2021-22 Sunday Speaker Series

2021-22 Sunday Speaker Series

Please join the Friends of the Village Library for their annual Sunday Speaker series. All programs begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be held either on ZOOM or in the Village Hall, either in the downstairs Board room or the third floor Ballroom. Please note that masks must be worn for all in-person presentations until further notice. The programs are free and open to the public. 

October 17, 2021 : held via Zoom

Long COVID Syndrome and Other Post-COVID Complications

Richard Loftus, MD, Bassett Regional Medical Center 

Dr. Loftus will discuss “long COVD” and other complications that are seen in survivors of even mild or asymptomatic COVID infections. How common are these problems? What causes them? Are they preventable?

BIO: Dr. Loftus recently joined the Department of Medicine at Bassett Medical Center as a member of the Prime Care group. His prior work in Southern California includes bench research and extensive clinical experience in the fields of HIV management, medical education, and community medicine. 

November 14, 2021

Experimenting with Intentional Living in New York State

Dr. Mark Ferrara, author and Associate Professor of English, SUNY Oneonta 

Dr. Ferrara will talk about his new monograph that tells the oft-forgotten story of centuries of American communitarianism and highlights a long legacy of homegrown socialism as community building.  

December 5, 2021

The Work Continues: Making Homes for Refugees in Utica

Shelly Callahan, Executive Director, The Center of Utica (formerly Mohawk Valley Refugee Resource Center) 

Ms. Callahan spoke to an FoVL audience in 2017 and will return to give an update on the Center’s work over the last four years and their plans for the future, including their work with new refugees from Afghanistan.

January 23, 2022

Reflections from New CCSD Superintendent of Schools Sarah Spross

February 13, 2022

School Lunch: Unpacking Our Shared Stories 

Lucy Schaeffer, CCS alumna and author (ZOOM)

Ms. Schaeffer will speak about her new book, School Lunch: Unpacking Our Shared Stories (via ZOOM)

March 20, 2022

New York State: The Next Foodshed

Phoebe Schreiner, Executive Director, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE Oneonta) 

Ms. Schreiner will discuss the activities of CADE and the future of agriculture in New York State within the context of changing demographics and climate change.

April 24, 2022 

Straight around Allen, The Allen Ginsberg Project, and the East Hill Farm in Cherry Valley

Bob Rosenthal, poet, memoirist, and secretary to poet Allen Ginsberg 

Bob Rosenthal will speak about his memoir, Straight around Allen, The Allen Ginsberg Project, and life on Ginsberg’s East Hill Farm in Cherry Valley.

May 15, 2022 

Program pending confirmation