FOVL Sunday Speaker Series for 2020-2021

FOVL Sunday Speaker Series for 2020-2021

The Friends of the Village Library Sunday Speaker Series returns for the 2020–2021 season with a slate of monthly programs scheduled from October through May. For the first two programs—both accessible on Zoom—community members are invited to read ahead of time the books that are the focal points of discussion, although doing so is not a requirement for either program.

On October 18, local author Gretchen Sorin, Ph.D., will open the series with a discussion of her recently published book, Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights. (See program description below.)

The November 15 program will feature a discussion of the novel, The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for Fiction, led by Dr. George Hovis, Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta.

The Sunday Speaker programs are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. via Zoom; participants may register online at

FOVL Sunday Speaker Program

Schedule for 2020–2021

October 18—Community Book Read and discussion with historian and author Gretchen Sorin. In Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights, Dr. Sorin reveals how the car―the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility―has always held particular importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road.

November 15—Community Book Read. The Underground Railroad.  A discussion of America’s long history of racial oppression, viewed through the lens of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 neo-slave narrative, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for Fiction. Presentation and discussion led by Dr. George Hovis, Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta.

December 6From Ante-Bellum to Anti-Racism: Redirecting Your Down-South Tourism. Sydney Waller and David Wilson present a slide presentation on their transformative trek through numerous historically important Black history and civil rights sites in the southern United States last year.

January 17—Tim Johnson, CEO Otsego Electric Coop, speaking on “The Struggle to Establish Broadband for Rural America.”

February 21—A panel discussion exploring the “Legacy of Women Artists in Otsego County.” 

March 21—Antoinette Kuzminski, MD, speaking on “Emerging Contaminants in Lake Otsego and the Susquehanna River”

April 18—David C. Brower, PhD,Dean and Professor at the School of Business & Hospitality Management, SUNY Delhi, will speak on “What Will We Eat in a Climate-Changing World?” Dr. Brower will be joined by members of the School’s Culinary Arts program, which has garnered national and international honors.

May 16—Coinciding with the opening of the Keith Haring exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum, Chris Rossi, Director of Exhibitions at the Fenimore, and Gary Cassinelli, collector and owner of artworks in the exhibition, will speak on “Keith Haring: His Art and Times.”

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