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!

Writer Seamus Kirst on Sh*tfaced

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The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce the first event of our spring 2018 season, an afternoon with writer Seamus Kirst who will speak on his first book. The event will be held on Sunday, March 18th, at 2 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

About Seamus Kirst

Seamus Kirst is an author and freelance writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY. The Syracuse native grew up in the Strathmore neighborhood and attended Roberts Elementary School and Corcoran High School, where he was valedictorian of the Class of 2009.

His memoir, Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk, was published in early 2017. Seamus has also written about mental health and substance abuse issues for The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Upworthy, The Advocate, HuffPost and The Mighty.

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Seamus has covered entertainment, social justice and politics for The Guardian, Forbes, Vice, Them, Refinery29 and Mic. He has interviewed a range of people including Carmelo Anthony, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Emmylou Harris, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Dr. Jill Stein, Larry Wilmore, Janet Mock, Lisa Ling, Khloe Kardashian, Amber Rose, Gabrielle Union, Laura Prepon, Danielle Brooks, and Dr. Pimple Popper.

Seamus is the co-host of two podcasts, Mental Health Hangouts and Social Justice League, and has been a guest for a live recording of the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast. He has done Facebook Live about his own experiences for The Mighty, was a panelist for NEDA’s Twitter Chat about eating disorders in men and was also a panelist for Refinery29’s ‘Race in America’ dialogue.

Seamus earned his bachelor’s degree in history and ethnic studies from Brown University, and his master’s degree in arts journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

Mayor-Elect Ben Walsh on Syracuse: The Next Four Years

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The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce a bonus event for our fall 2017 season, an evening with Mayor-Elect Ben Walsh, who will share his vision for the next four year’s of Syracuse’s future. The event will be held on Monday, December 11th, at 7 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public. Space is limited and we ask that all guests please RSVP here.

About Mayor-Elect Ben Walsh

Ben Walsh is a Syracuse and Strathmore native. In January 2018, he will assume office as Syracuse’s 54th mayor, and the first independent elected as mayor in over 100 years.

Prior to entering Syracuse’s mayoral race, Mayor-Elect Walsh earned a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and spent 16 years working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including 6 years as the City of Syracuse’s deputy commissioner of neighborhood and business development. He has played a lead role in some of the most transformational projects in Syracuse’s recent history, including the creation of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank and the successful redevelopment of the Hotel Syracuse.

He is the son of former United States Representative James Walsh – who played an integral role in the restoration of the Onondaga Park Firebarn – and the grandson of former Syracuse Mayor William Walsh. He resides on the west side of Syracuse with his wife Lindsay and their two young daughters.

Rewriting our Foundation: The State and Federal Constitutions with the League of Women Voters and Dr. Thomas Keck

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The Strathmore Speaker Series is proud to announce our next event, a two part presentation on current efforts to amend the NYS and US Constitutions in “Rewriting our Foundation: The State and Federal Constitutions” featuring the League of Women Voters and Maxwell School Professor Thomas Keck. The event will be held on Sunday, October 22th at 2 pm.* Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

*Please note our original printed flyers mistakenly listed this event as starting at 3 pm.

About the League of Women Voters

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The League of Women Voters of the Syracuse Metropolitan Area will discuss the upcoming New York State Constitutional Convention and what it means for New Yorkers.

The League is a nonprofit and nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy, with two separate and distinct roles:

Voters Service/Citizen: The League presents unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues

Action/Advocacy: The league is also nonpartisan, but, after study, it uses it’s positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest

 

About Thomas Keck
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Thomas Keck will discuss current efforts to amend the United States Constitution in his presentation on “The Trump Administration and the Constitution.” He teaches political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He received a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. His research focuses on constitutional courts and the use of legal strategies by contemporary political movements on the left and the right. He is the author of two books—The Most Activist Supreme Court in History (2004) and Judicial Politics in Polarized Times (2014)—and he is currently leading a long-term, collaborative investigation of free speech jurisprudence in democratic and democratizing countries around the globe.

Announcing the Fall 2017 Season!

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The Strathmore Speaker Series is thrilled to announce our fall 2017 season. The three speakers events will be held at the historic Onondaga Park Firebarn, while the Strathmore Artisans Sale will be moving to a new home at the Most Holy Rosary Parish Center. All events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 28th at 7 pm – Project Manager Beth Crawford discusses the rescue and restoration of his Columbus Avenue residence in “Gustav Stickley: At Home in Syracuse”

Sunday, October 22nd at 2 pm – Maxwell School Constitutional Law Professor Thomas Keck and The League of Women Voters discuss recent and upcoming efforts to amend both the United States and New York constitutions in “Rewriting our Foundation: The State and Federal Constitutions”

Thursday, November 9th at 7 pm – Founder of the viral Syracuse History Instagram account and Storycuse.com David Haas on how being a person who stutters has inspired his passion for giving a voice to the voiceless in “The Weight of My Words”

Saturday, November 18th & Sunday, November 19th – The Strathmore Artisans Annual Arts & Crafts Sale. Kick off the holiday season while supporting the Speaker Series and local Artists at our new location, the Most Holy Rosary Church Parish Center.

Full bios for all of our speakers and details on the events to come!

 

East Meets West!

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce the fall 2017 season of the Eastside Neighbors Lecture Series! The Eastside Neighbors Lecture Series is held on Sunday afternoons throughout the spring and fall at the Westcott Community Center. Like the Strathmore Speaker Series, all Eastside Series events are free and open to the public.

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The 2017 Fall Season of the Eastside Neighbors Lecture Series will feature:

Sunday, September 10th, 3 pm – Tula Goenka: Behind the Scenes: Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

Tula Goenka is Professor of Television, Radio and Film at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she teaches multimedia storytelling, film production and Indian cinema. She is the Newhouse Endowed Chair of Public Communications for 2016-19. She is the founder and co-director of the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival. She is the author of Not Just Bollywood: Indian Directors Speak.
Discussion will touch on topics such as: How the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival started and why it is so important today. The roles films can play in human rights and social justice movements. The history and politics of film festivals and why they are important in today’s media ecology. She will also give a sneak peek at this year’s festival.

Sunday, October 15th, 3 pm – Paul Harvey: Morningside Cultural Trails: A Unique Community Treasure, Developed by the Community for the Community

Long time resident, community member, teacher, facilitator of community, school and Agency programs. Paul has been walking these trails with his family and friends, for over 6o years and working with local groups to develop them as a public resource for the last few years. He is available to lead walks along any of them.
Discussion will touch on topics such as: The history of the area and trails, specific description of the trails, interesting anecdotal tales and legends. How all of us, individuals and community groups, can keep developing these valued resources.

Sunday, November 5th, 3 pm – Vanessa Rose: (Re)discovering Syracuse

Vanessa grew up in Syracuse, NY, left for college in 1990, she returned with Ken Keech, 15 years later. They live in the Westcott neighborhood with their three kids and small, barky dog. Vanessa is an elementary school teacher and community activator.
Discussion will touch on topics such as: What has been wonderful about returning to Syracuse; family, our neighborhood, our school community and more. How they became active community organizers of The Salt Market, Syracuse Improv Collective, Super 8 Film Festival, Sherman Park Baseball, etc. Finally, the appreciation that we have for the city of Syracuse, and the many opportunities that we have here as a family.

Ghosts of the Civil Rights Era: It’s Never too Late for Justice

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The Strathmore Speaker Series is proud to announce that Professor Janis McDonald of the Syracuse University College of Law, will speak on the Cold Case Initiative at the Onondaga Park Firebarn on Thursday, April 13th at 7 pm. Like all Strathmore Speaker Series events, this presentation is free and open to the public.

“It’s Never Too Late for Justice.” It’s a simple statement, but one that cuts right to the heart of the Cold Case Justice Initiative. Founded in 2007, by Janis McDonald, a professor at the Syracuse University College of law, and her colleague Professor Paula C. Johnson, the initiative was born out of a desire to help families obtain justice for loved ones killed in acts of racial hatred and violence during the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s.

The impetus to create the initiative evolved from a request by the family of Frank Morris to reopen the investigation into his unsolved murder.

Morris, a 51-year-old African American business owner in Ferriday, Louisiana, had been held at gunpoint and forced into the back of his burning store by suspected members of the Ku Klux Klan on December 10, 1964. He died four days later, with burns covering nearly the entirety of his body. Although a contemporary investigation by the FBI yielded witnesses who identified two local law enforcement officers as being among those responsible for Morris’ death, no charges or indictments followed, and the case was eventually dropped and forgotten.

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Frank Morris (fourth from left) in front of his store.

Collaborating with journalist Stanley Nelson of the Louisiana Delta Concordia Sentinel some forty years later, the Cold Case Initiative uncovered enough credible evidence to persuade the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, and the District Attorney for Concordia Parish, Louisiana, to form a joint alliance to investigate the newly reopened Frank Morris murder case.

Since this early success, the initiative has received requests for assistance from countless other victims’ families and met with former Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the need for a special taskforce dedicated to addressing cold cases from Mississippi and Louisiana. In that time, more than fifty College of Law students have volunteered for the project.

coldcaseWebIn addition to co-directing the initiative, McDonald teaches Constitutional Law, Investigating and Reopening Civil Rights Era Murders, Criminal Law, Employment Discrimination and American Legal History at Syracuse. She also co-teaches the interdisciplinary course “Investigating and Reopening Civil Rights Era Murders,” which pairs graduate students from the College of Law with students from Syracuse’s other graduate schools. The course received the 2008 Syracuse University Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement and Scholarship in Action.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, McDonald was a member of the law firm of Hirschkop & Grad, P.C. in Alexandria Virginia where she litigated cases in federal and local courts in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. She also taught at Ohio Northern University College of Law and Yale Law School, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public and International Law. She has written several articles on civil rights litigation and American legal history, including some which have been cited by federal courts. She has served as president of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations and co-founded the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.

Strathmore Speaker Series on Facebook Live

Don’t want to brave the cold or can’t make today’s Strathmore Speaker Series event, but still interested in what Roy Simmons Jr. and Alf Jacques have to say? Why not watch live or later from home?

The Strathmore Speaker Series will be broadcasting live from the Onondaga Park Firebarn via Facebook Live. 2 pm doesn’t work for you? Still not a problem! A full recording of the event will be available after the event.

Both can be found on the Strathmore Speaker Series Facebook page at facebook.com/strathmorespeakerseries.

 

The Strathmore Speaker Series is Proud to Announce its Spring 2017 Season

The Strathmore Speaker Series is proud to announce its Spring 2017 lineup. The season will kickoff on Thursday, February 18th at 7 pm with a presentation by fitness guru and life coach, Nick Murphy, who first gained fame for helping a local man lose 425 pounds. Our second event of the season will feature a presentation by legendary Syracuse University Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Roy Simmons Jr., on Sunday, March 12th at 2 pm. Strathmore resident and founder of the Syracuse University Law School’s Cold Case Initiative, Janis McDonald, will headline our third event about seeking justice for civil rights-era crimes on Thursday, April 13th at 7 pm. And new for the spring 2017 season – a fourth event! – will feature the Syracuse Parks Department on Celebrating 100 Years of Syracuse Parks on Thursday, May 18th at 7 pm.

All events are held in the Onondaga Park Firebarn and are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!