Spring 2019 Events

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

The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested

Great Decisions Speaker/Discussion Series

May 09, 2019

This event is located at the Unitarian-Universalist Church located at 10 Higby Road, Utica. 

 

Juan Fernando Ibarra Del Cueto, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colgate University, will speak about the important, but fragile nature of the relationship between Mexico and the United States on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and questions are welcome. This program is free and open to the public.

 

Juan teaches and conducts research in comparative politics with a focus on Latin America, and the varieties of democracy that have emerged in this region. One of his courses deals with Capitalism, the State, and Development in Latin America. He received his B.A. in Public Administration at El Colegio de Mexico, his M.A. in Political Science and his PhD in Political Science at the University of Chicago. His articles appear in Latin American Research Review and other scholarly journals. 

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

The Urgency of Adaptation

Speaker/Discussion Series

March 14, 2019

This event is located at the Unitarian-Universalist Church located at 10 Higby Road, Utica. 

 

Ken Mazlen, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, will speak about our rapidly warming environment. Dr. Mazlen received his B. A. n Mathematics in 1963 from Columbia College, M.A. Mathematics in 1964 from U. of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY Albany.  Refreshments will be served and discussion is welcome. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Dr. Mazlen will stress that action to mitigate global warming has been delayed for decades and therefore humanity must deal with serious consequences already set in motion. He works with local communities and describes a detailed tool for planning by New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation. He shows profound impacts of global warming and how to ensure a livable future through effective organizing.

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

Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics

Great Decisions Speaker/Discussion Series

February 28, 2019

This event will be held in the Shafer Theater of MVCC's Utica campus. It is co-sponsored by the Upper Mohawk Valley chapter of the UNA-USA and MVCC's Cultural Events series.

Topic Summary: Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

Speaker Introduction: Jake Mihevc is the Director of the Cybersecurity program at MVCC. Jake has been with MVCC for seven years. Jake started his career in Information Technology in Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom in roles with HotJobs.com and Avinon.com. He returned to the Mohawk Valley in 2008 as a principal with The Computer Clinic, an IT Consultancy. He previously served as the Director of the CyberJobs cybersecurity training program at MVCC, a 2.8M grant program that provided free training to over 2,200 participants. Jake holds a Bachelors Degree from SUNY Geneseo and a Masters Degree in Cybersecurity from Utica College.

 

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

Annual Potluck and GenUN Panel Presentation

GenUN Panel Presentation

January 31, 2019

On January 31, 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.

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