Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Unitarian-Universalist Church
10 Higby Road
Utica, NY 13501
"How Our Brain Functions--and Dysfunctions". Dr. Gilbert A. Lawrence, M.D., Mohawk Valley Health System Oncologist, will present "How Our Brain Functions--and Dysfunctions" to commemorate World Mental Health Day. Dr. Lawrence will discuss emerging neuroscience about an area in the cerebral cortex, the insula, recently discovered to be involved in pain, love, emotion, craving, addiction, the enjoyment of music, and more. It governs motivation to act and the recognition of error, and Dr. Lawrence will discuss how this brain area may explain addiction and other maladies. He will discuss specialized neurons, misconceptions of brain functions, and understanding balance. This free public presentation will be followed by questions and refreshments will be served. This program is sponsored by the Upper Mohawk Valley chapter of the United Nations Association.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Alumni College Center Snack Bar
1101 Sherman Dr
Utica, NY 13501
VOTE SMART National Tour - Facts Matter When Voting. Richard Kimball, president of VOTE SMART, will be coming to MVCC to give a presentation that is co-hosted by the League of Women Voters Utica/Rome Metro Area.

The FACTS MATTER TOUR, is a 50 minute, four-part, multimedia presentation on Voter's Self-Defense:

1. The Founders' fear of ignorance should they cast power out to the people.

2. Entertaining but dangerous political commercials and how they manipulate people emotionally instead of informing them intellectually.

3. The people's acceptance of lies and their crumbling right to the facts.

4. Demonstrations on how to defend your right to the facts, the truth and the reality of our democracy is so dependent upon.

Vote Smart is a nonpartisan nonprofit that provides free access to info on over 40,000 candidates and elected officials. This information includes voting records, position statements, and interest group ratings, among other areas.

To learn more about Vote Smart and to begin getting the facts on candidates and elected officials, visit

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6pm - 7:30pm
Oneida County History Center
1608 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Candidate Forum. Arrangements for this event are in the process of being worked out for the 2 candidates running for the 119th District, NYS Assembly. They are Dennis Bova, Jr. and Marianne Buttenschon.

More information will be announced as it becomes available.

Friday, November 2, 2018
Info Technoloty Bldg.
1101 Sherman Dr
Utica, NY 13501
Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and distribute Voter Registration Forms.

LWV Members interested in volunteering should contact

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
6am - 9pm
Thursday, November 8, 2018
9am - 3pm
Utica Public Library
303 Genesee St
Utica, NY 13501
What Stands Between Us: Racism Workshops. This free workshop addresses race in America and in the Mohawk Valley. The purpose is to raise our awareness about the impact racism has in our lives + even when we may not be aware of it. Many people have not been offered the opportunity to have an honest dialogue about race relations. This is that opportunity. Free lunch included.

RSVP (encouraged, not required): to facilitator Patrick Johnson 315-601-6002.

Saturday, November 17, 2018
TBA General Meeting.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
11 a.m.
U.S. Federal Building
10 Broad Street
Utica, NY 13501
Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome new citizens and distribute Voter Registration Forms.

LWV Members interested in volunteering should contact

Saturday, January 19, 2019
TBA General Meeting.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
TBA General Meeting.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
TBA Annual Meeting & Election of Officers.