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!

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.

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.

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.

 

Famed Stickmaker Alf Jacques to Join Roy Simmons Jr. at the Strathmore Speaker Series

The Strathmore Speaker Series is delighted to announce that famed Iroquois wooden stickmaker Alf Jacques will join legendary Syracuse University coach Roy Simmons Jr. in a presentation on lacrosse. The event will be held on Sunday, March 12th at 2 pm at the Onondaga Park Firebarn. Like all Speaker Series events, it’s free and open to the public.

Can’t make it? Tune in live or after the event to watch it all on Facebook Live at facebook.com/strathmorespeakerseries.

Jacques grew up making wooden sticks alongside his father, Lou, and has been making them for more than half a century. His skill and reputation draws fans, photographers, writers and filmmakers to his shop – some from hundreds of miles away. Evidence of his renown came just this past weekend, when the University of Virginia men’s lacrosse team went out of their way to visit Jacques’s shop and pay homage to the sport they love when in town to face off against the Orange. Incidentally, the Orange defeated the Cavilers 14-13 in the final seconds of the game.

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!

Andrew Lunetta, Founder of A Tiny Home for Good, to Speak at the Firebarn

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The Strathmore Speaker Series is proud to announce that Andrew Lunetta, Founder and Executive Director of A Tiny Home for Good, Inc., will speak at the Strathmore Speaker Series on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Lunetta, who lived in Syracuse as a child and attended Ed Smith Elementary through third grade, grew up in Massachusetts before returning to Syracuse in 2008 to attend Le Moyne College.  He graduated from Le Moyne in 2012 with a degree in Peach and Conflict Studies and went on to earn his Masters in Public Policy from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 2014.

Drawn to helping others since a gap year spent substitute teaching in Cleveland, Ohio through the AmeriCorps program, Lunetta quickly sought out ways to help others upon his return to Syracuse. As a freshman at Le Moyne, he started volunteering regularly at the Brady Faith Center, an organization which would eventually invite him to join its board. Through the center Lunetta became involved with helping the city’s homeless and quickly found his calling. He created a drop-in center, started a program that provides sandwiches, and began a bike give away program for the Center’s homeless patrons.

His involvement with the Center eventually led to the establishment of his latest endeavor, the A Tiny Home for Good project in 2014, which aims to provide affordable, safe and dignified housing for Syracuse’s homeless. With the help of volunteers, the project completed the construction of its first two homes on Rose Street in Syracuse earlier this year.

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Each modest home measures 12′ by 20′, and contains a single room that includes a living area, bed, kitchen, and bathroom. They also include a small outdoor shed to store they occupants’ bikes. Costing less than $25,000 each to construct and making use of already vacant lost, the project’s homes are a compelling alternative to VanKeuren Square, a state-of-the-art East Side housing complex for homeless vets that cost $11.4 million for 50 units, or $228,000 per apartment.

Since finishing his first two homes, Lunetta has begun construction of three new homes on South Salina Street which are expected to be completed this fall and plans are already in the works to build more new homes near the Rescue Mission.

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