Now in its 15th year, this popular program on national, regional and local issues continues in honor of Annette Guisbond, series creator and long-time facilitator. Note: No class 10/10, 10/24, 11/7.

October 3:  Climate Action: How to Save Our Planet

Robert Wilson, Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment, Syracuse University; Peter Cannavo, Chair and Professor of Government, Hamilton College; and Katelyn Kriesel, Manlius Town Counselor and renewable energy consultant

Scientists have been warning us about our rapidly warming planet for decades, and the world is now experiencing the accelerating effects of climate change. What can be done to meet this existential challenge?  Our guests will examine the climate movement, failures and setbacks at the federal level, and future options, including state actions, the role of activist coalitions, and other public and private efforts. New York State programs as well as regional political, financial, and grass-roots responses to the climate crisis will also be discussed.

October 17:  US Foreign Affairs: Russia and China

Brian Taylor, Professor, and Dimitar Gueorguiev, Associate Professor, Political Science, Syracuse University

This session focuses on current challenges and opportunities in US foreign relations with Russia and China.  Prof. Taylor will examine the sources of Russian foreign policy and the US response to its invasion of Ukraine.  Prof. Gueorguiev will discuss the US-China relationship, touching on the domestic politics of national security, potential conflict arenas, and remaining opportunities for diplomacy.

October 31: Welcoming Refugees into Our Community

Rhonda Butler, Community Engagement Manager, Daryl Suzanne Files, Front Office Coordinator, Center for New Americans, InterFaith Works; and special guests

As a Sanctuary City, Syracuse welcomes new Americans! Imagine having to flee your home because of war or religious persecution, leaving everything behind including family members. IFW has resettled thousands of people in its 40+-year history, and its CNA programs will impact an estimated 6,000+ refugee clients and families over the next 3 years. Come learn about the myriad services CNA provides to help integrate recent arrivals seeking safety and a better life. You’ll also get to meet some of our new neighbors, who will share their stories with us.

November 14, 10-12:  The Ivory Tower Panel

David Chanatry, Moderator, and members of “The Ivory Tower Half Hour”

The popular Ivory Tower scholars will discuss politics, current events and public affairs on the local, state, and national scene, with a special focus on the midterm election.  After their prepared remarks and exchanges, the panelists will address questions from our audience.