Manlius Informed Speaker Series


Every spring and fall, Manlius Library hosts a speaker series moderated by Lewis Kuppermann and in collaboration with the Manlius Senior Centre. This series brings in experts in their field to inform, educate and inspire our community.
Recording equipment for the speaker series was made possible in part by a state grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

Fall 2018

Wednesdays at 10:30 am

Sept. 5 – Peter Sarver

on the community grid and I-81 viaduct project

Sept. 12 – Greg Loh

on Syracuse city initiatives

Sept. 26 – Nate Mink & John Wolohan

on sports wagering

Oct. 3 – Roy Gutterman

on free press & democracy

Oct. 17 – Monsignor Ronald BIll

on the value of life

Oct. 24 – Tom Henry

on the 2018 election

Oct. 31 – Steven King

on CNY exports and international business

Nov. 7 – the ivory tower

on the 2018 election results


Spring 2018

Wednesday, May 2 – 10:30 AM – Louanne Giangreco & James Coulthart

on quality and your healthcare: the evolution of the healthcare industry

Wednesday, May 16 – 10:30 AM – Eric Cohen & Monk Rowe

on jazz

Wednesday, May 23 – 10:30 AM – James W. Burns

on cryptocurrency (e.g. BitCoin)

Wednesday, May 30 – 10:30 AM – Kevin Schwab

on local development

Wednesday, June 6 – 10:30 AM – Evan Weissman

on food systems

Wednesday, June 13 – 10:30 AM – Mel Rubenstein

on the Peace Time Draft during the Cold War

Fall 2017

Wednesday, September 13 – 10:30 AM – Bob Hupp

of Syracuse Stage

Wednesday, September 20 – 10:30 AM – Richard Devito

on Urban Development

Wednesday, September 27 – 10:30 AM – John Yinger

on education finance

Wednesday, October 4 – 10:30 AM – Daniel Ernesto Acuna

on artificial intelligence

Wednesday, October 11- 10:30 AM – Toni Martin & Emily Stewart

of The MOST

Wednesday, October 18 – 10:30 AM – Dave Bullard

of the Great NY State Fair

Wednesday, October 25 – 10:30 AM – Randy Wolken

on manufacturing in New York

Thursday, November 2 – 1 PM – Sarah Pralle

on climate change

Thursday, November 9 – 10:30 AM – the Ivory Tower

on the election

Spring 2017


Wednesday, April 12 – 10:30 AM – Kevin Schwab

on municipal consolidation
Kevin Schwab serves as vice president of external affairs and air service development for CenterState CEO, the region’s leading business and economic development organization.   He also serves as spokesman for Consensus.

Thursday, April 20 – 1 PM – Peter Sarver

on the I-81 viaduct project

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26- 10:30 AM – Roy Gutterman

on fake news


WEDNESDAY, May 3 – 10:30 AM – MARIE MORELLI, Keith Bybee & Peg Hermann

on the first 100 days of the Trump administration

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WEDNESDAY, May 10 – 10:30 AM – Brian Taylor

on Russia, Putin, and Putinism

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WEDNESDAY, May 17 – 10:30 AM – Danny Heumann

on overcoming adversity

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WEDNESDAY, May 24 – 10:30 AM – Ellison Kuppermann

on the the erosion of golf facilities

WEDNESDAY, May 31 – 10:30 AM – Sam Gordon

on the Elevating Erie project

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WEDNESDAY, June 7 – 10:30 AM – David C. Popp

on clean energy

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 – 10:30 AM – Jim Joseph

on Le Moyne’s business school

Tuesday, June 20 – 1:30 PM – John Wildhack

on college sports

Fall 2016

Friday, September 30 – 10:30 am – Marie Morelli

Editorial Page lead for the Post-Standard

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Monday, October 10 – 10 am – Shana Gadarian

Maxwell School

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Monday, October 17 – 10:30 am – Steve Kimatian

Former Regional VP Newport Television / Guest Columnist, Post Standard

Tuesday, October 25 – 10:30 am – Peter Sarver

I-81 Viaduct

Monday, October 31 – 10:30 am – Dan Cummings, Stephen Cvengros, Chris Bolt

NewsChannel 9,, and WAER, respectively

Thursday, November 10 – 10 am – Dean David Rubin

Ivory Tower

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Spring 2016

April 13, 2016 – Kevin Schwab

CenterState Vice President

Topic: Municipal consolidation

Location: Village Auditorium

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April 20, 2016 – Spencer Piston

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science in the Maxwell School of Syracuse University

Topic: Presidential Election concerns and issues

Location: Manlius Library Community Room

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April 27, 2016 – Kevin Schwab

CenterState Vice President

Topic: The Highly Challenged Inland Port Project

Location: Manlius Library Community Room

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May 4, 2016 – Murray Grossman

Retired Cardiologist

Topic: The American Healthcare System

Location: Village Auditorium

May 11, 2016 – Jeffrey Rubin

CEO, Sidearm Sports at the iSchool of Syracuse University

Topic: What is Sidearm Sports?

Location: Manlius Library Community Room

May 18, 2016 – Joseph Julian

JD, PHD, Co-Chair of Syracuse University’s Deliberative Democracy Project

Topic: Tomorrow’s America

Location: Manlius Library Community Room

May 25, 2016 – Keith Bybee

Director, Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media (IJPM)

Professor of Law & Political Science at Syracuse University

Topic: The Supreme Court

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June 1, 2016 – Sean O’Keefe

Professor of Public Management at Syracuse University

Topic: A Medical School at Syracuse University

Location: Manlius Library Community Room

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June 8, 2016 – Ed Riley

CEO & Visionary of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Topic: Update to the Hotel Syracuse Renovations

Location: Village Auditorium

June 15, 2016 – Brian P. Rieger

Chief Psychologist & Clinical Assistant Professor at Upstate Hospital

Topic: Sports Concussions

Location: Manlius Library Community Room

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April 16, 2015 – Dean Lorraine Branham

Syracuse University Maxwell School

APRIL 22, 2015 – Ed Riley

Hotel Syracuse

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APRIL 29, 2015 – Frank Lazarski

United Way of CNY

May 6, 2015 – Melissa Spicer

Clear Path for Veterans

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MAY 13, 2015 – Steve Svoboda

Red House

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MAY 21, 2015 -Tom Dennison


MAY 28, 2015 – Admiral Bob Murrett

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Syracuse University

JUNE 3, 2015 – Randy More

Osmose on Wearable Tech

June 10, 2015 – Dirk Sonneborn

Gifford Foundation

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June 17, 2015 – George Kilpatrick

Vera House

Fall 2014

September 10, 2014 — Harry Schwarzlander

Dr. Schwarzlander is a retired professor of engineering at Syracuse University.  He founded the New Environment Association, which you can read about on his blog here.  The topic of his presentation is sustainability.

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See the video of Part 2

September 17, 2014 — Clifford Donn

Clifford Donn is a Professor at LeMoyne College in the department of anthropology, criminology and sociology. He teaches courses in both the Criminology and Sociology programs. See his course descriptions on his Le Moyne webpage.  The topic of his presentation is the criminal justice system.

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See the video of Part 2

September 24, 2014 — Rick Burton with Floyd Little & Jason Smorol

Rick Burton, David B. Falk Distinguished Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University, previously served as the chief marketing officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, Commissioner of Australia’s Sydney-based National Basketball League, and director of University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. He invited guests Floyd Little, former Syracuse superstar and Professional Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little ‘67, and Jason Smorol, General Manager of the Syracuse Chiefs, to talk about the business of sports management.

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See the video of Part 2

October 1, 2014 — Roy Gutterman

Roy Gutterman is the director of the Tully Center for Free Speech and Associate Professor in the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Gutterman writes and speaks on media law, free speech, the intersection between courts and journalists and legal education issues. Named for SU alumna Joan Tully, the Tully Center awards the Tully Award for Free Speech annually, highlighting journalists who have shown courage in facing a free speech threat.

October 8, 2014 — Dr. Murray Grossman

Dr. Murray Grossman has been a leader and life saver throughout his professional medical career as a cardiologist. He is a retired professor of cardiology and physical medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The topic of his presentation is longevity.

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October 15, 2014 — Elizabeth Williams

A native of the village of Manlius, Elizabeth Williams has had her courtroom artwork been published on the cover of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Post and Newsday.  In 2014, she published The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Courtroom Art, available at Manlius Library.

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October 22, 2014 — John Nicholson

John Nicholson is the director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center at Syracuse University. He has more than 40 years of local and network broadcasting experience in sports and news.

October 29, 2014 — Grant Reeher

Grant Reeher is Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute and a professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is also creator, host and program director of “The Campbell Conversations” on WRVO, a weekly regional public affairs program featuring extended in-depth interviews with regional and national writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals.

November 5, 2014 — Dean David Rubin

David Rubin served as dean of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University from July 1990 to June 2008. He is the moderator and host of “The Ivory Tower Half Hour,” a popular local public affairs television program in Central New York. Appearing on WCNY-TV, the local public television station, the show features a regular panel of Central New York academicians talking about state, national and world affairs.

Spring 2014

April 9, 2014 — Louis Kriesberg

Louis Kriesberg is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies, and founding director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (1986–1994), all at Syracuse University.

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April 16, 2014 — Jason Murray

Jason Murray is an Assistant Sports Editor at The Post-Standard, working with writers and photographers to cover Syracuse University basketball and football.

April 23, 2014 — Minch Lewis

Minch Lewis is the former City of Syracuse auditor and serves as an adjunct professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

April 30, 2014 — Thomas Burton

Thomas Burton is WCNY’s vice president of development. Prior to joining WCNY, he was Onondaga Community College’s (OCC) vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the OCC Foundation. Burton also served as WCNY’s director of development for nearly 10 years.

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May 7, 2014 — Marie Morelli

Marie Morelli is the Editorial and Opinion Leader of the Syracuse Media Group, which includes and the Post-Standard. She earned her BA in journalism from SUNY Buffalo in 1985 and has been working in the field since.

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May 14, 2014 — Dick Ford

Dick Ford is a music teacher in the Syracuse area who founded Signature Music, a program that provides free music lessons, instruments and college counseling for urban middle and high school students in music careers.

May 21, 2014 — Fr. George Coyne

George Coyne is the McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy at LeMoyne College.

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May 28, 2014 — Colleen Curley Prossner

Colleen Curley Prossner is the manager for the Catherine Cummings Theatre in Cazenovia and has been in this position since 2001. Colleen sits on the Cazenovia Arts and Heritage Alliance, a group of like-minded organizations in the Cazenovia area, promoting culture and arts to the surrounding communities.

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June 4, 2014 — Casey Crabill

Casey Crabill is the President of the Onondaga Community College. Prior to joining Onondaga Community College, Dr. Crabill served from 2006 to 2013 as president of Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.

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