Fall 2018 Events

Event locations will vary this fall. Please pay attention to the description listed for each event. All events run from 7:00 - 8:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Annual Potluck and GenUN Panel Presentation

GenUN Panel Presentation

November 29, 2018

On January 29, we will host our annual potluck dinner, our annual General Membership meeting, and end the evening with a panel presentation given by our chapter’s youth branch, GenUN. The evening’s events will be hosted at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Higby road in South Utica, New York. The dinner will begin at 6:00 pm, the General Membership meeting around 7:00 pm, and then conclude with the panel presentation starting around 7:30 pm.

Teachers: CTLE credit is not available for this event.

Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UNA Program / Presentation

December 06, 2018

On December 6, Dr. Ted Orlin of Utica College is tentatively scheduled to speak to our chapter membership on the topic of human rights as our chapter takes part in the global celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The talk will be held at Symeon’s Greek Restaurant with a dinner at 6:00 and the talk by Dr. Orlin around 7:30 pm. Pre-registration for the evening’s events is required. The cost is $25 per person.


Theodore Orlin, J.D., is the Harold T. Clark Jr. Professor Emeritus of Human Rights Scholarship and Advocacy at Utica College, Utica, New York. He is a founder and Director of the Human Rights Advocacy Program (HRAP).


As a international human rights lawyer he has worked extensively as a trainer, consultant and advocate in the Balkans (Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, etc.), Eastern Europe (Romania, Moldova, Slovakia) Asia (India, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, etc.) and Africa (Malawi, Cameroon, The Gambia). He has been a Fulbright Professor at the (Finnish) Institute for Human Rights (?bo Akademi, Turku, Finland). He has been the Senior Human Rights Consultant for the Finnish Human Rights Project in Kosovo (2000-01) and was lead lawyer for the International Human Rights Law Group mission to Romania (1992).


He has written, edited and contributed to a number of human rights books including; “The Comparative Jurisprudence of Human Rights Law” (Orlin, Rosas, Scheinin); UNESCO Albanian/English Human Rights Glossary; etc. He has contributed chapters to three books on the international legality of the death penalty, including a chapter in a Taiwanese book (2001), entitled “The Burdens of the Death Penalty.” In 2004 he delivered a paper on “Violence Against Women” in Amritsar, India, which has been published in India and elsewhere. He has taught at the The Institute for Human Rights in Abo, Finland and lectured at other Universities in Europe, Asia and North America. He has authored and led the effort to draft a human rights glossary Chinese/ English (published 2007). He has contributed to the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia on Human Rights (Right of Privacy) and has published a chapter on minority linguistic rights in Europe (2009). Recently he published an article on State Responsibility for the Romanian Journal of International Law, whose first part appeared in 2009 and second part will be published in 2010.


He was elected President of International Human Rights Education Consortium (at the Consortium’s International Meeting, Summer 2005, Roehampton UK). The Secretariat of the IHREC was housed at Utica College until June 2010.


Topic Overview: Thanks to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted, untold human suffering prevented and the foundations for a most just world have been laid. While its promise is yet to be fulfilled, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.


To highlight what the Universal Declaration means for people in their everyday lives, UN Human Rights is launching a year-long campaign on 10 December, Human Rights Day 2017 that will culminate in the actual occasion of the Declaration’s 70th anniversary celebration on the same day next year.


The campaign has three core objectives: to promote, engage and reflect. Our aim is to engage a broad base of audiences the world over; to help promote understanding of how the Universal Declaration empowers us all; and encourage further reflection on the ways that each of us can stand up for rights, every day.


The anniversary is a chance for the world to celebrate the gift of the Universal Declaration and to help reaffirm the enduring human rights principles and standards it has helped establish.


Teachers: To earn CTLE credit hours, please pre-register for this event on My Learning Plan.

The Waning of Pax-Americana?

Great Decisions Speaker/Discussion Series

September 27, 2018

On September 27, Dr. Alan Cafruny of Hamilton College will share various perspectives on the controversial nature of nationalist and isolationist foreign policies that has developed under the Trump presidency. The talk will be hosted by Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Attendees will meet in the Dwight Lounge of the Bristol Campus Center and can expect refreshments to be served as well as an opportunity to ask questions during and/or after the talk. Our Great Decisions programs run from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.


Alan W. Cafruny (Ph.D.) Cornell (1983), Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs, teaches in the areas of International Relations and European Politics.  He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles, including most recently Exploring the Global Financial Crisis (co-edited with Herman Schwartz, 2013) and Europe at Bay: In the Shadow of US Hegemony (co-authored with Magnus Ryner (2007).  His articles have appeared in a variety of journals in the United States and Europe, including the New Left Review, International Organization, Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, the International Spectator, Russia in Global Affairs, and Agone. He is the co-author (with Magnus Ryner) of the forthcoming From the Golden Age to the Ordoliberal Iron Cage:  The Political Economy of the European Union). His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Studies Association (EUSA). He is co-editor (with Herman Schwartz) of the series: Advances in International Political Economy, sponsored by the International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association.


Topic Overview: During the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. began a historic shift away from Pax Americana, the liberal international order that was established in the wake of World War II. Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood toward selective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism is the order of the day. Geopolitical allies and challengers alike are paying close attention.

Teachers: To earn CTLE credit hours, please pre-register for this event on My Learning Plan.

Global Health: Progress and Challenges

Great Decisions Speaker/Discussion Series

October 18, 2018

Dr. Gilbert Lawrence of the Mohawk Valley Health System will provide his thoughts on the progress that we have made as a result of global and local health initiatives as well as paint a picture of the challenges that lie ahead. Lawrence will focus his talk on the topic the mental health crisis. The talk will be hosted Unitarian Universalist Church on Higby road in Utica, New York. Attendees can expect refreshments to be served as well as an opportunity to ask questions during and/or after the talk. Our Great Decisions programs run from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

Dr. Lawrence received his medical degree from Seth Gorhandas Sunderdas Medical College (Mumbai, India). He completed an internship at King Edward Memorial Hospital (Mumbai, India), and his residencies in Surgery at King Edward Memorial Hospital (Mumbai, India), Surgery at Tata Memorial Hospital (Mumbai, India) and Radiation Oncology at Hammersmith Hospital (London, United Kingdom). He is certified in Diagnostic Radiology by the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Lawrence graduated as Fellow of the Royal College of Radiology (FRCR) in London, England and in 1977 immigrated to the United States as a research fellow at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, NY working on radio-sensitizers. Dr. Lawrence continued his research at America's highest energy physics research laboratory, "Fermi Lab," outside Chicago, Illinois, where he worked on the use of Fast Neutrons in the treatment of cancer. Before joining FSLH in 2000, Dr. Lawrence had assistant professor appointments at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University in Chicago, and was a clinical professor of Radiation Oncology at Kansas University Medical School. While in clinical practice, Dr. Lawrence continues his academic interests through presentations at several cancer meetings and publishing in many national and international journals in the fields of radiation oncology, breast and prostate cancers. Dr. Lawrence is the recipient of several academic awards, including Faxton St. Luke’s CARE Physician Award (Changing Attitudes and Redefining Excellence). He is currently the president of Upstate New York Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (UNYSTRO), a regional affiliation of the national organization (ASTRO).

Topic Overview: The collective action of countries, communities and organizations over the last 30 years has literally saved millions of lives around the world. Yet terrible inequalities in health and well-being persist. The world now faces a mix of old and new health challenges, including the preventable deaths of mothers and children, continuing epidemics of infectious diseases, and rising rates of chronic disease. We also remain vulnerable to the emergence of new and deadly pandemics. For these reasons, the next several decades will be just as important—if not more so—than the last in determining well being across nations. 

Teachers: To earn CTLE credit hours, please pre-register for this event on My Learning Plan.

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