummy – a multinational popup food court – and program director of With Love – a teaching restaurant and entrepreneur incubator. The event will be held on Sunday, May 6th, at 2 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

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About Adam Sudmann (by Adam Sudmann)

I grew up in food. Mom studied under Julia Child. I remember nights of after school prep, peeling quail eggs (badly) & stuffing a million mushroom caps (groggily). I captained my first wedding the summer I turned 16.

Later I went to grad school for Critical Theory (too recherché), then got into events in NYC, running big, splashy soirees for Gucci & Bentley & Krug. In the months I wasn’t working for the $50,000 handbag crowd I’d disappear to Cameroon, Cambodia, Morocco, India, Nicaragua, Turkey, etc. indulging a yen for travel.

One day I met a waitress with dark brown eyes. We hatched a plan to move upstate to raise a family. I had this long-simmering dream of building a multinational food court, stalls run by people from all over, making what they knew, what they loved. My therapist warned me off moving up north, far from polyglot NYC. Where would we find talented people arrived from all over, bearing recipes & whisks & well-loved stockpots?

(My therapist – usually right – was wrong this time.)

About My Lucky Tummy and With Love

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My Lucky Tummy is a multinational popup food court held twice a year in Syracuse. The event feature global dishes prepared by home cooks and restaurant owners – most of whom arrived in Syracuse as refugees.

With Love

With Love is a teaching restaurant and entrepreneur incubator located in Syracuse’s Little Italy District. The restaurant operates in conjunction with Onondaga Community College’s culinary program – OCC students prepare the food and manage front of house operations. Every six months the restaurant features the recipes of a different local entrepreneur, with the goals of exposing Syracusans to new cuisines and helping to launch new food-related businesses. To date, the restaurant has feature the cuisines of Pakistan, Burma, and Savannah.

Dr. Brian Taylor on Russia, Putin, and Putinism

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce the second event of our spring 2018 season, an afternoon with Russia expert Professor Brian Taylor who will discuss “Russia, Putin, and “Putinism.” The event will be held on Sunday, April 22nd, at 2 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

About Brian Taylor

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Brian Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Taylor is the author of three books on Russian politics: The Code of Putinism; State 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.

Announcing the Spring 2018 Season

 

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce the remainder of its Spring 2018 season! Our second event of the spring will take place on Sunday, April 22nd at 2 pm and will feature Dr. Brian Taylor, Chair of the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Taylor’s talk, “Russia, Putin, and Putinism,” will examine the Russia’s relationships within the international community and the Putin regime. Our third and final event of the spring will feature Adam Sudmann, founder of “My Lucky Tummy,” a multinational popup food court, and program director of “With Love,” Onondaga Community College’s teaching restaurant and entrepreneur incubator. This event will be held on Sunday, May 6th at 2 pm. As usual, the events will be held at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. They are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!