WRVO Community Forum Series

The WRVO Community Forum series brings together experts to discuss timely topics of regional significance.  We invite you to join us for these lively events as part of the audience.  Opportunities for audience members to ask questions follow each forum presentation.  These events are recorded for broadcast on WRVO radio and for download as podcasts for playback on computer, iPhone, iTouch, iPad, and Android.

Past Community Forum Events:

What's Powering Your Computer Screen?
November, 2011, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse
Panelists:
Jeff Brady, NPR energy reporter
Pete  Wilcoxen, professor of energy and policy at Syracuse University and a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institute.
James Stapelton, Principal Energy Manager, National Grid.
Andrea Feldpausch-Parker, Assistant Professor in Environmental Communication at SUNY-ESF.

Culture Under Siege in Pakistan
October, 2011, City Hall Commons, Syracuse
Panelists:

Asma Barlas, director of the Center for the Study of culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College.
Mara Ahmed, Pakistani-born artist and filmmaker.
Muhammad Najmuddin, Pakistani musician, direct descendent of Hazrat Yameenuddin Abdul-Hasan Amir Khusrou, a 13th century musician, poet, soldier, philosopher.
Panel moderated by Fergus Nicoll, Commentator, BBC World Service programme The World Today.

The Green Economy
November, 2010, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse
Panelists:
 Nasir Ali,founder and Executive Director of The Seed Capital Fund of CNY, a private LLC whose members fund early stage tech companies
Matt Daneman, Technology Business Reporter, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Linda Dickerson Hartsock, Executive Director, The Clean Tech Center

Public Education Funding
October, 2010, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse
Panelists:

Rick Timbs, consultant to the New York State School Boards Association
Dr. Linda Rae Markert, Dean of the School of Education, SUNY Oswego
 NYS Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, member of the Assembly Education Committee
Sylvia Matousek, President (retired), North Syracuse Teacher’s Association, and currently is on the statewide board of NYSUT

The Science of Hydrofracking
June, 2010, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse
 Panelists:
Susan Riha, Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University
Bryce Hand, Professor Emeritus, Geology, Syracuse University

How do Recent Veterans Reintegrate into Central New York?
March, 2010, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse
Panelists:

Mark Nowakowski, Social Worker, HUD-VASH, Utica
Steve Darman, Director, Social Science Associates
Cindy Picunas, Veterans Program Coordinator, New York State Department of Labor  

Syracuse Mayor's Race Debate
October, 2009, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse
Panelists:

Otis Jennings, Conservative Candidate
Steve Kimatian, Republican Candidate
Stephanie Miner, Democratic Candidate

Higher Education in the New Economy
September, 2009, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse
Panelists:

Deborah F. Stanley, President, SUNY Oswego
Robert Simpson, CEO, Syracuse Metropolitan Development Association
Peggy Dudarchik, Senior Vice President, Sensis Corporation

The Federal Stimulus in Central New York: Is it Working?
June, 2009, SUNY Oswego Metro Center, Syracuse
Panelists:

Dan Maffei, U.S. House of Representatives, 25th District of New York
Ranjit S. Dighe, Associate Professor, Economics, SUNY Oswego
Michael Weber, State Director, Office of Economic Recovery