Manlius Informed Series

The Manlius Informed Series is a prestigious series held at Manlius Library in collaboration with the Manlius Senior Centre.  All lectures are free and open to the public, and include free refreshments. Seating is first come, first served, so please arrive early to ensure your seat!

Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 Manlius Informed Series will commence on Tuesday, September 15 and will run on Tuesdays at 1 pm through October 27. The Series will conclude with an event featuring members of WCNY’s Ivory Tower on Wednesday, November 11 at 4 pm. This season’s events will be held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please register ahead of time for each event in our events calendar. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom meeting link shortly before the event begins.

(September 15, 2020) Dr. Les Roberts of Columbia University visited to discuss working with the world’s poorest people and the complications of COVID-19.

(September 22, 2020) David Tyler, Publisher of Eagle News, visited to discuss local journalism.

(October 13, 2020) Roy Gutterman, Director of The Tully Center for Free Speech, visited to discuss contemporary free speech issues.

(October 20, 2020) Matt Kosty of Wild Birds Unlimited visits to discuss the Fall Migration and all things birds.

(October 27, 2020) Paula Johnson of Syracuse University College of Law visited to discuss civil rights cold cases and legacies of voter suppression.

(November 11, 2020) Members of WCNY’s Ivory Tower panel visited to break down the results of the 2020 elections.

Spring 2020

(April 28, 2020) Randi Bregman of Vera House visited to discuss the powerful work Vera House does to create a world free of violence and abuse.

(May 12, 2020) Albert Joerger of CNY Land Trust visited to discuss CNY Land Trust’s mission to preserve and protect natural areas in CNY.

(May 19, 2020) Christian Zabriskie of OCPL visited to discuss his vision for OCPL and OCPL’s response to COVID-19.

(May 26, 2020) Brian Taylor of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School visited to discuss Putinism.

(June 2, 2020) Bob Hupp of Syracuse Stage visited to discuss COVID-19’s impact on Syracuse Stage.

(June 9, 2020) Jason Smorol of the Syracuse Mets visited to discuss the Syracuse Mets and the state of professional baseball in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall 2019

(September 10, 2019) Colleen Prossner of The Catherine Cummings Theatre on Jazz in American Culture

(September 17, 2019) Bea Gonzalez of Syracuse University on her career at SU and her Syracuse community experience

(September 24, 2019) Mitch Gelman of WCNY on Public Broadcasting

(October 1, 2019) Peter Sarver of Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse [ACTS] and Minch Lewis of Syracuse University on the I-81 Project

(October 8, 2019) Athletics Town Hall

(October 15, 2019) Shana Gadarian of Syracuse University on 2019-20 Politics

(October 22, 2019) Tom Henry on the Election Process

(October 29, 2019) Meg O’Connell of the Allyn Foundation on the Salt City Market

(November 7, 2019) The Ivory Tower on 2019 Election Results


Spring 2019

(April 23, 2019) Thomas Griffith of CNY Community Foundation

(April 30, 2019) David Mankiewicz of CenterstateCEO on the Community Grid Plus Plan

(May 7, 2019) Roy Gutterman & Stan Linhorst on the state of journalism

(May 14, 2019) Keith Bybee on Is Civility Dead?

(May 21, 2019) Jason Smorol of the Syracuse Mets

(June 4, 2019) Lisa Dolak & Tim Byrnes on politics

(June 11, 2019) Tom Henry on the 2020 election


Fall 2018

(Sept. 5, 2018) Peter Sarver on the community grid and I-81 viaduct project

(Sept. 12, 2018) Greg Loh on Syracuse city initiatives

(Sept. 26, 2018) Nate Mink & John Wolohan on sports Wagering

(Oct. 3, 2018) Roy Gutterman on free press & democracy

(Oct. 17, 2018) Monsignor Ronald Bill on the value of life

(Oct. 24, 2018) Tom Henry on the 2018 election

(Oct. 31, 2018) Steven King on CNY exports and international business

(Nov. 7, 2018) WCNY’s Ivory Tower panel on the 2018 election results


Spring 2018

(May. 2, 2018) LouAnne Giangreco & James Coulthart on the evolution of the healthcare industry

(May. 16, 2018) Eric Cohen & Monk Rowe on jazz

(May. 23, 2018) James W. Burns on cryptocurrency and BitCoin

(May. 30, 2018) Kevin Schwab on local development

(June. 6, 2018) Evan Weissman on food systems

(June 13, 2018) Mel Rubenstein on the Peacetime Draft during the Cold War


Fall 2017

(Sept. 13, 2017) Bob Hupp of Syracuse Stage

(Sept. 20, 2017) Richard Devito on Urban Development

(Sept. 27, 2017) John Yinger on Education Finance

(Oct. 4, 2017) Daniel Ernesto Acuna on Artificial Intelligence

(Oct. 11, 2017) Toni Martin & Emily Stewart of The MOST

(Oct. 18, 2017) Troy Waffner of The Great NY State Fair

(Oct. 25, 2017) Randy Wolken on Manufacturing In New York

(Nov. 2, 2017) Sarah Pralle on Climate Change

(Nov. 9, 2017) The Ivory Tower on The Election


Spring 2017

(April 12, 2017) Kevin Schwab on municipal consolidation

(April 20, 2017) Peter Sarver on the I-81 viaduct project

(April 26, 2017) Roy Gutterman on fake news

(May 3, 2017) Marie Morelli, Keith Bybee & Peg Hermann on the first 100 days of the Trump administration

(May 10, 2017) Brian Taylor on Russia, Putin, and Putinism

(May 17, 2017) Danny Heumann on overcoming adversity

(May 24, 2017) Ellison Kuppermann on the erosion of golf facilities

(May 31, 2017) Sam Gordon on the Elevating Erie Project

(June 7, 2017) David C. Popp on clean energy

(June 14, 2017) Jim Joseph on Le Moyne’s business school

(June 20, 2017) John Wildhack on college sports


Fall 2016

(Sept. 30, 2016) Marie Morelli on media and elections

(Oct. 10, 2016) Shana Gadarian on anxious politics

(Oct. 17, 2016) Steve Kimatian

(Oct. 25, 2016) Peter Sarver on the I-81 viaduct project

(Oct. 31, 2016) Dan Cummings, Stephen Cvengros, and Chris Bolt

(Nov. 10, 2016) Dean David Rubin and The Ivory Tower on The Election


Spring 2016

(April 13, 2016) Kevin Schwab on municipal consolidation

(April 20, 2016) Spencer Piston on racism in the election

(April 27, 2016) Kevin Schwab on the inland port project

(May 4, 2016) Murray Grossman on the American healthcare system

(May 11, 2016) Jeffrey Rubin on SideArm Sports

(May 18, 2016) Joseph Julian on tomorrow’s America

(May 25, 2016) Keith Bybee on the Supreme Court

(June 1, 2016) Sean O’Keefe on a medical school in Syracuse

(June 8, 2016) Ed Riley on a new Hotel Syracuse

(June 15, 2016) Brian P. Rieger on sports concussions


Spring 2015

(April 16, 2015) Dean Lorraine Branham on journalism degrees

(April 22, 2015) Ed Riley on a new Hotel Syracuse

(April 29, 2015) Frank Lazarski on nonprofits in Central New York

(May 6, 2015) Melissa Spicer & Brian Knapp on veterans affairs

(May 13, 2015) Steve Svoboda on theaters in Syracuse

(May 21, 2015) Tom Dennison on communications

(May 28, 2015) Admiral Bob Murrett on national defense

(June 3, 2015) Randy More on innovative technology

(June 10, 2015) Dirk Sonneborn on local philanthropy

(June 17, 2015) George Kilpatrick and Randi Bregman on elder abuse


Fall 2014

(Sept. 10, 2014) Harry Schwarzlander on sustainability Part 1 Part 2

(Sept. 17, 2014) Clifford Donn on the criminal justice system Part 1 Part 2

(Sept. 24, 2014) Rick Burton, Floyd Little and Jason Smorol on Syracuse sports Part 1 Part 2

(Oct. 1, 2014) Roy Gutterman on free speech and media

(Oct. 8, 2014) Murray Grossman on longevity

(Oct. 15, 2014) Elizabeth Williams on courtroom illustration

(Oct. 22, 2014) John Nicholson on sports media

(Oct. 29, 2014) Grant Reeher on current issues for the election

(Nov. 5, 2014) Dean David Rubin and the Ivory Tower on the election


Spring 2014

(April 9, 2014) Louis Kriesberg on social conflict

(April 16, 2014) Jason Murray on local sports

(April 23, 2014) Minch Lewis on public affairs

(April 30, 2014) Thomas Burton on nonprofit fundraising

(May 7, 2014) Marie Morelli on politics

(May 14, 2014) Dick Ford on teaching music

(May 21, 2014) Father George Coyne on religious philosophy

(May 28, 2014) Colleen Curley Prossner on local art

(June 4, 2014) Casey Crabill on community colleges