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.

Jennifer Stromer-Galley on “Facebook, Disinformation, and the Digital Pollution of Presidential Politics”

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with Syracuse University iSchool professor and scholar of social media and online interaction, Jennifer Stromer-Galley. Social media provides a ready vector for disinformation, from simple half-truths to full on conspiracy theories. Frequently, the target of this deceit is the American political system, and as was witnessed in the 2020 presidential campaign, its impact can be wide-ranging and gravely consequential. In this talk, Professor Stromer-Galley will look at the interaction of disinformation, advertising, and presidential politics as it played out on Facebook during and after the 2020 election. A brief Q&A will follow.

This event will be held on Thursday, November 18th 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 Jennifer Stromer-Galley

Jennifer Stromer-Galley is Professor in the School of Information Studies, Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, and former Director for the Center for Computational and Data Science at Syracuse University. She is an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and with the Department of Political Science. She has published over 50 journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters. Her award-winning book, Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age (Oxford University Press), provides a history of presidential campaigns as they have adopted and adapted to digital communication technologies.

Eric Persons on Central Current and Local Journalism

Join the Strathmore Speakers Series and Onondaga Free Library for an evening with Central Current, Inc. co-founder, Eric Persons. Central Current is a new nonprofit, nonpartisan, and independent digital news agency based in Syracuse. Eric will discuss the Central Current project and the role of local journalism in creating an informed and engaged citizenry. A brief Q&A will follow.

This event will be held on Thursday, October 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/tZAkduGqqD0sGdQ-FmYa2igggXKbp79yUW8O

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

About Eric Persons

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Eric is supporting Central Current, Inc. because of journalism’s renewed focus on citizenship and community engagement. As a broadcast journalist, he witnessed violent crime, economic failure, and a decline in social capital, and he became frustrated that his work had little impact in helping his hometown of Buffalo, NY address those conditions. Now, local news can no longer survive and thrive without having a strong, responsive relationship with its audience. He believes that online journalism provides opportunities for innovation and creative storytelling that can strengthen an understanding of issues, create engaged citizens, while also preserving journalistic objectivity and integrity.

Eric stepped into a newsroom over 30 years ago with interest in covering sports, local news and politics. As a television photojournalist, he covered breaking news overnight while spending his days covering the NFL, NHL and college sports. His news stories involved countless homicides, weather events and car accidents while also contributing to stories on local government, the economy and cultural events. In 1996, his coverage of a suspect’s death in police custody contributed to an investigation and homicide charges filed against a Buffalo police lieutenant.

In 1997, he traveled overseas to learn more about the political, economic, and social changes occurring in Central and Eastern Europe. The experience turned into a career developing programs in higher education and public affairs. He directed university programs on political and economic reform in Washington, DC, the Czech Republic and Greece until arriving at Syracuse University in 2002. He has been a resident of Central New York ever since, where he has developed community initiatives involving urban planning and design, public health and economic development. He also represented Syracuse University at the local, state and federal levels of government, and has been an advocate for innovation and community engagement in higher education.

About Central Current

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Mission: Strengthen Civic Engagement and Democratic Governance

Central Current, Inc. is working to launch a nonprofit digital news publication that will provide balanced, fact-based news, opinion and analysis about the issues, events and happenings that impact life in Central New York. At a time when commercial interests and political interference are limiting quality journalism, we strive to fulfill a need for independent news with thorough and investigative coverage of issues to help residents be well-informed citizens. Our objective is to strengthen civic engagement and democratic governance, and to foster a prosperous and healthy community.

As a digital multimedia news organization, Central Current, Inc. will take an entrepreneurial approach to online journalism that redefines the relationship between news media and its audience. We will publish quality journalism and produce meaningful stories through writing, video, photography and other forms of media. As a mission‐centered nonprofit organization, we are exclusively focused on serving and engaging the community to enhance civic dialogue and understanding of issues. We will uphold the highest standards of journalistic integrity and creative storytelling while ensuring news coverage reflects the needs and diversity of the region.

Our motivation is our love for Central New York, but knowing we can do better. Our region is an attractive place to live and raise a family. But we also have one of the highest rates of poverty and racial segregation in the country. And while having a strong industrial heritage with dynamic anchors in higher education and health care, we struggle to drive investment and growth in our economy. It is necessary more than ever to have a better understanding of the issues that impact our entire community and resolve any disconnect we have to realizing a better future.

We are also driven by an entrepreneurial spirit that is rooted our region’s diversity and talent. The people we employ and others who support our work will be more than representative of our community; they also will have an ownership in our enterprise. Our work culture will be defined by a collaborative group of individuals and partners from different backgrounds, experiences and skill sets who are willing to try new approaches and learn from each other and from the community we serve.

We strive to be a reliable and trusted resource for journalism and to set the standards for integrity and creativity that other news organizations will want to replicate. Our content will be free and accessible to everyone, and we will offer programs and events to foster dialogue on the issues we cover.

At a time of great transformation in journalism and digital media, we are well positioned in Central New York to make the most of that opportunity. We are rich in talent, and have a young and entrepreneurial generation of professionals living in Central New York who want to make an impact in their community. Our journalists will include writers, photographers and great storytellers, all of whom will be committed to quality standards and practices to advance their craft.

– From centralcurrent.org