Now in its 16th 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: 10/9, 10/23, 11/6.

October 2:  State of the State: Legislative Report from Albany

John Manion and Rachel May, NYS Senate; Pamela Hunter and Al Stirpe, NYS Assembly

Regional growth and economic opportunity, housing, climate and the environment, education, infrastructure, technology and more—our state representatives will provide an update on what their respective legislative bodies have been working on this past session. Join us to learn what has been accomplished and what’s on the agenda moving forward, then pose your questions.

October 16:  Food, Health Care and Jobs: Serving our Homeless Community [simulcast]

Dr. David Lehmann, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and co-founder for Upstate’s Housecalls for the Homeless program and John Tumino, Executive Director and co-founder, In My Father’s Kitchen and Hire Ground programs

Dr. Lehmann returns to Oasis to update us on Housecalls for the Homeless,” an Upstate program he started with Mia Ruiz-Salvador in 2018. Since then the program has grown and garnered more resources despite the challenges of COVID. Joining him is his colleague John Tumino, who was instrumental in helping the physician connect with this population. John was already providing meals and outreach to his homeless “friends” through his program “In My Father’s Kitchen,” which later spawned “Hire Ground” to provide work opportunities for them. These inspiring community leaders show us what can be done to address seemingly intractable problems when passion and purpose come together.  Note: This class will be simulcast in the Oasis lecture hall for those wishing to attend in person.

October 30: US National Security: Keeping Us Safe at Home and Abroad

Sean O’Keefe, University professor, former Secretary of the Navy, former Administrator of NASA, and Robert Murrett, Deputy Director, Institute for Security Policy and Law, former career intelligence officer for the US Navy, Syracuse University 

What does it take to safeguard our nation in the face of foreign and domestic threats in a complex and changing world?  Our SU experts, both experienced leaders in major government positions, will discuss how our federal agencies gather intelligence, then assess and respond to security challenges and opportunities. Join us for a behind-the-scenes perspective on this critical issue.

November 13, 10-12:  The Ivory Tower Panel

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

A perennial favorite, our Ivory Tower scholars will discuss politics, current events and public affairs on the local, state, and national scene, focusing on both recent news and longer-term hot topics. After Dave moderates their prepared remarks and exchanges, the panelists will address questions from our audience.