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Centennial Lecture Series

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 14, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 9, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Our fourth Lecture Presentation will be

The honey bees of the Arnot Forest:
a survivor population of wild colonies 

Thursday, August 9  6:00-8:00 p.m.

at the Dormann Library, 101 West Morris St., Bath

Presented by Dr. Thomas D Seeley
Professor of Biology at Cornell University and a passionate beekeeper He is the author of
The Honeybee Democracy, The Wisdom of the Hive, and Honeybee Ecology

Dr. Seeley will be offering a book signing at the event!

The ectoparasitic mite, Varroa destructor, and the viruses that it transmits, usually kill the colonies of European honey bees that are kept by beekeepers unless they are treated with miticides. Nevertheless, in Europe and North America there exist populations of wild honey bee colonies that are infested with Varroa and that receive no miticide treatments. We will review the results of genetic studies of one population of wild colonies in New York State that have revealed how these bees have changed genetically over the past 20 years, due to natural selection for resistance to Varroa

We will also review the results of ecological studies of non-genetic factors (small nests, frequent swarming, etc.) that are also helping these wild colonies to survive without miticide treatments. We will conclude by considering what lessons we can learn from these honey bees living in the wild.

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Our fifth Lecture Presentation will be

What's Going on in the Adolescent Brain?

Thursday, October 11  6:00-8:00 p.m.

at the Dormann Library, 101 West Morris St., Bath

Presented by Jutta Dotterweich
Director of Training and Technical Assistance, ACT for Youth Project
She is the author of the popular
Positive Youth Development 1010 Training Manual

Adolescence is a developmental stage of life that is shaped by rapid changes in the body and mind, and by the environment. Recent research in adolescent brain development has really altered how we view adolescence: in the past we saw turmoil, now we see opportunity. It’s a time of tremendous growth and potential. The presenter will reflect on and discuss developmental tasks of adolescence, our new knowledge of the adolescent brain, and explore ways that parents and caring adults can provide the support and the opportunities that young people need to develop their full potential and make healthy decisions.

Jutta has devoted her career to furthering adolescent health and well-being in communities in New York State and far beyond. Author of several training curricula for those working in the fields of youth development and mental health, she is valued for her expertise in positive youth development, community collaboration, adolescent sexual health, and evidence-based programming. She is a frequent conference presenter and has been tapped to design and deliver professional development programming statewide, nationally, and internationally.

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Our third Lecture Presentation was

What the Earth Asks of Us:
Indigenous Environmental Philosophy for our Common Future

Thursday, June 14  6:00-8:00 p.m.

at the Glenn H Curtiss Museum, 8419 St. Rt. 54, Hammondsport, NY

Presented by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer
Environmental Biology Professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
and Author of 
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Dr. Kimmerer will be offering a book signing at the event!

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer, and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She is the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs that draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared concerns for Mother Earth.

Kimmerer is an enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

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Our second Lecture Presentation was

From Wheat to Grapes:

The Steuben Farming Story

Thursday, April 12  6:00-8:00 p.m.

at the Glenn H Curtiss Museum, 8419 St. Rt. 54, Hammondsport, NY

Presented by Kirk House, Director of the Steuben County Historical Society

Farming in Steuben goes back centuries before the Europeans arrived. Early producers:

  • Harvested timber and floated it downstream.
  • Raised cattle
  • Grew wheat, and shipped grain to Naples for milling.

Once railroads arrived, dairying thrived. Cooperative creameries and cheeseries dotted the county.

Learn how big events such as war, Prohibition and the 1950’s shift from family farms to commercial scale farms affected the local agricultural landscape.

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Our first Lecture Presentation was 

Coyote Control

We are part-time hunters hunting the full-time hunter

Thursday, March 8  6:00-8:00 p.m.
at the Dormann Library, 101 West Morris St. Bath, NY

Join us for some information from the Coyote Woman

Presented by Sheri Baity of Crows Nest Calls
and author of Coyote Hunting Farm Style

Sheri worked for Lohman and Mad Game Calls now owned by Flambeau Outdoors, and has traveled to Bass Pro, Cabela's and Gander Mountain stores demonstrating game calls and presenting coyote hunting seminars. She is passionate about hunting coyotes and wants to pass on the knowledge she has accumulated. Sheri has taken well over 100 Pennsylvania coyotes and hunted coyotes in PA, MT, NY, TX, AZ, WV and VA.

Come on it, sit a spell, grab your coffee and let's talk predators!

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All of these lectures are free, but please call and reserve your seat at 607-664-2300


Carla Dawejko
Communications Coordinator
(607) 664-2577

Last updated November 15, 2018