Trump: Day 365. What Just Happened?!?

Featuring Author David Cay Johnston

Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 4:00pm  |  Finger Lakes Community College

David Cay Johnston, one of America’s foremost experts on President Donald J. Trump, returns to the GME Canandaigua Forum on January 28, 2018. Mr. Johnston has just released his second book about the 45th President, entitled It’s Even Worse Than You Think. What the Trump Administration is Doing to America.

Mr. Johnston will discuss the first year of the Trump Presidency, and apply the insights gleaned from his reporting on Trump to the maneuverings, scandals, investigations, and tweets of the last 365 days.

Johnston has covered Trump as a reporter for the New York Times and as an independent journalist. He first met Trump while covering the Atlantic City casino beat for The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1980’s. “I sized him up right off as a modern P.T. Barnum and soon learned from his competitors, law enforcement and even his own executives that he was a con artist with deep ties to organized crime who knew next to nothing about the casino business,” he says.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Johnston is founder of, a nonprofit online news service which covers what President Trump and Congress do, rather than what they tweet and say. He is also a columnist for The Daily Beast, Investopedia and Tax Notes magazine. His acquisition of Mr. Trump’s 2005 tax return was a major scoop for MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show earlier this year. The recently passed federal tax bill includes significant tax breaks that will benefit Mr. Trump’s business interests and family.

The Forum looks forward to Mr. Johnston’s electric commentary on the remarkable first 365 Days of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. He will be joined by WXXI Connections host, Evan Dawson, as moderator. Questions from the audience will be included.

Copies of It’s Even Worse Than You Think. What the Trump Administration is Doing to America will be available for purchase from 3-4 p.m. prior to the Forum program. Mr. Johnston will be on hand to sign copies and chat with Forum attendees.

Wine. Food. Who Could Ask for Anything More?

Featuring Wine Critic Eric Asimov

Sunday, November 5, 2017 – 4:00pm  |  Finger Lakes Community College

The wine industry has become foundational to the economy of the Finger Lakes, giving the region an international reputation. Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of The New York Times, one of the nation’s leading experts on the industry, and the author of How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto,’ published by William Morrow, and Wine With Food: Pairing Notes and Recipes From The New York Times,’ written with recipes by Florence Fabricant and published by Rizzoli.

Mr. Asimov’s weekly column appears in the Food section of The Times. Naturally, he is on Twitter and Instagram, too, @EricAsimov. A collection of his columns is included in The New York Times Book of Wine, published by Sterling Epicure.

Before he started writing full-time about wine in 2004, Asimov wrote primarily about restaurants and food. He created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is a co-author of five editions of The New York Times Guide to Restaurants, and published four editions of  $25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York. In 2013 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America.

Asimov Quote: “A great wine, even a good wine, has the capacity to surprise and to move, and perhaps even to scare!”

Seeing Through Others’ Eyes

Featuring author Kent Nerburn

Sunday, October 15, 2017 – 4:00pm  |  Finger Lakes Community College
Moderated by Dr. Anne Eisenberg

Seeing through others’ eyes, listening with intent to understand; few grapple with cross cultural communication like Kent Nerburn. Author of a celebrated trilogy illuminating the Lakota experience that began with 1996’s eloquent Neither Wolf Nor Dog, Mr. Nerburn’s latest book is Voices in the Stones: Life Lessons from the Native Way. He has also written with deep insight on European-American Judeo-Christian ethics in books such as Simple Truths, Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace, and Letters To My Son.

Mr. Nerburn will discuss how we must listen to each other with respect and civility in order to build a better world through shared Wisdom. A devoted Christian, his perspective gains even greater power when we consider the legacy of the Seneca in our own region and confront the challenge of globalization. His is a compelling argument that clearer vision is best possible when we see through each other’s eyes.

SUNY Geneseo Sociology Professor Dr. Anne Eisenberg will moderate the discussion. Dr. Eisenberg features Neither Wolf Nor Dog in her annual Sociology course entitled “Individual and Society”.

Quote From Voices in the Stones: “We are common kin, born of a common earth, far deeper and far richer than the movements of people and events that take place upon the surface of creation. That is why we feel the presence of ghosts when we stand on hallowed ground – the battlefield at Gettysburg, the hard stones of Dachau, the rocky promontory of Masada, the lonely hilltop at Wounded Knee.”

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