Cazenovia College will present the ninth Annual Wheler Family Conference on World Affairs beginning at 9 a.m. Monday Sept. 27. The conference keynote presentation and the panels are free and open to the public. Panel locations will be announced during the keynote presentation.
The Wheler Family Conference is made possible through the support and efforts of the Wheler Family, in particular Barbara and A. Gordon Wheler, former trustees of the college. The conference is a U.S. Constitution Day event
The conference opens at 9 a.m. in the Catherine Cummings Theatre, 16 Lincklaen St., with a welcome from Bradford G. Wheler, chair of the Cazenovia College Board of Trustees.
Keynote speakers are Jordan A. Brooks, a Cazenovia native, now of Washington, D.C., and Lindsay P. Bednarczyk, of Syracuse, a Cazenovia College alumna. These two professionals in the national and local political field will discuss their experiences and how they use the political system to advocate for their values and policies. Breakout panels feature both students and alumni.
Brooks graduated from Cazenovia High School, and from University of Notre Dame in 2008 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Brooks worked as a field organizer for the Obama campaign in southwestern Virginia. Following the election she moved to Washington, D.C., where she interned in Vice President Joseph Biden's office. She is now a photo editor and communications assistant in the Vice President's office, and assists the White House adviser on violence against women.
Bednarczyk, originally from Marcellus, earned a degree in social science from Cazenovia College in 2003, and is now a legislative aide for the New York State Assmeblyman William A. Barclay, of the 124thh Assembly District covering portions on Onondaga and Oswego County. She was a campaign coordinator for Assemblyman Barclay's campaign and currently a volunteer on Ken Blankenbush's campaign as he seeks the 122nd Assembly District in Northern New York.